Despite all the format modifications and schedule reductions, and despite the league trying its hardest to create an even playing field with half the grass, the Memphis Grizzlies are still highly favored to claim the final playoff seed in the Western Conference. Last week, the NBA’s board of governors approved a limited, 22-team continuation of the season as a quick gateway to the playoffs. The teams coming to Orlando, Florida, will play eight games, picking up their schedules from where they left off when the season was suspended on March 11—provided that no eliminated teams cross their path. For those games, the league will either jump to the following game or improvise a matchup against another team in the Disney World bubble.
That’s one of many tweaks the league is implementing. Another is winning percentage trumping total wins.
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