After months of having nearly every sport shut down, sports gamblers can look forward to the NBA coming back at the end of July. That's great news for people who like to bet on sports and should get everyone charged up.
As it stands, it will be an odd season. It has been announced that all games will be played in Orlando. Negotiations are in effect to have the games played at Walt Disney World which will probably happen. After all, they are used to dealing with major events and have the facilities for them.
The rest of the season will feature 22 of the 30 major NBA teams. This means the top eight teams in each conference as well as any team that was within six games of eighth place when the season paused. That should be enough basketball for anyone who wants to place a bet.
The final game should be held on October 12th. That extends the season out quite a bit but after having so sport at all should be welcomed.
The NBA intends to conduct uniform, daily testing on campus in Orlando. Any positive tests would result in those individuals to be quarantined and treated while the league continues to test other members of that team as play continues.
Other anti-COVID rules are still being negotiated
Teams will compete in eight regular-season games that will lead up to a play-in tournament featuring the eighth- and ninth-seeded teams in each conference. Such a scenario would only occur if the ninth seed finishes the regular season within four games of the eighth seed.
Should this situation arise, the No. 8 team would only need to win once to advance, while the No. 9 would need back-to-back victories.
This should make for some interesting bets coming down the line. It certainly changes the regular dynamic for games and should be exciting all around.
The season was put on hold on March 11th when one player tested positive for the coronavirus.
So now is the time to start looking at stats and coming up with your bets. It's going to be an exciting season and real money will finally be able to be won on sports again.