Milwaukee Bucks Announce Schedule, First Game

Ross Houston
June 29, 2020

The NBA explained that every player who tests positive will have to undergo a hefty period of self-isolation to ensure the safety of others around the league. When action resumes on July 30, Zion Williamson will grab the spotlight in the first game back, followed by the battle for Los Angeles between the Lakers and Clippers.

After the matchup against the Lakers, which will tip off at 6 p.m. PDT, the Clippers will face New Orleans on Aug. 1, Phoenix on Aug. 4, Dallas on Aug. 6, Portland on Aug. 8, Brooklyn on Aug. 9, Denver on Aug. 12 and Oklahoma City on Aug. 14.

Stumbling to the worst records at the time of the season stoppage in mid-March, the eight franchises not included in the NBA's 22-team restart plan include the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, and Charlotte Hornets.

"It is very exciting to officially announce the restart of the 2019-20 season", said NBPA executive director Michele Roberts.

But with a plan for strict medical protocols agreed upon, the league and its players believe it is safe to resume. Families aren't expected to be permitted on-site at Disney until the start of the second round of the playoffs, set to begin in late August or early September. Each team will play eight games to determine seeding for a 16-team playoff tournament, with the NBA to release a full schedule as well as national television broadcasts later on Friday. The NBA will be using three arenas at Disney, and other than the two-game slate on the opening night there will be somewhere between four and seven games played each day.

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