The NBA has released the schedule for the 88 seeding games to be played at Walt Disney World in Florida. Each off the 22 teams will play eight games. These games will determine the seeds for the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
The Boston Celtics schedule is as follows (all times Eastern):
·Friday, 7/31 – Milwaukee Bucks – 6:30 PM – ESPN – HP Field House
·Sunday, 8/2 – Portland Trail Blazers – 3:30 PM – ABC – The Arena
·Tuesday, 8/4 – Miami Heat – 6:30 PM – TNT – HP Field House
·Wednesday, 8/5 – Brooklyn Nets – 9:00 PM – ESPN – The Arena
·Friday, 8/7 – Toronto Raptors – 9:00 PM – TNT – The Arena
·Sunday, 8/9 – Orlando Magic – 5:00 PM – NBC Sports Boston – The Arena
·Tuesday, 8/11 – Memphis Grizzlies – 6:30 PM – TNT – HP Field House
·Thursday, 8/13 – Washington Wizards – TBD – TBD – TBD
All eight games will also be able to be seen on NBC Sports Boston, in addition to national TV.
Boston faces only three teams with records above .500 while at Walt Disney World (Bucks, Heat, Raptors). This could aid the Celtics, as they enter play three games behind the Raptors for the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Toronto’s closing schedule looks much harder on paper. However, it’s unknown if teams will be still playing to win once their seeds are relatively locked in. That could make games that look difficult now, much easier when they are played. The opposite could be true as teams fight to make the playoffs later in the run of the Seeding Games.
In all, there will be as many as six games played each day at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, spread across three different venues. Games will start as early as 12:30 PM Eastern. The last game each night will tip off as late as 9:00 PM Eastern.
Times and television are to be determined for the final two days (Thursday, 8/13 and Friday, 8/14), as the NBA will look to put impact games in the prime-time spots for maximum viewership.