The NBA revealed the remaining schedules for each of the 22 teams that will play in Orlando when the season resumes on July 30.
Every team will play eight "seeding games" which will help determine the final order for the postseason. The Celtics currently have a 43-21 record, third in the East. The Celtics trail the Toronto Raptors by three games and sit 2.5 games ahead of the fourth-place Miami Heat. Although catching the Raptors is a tall order, the Celtics do currently own the tiebreaker should they be tied at the end of the seeding games.
Here is the schedule for the Celtics:
- July 31 vs Bucks - 6:30 pm ET
- August 2 vs Trail Blazers - 3:30 pm ET
- August 4 vs Heat - 6:30 pm ET
- August 5 vs Nets - 9:00 pm ET
- August 7 vs Raptors - 9:00 pm ET
- August 9 vs Magic - 5:00 pm ET
- August 11 vs Grizzlies - 6:30 pm ET
- August 13 vs Wizards - TBD
At the conclusion of the seeding games, the seven teams in each conference with the highest combined winning percentages across regular-season games and seeding games will be the first through seventh seeds for the NBA Playoffs for that conference. If the team with the eighth-best combined winning percentage (regular-season games and seeding games) in a conference is more than four games ahead of the team with the ninth-best combined winning percentage in the same conference, then the team with the eighth-best winning percentage would be the eighth playoff seed in that conference.
If the team with the eighth-best combined winning percentage in a conference is four games or fewer ahead of the team with the ninth-best combined winning percentage in the same conference, then those two teams would compete in a play-in tournament to determine the eighth playoff seed in the conference. The play-in tournament will be double elimination for Team 8 and single elimination for Team 9.
The NBA's standard playoff tiebreaker procedures will be used to break any ties on the basis of winning percentage. Once the 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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