On the eve of the 2020 draft, the NBA released the official details for the upcoming 2020-21 season. The most notable change is the shift in postseason structure. The 2021 NBA Playoffs will feature a pair of play-in series in both conferences. The winner of those contests will determine who earns the final two postseason slots in each conference.
HoopsHype NBA contributor Michael Scotto delivered the details on Tuesday.
The NBA announced updates on a play-in tournament for the seventh and eighth seeds in each conference and scheduling for the 2020-21 season. pic.twitter.com/IDZ0JXf5Ls— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) November 18, 2020
Outside of the postseason format, the official release covered the conference and non-conference schedules for each team.
Each team will play three games against each intraconference opponent (42 total games per team), with each pairing featuring either two home games and one road game or one home game and two road games. Within each team’s division, the league office has randomly assigned which two opponents will be played twice at home and which two opponents will be played twice on the road.
All five teams from within a division will play all five teams from one other intraconference division twice at home, and all five teams from the remaining intraconference division twice on the road.
Each team will play two games against each interconference opponent (30 total games per team), with each pairing featuring one home game and one road game.
You can find the full set of details for the 2020-21 season by clicking here.