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NBA to resume on July 31 with 22 teams

Teams will play eight regular-season games before diving into the playoffs.

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The NBA is finally coming back. According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Board of Governors is holding a call at 9:30 a.m. PT on Thursday, with plans to approve the league’s return-to-play proposal.

The proposal features 22 teams and will be held in Orlando at the Walt Disney Resort.

The plan is for each team to play eight regular-season games before jumping into the playoffs, with a play-in tournament for the eight seeds if the standings are tight enough.

So it’s official: The Los Angeles Lakers will have a chance to claim the 2020 title that they had been working so hard for. It’s just not clear who they’ll play in the first round.

The Lakers hold a 5.5 game lead over the L.A. Clippers for the top seed in the West, so they’ll almost surely emerge with the number one seed. Currently that has them in line to face the Memphis Grizzlies, but the NBA is inviting 13 teams from the West, so it could also be the Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, or Phoenix Suns.

Once the playoffs begin, they will resume as normal with seven-game series and 1-8 seeding in each conference. The only difference is that there won’t be any home court advantage, which hurts the Lakers a little bit.

The season will run through October 12 at the very latest.

Basketball is (almost) back. Watching LeBron James and Anthony Davis and all of the Lakers is (almost) back.