NBA releases schedule for season restart in Orlando

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The NBA officially revealed its schedule for the resumption of the 2019-20 season following the coronavirus-enforced break, and opening night features a star rookie and a marquee matchup.

Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans will face the Utah Jazz at the Disney World complex near Orlando at 6:30 p.m. ET on July 30 in the first game of the resumed season, which will consist of a 22-team format.

The second game of the nationally televised doubleheader, at 9 p.m. ET, has LeBron James' Los Angeles Lakers facing Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers.

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The opening game will come more than four months after the season was paused on March 11 after Utah's Rudy Gobert became the first player in the league to test positive for COVID-19.

On Friday, the league officially completed talks with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) on the terms for restarting the season, paving the way for the 88-game schedule of what are being called seeding games between 22 teams to be released.

"We're coming back because sports matter in our society," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. "They bring people together when they need it most."

Each team will play eight "seeding" games that will take place in a 16-day span before ending on August 14.

The league will then begin a typical playoff format with the NBA Finals set to begin September 30 and ending no later than October 13.

Excluding the opening night of the restart, there will be between four to seven games each day spread across three different courts.

Games will start as early as 1 p.m. ET on weekdays, 12:30 on weekends and ending with 9 p.m. ET starts.

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Here are the schedules for the 22 teams:

Boston Celtics

  • vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Friday, July 31 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Sunday, Aug. 2 (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)

  • vs. Miami Heat: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Brooklyn Nets: Wednesday Aug. 5 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Toronto Raptors: Friday, Aug. 7 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Orlando Magic: Sunday, Aug. 9 (5 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Washington Wizards: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

Brooklyn Nets

  • vs. Orlando Magic: Friday, July 31 (2:30 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Washington Wizards: Sunday, Aug. 2 (2 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Boston Celtics: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Sacramento Kings: Friday, Aug. 7 (5 p.m. ET)

  • vs. LA Clippers: Sunday, Aug. 9 (9 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Orlando Magic: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (1 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

Dallas Mavericks

  • vs. Houston Rockets: Friday, July 31 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Phoenix Suns: Sunday, Aug. 2 (9 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Sacramento Kings: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (2:30 p.m. ET)

  • vs. LA Clippers: Thursday, Aug. 6 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Saturday, Aug. 8 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Utah Jazz: Monday, Aug. 10 (3 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (5 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Phoenix Suns: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

Denver Nuggets

  • vs. Miami Heat: Saturday, Aug. 1 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Monday, Aug. 3 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. San Antonio Spurs: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (4 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Thursday, Aug. 6 (8 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Utah Jazz: Saturday, Aug. 8 (3:30 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Monday, Aug. 10 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. LA Clippers: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Toronto Raptors: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)

Houston Rockets

  • vs. Dallas Mavericks: Friday, July 31 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Sunday, Aug. 2 (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC)

  • vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Thursday, Aug. 6 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Sacramento Kings: Sunday, Aug. 9 (8 p.m. ET)

  • vs. San Antonio Spurs: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (2 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Indiana Pacers: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)

Indiana Pacers

  • vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Saturday, Aug. 1 (7 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Washington Wizards: Monday, Aug. 3 (4 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Orlando Magic: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (6 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Phoenix Suns: Thursday, Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Saturday, Aug. 8 (6 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Miami Heat: Monday, Aug. 10 (8 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Houston Rockets: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Miami Heat: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)

LA Clippers

  • vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Thursday, July 30 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Saturday, Aug. 1 (6 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Phoenix Suns: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Dallas Mavericks: Thursday, Aug. 6 (6:30 ET, TNT)

  • vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Saturday, Aug. 8 (1 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Brooklyn Nets: Sunday, Aug. 9 (9 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Denver Nuggets: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)

Los Angeles Lakers

  • vs. LA Clippers: Thursday, July 30 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Toronto Raptors: Saturday, Aug. 1 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Utah Jazz: Monday, Aug. 3 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Houston Rockets: Thursday, Aug. 6 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Indiana Pacers: Saturday, Aug. 8 (6 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Denver Nuggets: Monday, Aug. 10 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Sacramento Kings: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

Memphis Grizzlies

  • vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Friday, July 31 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. San Antonio Spurs: Sunday, Aug. 2 (4 p.m. ET)

  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Monday, Aug. 3 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Utah Jazz: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (2:30 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Friday, Aug. 7 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Toronto Raptors: Sunday, Aug. 9 (2 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Boston Celtics: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

Miami Heat

  • vs. Denver Nuggets: Saturday, Aug. 1 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Toronto Raptors: Monday, Aug. 3 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Boston Celtics: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Thursday, Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Phoenix Suns: Saturday, Aug. 8 (7:30 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Indiana Pacers: Monday, Aug. 10 (8 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (8 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Indiana Pacers: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)

Milwaukee Bucks

  • vs. Boston Celtics: Friday, July 31 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Houston Rockets: Sunday, Aug. 2 (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC)

  • vs. Brooklyn Nets: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Miami Heat: Thursday, Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Dallas Mavericks: Saturday, Aug. 8 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Toronto Raptors: Monday, Aug. 10 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Washington Wizards: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (9 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

New Orleans Pelicans

  • vs. Utah Jazz: Thursday, July 30 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. LA Clippers: Saturday, Aug. 1 (6 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Monday, Aug. 3 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Sacramento Kings: Thursday, Aug. 6 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Washington Wizards: Friday, Aug. 7 (8 p.m. ET)

  • vs. San Antonio Spurs: Sunday, Aug. 9 (3 p.m. ET, ABC)

  • vs. Sacramento Kings: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Orlando Magic: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • vs. Utah Jazz: Saturday, Aug. 1 (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Denver Nuggets: Monday, Aug. 3 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Friday, Aug. 7 (4:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Washington Wizards: Sunday, Aug. 9 (12:30 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Phoenix Suns: Monday, Aug. 10 (2:30 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Miami Heat: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (8 p.m. ET)

  • vs. LA Clippers: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)

Orlando Magic

  • vs. Brooklyn Nets: Friday, July 31 (2:30 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Sacramento Kings: Sunday, Aug. 2 (6 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Indiana Pacers: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (6 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Toronto Raptors: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (8 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Friday, Aug. 7 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Boston Celtics: Sunday, Aug. 9 (5 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Brooklyn Nets: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (1 p.m. ET)

  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

Philadelphia 76ers

  • vs. Indiana Pacers: Saturday, Aug. 1 (7 p.m. ET)

  • vs. San Antonio Spurs: Monday, Aug. 3 (8 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Washington Wizards: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Orlando Magic: Friday, Aug. 7 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Sunday, Aug. 9 (6:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Phoenix Suns: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (4:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Toronto Raptors: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Houston Rockets: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)

Phoenix Suns

  • vs. Washington Wizards: Friday, July 31 (4 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Dallas Mavericks: Sunday, Aug. 2 (9 p.m. ET)

  • vs. LA Clippers: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Indiana Pacers: Thursday, Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Miami Heat: Saturday, Aug. 8 (7:30 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Monday, Aug. 10 (2:30 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (4:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Dallas Mavericks: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

Portland Trail Blazers

  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Friday, July 31 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Boston Celtics: Sunday, Aug. 2 (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)

  • vs. Houston Rockets: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Denver Nuggets: Thursday, Aug. 6 (8 p.m. ET)

  • vs. LA Clippers: Saturday, Aug. 8 (1 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Sunday, Aug. 9 (6:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Dallas Mavericks: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (5 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Brooklyn Nets: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

Sacramento Kings

  • vs. San Antonio Spurs: Friday, July 31 (8 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Orlando Magic: Sunday, Aug. 2 (6 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Dallas Mavericks: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (2:30 p.m. ET)

  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Thursday, Aug. 6 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Brooklyn Nets: Friday, Aug. 7 (5 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Houston Rockets: Sunday, Aug. 9 (8 p.m. ET)

  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

San Antonio Spurs

  • vs. Sacramento Kings: Friday, July 31 (8 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Sunday, Aug. 2 (4 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Monday, Aug. 3 (8 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Denver Nuggets: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (4 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Utah Jazz: Friday, Aug. 7 (1 p.m. ET)

  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Sunday, Aug. 9 (3 p.m. ET, ABC)

  • vs. Houston Rockets: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (2 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Utah Jazz: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

Toronto Raptors

  • vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Saturday, Aug. 1 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Miami Heat: Monday, Aug. 3 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. Orlando Magic: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (8 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Boston Celtics: Friday, Aug. 7 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Sunday, Aug. 9 (2 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Monday, Aug. 10 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Denver Nuggets: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)

Utah Jazz

  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Thursday, July 30 (6:30 ET, TNT)

  • vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Saturday, Aug. 1 (3:30 ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Monday, Aug. 3 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (2:30 p.m. ET)

  • vs. San Antonio Spurs: Friday, Aug. 7 (1 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Denver Nuggets: Saturday, Aug. 8 (3:30 p.m. ET, TNT)

  • vs. Dallas Mavericks: Monday, Aug. 10 (3 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. San Antonio Spurs: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

Washington Wizards

  • vs. Phoenix Suns: Friday, July 31 (4 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Brooklyn Nets: Sunday, Aug. 2 (2 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Indiana Pacers: Monday, Aug. 3 (4 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)

  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Friday, Aug. 7 (8 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Sunday, Aug. 9 (12:30 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (9 p.m. ET)

  • vs. Boston Celtics: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)

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