This season’s NBA Playoffs are sure to be as exciting as it is unique. After the season was suspended on March 11 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, fans have been eagerly waiting for pro basketball to start up again.

After months of planning, there’s not long left to wait now, as July 30 has been confirmed as the date on which the NBA will get back up and running. This is when 22 teams will start playing again with an eight game season then right into the post season.

That in mind, it’s time to print your NBA bracket and watch all the emotions from your favorite sport on your couch or sofa (since unfortunately the games won’t permit fans).

Printable NBA Playoff Bracket 2020

The NBA Playoff bracket isn’t going to be the same this year. Obviously, the NBA postseason tournament begins much later than previous years. The NBA playoffs will feature 16 teams as with every year, but this year’s postseason bracket will feature several tweaks to adjust for the stoppage. Here’s what the bracket will look like if it were to start today:

As we mentioned, the shutdown has made for a more complicated seeding this season with the league introducing a play-in game. The ninth seed in a conference is within four games of the team above them. In this case, the two teams will take part in a play-in series to see which one moves into the playoffs.

If this play-in series is needed, the team that is currently eighth seed only needs to win one of the games to progress, while the team below them will need to win two of them to qualify.

The NBA Finals are planned with a start date of September 30, while the whole NBA Playoffs are schedule to end by October 31.

Bucks and Lakers are locked as #1 seeds

Let’s take a look at the bracket and the contenders for the trophy. In the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks were the first to claim their spot in the playoffs, doing so impressively early and was on pace to have a 70 win season before everything stopped.. They had a 53-12 record at the time of the suspension.

If we move across to the Western Conference, we can see that the Los Angeles Lakers led the way with 49-24, becoming the first team to secure a playoff berth in early March. Both the Bucks and Lakers have earned the #1 seed in their conference. Here’s what the playoff bracket looks like with just Milwaukee and the Lakers locked in.

After the Bucks, the Toronto Raptors qualified with a 46-18 record. The Boston Celtics also got through with a 43-21 record, and Miami Heat with 41-24. The remaining teams to qualify from this conference are the Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic.

The Los Angeles Clippers were in second place with a 44-20 record when basketball ground to a halt. In third place when the season was stopped were the Denver Nuggets (43-22). Following them were Utah Jazz (41-23), Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24), the Houston Rockets (40-24), the Dallas Mavericks (40-27), and the Memphis Grizzlies (32-33).

On the outside looking in are Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans who have a decent chance of obtaining the eighth or ninth spot.

You can download the above version of the NBA playoff bracket in PDF here.

Which Team Are Expected to Challenge Strongly?

The unusual nature of this season and the fact that some players will be missing the remainder of the games for various reasons make it harder to predict than usual.

If you want to bet on NBA games, you will also need to take into account the difference made by the lack of home advantage in this tournament. Click here to check the latest odds of the NBA teams:

With all of the games being played in the same arena with no fans present, it is difficult to predict which teams will benefit from this situation. However, we are excited for the return of the NBA games.

All in all, it looks like being a fascinating end to a unique basketball season. For the moment, the following season is looking like it will be closer to what we are used to, albeit with a condensed schedule from December 1, 2020 through to April 2021.

The NBA’s full re-start schedule

All of the remaining game in the 2019-20 NBA season will be played in Florida, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. The idea is that the 22 teams that were at the top of their respective leagues when basketball was suspended will all take part.

Eight additional regular season games are needed for each team to finish off the season. 16 of the clubs will then move into the post-season tournament.