Lakers-Clippers highlight NBA's return on July 30
The game is one of two on the slate for the opening night of play in the season re-start, which will be taking place with 22 teams competing in a "bubble" quarantine environment in Florida and playing games at the Walt Disney World Resort campus. The NBA announced the schedule for 88 "seeding games" on Friday, starting with the July 30 double-header of the Utah Jazz v New Orleans Pelicans and Lakers-Clippers. The Milwaukee Bucks, who owned the best record in the league when play was shut down on March 11 after Jazz big man Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, highlight a six-game slate on July 31 taking on the Boston Celtics. From there, the NBA will play up to seven games each day, with tip-offs taking place between noon and 9 pm (1600 gmt-0100 gmt) across three different courts at the sports complex at Disney World. Each team will be designated as the home team in four seeding games and the visiting team in four seeding games. The NBA said the seeding matchups were selected from the games that remained among the remaining 259 to be played in the regular season and will count toward the final regular-season standings and regular-season statistics. But not every team will be around to finish out the disrupted season.