NEW YORK — The primary basket of the NBA’s inaugural in-season event possible might be made in Indianapolis.
The league unveiled the 60-game schedule for group play of the brand new occasion on Tuesday — with the primary sport set to be Cleveland visiting Indiana on November 3, the opener of what’s scheduled to be seven video games on that first night time of matchups.
Every workforce will play 4 video games within the group stage, with the winners of the six teams and two wild-card groups shifting on to the single-elimination quarterfinals.
At stake: about $18 million in prize cash. The event payouts for gamers on normal contracts might be $500,000 apiece for these on the profitable workforce, $200,000 apiece for these on the runner-up, $100,000 apiece for these on the groups that lose semifinal video games and $50,000 for these on the groups that lose within the quarterfinals.
Groups had been assigned final month to a five-team group. They’ll play one sport towards one another as a part of the event.
West Group A — Memphis, Phoenix, the Los Angeles Lakers, Utah and Portland.
West Group B — Denver, the Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans, Dallas and Houston.
West Group C — Sacramento, Golden State, Minnesota, Oklahoma Metropolis and San Antonio.
East Group A — Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Indiana and Detroit.
East Group B — Milwaukee, New York, Miami, Washington and Charlotte.
East Group C — Boston, Brooklyn, Toronto, Chicago and Orlando.
All video games on Tuesdays and Fridays in November might be designated as tournament-game days. (That doesn’t embody Nov. 7, when the league won’t maintain any video games in observance of Election Day.)
There are 14 groups that can start play on Nov. 3, and 13 groups will get their first event video games in on Nov. 10.
Orlando and Atlanta gained’t begin their event schedules till Nov. 14, and Toronto doesn’t make its event debut till Nov. 17.
One other spotlight: 10 video games on the schedule for Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving and historically one of many busiest vacation buying days. That day’s slate begins with Boston visiting Orlando at 2:30 p.m. EST.
Quarterfinals might be performed on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5. The semifinals are in Las Vegas on Dec. 7, and the championship sport is there on Dec. 9.
Each event sport will rely as a regular-season sport within the standings — apart from the championship sport.
Groups will get their regular-season schedules and nationwide broadcast schedules on Thursday.
These lists can have solely 80 video games. The 2 video games lacking from every workforce’s schedule might be performed in December — both as a part of the event, or for the 22 groups that don’t qualify for the knockout spherical, as added regular-season video games that might be scheduled for Dec. 6 and Dec. 8.
Nov. 3 — Cleveland at Indiana, New York at Milwaukee, Dallas at Denver, Washington at Miami, Brooklyn at Chicago, Golden State at Oklahoma Metropolis, Memphis at Portland.
Nov. 7 — No video games, Election Day.
Nov. 10 — Brooklyn at Boston, LA Lakers at Phoenix, Philadelphia at Detroit, Charlotte at Washington, New Orleans at Houston, Utah at Memphis, Minnesota at San Antonio, LA Clippers at Dallas, Oklahoma Metropolis at Sacramento.
Nov. 14 — San Antonio at Oklahoma Metropolis, LA Clippers at Denver, Miami at Charlotte, Atlanta at Detroit, Indiana at Philadelphia, Orlando at Brooklyn, Dallas at New Orleans, Portland at Utah, Minnesota at Golden State, Memphis at LA Lakers.
Nov. 17 — Sacramento at San Antonio, Phoenix at Utah, Milwaukee at Charlotte, New York at Washington, Philadelphia at Atlanta, Detroit at Cleveland, Boston at Toronto, Orlando at Chicago, Denver at New Orleans, LA Lakers at Portland, Houston at LA Clippers.
Nov. 21 — Cleveland at Philadelphia, Utah at LA Lakers, Toronto at Orlando, Indiana at Atlanta, Portland at Phoenix.
Nov. 24 — Boston at Orlando, Phoenix at Memphis, Miami at New York, San Antonio at Golden State, Chicago at Toronto, Detroit at Indiana, Denver at Houston, Washington at Milwaukee, Sacramento at Minnesota, New Orleans at LA Clippers.
Nov. 28 — Milwaukee at Miami, Golden State at Sacramento, Chicago at Boston, Toronto at Brooklyn, Atlanta at Cleveland, Charlotte at New York, Oklahoma Metropolis at Minnesota, Houston at Dallas.
Dec. 4 and 5 — Quarterfinals at workforce websites.
Dec. 6 — Common-season video games TBA.
Dec. 7 — Semifinals in Las Vegas.
Dec. 8 — Common-season video games TBA.
Dec. 9 — Championship in Las Vegas.
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