The NBA has approved to restart the season of 2019-2020 competitive format with 22 teams returning to play, which starts from 31st July. The board has taken the first step to restart this season which has been suspended by the coronavirus pandemic situation. The season is in a competitive format, so the NBA has approved 22 returning teams which will be 16 teams (per conference) in the current playoff position and six teams currently six games or more behind their eighth seed. The season will begin with eight "seeding games" for each returning team and includes the possibility of a play-in tournament for the eighth and final playoff seed in each conference based on a combined record of regular-season games and seeding games. In a statement, NBA said, "Once the 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs would proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The NBA Finals would end no later than October 12". These are the 22 returning teams for the season who would restart the season such as Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards from the Eastern Conference and the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns from the Western Conference.