The new NBA 2021-22 season starts on Tuesday, October 19, as the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks host the Brooklyn Nets before the Golden State Warriors visit the Los Angeles Lakers on the opening night.
This year the league celebrates its 75th anniversary.
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Predictions for 2021-22 season
Last season Milwaukee Bucks won their first title in 50 years behind superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo who’s still just 26 years old. But when it comes to predicting the 2021-22 season, there’s no doubt in the talent of the Brooklyn Nets. Kevin Durant and James Harden were named the best players at their position. So this season the Nets are the favourites to win their first NBA championship.
NBA 2021-22 season schedule
The NBA returned to a full 82-game regular season in its normal mid-October to mid-April schedule for the first time since the 2018–19 season, as the previous two seasons have been cut due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NBA will stage a play-in tournament for teams ranked 7th through 10th in each conference from April 12–15, 2022. The 7th place team will host the 8th place team with the winner clinching the 7th seed in the playoffs. The 9th place team will host the 10th place team with the loser being eliminated from playoff contention. The 7th–8th place game’s loser will then host the 9th–10th place game’s winner, with the winner clinching the 8th seed and the loser being eliminated.
The playoffs will begin on April 16, 2022. The Finals are set to begin on June 2, with a potential Game 7 scheduled for June 19.
NBA to celebrate 75th anniversary
On Monday 1 November, it will be exactly 75 years since the league’s first ever regular season game, played by the New York Knicks and the Toronto Huskies. To celebrate the occasion, the Knicks will face the Toronto Raptors that day. The NBA will also name its 75 greatest ever players.