The Brooklyn Nets schedule for the restart of the NBA season has been announced. They will take on the Orlando Magic (with no fans in attendance) on July 31.
Their second game will be important as well, as they take on the Washington Wizards. The Nets are 0.5 games ahead of the Magic and 6 games ahead of the Wizards. They play the Magic one more time in their second to last game of the restart.
It is crucial for the Nets to stay ahead of both teams in order to finish as the number seven seed and avoid playing the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round.
If the Nets finish as the seventh seed or finish as the eighth seed but four games ahead of the Wizards, they will clinch a playoff berth. If they finish as the eighth seed but the Wizards are within four games of them, the two teams will take part in a play-in tournament. The ninth seed would have to beat the eighth seed twice in a row to clinch a playoff spot.
While expectations are low for Brooklyn with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving out injured, making the postseason would serve as an opportunity for the team’s young players to get important playoff experience.