AP file photo / The entrance to the parking lot at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The deals are done. The NBA is coming back. Will there be magic at the Magic Kingdom?

The 2019-20 season will resume July 30 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida.

Here are 10 things to know about the season when it restarts:



There are six teams in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference — the Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns. (Technically, the Dallas Mavericks are also in that race, though they need only one win and one Memphis loss to clinch no worse than the No. 7 spot.)

There are seven head-to-head matchups involving those six teams, including four games with the Pelicans — they play Sacramento twice, Memphis once and San Antonio once. The other games: Sacramento versus San Antonio, Memphis versus San Antonio and Portland versus Memphis.

Phoenix doesn't play any of the other five teams in the race for eighth.

The Grizzlies start with a 3 1/2-game lead over Portland, New Orleans and Sacramento and a four-game edge on San Antonio. Unless the Grizzlies open up space on all four, it seems likely there will be a best-of-two play-in series for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs and a probable first-round matchup with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The play-in games will take place if the ninth-place team in either conference is within four games of eighth when the seeding round ends.

In the Eastern Conference, it's a bit more simple. No. 7 Brooklyn is six games ahead of Washington, and No. 8 Orlando is 5 1/2 games clear of the Wizards in the race to clinch a berth and avoid a play-in series. None of those teams can move past the No. 7 spot in the standings.



The Milwaukee Bucks need two wins, two Toronto Raptors losses or one of each to clinch the No. 1 seed in the East. The Lakers need three wins, three Clippers losses or a combination thereof to clinch the No. 1 spot in the West.

The Denver Nuggets also have a mathematical chance at the No. 1 seed in the West — but they would need to go 8-0 and have the Lakers go 0-8 for that to happen.

Most of the races at Disney will be for seeding. Milwaukee cannot finish lower than No. 2 in the East, and reigning NBA champion Toronto needs only one win to be assured of a top-four seed. The West could still experience some shakeups in the standings, with four games separating second place from sixth place and only 2 1/2 games separating fourth from seventh.

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AP photo by Ron Jenkins / Dallas Mavericks center Boban Marjanovic (51) is congratulated by teammates during a home game against the Denver Nuggets on March 11, the last night of games before the NBA suspended its 2019-20 season.


The Miami Heat had a league-high eight games remaining against the eight teams that didn't qualify for the Disney restart.

Now the Heat will have a fight on their hands just to hang onto the No. 4 spot in the East.

Miami plays the Boston Celtics, Denver, Indiana Pacers (twice), Milwaukee, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix and Toronto in the seeding games. That schedule ranks harder than that of the Philadelphia 76ers or the Pacers, who are both two games behind the Heat in the East.

The Orlando Magic and the Lakers both had seven games against the eight eliminated teams canceled, tied for second-most in the league behind Miami. Memphis had the fewest such games lost, with just one — a matchup against the New York Knicks.



All 22 teams will be staying at Disney for the rest of their seasons. Yes, that includes the Magic — whose home arena is about 20 miles from the Magic Kingdom.

They simply see it as doing their part to make the restart happen.

"We appreciate the leadership of NBA commissioner Adam Silver, our longtime partner Disney and our local leaders in this unprecedented time," Magic CEO Alex Martins said. "We look forward to providing assistance as needed in restarting the NBA season in Orlando while using our collective platform to drive meaningful social impact."



Philadelphia was the NBA's best home team this season, going 29-2 — on pace to be the second-best home record in a season in franchise history. The 1949-50 Syracuse Nationals were better, going 36-2 at the State Fair Coliseum in the franchise's inaugural season.

Problem is, the 76ers won't be playing in Philadelphia again until next season.

Philadelphia went just 10-24 on the road in the regular season, the second-worst road mark of the 22 teams that will be playing at Disney. Only the Washington Wizards (8-24) were worse.

If the 76ers are going to go deep in these playoffs, they'll need to figure out how to win without the raucous Wells Fargo Center advantage.



The Bucks have the NBA's best record this season, and one of the reasons why is because of how good they were against the eight teams that didn't qualify for the restart: the Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Bucks were 22-0 against those eight as one of three teams to go unbeaten against that group; Oklahoma City was 15-0 and the Lakers were 12-0. Boston and Toronto were both 19-1, and Utah was 15-1. Only one remaining team had a losing record against those eight clubs: San Antonio went 7-8.

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AP photo by Mark J. Terrill / Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends on March 8.


The schedule means the Lakers won't play games on three consecutive days after all.

The Lakers would have played home games on April 7-9 against Golden State, Chicago and the Clippers — the last of those coming because a game that was scheduled to be played shortly after Kobe Bryant's death was moved until later in the season.



For 26 players on the rosters of the 22 teams, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is going to look familiar because they played there in college.

The site hosts to Orlando Invitational during Thanksgiving week, and some alumni of that event are headed back there now for NBA contests. Among them: Heat teammates Jimmy Butler (Marquette, 2009) and Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga, 2012), the Blazers' Zach Collins (Gonzaga, 2016), the Wizards' Rui Hachimura (Gonzaga, 2016), the Bucks' Khris Middleton (Texas A&M, 2010), the Pacers' Edmond Sumner (Xavier, 2015), the Suns' Kelly Oubre Jr. (Kansas, 2014) and the Celtics' Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State, 2013).

And lest we forget, the Lopez brothers — Bucks teammates Brook and Robin — are huge Disney fans and have made their affinity for the place very well known in recent weeks.



For the first time in eight seasons, the league record for total 3-pointers made won't get broken.

It was on pace to be smashed.

NBA teams have combined for 23,560 3-pointers made so far this season, which is already the fourth most of any season in league history. The league was on pace for 29,844, which is 1,889 more than the record of 27,955 set last season.



Florida — the Sunshine State — will be the epicenter of basketball this summer.

While the NBA is headed to Disney, the WNBA season is also scheduled to begin next month and be headquartered at IMG Academy in Bradenton. That's about 100 miles from where the NBA will be playing.

The WNBA plan is for its players to be housed at IMG, a prep boarding school with a sports focus, with games to be played at the nearby Feld Entertainment Center.