Jolly Ol’ St. Chuck And FanDuel Sportsbook Delivering Holiday Odds Boosts

FanDuel Sportsbook customers can now wager on Charles Barkley boosts as part of a deal between the former 76er and the NJ sports betting operator.

You’ve seen Charles Barkley host Saturday Night Live, play golf and try to convince Shaquille O’Neal that Earth is closer to the moon than Atlanta is to California.

But have you seen Charles Barkley promos for daily fantasy sports and NJ sports betting enthusiasts?

Thanks to FanDuel, New Jersey bettors can now do so. Jolly Ol’ St. Chuck is starting out the fun with some deals this week. It’s part of a multiyear partnership between Barkley and FanDuel Group.

Details of the Charles Barkley promos

Whether you play daily fantasy sports games, bet on sporting events or both at FanDuel, there’s something in St. Chuck’s bag for you this week. The gifting begins today with free site credit for all FanDuel Sportsbook customers.

FanDuel plans to offer more free site credit tomorrow as well. Because Barkley, the former Philadelphia 76er, rose to prominence as an NBA player, FanDuel is also offering special Barkley Boosts for the five NBA games on Christmas Day.

Two others are available for tonight’s opening night action:

  • Steph Curry to be top points scorer in Warriors-Nets game, now paying +240
  • LeBron James to score over 21.5 points versus Clippers, now paying +100

The max bet is $50 on both odds boosts.

DFS players can enjoy a free entry, for use anytime from now through Christmas Day. Barkley’s entry into the Basketball Hall of Fame was accompanied by the retirement of his number, 34, so FanDuel is donating 340,000 meals to Feeding America.

“Charles Barkley is an American sports icon, a television legend and gaming royalty, so he’s the perfect person to ring in the holidays for our customers,” said Mike Raffensperger, chief marketing officer of FanDuel Group. “For the next few years, we look forward to amplifying his voice, and adding Barkley’s one-of-a-kind personality will continue to differentiate FanDuel and make sports betting fun for everyone.”

This partnership could be viewed as an extension of the deal between FanDuel and Turner Sports. Earlier this year, the two companies made a deal to include FanDuel in Turner’s NBA content.

“The Inside the NBA crew and I really enjoyed working with FanDuel during last season’s playoffs, and I’m grateful to now be their brand ambassador,” said Barkley. “FanDuel helps our show be more informative and interactive, and they do it in a way that any knucklehead could understand. So even if your team is down by 20 in the fourth quarter, with FanDuel, you’ll have a reason to keep watching.”

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Barkley joins a growing community

Barkley isn’t the first former professional athlete, even just within the ranks of former NBA players, to ink such a deal. For example, Allen Iverson is a longtime PointsBet spokesperson.

FanDuel itself has a similar deal with former NFL player Pat McAfee. Spokesperson roles haven’t necessarily always gone to former athletes, however. Actor, musician and producer Jamie Fox is a spokesperson for BetMGM.

And Barkley previously did an ad campaign with DraftKings Sportsbook.

These partnerships are a win for both parties. This one allows Barkley to further cash in on his notoriety and gives FanDuel a new way to market its products. This week, NJ bettors and DFS players can enjoy some benefits as well.

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Sixers Vs. Celtics: Top 10 Memorable Moments In A Storied NBA Rivalry

Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. Julius Irving and Larry Bird. The Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics may be one of the best rivalries in the NBA.

Let’s salute a legendary NBA rivalry, Sixers vs. Celtics.

The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics launch a league-record 21st postseason set on Monday night. Game 1 of the series at Walt Disney World in Florida tips off at 6:30 p.m.

Boston holds a 13-7 lead, with wins in the last four head-to-head battles.

Current odds at NJ online sportsbooks put the Sixers as dogs for Game 1. Here are the Sixers vs. Celtics Game 1 lines (odds as of 1 p.m. EST Aug. 17):

76ers vs. Celtics Game 1:
Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
DraftKingsFanDuelFox Bet
Moneyline+225 Sixers
-278 Celtics
+225 Sixers
-275 Celtics
+220 Sixers
-275 Celtics
Total PointsO 218 (-112)
U 218 (-109)
O 218 (-110)
U 218 (-110)
O 218 (-110)
U 218 (-105)
Point Spread+6.5 (-110)
-6.5 (-110)
+6.5 (-110)
-6.5 (-110)
+6.5 (-110)
-6.5 (-110)

What are some of the epic moments between these storied franchises?

In selecting a personal favorites list, I considered historical context, gut-wrenching finishes and the matchups of superstars — Wilt Chamberlain versus Bill Russell in the 1960s, Julius Erving versus Larry Bird in the 1980s, etc.

These clashes were memorable because the Sixers and Celtics were often the best teams in the entire NBA when they met. And back then, the NBA playoffs were nothing without a Sixers-Celtics battle.

The two teams have faced each other less often in recent years, only twice in the past decade, making these memories more vintage.

And so, here are my top 10 memorable moments in the Sixers vs. Celtics rivalry.

1. Sixers end Celtics’ reign: April 10, 1967

The Celtics had won a historic eight consecutive NBA championships, a record that still stands, until the night the Sixers put them to sleep.

This was that game.

The Sixers pounded Boston 140-116, wrapping up the Eastern Conference championship in five games. Chamberlain had 29 points and an eye-popping 36 rebounds. Hal Greer threw in 32 points.

The Sixers would go on to beat the Los Angeles Lakers and win the NBA title. The Celtics would win the next two NBA championships for an unprecedented 10 titles in 11 years. The only interruption? This series.

2. Celtics get payback: April 19, 1968

The Sixers had a 3-1 lead and were one win away from defending their title with a return to the NBA finals in 1968. But … oops.

The Celtics stormed back to win three straight, including a 100-96 triumph in Philadelphia to seal the deal.

Chamberlain was less involved with the offense in this game. The Celtics had six players in double figures, offsetting Chamberlain’s 14 points and 34 rebounds.

It was the first time an NBA team ever coughed up a 3-1 series lead and lost. This was also the last game for Chamberlain as a Sixer. He was soon traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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3. ‘No comment, baby’: May 23, 1982

The Sixers had a theme of losing 3-1 series leads against the Celtics. It happened in 1982 too, but there was redemption.

The Sixers bounced back to win Game 7, 120-106, becoming only the second team (after the 1973 New York Knicks) to beat the Celtics in a deciding game at Boston Garden.

The Sixers were serenaded by “Beat LA” chants from the Celtics faithful (they would go on to be swept in the finals by the Lakers), and the postgame scene was fiery.

Sixers coach Billy Cunningham, upset that Philadelphia newspapers had pronounced the team dead before Game 7, walked into the postgame media room, said “No comment, baby,” and left.

It is one of the rare times a winning coach refused to address the news media. Side note: This is the last time the Sixers beat the Celtics in the postseason.

4. ‘Havlicek stole the ball’: April 14, 1976

The Celtics beat the Sixers 110-109 to win Game 7 of the conference finals in 1976 despite Chamberlain getting 30 points and 32 rebounds.

The Sixers had the ball with time for a potential winning shot but did not get it off as Celtic John Havlicek stole the inbound pass.

“Havlicek Stole the Ball” became a famous call by Celtics announcer Johnny Most, and it remains one of the most iconic defensive plays in NBA history.

Boston went on to win the NBA title. Havlicek’s play STILL ranks on NBA lists for greatest defensive plays 55 years after it happened.

5. Sixers reach NBA Finals: April 27, 1980

Say hello to the most one-sided series win for the Sixers.

In April 1980, the team closed out the Celtics 105-94 in Boston Garden to capture the conference championship in five games.

Lionel Hollins led the way with 24 points. Darryl Dawkins tossed in 18. But the Sixers would fall to the Lakers in six games in the NBA Finals. In the 1980s, the Sixers would reach the NBA Finals in three of four seasons.

On two occasions, this one included, they beat the Celtics along the way.

6. A Sixers heartbreak: May 3, 1981

In the Larry Bird-Julius Erving era, the 62-win Sixers led the series 3-1. But they lost the final three games by a total of five points.

The last was a 91-90 nail biter. In fact, the last four games in this 1981 series were determined by a total of seven points. Another was by one point. Five of the seven games were decided by all of eight points.

This may have been the best-matched series in the rivalry.

7. Tempers erupt in preseason bout: 1983

These heated NBA rivals had a brawl, in a 1983 exhibition game, that featured three separate fights.

That included Moses Malone vs. Cedric Maxwell, Bird vs. Marc Iavaroni and Gerald Henderson vs. Sedale Threatt.

During the melee, Bird ripped Cunningham’s sports jacket in half. “Honorable” mention: 1985 featured a choking match between Bird and Erving.

8. Bird and the Doc: Nov. 9, 1984

As they jostled for position going down the floor, Bird and Erving collided. Words and then fists broke out. Erving threw the first punches.

It was an ungracious moment between two otherwise classy but intense performers. The battle in November 1984 was a metaphor for the rivalry, as both teams had become solid and jostled for every possible edge.

In later years, Erving said he didn’t like Bird because the teams were so competitive to begin with.

9. Sixers extend season: May 1, 1977

In a year in which they would reach the NBA Finals and lose to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Sixers earned a taut 83-77 Game 7 thriller at home to open the playoff road.

World B Free led the way with 27 points. Dr. J added 14. This was a conference semifinal. The Sixers then had to beat the Houston Rockets before losing in the NBA Finals.

10. Celtics stage a comeback vs. Sixers: May 3, 2018

En route to winning the last playoff set in five games, the Celtics stole this Game 2 bout in 2018.

They were down 23 points in the second quarter but stormed back to take the game and drive an emotional dagger though the Sixers, who never recovered. The final was 108-103.

It’s 2020, and here we go again. I hope this list of top 10 Celtics vs. Sixers memories has you pumped for Game 1 tonight. Enjoy the series.

Five Things To Know Before You Bet On Sixers Vs. Pacers At NJ Sportsbooks

The Philadelphia Sixers face the Indiana Pacers in their first matchup in the NBA restart. Here are five things you should know before you place that bet.

Here come the chameleons.

As the Philadelphia Sixers make their NBA return Saturday against the Indiana Pacers, bettors are backing the home court model — a league-best 29-2.

They have ignored Philly’s 10-24 road mark and made them 6-point favorites at FanDuel and DraftKings on the neutral court in Orlando, FL. 

By Thursday afternoon, the line had dropped to 5.5 at both sportsbooks.

There is Philly Fever in the NJ sports betting world.

DraftKings Sportsbook reports that the Sixers have taken the second-most championship money, 16%, at odds of 20-1. Only the Los Angeles Lakers, the league favorite at +240, have more action, 33%, than the Sixers.

“I see bets come through on a daily basis, and recently the Sixers are taking more than any other team,” said Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings. “This is the healthiest they have been. The team was not gelling before, but with so many players back, maybe now they have a second chance to win.

“They are very talented.”

So how will the first game of the Sixers restart play out? Here are five things to look at. (Odds as of 7 p.m. EST July 30.)

Aug. 1 Game (Moneyline)DraftKingsFanDuelPointsBet
Philadelphia 76ers-230-235-236
Indiana Pacers+190+205+185

1. No home court advantage + no fans

This is a neutral court, and these teams have the same record, 39-26.

In theory, the line at NJ online sportsbooks should be much closer. There is a premium built into the line that the Sixers are going to advance another level.

2. High moneyline for Sixers vs. Pacers

The Sixers have a high moneyline task, too.

They are -230 at DraftKings and -235 at FanDuel Sportsbook.  That’s a lot for a six-point game.

The Pacers are +190/+205, and there will be bargain hunters.

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3. Watch the totals

The over-under for total points was 211.5 at DraftKings, 212 at FanDuel. That has since shifted to 216 at FanDuel, 211.5 at DraftKings.

The oddsmakers have an uncanny way of being right around the totals number.

Seems a little low if you think the Sixers will hit their outside shots with their tall players, but not unreasonable a total if you believe that since the players have been off for four months, they won’t be sharp.

Watch the earlier games to get a barometer of whether the shooters are on.

Guesstimate? It won’t take them long to get comfortable, maybe a couple of games.

4. The Sixers are healthy for NBA restart

Easily the most perplexing team in the league before the shutdown, the Sixers have a chance to start healthy and fresh in Orlando.

And Tobias Harris isn’t shy about trumpeting the Sixers’ championship aspirations or the fact that the chemistry was way off previously. Reconciling those things immediately is critical, especially for Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Simmons pronounced himself healthy after a four-month rehab process from a bad back. A Simmons at 100% does put Philadelphia on another level.

5. Pacers’ key offense won’t be playing

Damontos Sabonis is the heart of the Indiana offense. But he won’t play.

Sabonis, who leads the Pacers with 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds, also averages five assists. But a plantar fasciitis flare-up prompted him to leave the team. He may not be back at all.

If you liked that Sixers -6 line, hopefully you got it. The line moved to 5.5 at DraftKings and will likely shift again before Saturday.

Looking back to previous Sixers-Pacers games

The three previous games between the teams were entertaining.

The best may have been the first. In November, the Sixers nudged the Pacers 119-116 at home. That’s the only time that Simmons, Embiid and Harris were in the lineup for the Sixers in this rivalry.

Embiid had 32 points, Harris notched 22 and Simmons had 15.

In December, the Pacers got even on their home floor, beating the Sixers 115-97. Sabonis had 23 points and T.J. Warren 21 for the Pacers. The Sixers did not have Embiid, who, at 25, is working on his third consecutive 20-point, 10-rebound average for a season.

They did not have him the next time either, a 101-95 setback in January on the road. But Simmons had 24 points, Harris notched 23 and Josh Richardson stepped up with 23.

There are interesting variables to read into all three games. They indicate that a fully healthy Sixers team is a little better than the Pacers. For the first since 1984-86, the 76ers are going for their third consecutive .600-plus season.

The odds of this game reflect that.

PointsBet celebrates the return of NBA

Want to bet the Sixers? Or the Pacers? Or anyone else? PointsBet NJ just stepped up with an enticing promo, available only to New Jersey bettors.

How about that? Just for Jersey.

One of them is juice-free betting on the NBA for the eight-game regular-season resumption. No vig! Bettors are not laying the customary 10% just to place a bet. This savings adds up and directly impacts the bottom line.

And there are no $50 limits tied to regular promos. These are “normal trading limits.” Attention, all “whales”: This is an invitation to make some big wagers. The book has essentially returned its built-in profit on every bet to the gamblers.

The second is an insurance policy. If your team scores the first point of the game and then loses, PointsBet will refund you up to $50 in free bets.

Eight out of the last 10 games before the NBA suspended its season involved a team scoring first but losing.

This only applies to the first $50 staked on pregame moneyline bets. It is available in every single NBA game but applies only to the first moneyline bet on each game.

Clients betting on both moneylines in the same game will not be eligible for the promotion.

Flyers, Eagles, Sixers Or Phillies: Which Team Has The Best Chance At A Championship?

The Flyers, Phillies and Sixers will all be back in action by this weekend. The Eagles kick off in September. The odds of a championship run vary for each.

Which Philadelphia sports team is most likely to bring a trophy home this year?

The question gains relevance for two reasons. One, the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies will have resumed their seasons as of the upcoming weekend, while the Eagles are never off the betting radar.

And two, all of the teams are good.

Let’s rank title chances with personal analysis and odds at major NJ online sports betting apps, including DraftKings and FanDuel. All odds are as of July 28.

The Philly team with the best chance of a title may not be the team that immediately comes to mind.

Flyers: Can they win the Stanley Cup in 2020?

Stanley Cup OddsDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBetSugarHouseBetMGM
Philadelphia Flyers+1000+1100+1100+1050+1000+2500

Bet you didn’t know the Flyers were THE hottest team in the entire NHL before the COVID-19 shut down in March.

They had a 9-1 run, advanced to 89 points and had joined the league’s elite. They went almost a month without losing a game.

Only the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights have shorter odds than the Flyers.

Philadelphia has the same odds as the St. Louis Blues, the defending Stanley Cup champions, at FanDuel Sportsbook. Over at BetMGM, the Blues have the higher odds.

Still, the Flyers are in the top 10 for a Stanley Cup run.

This is a young team that improved dramatically on defense this season and has magic with first-year head coach Alain Vigneault. He piloted the New York Rangers to the Cup finals in 2014, and his teams historically enjoy a first-season spike.

The Flyers have four 20-goal scorers in Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Kevin Hayes. Goaltender Carter Hart is capable of leading this team all the way to the Stanley Cup.

What might deny them? The team does not have a prolific individual scorer, and backup goalie Brian Elliott is too big of a drop-off.

Uncertain intangible? The puck has not been dropped in nearly five months.

Good intangible? The Flyers are a strong team at home and away. That should carry over into a neutral site, such as Toronto, where they will play all their Eastern Conference postseason games.

The Flyers are on the right track to win their first Stanley Cup since 1974-75. Is this the time, or are they still a year away?

Eagles: Can the Birds make a return to the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl OddsDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBetSugarHouseBetMGM
Philadelphia Eagles+2000+1900+2000+2000+2000+2000

DraftKings Sportsbook has the Eagles and Sixers at roughly the same odds to hoist a championship trophy.

I lean toward the Eagles ahead of the Sixers because they have a Super Bowl triumph and two playoff appearances in the last three seasons.

This is an elite December team, and had quarterback Carson Wentz not been injured early in the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks last year, they may have advanced to the next round.

The team has discipline and character. It is strong at the tight-end position. The Eagles need a power back, a marquee receiver and stability at quarterback.

Wentz continues to tease Eagles backers, but he hasn’t been the same in his last two seasons back from injury. And now that his playoff injury from last year is on the ledger, his durability is a major question mark.

So is his mobility, without which his passing will suffer. Wentz is not on the level of a Patrick Mahomes or Jimmy Garoppolo, the quarterbacks from February’s Super Bowl.

Nonetheless, he manages a game well. Wentz has nearly three touchdowns per interception over his four-year career. That’s an exceptional ratio. He’s done this without a stellar wide-receiving group.

If the Eagles keep him healthy and supply protection in the form of a running game and breakout receiver, they will become a Super Bowl threat again.

Sixers: What are the odds they’ll be 2020 NBA champs?

NBA Finals OddsDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBetSugarHouseBetMGM
Philadelphia 76ers+2000+2000+1800+2000+2000+2500

Will the real Sixers please stand up?

The Sixers have a 39-26 record broken into two startling sections as they prepare for the end-of-season games and the post-season in Orlando, FL.

At home, they are the best team in the NBA. How about 29-2? That’s better than the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks, the +250 title co-favorites at DraftKings. That’s better than the Los Angeles Clippers, the next best at BetMGM, +325.

Yet the Sixers are 20-1 at most NJ sportsbooks for a championship because of two words: the road.

There, they are worse than the nonplayoff-bound New York Knicks, who are 21-45 overall, just 10-23 on the road.

Go figure the contrast: better than the Lakers, worse than the Knicks.

Philadelphia will probably land between their home and road extremes at the neutral site. On a given night, they can beat anyone and should be fully healthy now. But can they do it often enough?

This Sixers rise and fall with the outside shooting of their players. This is a tall team that plays away from the basket.

The Sixers have stars. Joel Emblid averages 23.4 points a game. Ben Simmons clicks at 58% field-goal percentage and averages 16.4 per game. He declared himself 100% healthy after a four-month rehab for his ailing back. Tobias Harris chips in more than 19 points a game.

Matisse Thybulle can get scorching hot off the bench in a hurry.

A prevailing sentiment before the mid-March shutdown was that if the Sixers could steal a road game in a playoff series, they would capture that series. Even for a championship.

This team may be a year or so away from their best performance, but their theme song, “Here Come the Sixers,” is appropriate. They’re coming.

Phillies: To be or not to be at the 2020 World Series?

World Series OddsDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBetSugarHouseBetMGM
Philadelphia Phillies+3000+3200+3000+2500+3000+2500

Excitement reigned when the Phillies signed Bryce Harper before last season. And they became the talk of the baseball world at 33-22 early last year.

But their bullpen failed miserably, and this team ran out of gas. They finished 81-81, or 11 games under .500 for roughly two-thirds of the season.

Nothing indicates they will rise much beyond .500, despite the heavy amount of over 31.5 season-wins backers at New Jersey sportsbooks for the 60-game season.

Off-season pickups this year included manager Joe Girardi, who will elevate the team. Didi Gregorious will help at shortstop, and Zack Wheeler was a good pitching pickup, but this team needed a Gerrit Cole.

There are some nice pieces to this team, but they don’t all fit together. The Phillies need more speed at the top of their order and a lights-out closer.

This is a reasonably good team, but probably not good enough.

Sixers, Nets Join NBA’s 22-Team Restart: Here’s How The Odds Shape Up

The NBA is back! The 22-team restart plan includes the local faves 76ers and Nets. NJ sportsbooks were quick to post title odds; here’s how they look.

At long last, New Jersey online bettors see relevant NBA Championship odds at varied sportsbooks for the first time in three months.

The NBA sparked that dynamic Thursday by announcing a July 31 return, bringing futures wagering back into the spotlight at NJ online sportsbooks.

The season is expected to run until the second week of October, and 22 teams are involved.

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Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando will be the single site for a campus for all games, practices, and housing for the remainder of the season, the league said in a statement.

Books in New Jersey began posting odds Thursday afternoon and evening.

Sixers and Nets odds at NJ sportsbooks

The Philadelphia 76ers are +2700 to win the NBA title at FanDuel, +2500 at PointsBet and BetMGM.

The Brooklyn Nets are +6000 at FanDuel and PointsBet and +5000 at BetMGM.

Not much is different at the top though. The Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are the top three across the board.

At FanDuel, the Bucks are +240 with the Lakers at +270 and the Clippers at +340.

PointsBet has the Bucks at +250, the Lakers at +275 and the Clippers at +350.

BetMGM posts the Bucks at +240, the Lakers at +275, and the Clippers at +350.

Conference championships for most teams are 40%-50% of their price for winning it all.

There is consistency across the books, with the Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and defending champion Toronto Raptors in the +1200 to + 2500 range.

There are also wrinkles, with the Nets being only +5000 (50-1) at BetMGM and PointsBet labeling a longshot for the ages with the Washington Wizards at +100000 (1000-1). Even that’s generous.

Jumping back into NBA betting

Sportsbooks took a mixed view of whether to post NBA futures right away.

The new format will take crowds and home-field advantages out of the mix. Perhaps teams like the Celtics and Sixers should be shorter priced.

FanDuel nonetheless jumped right into the fray, posting its odds with 22 teams. More books on Thursday joined them.

“We’re comfortable with where we’re at on the futures market,” a FanDuel source told NJGamblingSites. “That’s not going to change much right now.”

True, but one book displayed pragmatic paranoia.

Kevin Durant: The X factor in the NBA restart

Because the season was extended, speculation abounds about the potential return of Nets superstar Kevin Durant.

He is not supposed to play this year because he’s been rehabbing a ruptured Achilles suffered during the NBA Finals last year.

But what if he DOES play?

Taking no chances, Caesars Sportsbook on Wednesday lowered Brooklyn’s championship odds from 750-1 to 60-1.

It’s one of the largest odds drops ever for a maybe.

Durant is synonymous with gambling. The Nets rolled the dice with him, signing Durant to a four-year $164 million contract last July.

They knew the former league MVP and member of two Golden State Warriors championship teams probably couldn’t play this year. They signed him anyway.

Durant, when healthy, is transformative. He would make the Nets serious contenders if he could play all year. He has looked good in workouts while rehabbing.

But would he rush back? We shall see.

NBA restart: how it works

So how does the NBA restart season work?

Eight games will conclude the regular season. Play-in games for the last playoff spot will occur if needed. A post-season with 16 teams — eight from the Eastern and Western conferences — ensues.

The 2019-20 season will conclude with a traditional playoff format with best-of-seven series in the first round, conference semifinals, conference finals, and the NBA Finals.

The season would end around Oct. 12.

The NBA is planning to have uniform, daily testing for the coronavirus within the Disney campus environment, sources told ESPN.

If a player tests positive for the virus, the league’s intent would be to remove that player from the team to quarantine and treat individually — and continue to test other team members as they play on, sources indicated.

Where the Sixers and Nets stand

Once the campaign launches, the Sixers and Nets illustrate two of the major nuances of the resumption format.

Philadelphia is guaranteed a playoff spot, tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference with the Indiana Pacers. The Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat hold down the first four spots.

The Sixers and Pacers are only two games out of fourth place and that would normally mean a shot at snaring first-round homecourt advantage in the playoffs. But that’s less important now because the league will play in one location.

Everybody is playing in Orlando, even the Magic.

The Nets occupy the seventh playoff spot, half a game ahead of the eighth-place Magic.

The Washington Wizards, who are 5.5 games outside of the final playoff spot, are the only Eastern Conference non-playoff conference team invited to participate in the resumption. The Knicks, at 21-45, are out.

The Nets and Magic clinch the final two spots unless the ninth-place Wizards practically run the table.

Any play-in tournament with the No. 8 and No. 9 teams occurs only if the ninth seed finishes the regular season within four games of the eighth-place team.

In that case, the ninth-seeded team would have to beat the eighth seed twice in order to get in. The Wizards are 24-40 and unlikely to pull off that miracle in the East.

That is more conceivable in the West.

The Western Conference features the Lakers, Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz as the top four teams.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies hold the next four spots.

Is Atlantic City Really Being Considered To Host The NBA Playoffs?

Atlantic City is rumored to be a potential NBA playoff site for a 16-team tournament. It sounds crazy, and that’s why we are talking about it.

The word is that the NBA playoffs could end up being a 16-team, single-site tournament.

And, believe it or not, Atlantic City is being discussed as a potential site.

New York Post article mentions Jersey Shore, along with several other cities, including Las Vegas and Orlando. 

Sound crazy? Do we even know what it means in today’s world?

Since there aren’t any professional sports taking place right now, this is the perfect time to talk about it.

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Atlantic City still waiting on the NBA

With Atlantic City casinos currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, welcoming the NBA would do wonders for Jersey Shore.

The current shutdown is the longest in AC history, and it’s expected to continue for several more weeks. Of course, that means there will no NBA in Atlantic City, or anywhere else for that matter until the country opens back up.

The league has yet to share an official statement regarding how and when NBA games will return.

Will teams finish the regular season? If so, how many more games will be played?

What will the exact playoff format be?

Will fans be allowed to attend the games?

The NBA and the other professional sports leagues have never faced these questions before.

NBA playoffs in Atlantic City, Las Vegas or Orlando?

On paper, Atlantic City seems like the most unlikely destination for an NBA postseason tournament.

The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas is home to the NBA Summer League and UNLV basketball games. Plus, the 2007 All-Star Game was played there.

The Amway Center in Central Florida is home to the Orlando Magic. That would give home-court advantage to a franchise holding down the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 seed. That doesn’t seem fair.

AC, on the other hand, is neutral turf.

Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall has hosted several basketball events. This includes last month’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. It was abruptly cut short when the NCAA decided to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

The Atlantic 10 previously held its postseason tournament in AC before moving it to Brooklyn.

Boardwalk Hall can hold more than 14,000 fans.

In terms of hotel rooms, the Las Vegas Strip has more room inventory. In AC, the nine casino-hotels alone could provide more than 15,000 rooms for teams, league executives and fans.

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NBA playoff betting handle would be huge

Think about the potential boost an NBA event of this magnitude could do for the NJ sports betting industry.

As long as the social distancing rules are loosened, the eight retail sportsbooks would be filled to capacity. Even if bettors wager using one of the 17 mobile apps, those who can’t get tickets at the arena will be looking for a gathering place to watch and bet on the NBA games.

Would it reach Super Bowl betting levels? More than $54 million was wagered on February’s Big Game.

Unlike college basketball tournaments, NBA betting on NJ-based events is permitted. And with this being a multi-day event, the Garden State could potentially crush previous records.

This is not an April Fools’ joke

Yes, today is April Fools’ Day.

As crazy as the NBA playoffs taking place in Atlantic City sounds, no disclaimer is needed.

The leagues are considering all options at this point.

Just talking about this gives us hope that the NBA will resume sometime soon.