NBA teams that are eliminated from the playoffs will leave the campus in Orlando, Florida, immediately after their final games, according to the NBA.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports initially reported the teams would leave Wednesday, Aug. 12, but the league clarified the Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings, who have already been eliminated from playoff contention, will play Thursday, Aug. 13, and then leave the bubble.
Players will shower and eat before taking a team bus to the airport.
The Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns are still vying for the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds in the Western Conference with the two top teams set to compete in a play-in series Saturday and Sunday. There will be no play-in series in the Eastern Conference with the Wizards more than four games out of a playoff spot.
The NBA playoff matchups are (mostly) set. And so is the first-round playoff schedule.
No home-court advantage on the Disney campus. Each first-round series will proceed with games every other day, starting Monday. And get ready for four games a day (until a team is eliminated) with tip-off as early as 1 p.m. ET for some games.
The top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers open their Western Conference series Tuesday, as do the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the East.
The first playoff game is between Denver-Utah on Monday at 1:30 p.m. ET – late morning Rocky Mountain special for fans of those two teams.
Before the playoffs even officially begin, we'll have the play-in to determine the final seed in the West.
The Portland Trail Blazers (No. 8) and the Memphis Grizzlies (No. 9) will meet Saturday (2:30 p.m. ET on ABC) in the first of possibly two play-in games. If Memphis wins, the two teams will play again Sunday to determine the final seed in the West. Portland needs to win just once to secure the final playoff spot.