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NBA 2020 Season Is Back, Who are the Biggest Winners and Loser?

The NBA will resume July 31 in Orlando as 22 teams will play eight seeding games, and the playoffs will continue as we know them. There are winners and losers in the wake of this new format.

Winners go from players to teams that were still fighting for playoff spots. While losers can also be teams involved in the 22 system, so not only the ones left out are unhappy or under pressure.

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Phoenix Suns: 

The Suns are the last team "invited" to the seeding games. Their record is 26-39, so not only were they elected by the skin of their teeth (since only teams that were six or fewer games below the eighth seed participate in the 22 teams resumption), but Devin Booker has the chance to pull the miracle and look for a place in playoffs.

Portland Trail Blazers: 

Portland Trail Blazers went to the Western Conference Finals last year, and this year they would've been out of the playoffs since they were the ninth seed. So, the fact that the NBA instilled this format and didn't jump straight to the playoffs gave Portland a chance of redemption by not falling out of the postseason and putting them in a great position they are just one game below eighth seed Memphis.

New Orleans Pelicans: 

Yes, we could say the New Orleans Pelicans. But if the Pelicans missed the playoffs, you wouldn't be as surprised. They are very young and have a bright future. 

Zion Williamson, on the other hand, was the highest-rated rookie since LeBron James back in 2003. He started the season injured, and he played only 19 games, but he came with no chill whatsoever, as he averaged 22 ppg and 6.8 apg. So the fact that he has the chance to propel his team into the playoffs makes Zion a winner in this situation.

LA Teams:  

Both LA teams are huge winners as they were poised to win the BA title from the start of the season, and resuming it allows them to fulfill that goal.

The Lakers are the number one seed and had a regular season that got better as time passed. LeBron James was in the MVP race when the season stopped. Regaining that momentum is nothing but imperative if they want to win the chip, but having the opportunity to capitalize on what has been a magnificent season makes them winners.

The Clippers also come as winners, since they were an up and down team, but got the steam going in the last part of the season, as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were starting to know each other and building up that chemistry. Kawhi has been load-managed the season to enter this stage as a colossal force, just like he did last year, so it's time for the Klaw to impose his will and guide his team to their first NBA title.

Bradley Beal: 

Let's be honest, if you're not a Wizards fan, you don't care about that franchise, but seeing the humongous efforts Bradley Beal has put leading this dreadful team, to have a chance to at least put pressure on the eighth seed (Orlando Magic), although they are six games behind.


Memphis Grizzlies: 

Memphis Grizzlies are the eighth seed and hasn't gone to the playoffs since 2017. The fact that they are in jeopardy and now are the hunted instead of the hunters puts a lot of pressure on a very young team. 

The Grizzlies will hope for Ja Morant to keep them inside the playoffs, and hopefully avoid any play-in tournament.

Houston Rockets: 

The Houston Rockets are sixth, tied in Wins with the Dallas Mavericks, who are seventh, but why are they "losers"? Because they have the pressure to stay or climb in the standings, as a fallout to sixth place will condemn them to face the LA Clippers, and no one wants to face the Clippers in the first round, especially the Rockets, whose two-star players are under the scope for being chokers.

Brooklyn Nets: 

The final loser comes in the shape of the Brooklyn Nets as they won't have Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving is still an enigma as to what shape he is in. Finally, they will finish either seventh or eighth (unless they fall out), which means either the Bucks or the Raptors will be their rivals. Both teams are superior but are horrible matchups as well from a physical standpoint.

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