On March 11, 2020, the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of the suspension, teams had played between 63 and 67 games. On July 30 , a reformatted regular season, with 8 more games scheduled for 22 qualified teams, resumed play, all of which took place within a quarantine bubble at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex inside Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida.
The 22 top teams in the league at the time of the suspension played eight additional regular season games to determine playoff seeding, with 16 of those teams playing in a conventional postseason tournament. If the ninth seed within a conference would have finished the regular season within four games of the eighth seed, they would have then competed in a play-in series. A play-in game took place in the Western Conference, as the ninth seeded Memphis finished within four games of the eighth seeded Portland. The eighth seed started with a 1–0 lead and needed just one win to advance, while the ninth seed needed to win twice to clinch the final playoff spot.