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‘The Mismatch’: Will the NBA Go to a Group Stage Format for Its Playoffs?

Plus, could this be a precursor to future midseason tournaments

NBA: MAR 08 Lakers at Clippers Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As the NBA nears its return, we explore the benefits and drawbacks of adopting a World Cup–style group stage for the 2020 playoffs. Could this draw new fans? Could it be a precursor to future midseason tournaments or even playoffs? Does this shift the competitive balance in any way?

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