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Will the basketball be good or bad when the NBA resumes?

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Jalen gives his NBA sleeper teams for the restart (2:10)

Jalen Rose sees the Celtics and the Heat as possible challengers to the Bucks, Clippers and Lakers for the NBA title. (2:10)

Note: This piece has been updated from its original version.

The new NBA calendar means that there will be almost five months between games for NBA players and teams because of the coronavirus pandemic.

What quality of play can we expect when the 2019-20 season restarts on July 30?

We know that the level of play won't be exactly the same after an extended layoff and shortened training camps. We have seen that before when players come back from the offseason and after lockouts in 1998-99 and 2011-12.

On the other hand, we have seen some positive signs during the scrimmage games in Orlando.

Let's look ahead more precisely at what to expect for the remainder of 2019-20.