This is another huge thing that doesn't encourage players to try any harder, 82 games. That is way too long and it never ends for the players. They should cut it to 40+ games.
They could still play from November to March but shorten it up during that time. When you know that you have to play 82 games and your team isn't top 10, that's when they start to go through the motions. The players would try every game if they didn't have as many games to play.
With 82 games to play, if they were on a five game losing streak, then they wouldn't bother rushing to fix it. They wouldn't worry about it as much as they would with 40 games.
So with 40 games you don't have a long time to fix it. You will see teams try their best to end the losing streak ASAP. Players would be more concerned about it and would play it like it was the playoffs.
If you were able to watch playoff type action live, you would definitely get your tickets fast. You would see a lot more sold out stadiums and good basketball.
Right now I know Celtic fans, Cavs fans, Magic fans etc. would not want to cut the season short. These types of teams are the only teams that you'll see trying the whole season.
They all want to get good spots in the playoffs and fans want to see them all the time. But this tactic would be to fix the whole NBA. So the NBA needs to fix this fast and you'll be seeing better basketball.