The NBA season is scheduled to restart on July 30, but before then, each team will engage in three inter-squad scrimmages as part of final preparations. The scrimmage schedule opens on Wednesday, July 22 and runs through Tuesday, July 28. We’ll be adding notable updates throughout the day, including final scores and injuries.
Here is a list of game for Sunday, July 26:
FINAL: Oklahoma City Thunder 102, Philadelphia 76ers 97
FINAL: Boston Celtics 117, Phoenix Suns 103
FINAL: Indiana Pacers 118, Dallas Mavericks 111
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Toronto Raptors, 6:00 p.m. ET at Visa (NBA TV)
Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 8:00 p.m. ET at HP (NBA TV)
Note: All games will be available via NBA League Pass.
What to watch for
— Will we see Ben Simmons chuck more 3-pointers? He went 1-for-2 from downtown in the Sixers first scrimmage and appears more confident in his 3-point shot. Perhaps it’s just because these are practice games and it isn’t something we’ll see in the regular-season games. It also could be a new habit we can exploit the 3-point O/U lines once the season does start.
— The Mavericks looked good in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers in their first scrimmage. Do we continue to see Boban Marjanovic play significant minutes? That’s unlikely it seems, but Boban was pretty great in the win.
— The Houston Rockets are going to start Eric Gordon over Danuel House Jr. once the season gets going, so we’re going to see a very small lineup as we did before. This will mean James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker and Robert Covington will be the starting five. That lineup offers a ton of shooting and floor spacing. It’s also incredibly small and has liabilities on defense. We’ll see how it works out.