The NBA regular season has returned with the seeding round beginning on July 30th in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida. The NBA teams in the bubble will play eight games each to decide seeding for the NBA playoffs, with games running from July 30th to August 14th. A play-in tournament may then be required to decide to final playoff spots. We’ll be adding notable updates throughout the day, including final scores and news.
Here is a list of game for Friday, July 31:
Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets, 2:30 p.m. ET
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 4:00 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
Phoenix Suns vs. Washington Wizards, 4:00 p.m. ET
Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Sacramento Kings vcs. San Antonio Spurs, 8:00 p.m.
Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks, 9:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Betting lines and odds
Magic vs. Nets
Spread: Magic (-7)
Moneyline: ORL (-286), BKN (+235)
Grizzlies vs. Trail Blazers
Spread: Blazers (-2.5)
Moneyline: MEM (+120), POR (-141)
Suns vs. Wizards
Spread: Suns (—6.5)
Moneyline: PHX (-278), WAS (+225)
Celtics vs. Bucks
Spread: Bucks (-5)
Moneyline: BOS (+170), MIL (-205)
Kings vs. Spurs
Spread: Kings (-3)
Moneyline: SAC (-150), SAS (+125)
Rockets vs. Mavericks
Spread: Mavericks (-2)
Moneyline: HOU (+108), DAL (-127)
What to watch for
Grizzlies vs. Blazers — This is a big game for the seeding round. There’s room for the Grizzlies to get separation from the Blazers and Pelicans, who lost Thursday to the Jazz. If the Blazers can get a W, they’ll put themselves in a good spot to contend against the Grizz only 2.5 games back. Damian Lillard is good to go after dealing with a minor foot injury.
Celtics vs. Bucks — We already have word that Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton won’t play in this game. The Bucks don’t need to do much to seal up the No. 1 overall seed in the East. We could see them take it easy in game one. Kemba Walker is on a minutes restriction for the Celtics, but may be ahead of schedule, per coach Brad Stevens. He may be unleashed early.
Rockets vs. Mavericks — The Rockets are expected to be without SG Eric Gordon due to an ankle injury. He could be out for 1-2 weeks, so that’s looking like potentially the whole seeding round. It may drop the Rockets down in the standings. If the Mavs can get a win, they’ll move a 1.5 back of Houston for the No. 6 seed, which is a big move.
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