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 Wednesday, August 5th:
FINAL: Utah Jazz 124, Memphis Grizzlies 115
FINAL: Philadelphia 76ers 107, Washington Wizards 98
Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs, 4:00 p.m. ET
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic, 8:00 p.m. ET
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets, 9:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
UTA-MEM — The Grizzlies have fallen to 0-4 in the bubble and are in danger of losing the 8-seed altogether in the next few games. They lead the Portland Trail Blazers by just a game with four to play. Plus, the Blazers have a game in hand on the Grizz. Utah jumped the Rockets for the 4-seed by 0.5 games after the win.
PHI-WAS — The 76ers lost Ben Simmons to a knee injury in the third quarter, but reports are saying he’s fine and there wasn’t any swelling. So it appears to be just precautionary. Other than that, it was pretty much what we expected in this one.
DEN-SAS — The Nuggets and Spurs took off in the fourth quarter and combined for 80 points to smash the OVER. Michael Porter Jr. had another huge game with Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Will Barton out, scoring 30 points with 15 rebounds.
Grizzlies vs. Jazz (-5.5)
Moneyline: MEM (+180), UTA (-220)
Sixers (-10.5) vs. Wizards
Moneyline: PHI (-560), WAS (+425)
Nuggets (-3.5) vs. Spurs
Moneyline: DEN (-162), SAS (+135)
Thunder vs. Lakers (-5.5)
Moneyline: OKC (+205), LAL (-250)
Raptors (-7) vs. Magic
Moneyline: TOR (-275), ORL (+225)
Nets vs. Celtics (-8.5)
Moneyline: BKN (+300), BOS (-375)
What to watch for
MEM-UTA — The Grizzlies are reeling and things only got worse when Jaren Jackson Jr. was ruled out for the rest of the season due to a torn meniscus. Memphis is losing its grip on the 8-seed in the West and it’s looking like a play-in tournament will happen — or worse. This is a matchup in which Utah can jump the Rockets for the 4-seed.
PHI-WAS — The Sixers can get to within a game of the Pacers with a win over the lowly Wizards on Wednesday. Washington — and most teams we thought would suck — have been relatively competitive in the bubble. This is a spot we’d like to see Philly come out and show us something. The Sixers will have plenty of betting and DFS appeal.
DEN-SAS — Will the Nuggets get some reinforcements after a strong win over the Thunder on Monday? We know Gary Harris and Will Barton are out. Jamal Murray is questionable, so he could get back into the lineup. Murray would provide some much needed scoring and spacing. The Spurs have a shot to get to their win total over of 2.5 if they can pick up the W.
OKC-LAL — We’re still waiting for someone other than Anthony Davis to step up for L.A. AD had another huge game to knock off the Jazz on Monday, which helped the Lakers clinch the No. 1 seed in the West. With little to play for, can we trust L.A. in DFS moving forward? We’ll have to wait and see.
TOR-ORL — The Magic are on the second of a back-to-back after losing in the first quarter to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. Be on the lookout for Orlando to potentially rest players considering seeding might not matter much for them. It’s either 7 or 8 for the Magic and that means facing their opponent for Wednesday or the Bucks in the first round.
BOS-BKN — If you didn’t believe in the Nets on Tuesday — which basically nobody did — you’ve got to believe now. Brooklyn pulled off one of the craziest upsets in NBA history after being 19-point underdogs. Now, the Celtics are resting Kemba Walker and the Nets get back Jarrett Allen — and possible Joe Harris and Caris LeVert.
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