The Playmaker's Pick: NBA Restart

The NBA Restart has reached it's first full week as we have arrived to Day 7. So far, so good. No positive test inside the bubble as of now, which should give people great hope of the NBA Restart. The Playmaker posted his picks on social media yesterday and yesterday was a disappointing and strange day. The Playmaker went 2-4 on yesterday. The overall record is now 19-12 on the season.

Today's NBA Slate:

  • Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz 2:30PM

  • Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards 4PM NBATV

  • Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs 4PM

  • Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers 6:30PM ESPN

  • Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic 8PM

  • Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics 9PM ESPN

The Playmaker's Picks:

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz

The Memphis Grizzlies, who still hold the 8th seed in the West but are struggling in the bubble. They have lost all three of their games in the Restart and all three came against teams chasing them for the 8th seed. To add injury to insult, they lost one of their young stars in Jared Jackson Jr. for the rest of the season to a torn meniscus. The blows keep coming to the Grizzlies and today will not get any better as that face a team who is not happy about their last performance.

The Utah Jazz, who look to regroup after Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers gave the Jazz a second consecutive lost. Donovan Mitchell had 33 points, Mike Conley had 24 points, and Rudy Gobert had another double-double but the Jazz are searching for answer. Entering the Bubble as the 4th seed now is the 5th seed as the Houston Rockets now control the 4th seed.

Playmaker's Pick: Utah Jazz

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards

The Philadelphia 76ers got a win against the San Antonio and sadly to say they needed to. In a 2-point win on Monday, the Sixers still have major problems. A team with this much talent should be dominating games, but it seems look they don't enjoying playing that way or with each other. Luck enough for them and Sixers' fans, they should handle business today.

Yup, they are still here and still playing basketball. That being the Washington Wizards. They not mathematically out of the playoff race but it is a given at this point.

Playmaker's Pick: Philadelphia 76ers

Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs

The Denver Nuggets got a much needed victory on Monday without their three starters for a second consecutive game. After suffering a break down to Miami, the Nuggets down the Thunder in overtime on Monday 121-113. Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter Jr. both had 30-point double-double to lead the Nuggets. They will be without of their starters for third consecutive game but there is a slight chance that Jamal Murray could suit up. Either way the Nuggets will be favorite in this Western matchup.

The San Antonio Spurs coming off that by Philly as mentioned earlier. The Spurs as always continue to fight tooth and nail in every game. With Memphis losing, it sets up the Spurs well to achieve the 8th or 9th seed and a possible play-in. However, the Denver Nuggets is the opponent and they want to be a top seed in the West again.

Playmaker's Pick: Denver Nuggets

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers

The first game of ESPN's doubleheader is a Western matchup that people should be interested in watching.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, looking to washing that OT lost to the Nuggets as mentioned earlier. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chris Paul has this Thunder team playing with the upmost confidence and that makes them dangerous in the West. Despite the lost, Gilgeous-Alexander had 24 points, Danio Gallinari put in 20 points and CP3 had 23 points. Don't sleep on this team as they will be a tough go in the first-round of the playoff, but the top West team is in front of them today.

The Los Angeles Lakers led by 42 points from Anthony Davis in a victory over the Jazz on Monday put a new taste in the Lakers mouth after they took one on the chin against the Toronto Raptors. The Lakers clinched the top-seed in the West as a result of Devin Booker sinking the Los Angeles Clippers at the buzzer on yesterday. So the Lakers can rest players if they want to, but they were for 4 months due to COVID-19 so they may need rest guys today just guys can get back into basketball shape.

Playmaker's Pick: LA Lakers

Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic

The Toronto Raptors look like the team to beat inside the Bubble. Wins over the Lakers and the Heat have this team reminding people that their are the defending World Champions, not Milwaukee, not the LA Lakers nor the Clippers. The team up north is playing the best basketball inside the Orlando Bubble and that will continue on today.