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.
On the other side is the Orlando Magic, who suffer their first lost in the Restart to the Indiana Pacers, but the the real lost came against the Sacramento Kings. Even the Magic beat down the Kings, the injury the their anchor on defense, Jonathan Issac is a huge blow to this team. Against Indiana on yesterday it showed as TJ Warren continues to perform out of this world with 30 consecutive 30-point game. The Magic need to bounce back as they dropped back down to the 8th seed in the East, but they have the defending champs to play, which could be a first-round preview.
Playmaker's Pick: Toronto Raptors
Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics
The second of ESPN's doubleheader is a Eastern Conference Matchup that could end up in a blowout or a competitive game depending on which teams show up.
The Brooklyn Nets coming off one of the biggest upsets inside the Bubble so far. A win over the top seed Milwaukee Bucks being as shorthanded as they were is impressive. Yeah the Bucks don't play key players much but give the Nets credit for showing up and playing. Beside the Wizards, the Nets is just also starless without Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan. Jamal Crawford barely played six minutes before injuring his hamstring. Good job on the Nets part but it 's another top East contender to deal with tonight.
That would be the Boston Celtics, who dropped another winnable game in the Restart. A Jimmy Butler-less Miami Heat control Boston for most of the game before the Celtics finally started to play but it too little to late as the Heat held off the Celtics' comeback. For this team to be consider a title contender, Brad Stevens needs to get his guys up and ready to show it. Today is a good start for that.
Playmaker's Pick: Boston Celtics