The Playmaker enter yesterday perfect in picks, but that ended very quickly. Losing four of out the five games on yesterday. This would be The Playmaker's Pick record at 9-4 with the Los Angeles Clippers being the lone correct pick.
Today there are six on deck for Day Four of the NBA Restart with two marquee games on ABC.
NBA Sunday Slate:
Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets 2PM
Portland Trail Blazer vs. Boston Celtics 3:30PM ABC
San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies 4PM
Sacramento Kings vs. Orlando Magic 6PM NBATV
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets 8:30PM ABC
Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns 9PM
The Playmaker's Picks:
Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets
Starting off the Day Four with two teams that was hit the most with players missing the Restart.
Washington Wizards came into the Bubble without either of their star players in John Wall and Bradley Beal, both out with injuries. The Wizards are leaning on young talent to get them into the playoffs, but that is a tall task for this young group behind six games for the 8th seed in the East. Rui Hachimura has to led the way in his rookie year for the Wizards. They are coming off a lost to the Phoenix Suns on Friday 125-112.
On the other side, is the Brooklyn Nets, who probably the team hit the most with seven players not playing in the Restart. Noticeable Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant (both due to injuries), and DeAndre Jordan (COVID-19 Positive Test). The Nets enter the Bubble as the 7th seed in the East but currently the 8th seed now after their opening Restart lost to the Orlando Magic on Friday, 128-118. Guys like Jarrett Allen, Chris LeVert, and Joe Harris have to led the way for this very short-handed Nets team.
Playmaker's Pick: Brooklyn Nets
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics
One of two marquee games for the day put Damian Lillard and the Blazers against Jayson Tatum and the Celtics.
Portland currently two games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the 8th seed in the West, defeated the Grizzlies in their opening Restart game in overtime on Friday, 140-135. CJ McCollum led the way with 33 points and 6 assists while Damian Lillard put in 29 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists. Carmelo Anthony was key in the 4th quarter and overtime with his shooting, finishing with 21 points on 70% shooting form the field. Having Jusuf Nurkic back is huge for the Blazers to go along with Hassan Whiteside and Zach Collins in the frontcourt. Today's game however will not be easy.
That's because Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics have a bitter taste in their as they dropped their Restart opener to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, 119-112. Despite having six players score in double-figures the Celtics could not overcome the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo's 36 and 15 performance. Jayson Tatum probably had his NBA game of his career that game only scoring 5 points on 2 for 18 shooting (11.1%FG). Brad Stevens will get his guys together quickly and rebound from that opening lost as they are now four game back of the reiging champs, Toronto Raptors for the 2nd seed in the East.
Playmaker's Pick: Boston Celtics
San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Two teams fighting that 8th seed in the West do battle at 4PM.
One of those teams is trying to keep an incredible playoff streak alive in the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs have made the playoffs 22 consecutive seasons all under Greg Popovich, but that streak in serious danger of breaking. The Spurs opened their Restart with a win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday, 129-120. DeMar DeRozen led the way with 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 10 assists. No LaMarcus Aldridge as his is recovering from shoulder surgery so DeRozen has to lead to the 8th seed, which they opponent today holds with a three games lead.
That team is the Memphis Grizzlies which lost their opener to the Portland Trail Blazers as mentioned when talking about Portland earlier. Jared Jackson Jr. led the way with 33 points as Memphis had five players score in double-figure, three of them scoring 20+ including likely Rookie of the Year, Ja Morant with 22 points and 11 assists. Memphis has it rough trying to hold on to that 8th seed. They lost Portland who is chasing them, now they play another team chasing in the Spurs followed by a back-to-back tomorrow against Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans.
Playmaker's Pick: San Antonio Spurs
Sacramento Kings vs. Orlando Magic
Interesting game to be shown on NBATV at 6PM today. De'Aaron Fox lead the Kings against Aaron Gordon and the Orlando Magic.
The Kings as mentioned previously lost to the Spurs on Friday. The Kings are three and half games back of the Memphis Grizzlies and are looking to bounce back. Fox did everything he could for the Kings scoring 39 points with 6 assists but again it wasn't enough. Good news is that all five starters scored in double-figures.
On the other side, is the Orlando Magic. The Magic opened their Restart with a win over the Brooklyn as stated earlier when preview the Wizards/Nets game. Six Magic player scored in double-figures led by Evan Fournier with 24 points on 66.7 % shooting and Nikola Vucevic with 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Magic currently control the 7th seed in the East and should remain the 7th seed as stated earlier that the Nets and Wizards are down star players.
Playmaker's Pick: Orlando Magic
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets
The other marquee game on ABC puts two teams that score against one another.
The Milwaukee Bucks, most likely the top seed in the East with their win over the Boston Celtics. Giannis 36-15 performance led the way. Khris Middleton put in 18 points with 8 assists. It wasn't the best Bucks performance, but Giannis was enough against Boston on Friday. Today will be much different beast from the West.
That beast is James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and the Houston Rockets. Coming off a 49-9-8 game against the Dallas Maverick in a 153-149 overtime victory, James Harden now has to see Giannis on the other side. Russell Westbrook put in 31 points with 11 rebounds and 8 assists in Friday night. The small-ball lineup for the Houston has worked, but how it fair against a tall, physical Bucks team. Seven Rockets scored in double-figures on Friday, they will need a repeat performance in this one.
Playmaker's Pick: Milwaukee Bucks
Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns
Last game of the day goes out West.
Dallas Mavericks, just mentioned, coming off an overtime lost to their in-state rival Houston. Four Mavs players scored in double-figures all over 20 points each. Kristaps Porzingis led the way with 39 points and 16 rebounds. Trey Burke off the bench dropped 31 points on 11 for 16 shooting including 8 for 10 from 3. A repeat performance could be in the making for the Mavericks tonight and it will need be with a W to gain momentum.
The Phoenix Suns currently fight for that 8th seed in the West but has a lot of ground to make up. Five games behind the Memphis Grizzlies and have to out do the other four teams head of them in a daunting task for this young team. They did get off to a good start with a win over the Washington Wizard, 125-112, on Friday. Six Suns players scored in double-figures led by Devin Booker with 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists and DeAndre Ayton with 24 points and 12 rebounds. It might be impossible for the Suns to capture the 8th seed in the West, but it will go to see this play in this Restart and get a look at the future for Phoenix basketball.
Playmaker's Pick: Dallas Mavericks.