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