Bubble basketball is off with a bang. With a successful first weekend of action here’s a look forward at the games you must bet and watch for the week of August 3-9.
NBA Must Watch Games of the Week August 3 – August 9
Monday, August 3
Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat
The Raptors blasted the L.A. Lakers 107-92 in their game on August 1. The defending champions may be that good. Miami dominated Denver 125-105, though. So, don’t blindly back Toronto.
Memphis Grizzlies vs New Orleans Pelicans
Memphis and Portland played in an overtime classic on August 1. The Grizzlies fell 135-140 but they showed they were taking the restart seriously. The Pels? Talk about disappointment! New Orleans is 0-2 during the restart after falling 104-106 to Utah and 103-126 to the Clippers.
Tuesday, August 4
Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat
Counting their lone restart game and the matchups right before the shutdown, the Celtics are 0-1-3 in their last 4. The Heat held Denver to 105 points while scoring 125 in their first restart game.
Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail Blazers
It took overtime, but the Rockets prevailed in their first game in Orlando. Houston beat rival Dallas 153-149. The Blazers used overtime to beat the Grizzlies by 5 in their first battle.
Wednesday, August 5
Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards
Heading into the Orlando Bubble, the Sixers were one of the worst road teams in the NBA. So, no, it didn’t surprise us when Indiana beat them 127-121 in their first restart matchup. The Wizards fell to Phoenix 112-125 in their first game.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs L.A. Lakers
We had a feeling OKC might surprise some folks. So far, after a single game, we’re right! The Thunder dominated the Jazz 110-94. The Lakers are 1-1 after the first couple of games. That’s okay. The Lakers mustn’t win these pre-playoff matchups. The Thunder have too, though. So, keep that in mind when you handicap this.
Thursday, August 6
L.A. Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks
LAC bounced back after their loss against the Lakers in their first restart game. The Clipps dominated the Pelicans by 23 points. The Mavericks battled the Rockets to an overtime loss. This should be a close, tough, game.
L.A. Lakers vs Houston Rockets
Anthony Davis and LeBron James versus Russell Westbrook and James Harden? There’s nothing else to say.
Orlando Magic vs Philadelphia 76ers
In their first game during the restart, Orlando beat the Brooklyn Nets 128-118. Every game for the Magic is a home game. Will that help them in their quest to beat the Sixers on Friday? It might!
Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors
Sure, the refs helped the Bucks in the Celtics 112-119 loss. The Raptors might just be the better team at this point, though.
Saturday, August 8
L.A. Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers
In Portland’s first Orlando game, Jusuf Nurkic had 18 points, 5 assists, 9 boards, and 6 blocks. He could be the story in this matchup.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Dallas Mavericks
In the loss to Houston, Luka Doncic scored 28 points, dished 10 assists, and grabbed 13 boards. He might matchup with Giannis on Saturday. Even if you don’t want to bet on this game, it’s a must watch, right?
Sunday, August 9
San Antonio Spurs vs New Orleans Pelicans
The Pels have underperformed in a couple of games. If they don’t get their defense together, the Spurs will dominate on Sunday. San Antonio averages 113.4 points while shooting over 47% from the field.
Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings
Rockets should dominate but wait for the spread. The Kings are 33-30-2 ATS this season. Houston is 30-35 ATS.