The 2020 NBA is finally set to return after the Covid-19 pandemic paused action in March. With a final eight-game stretch to finish the regular season here are the top NBA games for the first weekend in the Orlando Bubble.
NBA Restart Opening Weekend Betting Analysis
Thursday, July 30
Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson left the bubble due to a family situation. He should return in time for this matchup. If he doesn’t, expect the Jazz to offer favorite’s odds.
L.A. Clippers vs L.A. Lakers
Kawhi versus LeBron to start the NBA Orlando Bubble? Doesn’t get better than that, right? Both players are dead set on winning a championship. Expect this game to set the tone in Orlando.
Friday, July 31
Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trail Blazers
The matchups in the NBA are awesome! On Friday, we witness one of the best point-guard battles in the league. Grizzly starter Ja’Morant takes on Blazers’ PG Damian Lillard.
Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks
The two favorites from the Eastern Conference to win the NBA Title are the Bucks and Celtics. Boston appears ready to rock it. The team seems more cohesive than ever. But Milwaukee has Giannis.
Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks
Luka versus The Beard. That’s the story with this matchup. This is a big time hoops rivalry. So, expect both teams to put forth a top effort.
Saturday, August 1
Miami Heat vs Denver Nuggets
Heat star Jimmy Butler reminds underrated except to the most hardcore NBA fans. Denver’s Nikola Jokic looks like he’s ready to dominate his competition. Both these teams have a shot to upset the favorites once the real playoffs start.
Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder
If the Jazz get over their internal drama, they could be a tough team to deal with. The Oklahoma City Thunder might thrive in the bubble. Chris Paul will ensure his team members follow the rules and play at a high-level. OKC can throw two different starting fives at their opponents.
New Orleans Pelicans vs L.A. Clippers
If Williamson plays, the Pels could challenge the Clippers for the win. If he doesn’t, LAC figures to roll. Paul George, PG-14, and Kawhi Leonard will ensure the Clipps do.
L.A. Lakers vs Toronto Raptors
Is Lakers-Raptors a preview of the NBA Orlando Championship Series? It could be. The Lakers have star power, but the Raptors have the best defense in the NBA. Toronto allows just 106.5 points per game.
Sunday, August 2
Portland Trail Blazers vs Boston Celtics
Portland voted against the NBA Orlando Bubble plan. But, now that they’re here, they figure to try as hard as possible to win the title. Before writing the Trail Blazers off, don’t forget that Jusuf Nurkic is back. How the Celtics play Nurkic could be the key to which teams wins this.
Sacramento Kings vs Orlando Magic
Kings-Magic is important because both teams are fighting for a playoff spot. The Magic won’t have an edge because even though the bubble is in Orlando, games are played without fans. The Magic does have an underrated inside-outside game with point-guard Markelle Fultz and forward Aaron Gordon.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets
If you can’t get excited about Giannis versus James “The Beard” Harden, you mustn’t like basketball. Is there anything else we must say about Bucks-Rockets on Sunday? ‘Nuff said, right?