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NBA Previews August 11th

  • August 12, 2020
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Brooklyn Nets – Orlando Magic

The Nets and the Magic have both secured a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference due to the struggles from the Washington Wizards in the Orlando bubble and, in fact, Brooklyn and Orlando already know they will finish in seventh and eighth place, respectively. That said, these two teams arrive into this contest in completely opposite runs of form. While the Nets have gone 4-1 in their last five games and are riding a two-game winning streak, the Magic have dropped each of their last four.

Houston Rockets – San Antonio Spurs

The Rockets are in a three-team race with the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder to earn the fourth seed in the Western Conference, but Houston has a golden chance to take the lead in that sprint following Utah’s and Oklahoma City’s losses Monday against the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns, respectively. The Spurs have an even bigger motivation ahead of this game, as the struggles of the Memphis Grizzlies have the Spurs more alive than ever in the playoff race. A win over the Rockets in this all-Texas matchup could put the Spurs closer towards earning a spot in the West’s upcoming play-in round. San Antonio has gone 3-2 in their last five games and is riding a two-game winning streak.

Phoenix Suns – Philadelphia 76ers

The Suns are coming off their sixth straight win in the Orlando bubble, as they topped the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday by a 128-101 score. Phoenix remains alive in the playoff race and has performed better than what anyone would have expected, and they have a golden chance to earn a seventh straight win on Florida soil. Despite the fact the Sixers are the better team on paper, Philadelphia will be extremely depleted — Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have already been ruled out, while Josh Richardson and Tobias Harris are questionable and unlikely to play. Philadelphia has gone 3-2 in the Orlando bubble. The NBA public bets have all been coming in on the Suns in this game, and its hard for us to disagree.

Boston Celtics – Memphis Grizzlies

The Celtics are one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference and pushed their winning streak to three games following Sunday’s 122-119 overtime win over the Orlando Magic — Boston has scored at least 122 points in every one of those wins. The Celtics already clinched a Top 4 seed in the East, but the same can’t be said about the Grizzlies. Memphis has struggled in the Orlando bubble and has their backs against the wall. A loss against the Celtics and a combination of results against could leave them in a worse-than-expected position ahead of the play-in round.

Portland Trail Blazers – Dallas Mavericks

The Trail Blazers are coming off a spectacular 124-121 win over the Philadelphia 76ers following a scorching-hot performance from Damian Lillard, who scored 51 points, but they will face another tough test in their race to earn a playoff spot against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas is coming off a 122-114 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday, and they have extended their winning streak to two games while going 3-2 in their last five. The Mavs have a tight grip in the seventh seed of the Western Conference, but the Trail Blazers might hand them a loss given what’s at stake for them right now.

New Orleans Pelicans – Sacramento Kings

This game between the Pelicans and the Kings could have been a pivotal matchup in the race for the eighth seed in the Western Conference, but both teams have struggled more than expected in the Orlando bubble and, as a result, both franchises have already been eliminated from playoff contention. The Pelicans are coming off a 122-113 loss to the San Antonio Spurs and own a 2-4 record since the league resumed July 31, while the Kings are coming off a 129-112 defeat against the Houston Rockets and are 1-5 in six Orlando contests. Things have not gone according to plan to either of these two teams.

Milwaukee Bucks – Washington Wizards

The Bucks have already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference and rested Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is dealing with an eye problem, during Monday’s 114-108 loss against the Toronto Raptors — they’re not expected to take any risks with the playoffs being around the corner. This is especially true in a game that could be defined as “meaningless”, as their rivals, the Washington Wizards, have already been eliminated from playoff contention. The Wizards are playing without two of their best players in Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans, and that has been noticeable since they’ve gone 0-6 in Orlando, and 0-9 if including the pre-season contests. This game is interesting because we are wondering if this will be one of the highest NBA spreads of the day. When the best team in the league plays one of the worst you can only imagine how many points they are giving them.

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