What an opening weekend of basketball from the NBA Orlando Bubble! Now that every team has a game or two under their belts, let’s take a look at this upcoming week’s top NBA restart games!
NBA Orlando Bubble Restart Top Games August 3-9
Monday, August 3
Memphis at New Orleans at 6:30 PM ET
This is a must-win game for both teams after the pair both dropped their first two restart contests. For me, Ja Morant and the young Grizzlies have been a bit more impressive than Zion and the Pelicans and I expect a special performance out of Memphis’ star floor leader in this one after he put up 25-10-9 against San Antonio the last time out.
LA Lakers at Utah at 9:00 PM ET
LeBron and the Lakers will have the motivation they’ll need after getting humbled by Toronto on Saturday. On the flip side of the coin, the Jazz haven’t looked very good in splitting their two restart games while getting man-handled by Oklahoma City on Saturday.
Tuesday, August 4
Boston at Miami at 6:30 PM ET
The C’s bounced back nicely from their restart-opening loss against Milwaukee to beat Portland on Saturday. Miami mauled Denver by 20 in their restart opener and will take on Toronto on Monday night before playing this one as part of a back-to-back. Boston’s deeper roster and pair of young stars (Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown) look primed to lead the Celtics to their third straight win in this series.
Houston at Portland at 9:00 PM ET
The Rockets put a mind-boggling 153 points on the board in their restart opener against Dallas while the Blazers scored a combined 264 points against Memphis and Boston respectively. Unless that Over/Under in this clash of Western Conference rivals is a gazillion points, I’d bet high on the total in this meeting. Simply put, there just won’t be much defense being played in this affair.
Wednesday, August 5
Oklahoma City at LA Lakers at 6:30 PM ET
The Thunder blitzed the Jazz to win their restart opener 110-94 on Saturday as six players scored in double figures. The Lakers had best be on guard against Oklahoma’s backcourt trio of CP3, SGA and Dennis Schroeder, which, by the way, I believe is the best backcourt threesome in the league.
Brooklyn at Boston at 9:00 PM ET
The Nets won their restart opener against the lowly Wizards on Sunday, but they’ll find beating Boston a lot more difficult in this meeting. Then again, Brooklyn has surprisingly taken two of three regular season meetings.
Thursday, August 6
LA Clippers at Dallas at 6:30 PM ET
The Clippers bounced back nicely from their narrow restart-opening loss against the Lakers to smack New Orleans senseless on Saturday as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined for 52 points. The Mavs put 149 points on the board in their restart opener against Houston on Friday, but they gave up 153 points while collapsing late. Dallas has lost both regular season meetings and LA is offering good value as they look to make it three straight in this clash.
LA Lakers at Houston at 9:00 PM ET
The Lakers might be the top team out West, but I think Houston has a deeper and more productive collection of role players in this matchup. If LA can’t stop James Harden and Russell Westbrook from getting to the paint, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Rockets steal this one.
Friday, August 7
Orlando at Philadelphia at 6:30 PM ET
The Magic put 128 points on the board in their restart opener against Brooklyn on Friday while Philadelphia gave up a whopping 127 points in their restart-opening loss against Indiana. After taking both regular season meetings in this rivalry, Orlando is looking good heading into this matchup.
Boston at Toronto at 9:00 PM ET
The Celtics have won two of three in this rivalry, but the Raptors looked great in stunning the Lakers on Saturday. While each of the last two meetings in this series has been decided by an identical 16 points, I’m expecting this restart clash to literally come down to the last possession or two.
Saturday, August 8
Utah at Denver at 3:30 PM ET
The Jazz were thoroughly outplayed in their restart opener against Oklahoma City on Saturday while Denver got similarly exposed in their humbling loss against Miami on Saturday. The Nuggets have won two straight against the Jazz this season, but both affairs went down to the wire, so I expect another thriller this time around as well.
Milwaukee at Dallas at 8:30 PM ET
Both of these teams can put points on the board like nobody’s business, but only one team (Milwaukee) plays sound defense in this pairing (Milwaukee). Then there’s the fact that I was reminded on Friday night that Giannis Antetokounmpo is almost completely and utterly unstoppable.
Sunday, August 9
Philadelphia at Portland at 6:30 PM ET
Philly gave up 53 points to Indiana’s T.J. Warren in their restart-opening loss while the Blazers looked dangerous in splitting their two restart games while averaging a stunning 132 points per contest coming into the new week. The Sixers better have an answer for Dame Lillard and CJ McCollum…or else.
San Antonio at New Orleans at 3:00 PM ET
The Spurs have won both of their restart contests against Sacramento and Memphis and will get to take on a similarly young Pelicans squad that has lost both of their restart games. Maybe it’s me, but I’m suddenly once again wary of any Gregg Popovich coached team!