It’s almost been a full week of NBA action. The Orlando Bubble restart happened last Thursday on July 31. Check out how it’s going in the bubble along with a few basketball related thoughts about the favorites so you can plan ahead your bets against their NBA odds.
NBA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – August 4th Edition
2020 NBA Championship
- When: September 27 – October 17
- Where: Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL
2020 NBA Championship Odds
- Los Angeles Lakers +175
- Milwaukee Bucks +280
- Los Angeles Clippers +300
- Boston Celtics +1200
- Toronto Raptors +1600
- Houston Rockets +1300
- Denver Nuggets +3000
- Philadelphia 76ers +2000
- Miami Heat +4000
- Dallas Mavericks +4000
- Utah Jazz +4000
- Brooklyn Nets +6600
- Indiana Pacers +20000
- New Orleans Pelicans +8000
- Oklahoma City Thunder +8000
- Portland Trail Blazers +8000
- Memphis Grizzlies +25000
- Orlando Magic +100000
- San Antonio Spurs +7500
- Phoenix Suns +7500
- Sacramento Kings +50000
- Washington Wizards +100000
So far, so good, in the NBA Orlando Bubble
The National Basketball Association’s bubble experiment in Orlando has so far worked out well. No Covid positives, not much complaining, and, this is the most important part for us, excellent basketball.
Of the 25 games that happened from July 30 to August 3, 11 were decided by 6 points or less. One of the games that was decided by more than 6 points was an overtime matchup where Denver beat Oklahoma City 121-113.
In the span of 5 playing days, we’ve witnessed three overtime contests. In addition to Nuggets-Thunder, Portland beat Memphis 140-135 in OT and Houston beat Dallas 153-149 in overtime.
The Rockets versus Mavericks game was an instant classic. James Harden had 49 points, 8 assists, and 9 boards and Russell Westbrook dropped 31, dished 8, and grabbed 11 rebounds. On the Mavericks’ side, Kristaps Porzingis scored 39 and had 16 boards while Luka Doncic had a triple-double when scoring 28 points, producing 10 assists, and grabbing 13 rebounds.
All NBA teams stepping up
That’s the real shocker when it comes to Orlando. Every team is stepping it up. Some teams, like the Kings and Wizards, aren’t good enough.
But not a single team among the 22 is going through the motions. This includes the Philadelphia 76ers who squeaked by the San Antonio Spurs in their second game after dropping their first bubble match 121-127 to the Indiana Pacers.
Speaking of the Pacers, T.J. Warren is blasting opponents. He dropped 53 against Joel Embiid and the Sixers in the first Indiana win. Then against the Wizards, Warren scored 34.
The Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Portland Trail Blazers have all shown signs that they can make waves in the playoffs should they make it.
Keep an eye on all four as possible NBA Championship underdogs should they continue to play well.
Have a great week!