The NBA is hurtling towards their restart. Training camps are supposed to start on Thursday, July 9. But, there seems to be a hiccup. Check out below for more info and Updated NBA Odds on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) NBA Update!
NBA Update – July 6th Edition
2020 NBA Championship
- When: September 27 – October 17
- Where: Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL
2020 NBA Championship Odds
- Los Angeles Lakers +200
- Milwaukee Bucks +275
- Los Angeles Clippers +300
- Boston Celtics +1200
- Toronto Raptors +1400
- Houston Rockets +1500
- Denver Nuggets +2400
- Philadelphia 76ers +2400
- Miami Heat +3300
- Dallas Mavericks +4000
- Utah Jazz +4000
- Brooklyn Nets +5000
- Indiana Pacers +8000
- New Orleans Pelicans +9000
- Oklahoma City Thunder +9000
- Portland Trail Blazers +15000
- Memphis Grizzlies +17500
- Orlando Magic +17500
- San Antonio Spurs +17500
- Phoenix Suns +2000
- Sacramento Kings +25000
- Washington Wizards +30000
NBA training camps to start this week?
From July 9 through July 13, NBA squads are supposed to open training camps. Already, for some teams problems have happened.
The Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings shut down their training facilities earlier this week. That came on the heels of the Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat, L.A. Clippers and Brooklyn Nets shutting down their facilities earlier in the week.
What’s the big deal with teams shutting down training facilities? Maybe, not much. After all, it’s not called the NBA Orlando Playoffs for nothing, right?
Training camps for all teams will happen in Orlando. Strict Covid-19 testing protocols will take place while the league just announced a week of scrimmage games between July 22 and July 28 in preparation for the first two battles on July 30.
Once we get through this week, things should be awesome for the NBA’s restart. We’re taking a positive viewpoint, which means teams shutting down their training facilities make total sense if the goal is to start training camps on Thursday, July 9.
Questions for favored NBA Championship squads heading into the Orlando bubble
Questions abound for the favored Lakers, Bucks, and Clippers heading into the NBA Orlando Playoffs. Check out what those questions are and an attempt at an answer.
Can the other Bucks step it up?
Giannis is healthy. That’s the good news. But can the other Milwaukee Bucks help Giannis in his quest for an NBA Championship?
Khris Middleton said he didn’t practice much during the shutdown. Middleton could take some time to get into basketball shape.
Then again, every NBA player may require time to get into basketball shape. The other Bucks could step it up more than most realize. Why? No fans means players like Khris and Eric Bledsoe can just relax and play ball.
Do the Clippers have the chemistry to win it all?
Before the pandemic, LAC added Marcus Morris and Reggie Jackson. In theory, both should help Paul George and Kawhi. But theory doesn’t matter in basketball. Results do.
Will Morris and Jackson be enough for the Clippers to overtake the Lakers in the West? It’s hard to know. We’ll get a much better idea once play starts.
Can the Lakers thrive in the bubble?
On paper, LAL looks like an NBA Finals participant lock. They’ve got two of the top five players on the planet on their squad.
Not only that, but the vets got a chance to rest this season. So, we should expect LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Rajon Rondo to dominate.
However, LeBron, AD, and Rajon are used to living in Los Angeles. Now, they must hang out in Orlando, and it’s not just Orlando.
It’s a bubble inside Orlando. How will that affect King James and A.D.? How will it affect the overall Laker team?
Those are questions that we just don’t know until the games start.
The bottom line? Commissioner Adam Silver said the Orlando experiment will continue unless there are an inordinate amount of positive coronavirus cases.
Let’s cross our fingers that a spike in cases doesn’t happen!