The NBA season is scheduled to restart on July 30th, but before then, each team will engage in three inter-squad scrimmages as part of final preparations. The scrimmage schedule opens on Wednesday, July 22nd and runs through Tuesday, July 28th. We’ll be adding notable updates throughout the day, including final scores and injuries.
Here is a list of game for Thursday, July 23:
FINAL: Milwaukee Bucks 113, San Antonio Spurs 92
FINAL: Indiana Pacers 91, Portland Trail Blazers 88
FINAL: Dallas Mavericks 108, Los Angeles Lakers 104
FINAL: Phoenix Suns 101, Utah Jazz 88
Note: All games will be available via NBA League Pass.
PHX-UTA — Here’s the full recap for Suns-Jazz.
LAL-DAL — Here’s the full recap for Lakers-Mavericks.
SAS-MIL — Here’s the full recap for Bucks-Spurs.
IND-POR — Here’s the full recap for Pacers-Blazers.
IND-POR — Things have gone south for the Blazers after a strong start. This has been more of a defensive struggle, both teams grinding it out. Let’s see if Portland has a run left before the end of the third quarter.
SAS-MIL — Giannis and Khris Middleton have been too much for the Spurs and the Bucks have pulled away in the third quarter. San Antonio’s depth is an issue and the Spurs really have no answer for the Greek Freak. It was only a matter of time really.
SAS-MIL — So far the Spurs don’t look nearly as bad as we expected without LaMarcus Aldridge. San Antonio is getting contributions from the bench and are hanging with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. Oh yeah, that Giannis guy, he looks in MVP form, too.
IND-POR — Jusuf Nurkic is playing his first basketball game of the season and looks pretty good so far. He’s cleaning the glass and looks 100% healthy, which is great for the Blazers prospects of making a run for the No. 8 seed in the West. Both teams are a bit off early on, but we’ve seen that in these scrimmages.
What to watch for
The Blazers will be a very interesting team when the NBA season restarts. They’ll get back two front court pieces in Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins, who both hadn’t played at all during the regular season. We’ll get our first look at both of them in this scrimmage against the Pacers.
As always, the Bucks will have everyone’s attention in this scrimmage. They get a cupcake game against the depleted Spurs. Milwaukee won’t have Eric Bledsoe or Pat Connaughton, each testing positive for Covid-19 and in quarantine. The Bucks are still the favorites, so let’s see if the long layoff has had any negative effect on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the squad.