The NBA season is scheduled to restart on July 30, but before then, each team will engage in three inter-squad scrimmages as part of final preparations. The scrimmage schedule opens on Wednesday, July 22 and runs through Tuesday, July 28. We’ll be adding notable updates throughout the day, including final scores and injuries.
Here is a list of game for Friday, July 24:
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 3:00 p.m. ET at The Arena
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics, 5:00 p.m. ET at VISA (NBA TV)
Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors, 7:30 p.m. ET at The Arena (NBA TV)
Note: All games will be available via NBA League Pass.
NBA Scrimmage Betting Odds
PHI (-4.5) vs. MEM
PHI-MEM O/U: 193.5
Moneyline: PHI (-180), MEM (+150)
BOS (-2.5) vs. OKC
BOS-OKC O/U: 185
Moneyline: BOS (-136), OKC (+115)
TOR (-1) vs. HOU
TOR-HOU O/U: 196
Moneyline: TOR (-113), HOU (-105)
Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ/WV/PA) or 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN) or 1-800-522-4700 (NH/CO). NH/NJ/WV/IN/PA/CO only. 21+ (18+ NH). Eligibility Restrictions Apply. See website for details.
What to watch for
There’s a lot to watch for in these three games. Let’s start with the Sixers, who are getting Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid on the same court for the first time in a while. Simmons had been out in March before the coronavirus outbreak. Now, both players are healthy and ready to make a run at a title. We’ll see how Philly looks heading into its first scrimmage.
The Celtics likely won’t have Kemba Walker for this scrimmage, so they’ll need to lean on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown again. This isn’t anything new, plus it’s a scrimmage. We could see more looks with Gordon Hayward handling the ball a bit as well. Either way, the Celtics are a polarizing team in the East heading into the restart of the season.
The Rockets and Raptors are both 100% healthy. One team was dealing with a key player who tested positive for Covid-19. Russell Westbrook likely won’t play in this game for Houston, but we should get some James Harden. The Raptors haven’t had a 100% healthy lineup, seemingly all season long. They may ease guys back into the rotation, but I’m interested to see how Nick Nurse uses the lineup at full capacity. Maybe the scrimmage season will give us some insight.