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 Saturday, July 25:
FINAL: Los Angeles Lakers 119, Orlando Magic 112
FINAL: Milwaukee Bucks 131, Sacramento Kings 123
FINAL: Utah Jazz 101, Miami Heat 93
FINAL: Brooklyn Nets 124, San Antonio Spurs 119
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Washington Wizards, 8:00 p.m. ET at HP
Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 8:30 p.m. ET at Arena
Note: All games will be available via NBA League Pass.
NBA Scrimmage Odds
Jazz vs. Heat (-1)
Moneyline: Utah (-109), Miami (-118)
Spurs (-7.5) vs. Nets
Moneyline: San Antonio (-335), Brooklyn (+240)
Wizards vs. Clippers (-9)
Moneyline: Washington (+320), Los Angeles (-455)
Pelicans vs. Nuggets (-4)
Moneyline: New Orleans (+135), Denver (-177)
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What to watch for
— We’ll see if Alex Caruso plays for the Lakers at PG. He sat out their first scrimmage and we saw a lot of Quinn Cook. LeBron James will still be the primary ball-handler, but beyond him it’s pretty weak. Caruso could be a guy to step up off the bench during the regular season.
— Eric Bledsoe could make his bubble debut for the Bucks after being cleared and returning to practice on Friday. Milwaukee didn’t need him much in the first scrimmage against the Spurs, but it will help to get Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Bledsoe on the same page.
— The Nets and the Spurs face each other in the bubble version of the “Toilet Bowl”. What should be two of the weakest teams in the NBA return. We’ll see if either shows signs of life after being blown out in their first scrimmages, respectively.
— The Clips will be without Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley. We’ll see if Kawhi Leonard and Paul George take control or if Doc Rivers just says “screw it” and plays the bench mob.
— Zion Williamson is on his way back to the bubble but we aren’t sure if he’ll play against the Nuggets later in the day. This will be an interesting matchup either way after the Nuggets went “Tall Ball” against the Wizards in Game 1. Will Denver go with a starting lineup with Nikola Jokic at PG and Bol Bol at SF? We sure hope so.