The NBA regular season has returned with the seeding round beginning on July 30th in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida. The NBA teams in the bubble will play eight games each to decide seeding for the NBA playoffs, with games running from July 30th to August 14th. A play-in tournament may then be required to decide to final playoff spots. We’ll be adding notable updates throughout the day, including final scores and news.
Here is a list of game for Sunday, August 2nd:
Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets, 2:00 p.m. ET
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs, 4:00 p.m. ET
Sacramento Kings vs. Orlando Magic, 6:00 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns, 9:00 p.m. ET
Nets 118, Wizards 110 — Guard Caris Levert led the Nets with 34 points, and also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists. Center Jarrett Allen scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while forward Joe Harris added 27 points and seven rebounds. Wizards center Thomas Bryant led the team with 30 points and 13 rebounds, while Troy Brown Jr. just missed a triple double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Celtics 128, Blazers 124 — Both teams had a pair of 30-point scorers in this shootout. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum combined on 64 points for Boston, while Jusuf Nurkic and Damian Lillard combined on 60 points for Portland. Lillard added 16 assists, but Portland could not close out a huge comeback. Boston led by as many as 24 before Portland stormed back to take a three-point lead. Boston took a one-point lead with 1:42 to go and held on for the win.
Spurs 108, Grizzlies 107 — DeMar DeRozan hit a pair of free throws with one second left to secure San Antonio’s second win of the restarted season. DeRozan finished the game with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Dejounte Murray led the Spurs with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant combined to score 46 points for Memphis.
Magic 132, Kings 116 — The Magic got contributions up and down the roster in taking a 24-point lead into the half and cruising to victory, but it came at a cost. Jonathan Isaac appeared to re-injure his left knee in the fourth quarter and was taken off the court in a wheelchair.
Rockets 120, Bucks 116 — The Rockets overcame three Bucks double-doubles, including Giannis Antetokounmpo finishing with 36 points and 18 rebounds. Russell Westbrook led the Rockets with 31 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds and Houston tied an NBA record for most 3-point attempts in a regulation game with 61.
Suns 117, Mavericks 115 — Phoenix came back from a 15-point deficit, led by 30 points from Devin Booker and 19 points and 12 rebounds from Cameron Johnson.
What to watch for
WAS-BKN — Very little. The Nets and Wizards aren’t competing for much. Brooklyn has a 6.0 game lead for the No. 8 seed in the East over Washington. Both teams started off the seeding round with losses. The Wizards would need to basically win all their remaining games and the Nets would need to lose out for Washington to overtake the 8-seed. This one may be high scoring and ignored from a fantasy perspective, so don’t overlook some options here.
POR-BOS — The Blazers pulled off a big OT win over the Grizz in their first game in the bubble. Boston fell to Milwaukee and could lose grips on a top 4 seed in the East fast if things don’t get better.
MEM-SAS — The Grizz are still in OK shape for the No. 8 seed but may need to fight in the play-in tournament. The Spurs surprised everyone with a win over the Kings in Game 1. San Antonio needs this game to gain ground on Memphis.
SAC-ORL — The Magic are going to have an easy time holding the No. 7 seed in the East. Sacramento’s chances are dwindling. A loss to the Magic likely ends any realistic dreams of the playoffs.
MIL-HOU — The Rockets somehow came from behind and beat the Mavs in OT on Friday. James Harden nearly had a 50-point triple-double. The Beard and Russell Westbrook combined for 80 of the Rockets’ 153 points in the win.
PHX-DAL — The Mavs need to shake off that loss to Houston. The offense was there, but defense was a big issue. Dallas can’t really move down to the 8-seed, so no pressure. The Mavs can still move up, only 2.5 games off the Rockets.