Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook renew rivalry

Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook renew rivalry

Until completion of the NBA’s seeding-game schedule onAug 14, Yahoo Sports NBA will provide an everyday bubble guide, total with current standings and a breakdown of the schedule, from betting chances to playoff ramifications and the greatest stories. Today marks Day 6 of the reboot to the 2019-20 season.

NBA standings

Eastern Conference

  • Milwaukee Bucks (54-13)

  • Toronto Raptors (48-18)

  • Boston Celtics (44-22)

  • Miami Heat (42-25)

  • Indiana Pacers (41-26)

  • Philadelphia 76 ers (40-27)

  • Orlando Magic (32-35)

  • Brooklyn Nets (31-35)

    Washington Wizards (24-43)

  • Western Conference

  • Los Angeles Lakers (51-15)

  • L.A. Clippers (45-21)

  • Denver Nuggets (44-23)

  • Houston Rockets (42-24)

  • Utah Jazz (42-25)

  • Oklahoma City Thunder (41-25)

  • Dallas Mavericks (40-29)

  • Memphis Grizzlies (32-36)

  • Portland Trail Blazers (30-38)

    San Antonio Spurs (29-37)

    New Orleans Pelicans (29-38)

    Sacramento Kings (28-38)

    Phoenix Suns (28-39)

  • Tuesday’s schedule

    (All times Eastern)

    Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 1: 30 p.m. (NBATV)

    Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings, 2: 30 p.m.

    Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 4 p.m. (NBATV)

    Orlando Magic vs. Indiana Pacers, 6 p.m.

    Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat, 6: 30 p.m. (TNT)

    Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 9 p.m. (TNT)

    Brooklyn Nets +185 (-110)
    Milwaukee Bucks -185 (-110)

    Over/Under 231.5

    Dallas Mavericks -5.5 (-110)
    Sacramento Kings +5.5 (-110)

    Over/Under 236.5

    Phoenix Suns +9 (-110)
    Los Angeles Clippers -9 (-110)

    Over/Under 230.5

    Orlando Magic -1.5 (-110)
    Indiana Pacers +1.5 (-110)

    Over/Under 225.5

    Boston Celtics -3.5 (-110)
    Miami Heat +3.5 (-110)

    Over/Under 219.5

    Houston Rockets -4 (-110)
    Portland Trail Blazers +4 (-110)

    Over/Under 242.5

    Playoff ramifications

    Brooklyn Nets (31-35) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (54-13)

    The Bucks can clinch theNo 1 seed in the East with a success.

    Brooklyn’s magic number to prevent a play-in series with Washington is any mix of Nets wins and Wizards losses that equates tothree A win over Milwaukee would also draw Brooklyn even in the standings with the seventh-place Magic, who own the head-to-head tiebreaker following Friday’s win over the Nets.

    Dallas Mavericks (40-29) vs. Sacramento Kings (28-38)

    With a win, the Mavericks would move within 2 video games of the sixth-place Thunder– and the possibility to prevent the Clippers in the preliminary of the playoffs– with 5 video games staying on their bubble schedule. A loss would make the seventh seed all however unavoidable for Dallas.

    The Kings have actually looked woefully unprepared for the resumption of the season, stopping working to protect winnable video games versus the Spurs andMagic A triumph over the Mavericks would keep them within a video game of ninth location and well inside the four-game window needed to require a play-in series. But a loss might drop them to 13 th location, last amongst active groups in the West, depending upon how Phoenix fares.

    Phoenix Suns (28-39) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (45-21)

    In their very first 2 bubble video games, the Suns made a case that they was worthy of the welcome to Walt Disney World, however the Clippers present the greatest test yet. Phoenix goes into the day in the very same position they started the bubble– last amongst 5 groups contending to require a play-in series for the West’s last playoff seed– however closer to ninth location than they began. Depending on how the Kings and Blazers carry out, Devin Booker andCo might draw within a video game of ninth with an upset of L.A. A(********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* )loss, integrated with a Blazers win, would leave them requiring to comprise three video games over their last 5, a near impossibility.

    The Lakers clinched the West’sNo 1 seed onMonday A loss to the Suns would loosen up the Clippers’ grip on the 2nd seed to a single video game, with a match versus the third-place Nuggets looming next week.

    Orlando Magic (32-35) vs. Indiana Pacers (41-26)

    The Magic can move no greater than their present position of seventh location in theEast A Brooklyn win previously in the day, integrated with an Orlando loss, would drop the Magic to 8th. An Orlando win, integrated with a Brooklyn loss, would press their seventh-place cushion to 2 1/2 video games with 5 to play.

    The Pacers are directly in the middle of the fourth-place Heat and sixth-place 76 ers, with one video game separating them from both. Flip- tumbling with Miami (which might occur with a Pacers win and a Heat loss) is irrelevant, offered the lack of home-court benefit inOrlando It is more pushing for Indiana to pad its cushion over the Sixers, preventing a prospective first-round match with the Celtics.

    Story continues

    Boston Celtics (44-22) vs. Miami Heat (42-25)

    A Heat win would draw them within 1 1/2 video games of 3rd location and lower Toronto’s magic number for the East’s 2nd seed to 2. A Celtics win would reduce Boston’s magic number for the 3rd seed to 2 and– depending upon how Indiana fares– drop Miami to within simply one video game of being up to 6th location.

    Houston Rockets (40-24) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (29-37)

    A Rockets win would draw them within a video game of the third-place Nuggets and send out the Blazers– brief owners of the ninth seed– back a half-game behind the Spurs with 5 still to play.

    A Portland win leaves Memphis with just a 1 1/2- video game lead on an eighth-place area that appeared safe and secure going into the bubble. The matching Houston loss implies just a head-to-head tiebreaker would separate it from Utah– and both groups would own a slim half-game lead on the sixth-place Thunder.

    Who and what to see

    Vlade Divac’s headache

    Kings basic supervisor Vlade Divac infamously chosen Marvin Bagley 2nd general in the 2018 draft, ahead of Mavericks experience Luka Doncic (currently an MVP prospect at age 21), regardless of Divac’s ties to Doncic’s dad as previous members of the Yugoslavian nationwide group’s feeder system. Through no fault of his own, Bagley has actually fought injuries throughout his quick NBA period, consisting of one that ended his season too soon inOrlando Even when healthy it does not appear Bagley’s ceiling will ever approach Doncic’s.

    Meanwhile, Doncic and the Mavericks will be starving to restore themselves as playoff risks to the West elite. Dallas presently owns the very best offending ranking in NBA history, however the Mavs handled to lose a set of aggravating video games versus the Rockets and Suns while scoring 149 and 115 points, respectively.

    Doncic and All-Star colleague Kristaps Porzings are balancing an integrated 68.5 points, 22.5 rebounds, 12 assists, three blocks and 2 takes in their very first 2 bubble video games. The Mavericks have no service losing any video game when those 2 are running at that level offensively. Dallas should tighten up its defense to have any hope of leaving the preliminary, and the Kings are a good amuse-bouche. Sorry, Vlade.

    Establishing supremacy in the East

    In all probability, Milwaukee will clinch theNo 1 seed in the East with a win over Brooklyn to start the day. I fear for what Giannis Antetokounmpo may do versus a diminished Nets group after losing to the Rockets onSunday That would leave Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer 5 more worry-free video games to get his men into shape, play with his rotations and get ready for what he hopes will be the longest of playoff runs.

    The Raptors have actually started to separate themselves as genuine oppositions toMilwaukee They are a well-coached group with a recognized identity, 2 elements that have actually shown additional helpful in the early going inOrlando Boston and Miami in theory fall under that very same classification, and the Heat provided Toronto a run for its cash in a careless video game on Monday afternoon. Bouncing back the next day in a tight video game versus Boston would still provide us self-confidence the Heat belong in the discussion amongst possible East finalists.

    After a narrow loss to the Bucks in their Orlando launching, one in which Jayson Tatum scored 5 points on 18 shots, the All-Star forward and his Celtics restored themselves in Sunday’s win over theBlazers Boston’s 4 crucial gamers– Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker– all played well. Walker’s 14-point effort on 6 shots in 22 minutes was specifically motivating after going into the bubble with sticking around knee discomfort. At some point, Celtics coach Brad Stevens will let Walker loose, and how well he reacts to the work will determine how seriously we think about Boston as a competitor.

    Dame vs. Russ

    Familiarity in between All-Star point guards Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook has actually reproduced regard for one another off the court however contempt in between the 2 on it. Westbrook is among couple of gamers who can draw garbage talk from Lillard, and there has actually been no lack of words exchanged over the previous 2 seasons.

    It is challenging to determine precisely when their beef started, however Westbrook took it to another level in in 2015’s playoffs, two times exposing a rock-the-baby event after scoring on Lillard in a Game 3 win over the Blazers in the preliminary. Of course, Portland sandwiched 4 wins around that Oklahoma City triumph, culminating in Lillard’s series-clinching 3-pointer. He waved Westbrook and the Thunder off the flooring.

    In January, the 2 competitors got where they ended, with Westbrook now on theRockets They did not stop talking throughout one Westbrook journey to the free-throw line. The previous MVP asked Lillard what seed his Blazers were, and Lillard reacted, “You know I’m the last person you want to see in the playoffs.”

    They reunite on Tuesday, with Portland in ninth location and no crowd sound to hush a conversation.

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    BenRohrbach is a personnel author forYahooSportsHave an idea?Email him at rohrbach_ben@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!Follow @brohrbach

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