July 26, 2020

NBA Pick 'Em Week 22: Seeding Games Edition: The NBA resumes its regular season on Thursday with a packed "seeding games" schedule. There are 12 national games on ABC, ESPN and TNT through the following Monday. In the Pace Mannion, Ufez Jones holds first place 24 points ahead of NoMich. Make your picks, wear a mask and keep your distance.

This Week's Games

Utah at New Orleans on TNT (Thursday)
L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers on TNT (Thursday)
Boston at Milwaukee on ESPN (Friday)
Houston at Dallas on ESPN (Friday)
Miami at Denver on ESPN (Saturday)
Utah at Oklahoma City on ESPN (Saturday)
New Orleans at L.A. Clippers on ESPN (Saturday)
L.A. Lakers at Toronto on ESPN (Saturday)
Portland at Boston on ABC (Sunday)
Milwaukee at Houston on ABC (Sunday)
Memphis at New Orleans on ESPN (Monday)
L.A. Lakers at Utah on ESPN (Monday)

Teams playing more than once: New Orleans, Utah, L.A. Lakers, L.A. Clippers, Milwaukee, Boston, Houston.

Last Week's Results

San Antonio 119, Dallas 110 (6 < 9 < 12)
L.A. Clippers 131, Golden State 107 (17 < 24 < 31)
Dallas 113, Denver 97 (11 < 16 < 21)

Player Scores

Howard_T's picks

Dallas by 9, 0 points
L.A. Clippers by 11 [lock], 10 points
Dallas by 6, 5 points

NoMich's picks

Dallas by 8, 0 points
L.A. Clippers by 12 [lock], 10 points
Dallas by 7, 5 points

rcade's picks

Dallas by 8, 0 points
L.A. Clippers by 12 [lock], 10 points
Denver by 6, 0 points

scooby10672's picks

Dallas by 3 [lock], -10 points
L.A. Clippers by 8, 5 points
Dallas by 3 [lock], 10 points

Ufez Jones's picks

Dallas by 8, 0 points
L.A. Clippers by 17 [lock], 16 points
Denver by 4, 0 points

Standings

PlayerTotal ScoreThis Week
Ufez Jones64616
NoMich62215
Howard_T57315
rcade54710
scooby106725115
Goyoucolts620

Picks must be submitted in this discussion before the game's tipoff. So if you miss Tuesday games you can still choose the games for the rest of the week.

posted by rcade to basketball at 03:21 PM - 7 comments

This is going to be interesting. On the one hand, the NBA Bubble actually seems to be working pretty damn well. On the other, I just saw that Kristaps got scrapped from today's scrimmage against the Pacers b/c he missed his required test. Might be a bit of a crapshoot.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:33 PM on July 26

Alright ufie, I'm coming right at ya! But, you know, in a socially distanced manner.

THURSDAY
New Orleans by 7
L.A. Lakers by 7

FRIDAY
Milwaukee by 5
Houston by 8

SATURDAY
Denver by 7
Utah by 6
L.A. Clippers by 5
L.A. Lakers by 5

SUNDAY
Boston by 6
Milwaukee by 8

MONDAY
New Orleans by 7
L.A. Lakers by 4

posted by NoMich at 05:00 PM on July 26

This somehow looks familiar. Do I remember how to play this game? The trouble is that everything has changed, and teams that were going well might not be, and those that were struggling as the fatigue of a long season began to take its toll are well rested and ready to go. Time to ride with the talent.

Thursday, July 30:

Lots of Pelicans in Florida. The 2-legged kind will be right at home. New Orleans by 9

Lou Williams was a bad boy, and his absence will be felt. Los Angeles (gold variety) by 11 SLAM

Friday, July 31:

Celtics' scoring is ready, but their defense needs work. I would pick them if this were game 5 or 6 of the seeding games, but not in game 1. Milwaukee by 8

I just watched Rockets shoot the lights out against the Boston reserves. Houston by 14 SLAM

Saturday, August 1:

Denver (the team, not the city) is at sea level, and this could work against them. Miami by 6

Thunder looked decent in their exhibition against Boston, but I know nothing about Jazz. Oklahoma City by 4

"Come join us in singing the praises of Zion" (arr. Aaron Copeland, 1952, of a traditional hymn) might apply to the Pelicans fandom, but he'll have his work cut out for him against Clippers. Los Angeles (formerly of San Diego) by 11.

This one ought to show us much about how good each of these clubs can be. Los Angeles (formerly of Minneapolis) by 9.

Sunday, August 2:

Celtics should come into their own in this one. Boston by 13

Houston's game is to drop a barrage of 3s when the opponent tries to pack the paint. It will work against Bucks. Houston by 8

Monday, August 3:

Grizzlies will be missing some important pieces, and they just might be on their way to becoming a lottery team. New Orleans by 12

Lakers should breeze through this one. Los Angeles (purple variety) by 15 SLAM

posted by Howard_T at 11:24 PM on July 28

Thursday

Utah by 2 LA Lakers by 3 SLAM

Friday Milwaukee by 3 Dallas by 4 SLAM

Saturday Denver by 3 Oklahoma City by 2 SLAM LA Clippers by 8 LA Lakers by 3 SLAM

Sunday Boston by 7 Milwaukee by 3 SLAM

Monday New Orleans by 4 LA Lakers by 3 SLAM

posted by scooby10672 at 04:13 PM on July 29

Oh hell, I totally got out of rhythm here. Currently watching the end of the Pels/Jazz game and didn't even think about this.

So Thursday's Lakers/Clips game: Clips by 7

The rest tomorrow.

But damn if it isn't nice to watch some real NBA tonight.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:11 PM on July 30

With Eric Bledsoe and others missing from the Bucks' lineup tonight, please change my pick for Friday, July 31, to Boston by 6. My pick of Houston remains unchanged.

Thank you.

posted by Howard_T at 06:08 PM on July 31

Friday
Milwaukee by 2 (slam)
Dallas by 4 (slam)

Saturday
Miami by 6 (slam)
Utah by 2 (slam)
L.A. Clippers by 10 (slam)
L.A. Lakers by 4 (slam)

Sunday
Boston by 7 (slam)
Milwaukee by 10 (slam)

Monday
Memphis by 5 (slam)
L.A. Lakers by 8 (slam)

posted by rcade at 06:25 PM on July 31

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