While we still have to wait two days before the Pacers tip off their first seeding game in Orlando against Philadelphia on Saturday (2020 NBA in a phrase), the first two games of the rejuvenated 2019-20 season will be played tonight.
The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans start the bubble ball for real at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the monster matchup between the Los Angeles Lakes and the Los Angeles Clippers at 9 p.m. ET. Both games will be televised on TNT.
For those in Indy and other gambling optional states around the country, pregame injury reports will be even more important than usual. Despite the lack of positive tests within the bubble, there have been key players coming and going which is why the Clippers will be without Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams with Patrick Beverly questionable. The Lakers backcourt is also thin with Avery Bradley opting out and Rajon Rondo injured. More importantly, the status of Anthony Davis will be a game-time decision as he has sat much of the week with an eye issue.
In the opener, Zion Williamson is back with the Pelicans and is also a game-time decision, but other than that the Pels appear pretty healthy to make a run at a playoff spot in the West. The Jazz don’t have to worry about their playoff spot but will be playing without our old friend, Bojan Bogdanovic who is recovering from thumb surgery.
Between injuries, rest and, well, the ‘Rona, the latest injury updates will be critical throughout the Bubble Ball seeding games in Orlando.
As for the Pacers, Domas Sabonis will likely be out the whole time in Orlando while dealing with severe foot pain due to plantar faciitis. Jeremy Lamb remains out recovering from knee surgery, then there is the day-to-day status of Victor Oladipo. As of right now, he appears ready to give it a go after looking pretty good in the three scrimmage games.
But stay tuned until the ball goes up on Saturday and we see if No. 4 is on the court.
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