Oklahoma City Thunder – Washington Wizards
The Thunder are in a tight race to earn the fourth seed of the Western Conference, as they are just 0.5 games behind the fifth-placed Utah Jazz, and 1.0 games behind the fourth-placed Houston Rockets. Therefore, winning here is imperative for an Oklahoma City team that has gone 2-2 in the Orlando bubble so far. Meanwhile, the Wizards have gone 0-5 since the resumption of the league and have already been eliminated from playoff contention, so they’re only playing for their pride now. Washington is the only team that hasn’t won a single game since the league resumed July 30.
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Toronto Raptors – Memphis Grizzlies
The Raptors are coming off a 122-100 loss to the Boston Celtics the last time out, and that was their first loss in the Orlando bubble — it also snapped a seven-game winning run for the reigning NBA champions. Toronto does not have much to play for in this game but their playoff seeding, but that’s not the case with the Grizzlies. Memphis finally snapped their losing streak Friday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but they still have gone just 1-4 in the bubble and their playoff berth will be at risk if they can’t get back to the winning path on a consistent basis before the regular season comes to an end. The Grizzlies only have 1.0 game lead over the Portland Trail Blazers, who also play Sunday.
New Orleans Pelicans – San Antonio Spurs
The Pelicans are coming off a 118-107 win over the Washington Wizards the last time out and, even though they’ve gone 2-3 in their five bubble games so far, the Pels have won two of their last three contests and seems to be trending in the right direction down the stretch. It remains to be seen if that’ll be enough for them to reach a playoff spot, though. As for the Spurs, they sit 0.5 games over the Pelicans in the standings and are just 2.0 games behind the eighth-placed Grizzlies, so their potential playoff path might become clearer once Sunday’s slate comes to an end. The Spurs earned a 119-111 win over the Jazz on Friday, and they have gone 3-2 in their five Orlando games thus far.
Boston Celtics – Orlando Magic
The Celtics have combined to score 271 points in their last two games, winning both against two East playoff teams such as the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors. Boston is getting hot and trending in the right direction at the right time, and they have another favorable matchup Sunday against a struggling Magic team. Orlando has gone 2-3 in their five bubble games, but they’re currently riding a three-game losing streak following Friday’s 108-101 defeat against the Philadelphia 76ers. Orlando can focus on improving their play without much pressure, however, as they have already clinched a playoff spot following Washington’s loss against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.
Portland Trail Blazers – Philadelphia 76ers
The Blazers face a pivotal game Sunday against the 76ers — their Saturday defeat against the Los Angeles Clippers has them 1.0 game behind the Memphis Grizzlies in the race for the eighth seed of the Western Conference, so a win here and a defeat from Memphis could even things up with only a few games left in the regular-season schedule. The 76ers clinched a playoff berth a while ago and seem to be trending in the right direction after winning three games in a row, but they will face the remainder of the regular season — and possibly the playoffs — without star playmaker Ben Simmons due to injury. Philadelphia is just 1.0 game behind the Miami Heat in the race for the fourth seed of the Eastern Conference, however, so they still have something to play for ahead of this contest.
Sacramento Kings – Houston Rockets
The Kings remain alive in the playoff race following the Clippers’ win over the Blazers on Saturday, but their chances of reaching are slim to none — they need to win all of their remaining contests while hoping for several other results going their way. The Kings have dropped four of their five games in the Orlando bubble and enter this matchup against the Rockets as severe underdogs. Houston is looking to clinch the third seed in the Western Conference and have been playing at a high level of late, winning three of their four bubble games while averaging 121.8 points per game over that span. All signs point towards Houston being too much for a Kings defense that won’t have Marvin Bagley III due to injury.
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Los Angeles Clippers – Brooklyn Nets
The Clippers are coming off a huge comeback win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, as they trailed during most of the game before turning things around in the final seconds of the contest thanks to a three-pointer from Rodney McGruder. The Clippers are vying for the second seed in the Western Conference and currently hold a 1.5-game lead over the Denver Nuggets in that race. Meanwhile, the Nets already clinched a playoff spot but could be shorthanded ahead of this contest, with names such as Caris LaVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen questionable while being without superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Brooklyn has gone 3-2 in the bubble so far, winning three of their last four games.
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