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NBA bubble intel – Restart schedule, standings and latest news from Orlando – ESPN

Get the latest updates on the NBA’s restart in Orlando here.

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The NBA is getting closer to restarting the 2019-20 season on July 30 inside the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. All 22 teams have arrived in Orlando, Florida, and started training camp ahead of seeding games to determine the final standings, a potential playoff play-in series and the standard four-round postseason. Teams also have continued to have regular testing for the coronavirus now that they have cleared the initial quarantine period, though some players have yet to arrive.
Stay up to date on the latest from ESPN’s insiders and analysts here.
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Each team will play eight seeding games to determine the playoff matchups and initiate a potential play-in series for the No. 8 seed in each conference.
If the No. 9 seed finishes within four games of the No. 8 seed, there will be a play-in tournament in which the No. 9 seed would need to beat the No. 8 seed twice to earn the playoff berth, while the No. 8 seed would need one win from the two potential games. Given the uneven number of games played, the NBA will use win percentage as an initial tiebreaker.
Here are the standings heading into the restart:
Eastern Conference1. Milwaukee Bucks | 53-122. Toronto Raptors | 46-183. Boston Celtics | 43-214. Miami Heat | 41-245. Indiana Pacers | 39-266. Philadelphia 76ers | 39-267. Brooklyn Nets | 30-348. Orlando Magic | 30-359. Washington Wizards | 24-40
Eastern Conference1. Los Angeles Lakers | 49-142. LA Clippers | 44-203. Denver Nuggets | 43-224. Utah Jazz | 41-235. Oklahoma City Thunder | 40-246. Houston Rockets | 40-247. Dallas Mavericks | 40-278. Memphis Grizzlies | 32-339. Portland Trail Blazers | 29-3710. New Orleans Pelicans | 28-3611. Sacramento Kings | 28-3612. San Antonio Spurs | 27-3613. Phoenix Suns | 26-39
To start off, the Wizards will be 5.5 games back of the Magic, giving Washington a chance to make up the 1.5-game difference and force a play-in for the East’s No. 8 seed. A play-in is likely in the West, with the Grizzlies holding a 3.5-game lead on multiple contenders.
For more on every team, check out the latest edition of ESPN’s NBA Power Rankings, with one big question for the 22 franchises involved in the restart.
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Trail Blazers vs. Nets score: Portland clinches No. 8 seed in the West behind another big Damian Lillard night – CBSSports.com

The Blazers are the No. 8 seed heading into their play-in matchup with Memphis

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After months of planning, and two weeks of seeding games inside the NBA’s Disney World bubble, it all came down to the Portland Trail Blazers’ matchup with the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night. And after an incredible back-and-forth game, the Blazers clinched a spot in the play-in series with a 134-133 win. Portland will now meet Memphis, and the Grizzlies have to beat the Blazers twice to advance to the first round to take on the Lakers. 
The situation was pretty simple. Win, and the Blazers ad…

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Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers escape with win vs. Nets to reach play-in round – ESPN

Damian Lillard finished with 42 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, as the Blazers battled to the wire against the Nets and prevailed to reach the play-in round.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Ninety-one seconds into the fourth quarter of a game that would decide the Portland Trail Blazers’ fate, Damian Lillard took one step over half court and launched a 3-pointer that felt as though it traveled halfway to Oregon.
Like so many of Lillard’s other remarkable plays over the past two weeks, the ball dropped softly through the hoop. In response, the Brooklyn Nets called timeout. And while the Blazers still trailed by four at that point, it felt inevitable that L…

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Dodgers’ Mookie Betts hits 3 home runs in a game for record-tying sixth time – ESPN

Mookie Betts hit three home runs against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, the sixth time in his career he has had three homers in a game. That ties him with Sammy Sosa and Johnny Mize for the most such games in a career.

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Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts hit three home runs within the first five innings of Thursday night’s 11-2 win over the San Diego Padres, giving him a record-tying six three-homer games in his career. The only other players in MLB history with six three-homer games are Sammy Sosa and Johnny Mize.
Betts, who signed a 12-year, $365 million contract extension right before the start of this shortened season, began with an opposite-field two-run home run on an outside-corner fastball …

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