NBA Orlando schedule released

June 27, 2020 12:32 AM

Congratulations, NBA bettors. We are one step closer to the return of basketball. 

Late Friday, the NBA released its restart schedule in Orlando. The season will officially resume on Thursday, July 30 with a star-studded doubleheader between Western Conference teams. The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans will play in the early game (6:40 p.m ET), followed by the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers in the nightcap (9 p.m. ET). There will be six more games on Friday July 31, led by an Eastern Conference showdown between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics (6:30 p.m. ET). 

The lines have been posted for those games by BetMGM.

There are 22 teams traveling to the "bubble" inside the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Teams will be reporting to Orlando for training camp on either July 7, 8 or 9. 

Each team will play 8 regular-season games, which begin July 30 and end Aug. 14. Bettors are in for a treat due to the spaced-out schedule of daily action. Each day consists of roughly six games played on three different courts, with the first beginning as early as 12:30 p.m. ET and the last tipping off at 9 p.m. ET. In other words, as soon as one game ends, the next begins. It's almost like the opening rounds of March Madness. Get ready for two weeks of all-day sweats. 

The NBA restart is set to take place in the backdrop of spiking Coronavirus cases in Florida. But that hasn't deterred NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Earlier this week, 16 of 302 NBA players tested positive for the virus, which equates to 5.3%.

"My ultimate conclusion is that we can't outrun the virus, and that this is what we're gonna be living with for the foreseeable future--which is why we designed the campus the way we did," Silver told ESPN. "And so it's a closed network; and while we're not impermeable, we are in essence protected from cases around us. At least that's the model.

"For those reasons, we're still comfortable being in Orlando."

Silver did acknowledge, "If we were to have significant spread of Coronavirus through our community, that ultimately might lead us to stopping."

With just over a month until the games begin, bettors can now spend the coming days and weeks searching for value in the futures market. 

Here are the latest odds to win the Eastern Conference, Western Conference and NBA Finals along with the exact NBA Finals matchup at DraftKings. 

Eastern Conference

Bucks -165

Celtics + 700

Raptors + 700

Heat + 900

76ers + 900

Pacers + 3300

Nets + 10000

Magic + 10000

Wizards + 15000

Western Conference

Lakers + 160

Clippers + 180

Rockets + 700

Nuggets + 1200

Mavericks + 1400

Jazz + 1400

Thunder + 4000

Pelicans + 6600

Blazers + 8000

Grizzlies + 12000

Sun + 25000

Kings + 25000

Spurs + 25000

Championship

Lakers + 240

Bucks + 250

Clippers + 333

Rockets + 1200

Celtics + 2000

Raptors + 2200

Nuggets + 2500

76ers + 2800

Heat + 3000

Jazz + 3300

Mavericks + 4000

Pacers + 10000

Thunder + 10000

Pelicans + 12500

Blazers + 15000

Grizzlies + 25000

Nets + 30000

Magic + 30000

Wizards + 30000

Suns + 50000

Kings + 50000

Spurs + 50000

Exact Matchup

Bucks vs Lakers + 310

Bucks vs Clippers + 350

Bucks vs Rockets + 1100

Bucks vs Nuggets + 1900

Celtics vs Lakers + 1900

Raptors vs Lakers + 1900

Celtics vs Clippers + 2000

Raptors vs Clippers + 2000

Bucks vs Jazz + 2300

76ers vs Lakers + 2500

Heat vs Lakers + 2500

76ers vs Clippers + 2700

Heat vs Clippers + 2700

You can also bet on which team will earn the 8th and final playoff seed for both conferences. Here are the updated odds at FanDuel.

East 8th seed

Magic -125

Nets + 105

Wizards + 17000

West 8th seed

Grizzlies -160

Pelicans + 380

Blazers + 460

Kings + 850

Spurs + 1700

Suns + 5500

In terms of the MVP and Rookie of the Year awards, it looks as though the race is already over. Here are the updated odds at DraftKings. 

MVP

Giannis Antetokuonmpo -5000

LeBron James + 1000

Anthony Davis + 10000

Luka Doncic + 10000

James Harden + 10000

Nikola Jokic + 15000

Damian Lillard + 15000

Kawhi Leonard + 25000

Russell Westbrook + 25000

Rookie of the Year

Ja Morant -10000

Zion Williamson + 1400

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