at 1 a.m., Ben Simmons continues against the Heat
The NBA pre-season continues with six new games on the menu today. Hawks and Bucks open the ball very early on the Abu Dhabi side, they will be followed by a very attractive Nets-Heat and we are also awaiting the debut of Rudy Gobert with the Wolves at the end of the night.
# the program of the day
6 p.m.: Hawks-Bucks
1h30: Nets – Heat
2 a.m.: Thunder – Adelaide 36ers
2 a.m.: Spurs – Magic
4 a.m.: Blazers – Maccabi Ra’anana
4 a.m.: Lakers-Wolves
No need to wake up to see the NBA today because the Hawks and Bucks are currently in Abu Dhabi, which offers us a meeting that slams at a very nice schedule. Left to rest for the Bucks’ first game (like most players who have played EuroBasket), Giannis Antetokounmpo should this time be dressed to face Trae Young but also the recently arrived Dejounte Murray. The two stars have promised a show to the height, we only ask that.
A little later, we find ourselves on the side of the Barclays Center where Brooklyn receives the Heat for a duel which would smell like the Playoffs if we were a few months later. The opportunity to see the new Big 3 of the Nets in action once again? Steve Nash told reporters he hoped to see the same players as in the pre-season opener, but the birth of Kyrie Irving’s child on Wednesday could put the point guard in question. On the Heat side, Jimmy Butler was rested on Tuesday against Wolves and Erik Spoelstra confirmed that it was not injury-related, so we can hope to see the South Beach star on the floor tonight.
We continue our little tour with two very international matches. Opposed to the Adelaide 36ers, the Thunder will try to do better than the Suns, who fell at home against this same team a few days ago. For Portland, it’s a last game at home against Maccabi Ra’anana. Chauncey Billups has already explained that some of its holders would be rested without specifying which ones. The opportunity to perhaps discover a few other boys and we obviously think of Shaedon Sharpe, seventh choice of the last Draft.
After taking 40 against the Rockets, the Spurs will try to do a little better (or less worse) against the Magic, another competitor for the Lottery. No Keldon Johnson for the Texans but we will obviously watch the performances of Paolo Banchero, not on top against Memphis at the start of the week, but also Jeremy Sochan for the locals.
For the bravest, you will have to wait until 4am to see the Purple and Gold face Rudy Gobert’s Wolves. Resting for Minny’s first pre-season, the Blues pivot could make his debut (not yet confirmed) tonight against a Lakers team who will play without their Big 3 for the occasion. Anthony Davis tends to his back as LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are rested after their game tonight. This could quickly turn into a massacre.
It starts at aperitif time, it ends in the early morning with the croissants. Another quiet warm-up night for NBA players with playing time gradually getting closer to normal. We meet on the blue bird to watch all this together.