once again, Adam or break here on SportsCastr news talking, all things n b a.
And if you're out there in the world and you're wondering what's gonna happen next, all we can do is wait and see Happy Fourth of July weekend, as we always like to say, and here today will be touching on a little bit of Lucca and the Dallas Mavericks.
Now a lot has been happening around the Orlando bubble.
Players making those choices to commit were opt out off playing in the bubble.
Some positive tests have come up, including the Joker, who now is overseas and and what that scenario looks like for him to quarantine, test clean two times and then make his way over and join his team in Orlando is all gonna be interesting to see.
One of the players in Kemba Walker come out recently and had a cool where he said, I'm single.
No kids, no family worry about.
I've been basically sitting around playing video games watching TV, and he's been working out in preparing.
But the idea of him joined the bubble pretty easy decision for him to make Ah, while then players that are in a position to have wives and Children and maybe older parents that are living with them have had to make some hard choices about being a part of the restart in Orlando.
One of the teams that we've been pretty high on, and by we I do mean on myself.
I think Matt Brooks has jumped on my bandwagon or as we like to call him.
Ah, these days, that's the MBT Matt Brooks tennis check amount for all of your tennis needs.
But we've been talking about how one of the teams that we think could really benefit from some of these other players dropping out potentially and from this restart would be the Dallas Mavericks.
When recently asked about it, Luca came right out and basically said, I never hesitated.
I miss basketball a lot, so I just want to play.
There was no question about me.
I always wanted to play, so the plan to get right in there, dive back in full steam ahead and be excited to get this restart underway is obviously at the forefront for Luca Dodge.
Now, what's interesting about this set up for them because we've been talking about Keith McPherson.
That Brooks as well has been in on this.
When you take a look at the standings right now, one of the things that is going to be interesting about the eight games restart is can any of these teams that are already locked in So we know that you know, the wizards in the East, they can make some noise.
And we also know that when you take a look out there in the West, you're gonna have the Trailblazers, the pelicans, the Kings and the Spurs are all gonna be eligible to make some movement there and see if they can get themselves within the 3.
5 game market and force Ah, little bit of a double elimination single elimination scenario to lock in the eighth seed.
The interesting thing for me here, though, when I look at it, is the Dallas Mavericks right now.
Sit there. The seventh seed.
Now it's probably gonna be hard for them to make any headway, given that the Rockets in the sixth seed or 40 and 24 the Mavericks air there at 40 and 27.
So they actually just played more games before the shutdown Unfortunately for them, the issue that they're going to run into is even if let's say you win all eight games right and you go 48 find out that 48 27 the Rockets effectively could go five and three and the 45 27 then you be it.
The advantage there if you're Dallas to get yourself up above it to at 46 29 versus a 45 and 27 those percentage points are going to be really tricky.
The reason why I bring this up is, I think, that the Dallas Mavericks have a real opportunity to be one of those dark horse candidates no pun intended in the restart down in Orlando.
But if they could somehow find a way to overtake the Rockets, then they would set themselves up for a 63 matchup against the Denver Nuggets.
Now this is with, with or without Joker, assume that Joker will be there.
I just think that the Ah much nicer matchup in the first round, where the size of Luca at the point guard position, where the size of the Unicorn Chris stops for Zynga's at 73 would offer you a really nice dynamic there if they could overcome that first round and then look ahead to that secondary matchup, which, depending on how it shakes out, would theoretically, you would think, even if they're in the six seed at that point, you're probably gonna play the Lakers assuming they win their first round matchup.
Because you'll be the lowest seed, potentially with either, let's say, the Jazz or the Thunder making their way into that next round of taking on the Clippers.
But if they can do that, I think if they get a head of steam in that first round, then I think potentially you could be a problem.
You talk about the Lakers and then keep McPherson and I have had just lengthy conversations around this over the last week.
The Lakers do have tremendous talent in LeBron James and in Anthony Davis, and Anthony Davis offers us size disparity there where he can shoot from the perimeter.
Obviously has the size and strength as well to get on the interior.
LeBron James has the flexibility about where you want to utilize him on the on the on the court in terms of matchups.
Now, if you have a Dwight Howard, there is well, and if you have ah, McGee, you know you're gonna have a lot of size to go along with it.
But this isn't top end size that is supplementing behind those two superstars.
This is veteran talent that has a sealing.
Excuse me to what they can do for you in the restart.
So if you could have Luca with a full head of steam and he's had arguably the best season of his career this past year, his current year, if he can come in with a head of steam, that could be a real matchup problem for any team, including the Lakers.
And then, if Kristof spores ing this is on now, all of a sudden, you're going to have to see what these matchups look like when maybe you're asking Anthony Davis to extend out and show some defense there.
If they're knocking down those perimeter shots, can Dwight Howard come in and be a factor or not? Can they extend their defense out to the perimeter? So, uh, these type of early eight games, we're gonna be very interesting again.
Assuming that they can't move the needle on it.
Then you're talking about taking on the Clippers in the first round, high level defense.
Then it becomes about you know, who's gonna pick up Luca for the Clippers.
And when they do that, can Luke It is over, Comet.
Have to take over games in order for the Mavericks to move out of that first round.
But it's going to be exciting and is going to be an intense matchup.
There's no doubt about that in the Western Conference, as we say now.
Teams like, for example, the Jazz at 41 23 a 6 41 win percentage, the Nuggets at 43 22 a 6 60 to win percentage.
Maybe, you know, there could there could be some movement there when you talk about trying to get themselves up.
As of right now, the Jazz have a game and 1/2 to overcome from the four to the three seat steep but very doable, depending on how those first handful of games go moving down.
That list thunder and rockets very interchangeable, right? By the way, we say the Mavericks could make a leap.
Theoretically, they could try to leave two teams and get themselves up into the five spot, at which point you be looking at maybe taking on again, possibly the Nuggets if they fell down, or the Jazz as well at that four spot.
Not out of the realm of possibility, though again, even though only one more win for the Clippers than the Nuggets, 44 to 43 it's, Ah, game and 1/2 lead, though 44 20 for the Clippers, 43 22 for the Nuggets.
So you don't necessarily see that movement happening there the game and 1/2.
It is a big margin, but it certainly would be possible.
And, you know, depending on how things shake out at the back end of this as well, the Grizzlies air there.
We know that we know that it's a 3.
5 game deficit for the Blazers to overcome its a 3.
5 game deficit for the Pelicans to overcome and get their Grizzlies have a relatively tough remaining schedule when the restart happens.
Pelicans and both teams, like the regular season, have a relatively easy strength of schedule, so we'll have to see how these games play out.
Don't be surprised.
This is a footnote I want to touch on the Eastern Conference as well.
But don't be surprised if the Spurs air just kind of that spoiler team.
We've heard from Gregg Popovich about this when Adam Silver said, We stayed Don't know if we're gonna be able to allow some coaches to go down there because of the health risks.
D'Antoni and Pop all came out and said, Listen, we're going down there were going to coach our team so that's going to be a nonstarter if you think you're gonna take us off the court off the sidelines, specifically as the head coaches for these units.
But don't be surprised.
Even a 27 and 36 if the goal of the Spurs is to just play spoiler is, you just be disrupted right and try to get a couple of wins.
That makes every other team above them have toe work a little bit harder over the eight game stretch to maintain their seeding or to push for that playoff spot if they so choose the Spurs right now as it stands, they sit back of the Grizzlies there.
There are full four games back, so it's not huge.
It's only a four game stretch, and then three teams, including the King's at 3.
So it's gonna be very interesting to see how this all shakes out.
The schedules are set up as such that once these teams will play each other, there's no way that you're going with the King's pelicans, Trailblazers, all of the same record.
All of you know, less than 3.
5 games back and then playing their way into it.
Two of these teams were gonna fall out, and maybe you'll have one that forces the issue with the Grizzlies.
Grizzlies can control their own fate by extending it out to four games, and making it a non factor on the Eastern Conference will jump over there real quick as we go.
A little Excuse me far a field on our Luca Dantas conversation, but why not? It's Fourth of July.
Let's have some fun over on the other side in the Eastern Conference.
You know a lot again.
A couple of things were set in stone when you look at that when you look at the the the standings here.
Not a lot of concerns for, of course, the Bucks they have at 6.
So anticipate them basically putting it in neutral and not doing a lot of heavy lifting over the eight games.
Likewise, for the Raptors.
Three game advantage over the Celtics.
So if the Celtics want to push a little bit, maybe they can do so.
But I don't necessarily see that being the case.
Then you get into again.
5 game drop off there to the Miami Heat.
She'd have a two game lead over the Pacers.
Pacers and Sixers are in a deadlock.
Ben Simmons healthy.
Will that move the needle for them in that eight game restart? Ah, and then the big time drop off of 6.
5 games back to the Magic.
Now we mentioned that the Wizards are involved in this, even though they sit there 5.
5 games behind a 24 and 40.
There'll be a part of it, but they 23 games off the lead pace of the Bucks or the Magic and then 28 a half games off of that or the Washington Wizards.
So going to be interesting to see if the Wizards can make any noise early here? The other wrinkle would be that the Magic and Nets can both make the playoffs.
But maybe the Nets fall down, especially with what they're dealing with their roster right now.
They could fall into that eighth seed spot, certainly, and then find themselves in a more difficult matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round.
Especially when you think about the size of your honest the size of Ah, of former former net in Ah Brook Lopez, who can extend his shot out beyond the three point line and then even Middleton again.
Length, size, right? Those are issues that specifically would be difficult for Brooklyn to deal with and difficult from a match of standpoint for any team across the board.
But unlike in the West, I don't you're not, You know, these two game gaps.
I think that for the most part, one through six are probably comfortable to stand pat.
I will say that the Celtics in that rate now ah, three verse six matchup where they would see the Philadelphia 76 ers.
That would be a heck of a matchup.
Yes, in the first round would love to see it.
I wonder if the Celtics are gonna try to work hard to put some level of pressure on the Raptors and say, If we can push ourselves up to the two seed, then you get yourself into the ideal favorable matchup against again.
The Nets, the Celtics, even the Wizards Were that to be the case? Those top to sponsor essentially, for all intents and purposes, and I'm a Nets fan, hate to say it, or a bit of a buy in that first round for the Eastern Conference, so the Bucks are in a great position there again.
Will they come out firing, really try to push and put pressure on the Raptors to have to play at least a couple of those games to make sure they lock it in.
Beyond that, though, you know the Pacers and Sixers can certainly shuffle.
And again if you're the Celtics, maybe just wait and see.
Ah, because the Sixers could overtake the Pacers.
Victor Oladipo won't be playing will be joining.
I will be joining them but will not be playing for them in Orlando.
So now you could certainly see the Pacers and the Sixers flip flop in the rotation.
And that would become another favorable matchup for the Celtics.
So top three seeds could then arguably benefit based on the rosters that the 6th 7th and eighth Cesaire going to be putting out there.
This is the exciting time.
This is the waiting to see.
We still have a long way to go under in that we're only 3.
5 weeks away from the start of it.
It's the fourth we know the 30th will be the official kickoff.
Ah, the 9th 10th and 11th.
Or when we will see all of the players reporting.
The teams will report in a couple of different groups there that everyone will get inside the bubble tested, cleared and then I'll be put into action down in Orlando.
Obviously, the news about the Chicago bubble coming out as well.
I I may jump on and do a little bit of a conversation around that.
Why don't die? We we don't know for sure, right.
But what I do know is that I talked about this with Doug on the We got Nets podcast my co host there about originally when Damian Lillard when you had even Carmelo Anthony C. J. McCollum.
When players came out and said, Well, I don't know, I don't know if I want to bother being a part of this, Um, you never want to be saying the wrong thing, right? Going with the positive and whatever choices you make behind the scenes is fine.
Luca, for all intents and purposes, sounds like he was always ready.
Always wanted to play, was always eager to get back to action.
And even if it wasn't the case, this is what you want to hear if you're a Dallas Mavericks fan that you have a young superstar chomping at the bit to get down to Orlando and try to make some noise as the MBA season gets back underway, that being the case, we go ahead and duck out of here on a Saturday afternoon, we say a quick hello there to Boston Bell, who just joined in, unfortunately, attainment late on the action, but a shout out to everyone who checked in on the broadcast this Saturday.
We will be back starting next week, with all things N b a, some of the correspondents or just enjoying the holiday weekend.
But before the friends and family get over, I figured a couple of news stories.
Let's dial it up and send you into the holiday With a little bit of NBA chatter in the back of your mind, be sure to follow Keith McPherson and Matt Brooks on here and on all of their other platforms.
I am Adam Arm Brecht.
Or, as I am now affectionately being called by Keith McPherson, Double A getting outta here on the Fourth of July weekend.
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