The NBA is expected to return to the court on Friday or Saturday following a boycott for racial injustice that led to the postponements of postseason games scheduled for Wednesday and today.
NBA Executive Vice President Mike Bass issued a statement on Thursday afternoon after players voted earlier in the day.
“NBA playoff games for today will not be played as scheduled,” Bass said. “We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday. There is a video conference call meeting scheduled later this afternoon between a group of NBA players and team governors representing the 13 teams in
Orlando, along with representatives from the National Basketball Players Association and the league office and NBA Labor Relations Committee Chairman Michael Jordan, to discuss next steps.”
The Milwaukee Bucks made the decision to not take the floor for their Game 5 contest yesterday against the Orlando Magic, leading to all three of Wednesday’s games getting postponed. Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled and likely played on Friday or Saturday.
NBA players voted to continue the playoffs on Thursday morning. A report on Wednesday night stated that the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers had voted to discontinue the season, while the other teams wanted to finish.
There are several series that oddsmakers believe are all but over, including the Bucks-Magic and Lakers-Trail Blazers. Milwaukee and Los Angeles both hold 3-1 series leads and each are 13.5-point favorites in Game 5, according to 5Dimes.
The Clippers have a chance to close out their series against Dallas in Game 6. Doc Rivers’s club is a nine-point favorite and is -450 on the money line.
Denver staved off elimination behind an incredible 42-point performance from Jamal Murray on Tuesday night. The Nuggets now trail Utah, 3-2, in the series and are two-point underdogs in Game 6. The Jazz are -345 to win the series, with Denver priced at +285.
Houston and Oklahoma City are tied at two games apiece after the Thunder rallied from a 2-0 deficit to even the series. The Rockets are 4.5-point favorites in Game 5 and are -185 ‘chalk’ to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.
The only second-round series that has been set features No. 2 Toronto and No. 3 Boston in the East semifinals. Both teams earned first-round sweeps, but the Raptors are slight -127 favorites to advance to the East finals. Toronto is a 2.5-point favorite in Game 1 and the total is set at 216.
Veteran point guard Kyle Lowry (ankle) is ‘questionable’ for the Raptors in the series opener.
5Dimes stipulates that NBA play must return by Sept. 2 or Sept. 3 for individual game bets to have action, depending on the series.