How Saturday’s NBA Results Impact the Eastern and Western Conference Playoff Race | Canada


The first basketball weekend of the resumption of the 2019-2020 NBA season is well underway.Five games were scheduled for Saturday. Early in the game, Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat went about the business with a convincing victory over the Denver Nuggets as the game day was capped by the defending champions sweeping the season series against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Every contest in Orlando has an impact on the race to the playoffs. And the five games on Saturday?


Find out below:

Miami Heat 125, Denver Nuggets 105


With Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Will Barton, the Nuggets lacked the firepower to keep up with the Heat.

The Miami All-Star duo of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo led the Heat with 22 points apiece. Butler added seven assists, four rebounds and three steals to his stat line while Adebayo added nine rebounds and six assists to his. Kelly Olynyk put the finishing touches with a 20-point fourth quarter, making him the first Heat player since Dwyane Wade in 2009 to score 20 points in the fourth quarter of a game.

With the win, the Heat improved to 42-24 on the season, placing them just 1.5 games behind the Boston Celtics for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Heat will have the opportunity to close that gap further when they face the Celtics in their third classification game next week.

As for the Nuggets, they are still No.3 in the Western Conference, but the Jazz, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder are making their way.

Oklahoma City Thunder 110, Utah Jazz 94


The Thunder got off to a good start and never looked back.

It was a team effort for Oklahoma City as a number of players scored in double digits. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the way with 19 points, Chris Paul approached a triple-double with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Steven Adams finished with a double-double of 16 points, 11 rebounds, Danilo Gallinari participated with 15 points and Dennis Schroder put 13 points off the bench.

Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson had a tough outing for Utah, combining for 24 points on a 9 for 32 shot from the field.

A loss puts the Jazz one game behind the Nuggets for the No.3 seed and puts them just 0.5 games ahead of the Thunder and Houston Rockets for the No.4 seed. There is still a lot going on. suspense regarding the middle of the Western Conference.


Kawhi Leonard and Paul George opened a clinic there.

While Leonard did a bit of everything with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists, George exploded for 28 points on an 8-for-11 3-point shot.

The Clippers as a team couldn’t miss the perimeter, going 25 to 47 deep.

The Clippers look like they are finishing the regular season second-seeded in the Western Conference at this point.

The Pelicans, meanwhile, risk withdrawing from the race for the No.8 seed. Back-to-back losses to open the resumption of the season put them four games behind the Memphis Grizzlies, 1.5 games behind the Portland Trail Blazers, one game behind the San Antonio Spurs and 0.5 games behind the Sacramento Kings.


Both teams entered this match with identical records of 39-26.

At the last honk, the Pacers walked away with the series of the season 3-1 behind a career game from TJ Warren. The 6-8 forward knocked down a career-high nine three-pointers en route to a career-high 53 points, the third-highest in NBA history for the Pacers.

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His performance helped the Pacers overcome the great games of the stars of the Philadelphia 76ers – Joel Embiid (41 points, 21 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks), Ben Simmons (19 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists) and Tobias Harris ( 30 points).

With this victory, the Pacers hold the tiebreaker, if they finish with a record identical to that of the 76ers at the end of the 76ers.


The reigning champions won their first game in Orlando behind a masterclass from leader Kyle Lowry.

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OG Anunoby scored 23 points as the Raptors held the Lakers All-Star duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis at 34 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists. Lagging behind the Bucks by 6.5 games, the Raptors likely won’t catch them, but the win helps them build a four-game cushion over the third-seeded Boston Celtics.

Meanwhile, the Lakers will have to wait to mathematically clinch the top seed in the West. They need a Clippers win or loss, but without either of them happening on Saturday it’s the next day for them. They still hold a comfortable 5.5-game lead at the top.

Current Ranking

Ranking on August 1
1x – Bucks de Milwaukee54121x – Los Angeles Lakers5015
2x – Raptors de Toronto47186,52x – LA Clippers45215.5
3x – Celtics de Boston432210,53x – Denver Nuggets43237,5
4x – Miami Heat4224124x – Jazz de l’Utah42248,5
5x – Pacers d’Indiana4026145x – Thunder of Oklahoma City41249
6x – Philadelphia 76ers3927156x – Houston Rockets41249
7Orlando Magic3135237Dallas Mavericks402811,5
8fillets the brooklyn303523,58Memphis Grizzlies323418,5
9Wizards de Washington244129,59Portland Trail Blazers303721
dixSan Antonio Spurs283621,5
11Kings de Sacramento283722
12New Orleans Pelicans283822,5
13Phoenix Suns273923,5

x – Place in the playoffs

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