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Each team will have eight regular-season games to help finalize playoff seeding, with the first two games being held on July 30 as the Utah Jazz face off versus the New Orleans Pelicans, followed by the LA Clippers versus the Los Angeles Lakers. Players and teams will have roughly two weeks to secure their playoff seeds while knocking off any rust ahead of the postseason.
Here are 12 games we can't wait to see when basketball returns.
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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Utah Jazz
July 30, 6:30 p.m. ET | TNT
The Jazz have the utmost confidence that Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell can successfully coexist as franchise cornerstones, but will there be any residual tension from Gobert's lack of concern for the novel coronavirus that preceded the news that he and Mitchell had both tested positive? It's unclear for now if star rookie Zion Williamson will miss any games after leaving the NBA bubble due to a family medical matter, but a matchup against two-time Defensive Player of the Year Gobert could be a must-watch on opening night.
The Lakers and Clippers will resume their rivalry inside the bubble on July 30.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. LA Clippers
July 30, 9 p.m. ET | TNT
While the atmosphere in Orlando, Florida, won't be the same as it would be at Staples Center, the intensity between these rivals figures to remain high in their final regular-season matchup. Though home-court advantage is no longer part of the equation, both teams will need to address chemistry as they ramp up for a long playoff run.
Can the Lakers replace Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo while finding the same consistency they had before the stoppage? How do the Clippers look at full strength, and how will Doc Rivers balance the minutes on a deep