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We made it, guys, the NBA is finally back. The bubble seems to be doing its job, the hype is very much still there despite there not being fans in the building, and we should be in store for quite the unique ride over the next couple of months.
As things get back underway, we’re going to be taking a look at the slate of games and hand out locks of the day throughout the coming weeks. With our friends at BetMGM, we’ll be taking a look at both traditional game line bets as well as some parlays along the line while keeping up our record along the way.
It’s vital that we get off to a 1-0 start on this new journey, so, let’s get after it.
NBA Lock Of The Day, July 30th: Jazz vs. Pelicans
The Pick: Pelicans -2.5
Yes, Zion Williamson is a game-time decision after leaving the bubble for a few days for a family emergency, but it would be absolutely astonishing not to see him play on Thursday night. The Pelicans have just eight games to make up ground in the Western Conference standings and sneak into the No. 8 spot, they simply do not have the time to keep their best player on the bench so I’d expect to see him on the floor against Utah.
The Jazz, on the other hand, have already clinched a playoff spot. While they could catch the Nuggets and grab the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, Utah can afford to find its footing over the next handful of games at its own pace while the Pels simply can’t.
Give me a Pelicans team on a mission, with Zion on the floor, to get off to a 1-0 start in the new-look season.
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