Usually we’d be less than a month away from the start of a new NBA season, but as it stands we’re entering the business end of the 19/20 NBA playoffs inside ‘The Bubble’. The Los Angeles Lakers (2-0) and Miami Heat (2-1) are currently leading the way in their respective Conference Finals, but the tide can turn very quickly due to the Best of 7 format. Here’s what you need to know…
What is ‘The Bubble’?
The NBA Bubble, also referred to as ‘The Disney Bubble’ is based at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It was created as an isolation zone to keep the players protected during the end of the regular season. It’s also hosted the entirety of the NBA playoffs. Both the conference finals and the NBA finals will be played in the AdventHealth Arena, behind closed doors.
LA Lakers (2) vs Denver Nuggets (0)
The Lakers, led by LeBron are two up against the team from Colorado. Game 1 saw the Lakers run out 126-114 winners but game 2 was a much closer affair as the final stages of the game noticed a flurry of trading buckets from AD and Jokic. The Nuggets were over 10-points down in the second half, but came incredibly close to evening the series - with only one score separating the sides. The reality is now that the Nuggets HAVE to win game 3 on Wednesday or face a potential 4-0 blowout. Winning the meeting finals after going down 3-0 is just about an impossibility for the trailing side.
Miami Heat (2) vs Boston Celtics (1)
The Celtics can count themselves unlucky to be losing this series but equally have to look at in-game management as a potential issue. The New England part blow consecutive double-digit leads in their back-to-back losses against the Heat - something that’s just about unforgivable in high-stakes playoff basketball.
Video game 3 was essentially do-or-die for the Celtics, and the team in green attacked the paint from the jump with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown constantly combining for devastating effect. The Celtics continued to abuse heat throughout the game to win 117-106 and half the deficit.
When Can I Watch?
The NBA is broadcast in the UK on Sky Sports, and you can watch every game on Sky Sports activities Arena.
Lakers vs Nuggets - Wednesday 2AM - Sky Sports Arena
Heat vs Celtics - Thursday 1:30AM - Sky Sports Arena
When are the NBA Finals?
The NBA Finals are set to begin on September 30th and could run through until October 13th, depending on how many games will be necessary.