Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans Live: The NBA season is back! Live from the NBA Campus at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, the 2019-2020 NBA Season returns to action with 22 teams set to play eight seeding games each to determine post-season berths and positioning!
The 2019-20 NBA season came to a halt back in March when Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. It’s perhaps fitting, then, that it will be Gobert and the Utah Jazz who get the season back underway on Thursday night. They’ll be up against Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans in the first real game at the Disney World bubble.
So far, things have gone pretty much as well as could be expected. While there have been a few mishaps involving players breaking some quarantine rules, zero players have tested positive inside the bubble. If that trend holds, the NBA just might be able to pull off this operation. Ahead of the first game of the rest of the season, here’s everything you need to know about Jazz vs. Pelicans.
Jazz: Over the past few months, one of the biggest storylines in the league has been the relationship between Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. After Mitchell also tested positive for COVID-19 back in March, the two were reportedly on thin ice. In the aftermath, we learned that Gobert’s reckless behavior surrounding the pandemic was actually just the tipping point for the duo and that there have been problems all season long. Gobert, in particular, has been upset about not getting enough touches. Time supposedly heals all wounds, and both Gobert and Mitchell want to win. In their first real game back, it will be interesting to see how the dynamic works.
Pelicans: Zion, Zion, Zion. That’s all anyone can talk about with the Pels, and for good reason. Since the No. 1 overall pick debuted in January after missing the first half of the season with a knee injury, New Orleans is 10-9 with him on the floor. Without him, they’re 18-27. He’s pretty much singlehandedly put them in position to chase the eighth seed in the Western Conference. But beyond that, he’s just a joy to watch. Even at just 20 years old, there are few players in the league who can match his combination of size, strength and athleticism.
There is no line out for this game, so we’ll have to just pick it straight up. And in that case, we’ll take the Pels. Since Zion started playing, they’re boasting a plus-4 net rating, which is good for seventh in the league in that span. He makes them a completely different, and more dangerous team. Plus, the Jazz are going to be without Bojan Bogdanovic for the rest of the season, and his absence will really hurt their offense.
The NBA will officially resume its 2019-20 season on July 30 (July 31 IST). The 22 teams invited to the NBA bubble will play eight seeding games each to complete the regular season before moving on to the traditional NBA postseason series. If required, there will be a play-in tournament to determine the final playoff spot. The NBA Finals will begin in September and will be extended till October 12 if a Game 7 is required. The season was suspended on March 11 after Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. Currently, the Milwaukee Bucks are leading the NBA table with a 53-12 win-loss record.
While all games will be available on live streaming platforms, only certain games will be broadcast on television. TV schedule for India is different than the national schedule in the USA. The first NBA restart game is scheduled between Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans.
Last year FanCode became NBA’s first live streaming partner in India. After a 4-month long NBA hiatus, all the action will be live-streamed on FanCode starting July 30, 2020.
FanCode will deliver interactive coverage of the NBA for Indian Basketball Fans through live and on-demand access to select games throughout the season including regular-season games, the Playoffs and The Finals, along with live scores, features, news coverage, fantasy research, and more.
Sony Pictures Sports Network currently hold the television rights for the NBA in India. As per the above schedule, Sony SIX will telecast all the games for the remaining NBA season. However, Sony TEN 1 will also be broadcasting some games. Sony LIV app also provides access to games for Indian viewers with premium subscription. The games can also be viewed via the NBA app, where one needs to purchase the NBA League Pass for ₹99 per month or ₹999 for a year. The app will stream all games including the NBA Draft.