Everything you need to know about the NBA's postponements due to COVID-19

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Everything you need to know about NBA's COVID-19 postponements originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The NBA is working overtime to salvage its season during the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Multiple players have either tested positive for COVID-19, or been placed into the NBA's health and safety protocol due to contact tracing. With that being the case, a handful of games have been postponed because team's haven't had enough players active (eight) or other new issues have arisen.

Here's everything you need to know about the COVID-19 postponements around the Association.

Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic - January 15

  • This contest between the Celtics and Magic was postponed because Boston can't field the minimum eight players due to players entering the league's health and safety protocols, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported. This marks the third straight Celtics game that has been postponed (vs. Miami Heat - Jan. 10, vs. Chicago Bulls - Jan. 12). The game Sunday vs Miami was postponed because the Heat were unable to field eight players. The two games prior, Boston was still below the threshold for active players. 

Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans - January 11

  • This contest between the Mavericks and Pelicans was postponed because Dallas didn't have the required eight players available on the active roster. After Dallas defeated the Denver Nuggets last Thursday, three players were placed into quarantine after a positive test was found prior to their flight back to Dallas – Dorian Finney-Smith, Jalen Brunson and Josh Richardson. Maxi Kleber returned a positive test soon after as well.

Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - December 23

  • This contest was postponed because Houston didn't have the required eight players available on the active roster. At the time, three Rockets players had returned tests that were either positive or inconclusive for coronavirus under the NBA’s testing program. Rockets star James Harden was also unavailable due to a violation of the health and safety protocols.

The Philadelphia 76ers have been one of the most heavily impacted teams due to COVID-19 protocols. They have five players out including Seth Curry, Tobias Harris, Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle and Vincent Poirier. Curry tested positive and was placed in a mandatory quarantine for 10 days after his first positive test or must register two negative COVID-19 tests 24 hours apart from each other before returning to the team. 

Denver Nuggets' Michael Porter Jr. was placed in quarantine for a minimum of 10 days due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols, back on Jan. 7.

The Washington Wizards announced Tuesday morning that their practice has been canceled after two players (Rui Hachimura, Moritz Wagner) entered health and safety protocols – Both are questionable for Wednesday's game against the Utah Jazz.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Boston
+155+4.5O 222.5
Philadelphia
-189-4.5U 222.5