We went 1-1 with our side picks in the quarterfinals as the New Orleans Pelicans won and covered for us while the Boston Celtics were upset in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs. However, we did cash both of our total plays. Let’s see if we can make it work with our side plays with the two games on the board.
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San Antonio Spurs vs Atlanta Hawks
The Atlanta Hawks had a strong outing last night as they topped the Dallas Mavericks. They beat them 91-83 and were in control throughout most of the game. It was a quality win as Dallas had been rolling – especially the offense – yet Atlanta found a way to slow them down. They held them to just 39.2% shooting with 31% from three. They’ve been getting some good contributions from Glen Robinson III, who led the way yesterday with 23 points while rookie Brandon Ashley, who has looked good throughout the tournament, had 16.
However, in my eyes, the Spurs had the better performance as they upset the Boston Celtics, who had been one of the best teams in Vegas. That was Boston’s first loss and they were held under 100 points, which is not something many teams have been able to accomplish. The Spurs have been getting good production out of last year’s first-round pick, Kyle Anderson and yesterday he had 21 points with five rebounds, an assist and a steal. This should be a close matchup but I like the Spurs here a little bit more. I’m going to ride with them in this spot.
NBA Pick: Spurs at BetOnline
Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans
The Suns and Pelicans have definitely been two of the more entertaining teams in Summer League action so far this season and we should be in for a fun affair in the semis. If you check out our article on the Summer League totals, you’ll see why I’m definitely betting the over in this game. However, in terms of the side, I’m going to roll with the Suns.
The Pelicans have been a surprising team so far in Vegas as they have yet to lose. There is no question that Seth Curry has really emerged in this tournament. He and T.J. Warren of the Suns have probably been the two most outstanding players. And while the Pelicans do have a decent cast that has supported Curry, I just like the Suns quality a little bit more. Warren is a former first-round pick who has come into his own and he’s been joined by another former first-rounder, Archie Goodwin, who has shined in Vegas too. Beyond them, Alex Len – the Suns lottery pick from a year ago – is finding his comfort zone a little bit and this year’s first-rounder, Devin Booker, has looked very solid the entire tournament.
There’s no question this will be a close game but I like the Suns just a little bit more than the Pelicans, so I’ll roll with them.
NBA Pick: Suns at 5Dimes