It’s a bit of a quiet time for bettors as baseball hits the All-Star Break, so we’re going to get some action going on NBA Summer League. While these games are hard to handicap, here’s a couple of side picks on the NBA betting lines for Monday.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Brooklyn Nets
The Nets have a sluggish rotation that centers around first-round pick Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Willie Reed, Markel Brown and Ryan Boatright. They are fresh off a game where they scored just 76 points in a squeaker of a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers (76-75). It was a fairly ugly performance as they shot just 32.5% from the field. Remember that Cleveland has a loaded roster and is drafting at the end of rounds, so it’s not as if their Summer League team is very talented. They are now 0-2. Boatright was the Nets leading scorer with just 16 points on five-of-13 shooting.
The Pelicans are 2-0 so far in Summer League action and there’s plenty to like about their team. Seth Curry has been one of the stars of Summer League as he scored 25 points on Saturday even though he only went one-of-nine from three-point land. He’s been a real star as he had 30 in their opener. With him as the sparkplug for the Pelicans, I’ll take a shot with them in this spot.
NBA Pick: Pelicans at Pinnacle
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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks
There’s not a lot to like about the Cavaliers in Summer League. As mentioned, this is a team that is a championship contender and won’t be expecting any of these guys to contribute. The two players with the best shot for the team have had mixed results. Rakeem Christmas, the team’s second-round pick, is coming off a good game where he had eight points, four rebounds and four blocks. That’s solid considering he played just 22 minutes. Former first-round pick Joe Harris hasn’t really done much – in the NBA or Summer League – and shot just two-of-10 in the contest. He finished with just eight points. The Cavs did manage to shoot 43.9% from the field in the game and played steady defense, but it was quite impressive that they were in it considering they had a whopping 21 turnovers. They had a chance to win the game at the buzzer even though they lost 76-75.
The Bucks have a decent Summer League roster highlighted by Damien Inglis and first-round pick Rashad Vaughn. Inglis hurt his foot on Friday but practiced Saturday and should be good to go. He reminds me of a poor man’s Boris Diaw right now and if he’s healthy, he’ll have a bigger impact on the Cleveland game. As for Vaughn, he looks like he could be an impact rookie. Yes, he shot just five-of-14 from the field in the opener but he had 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and really had no problems creating his own shot. I also like what Sean Kilpatrick has brought to the team as he was very aggressive and got to the free throw line 11 times. This is a team that has more talent than the Cavs. Take them in this spot with your basketball picks.
NBA Pick: Bucks at BetOnline