Baseball has hit all-star That’s why I’m handicapping some NBA Summer League totals and it looks like there could be some value here on the NBA betting lines.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks
The Knicks had a really tough time scoring points in their Summer League opener as they managed just 78 against the San Antonio Spurs. However, they were playing the Spurs and we all know that their calling card is defense. The Knicks actually did OK for three of the four quarters but they had an 11-point clunker in the third, which hurt the final numbers. However, I expect their next game to go over.
Although many people are sour about the Knicks roster, the truth is that this team isn’t as bad as people think. Jerian Grant looks like a solid point guard as he lived on the free throw line. Yes, he struggled from the field with just a one-of-six result but he managed to hit nine of his 10 free throws. He finished with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists. As for Kristaps Porzingis, he looks very talented. He played just 18:26 in the opener but managed 12 points, three rebounds and two blocks while going six-of-seven from the charity stripe. This team is deep for Summer League purposes as they also have guys like CleanAnthony Early, Ricky Ledo and Langston Galloway, who all saw regular NBA action last season. This should be easy for them. That trio combined for 33 points. Against the Lakers, I expect them all to be better.
The Lakers had all sorts of offensive issues in their opener, totaling just 68 points, but I’m expecting a better result on the scoreboard from them. That being the case, go over the number here with your NBA picks.
NBA Pick: Over at BetOnline
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Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets
The Raptors will take on the Rockets on Monday and I’m expecting a high-scoring affair in this spot. The Raptors have a balanced lineup that seems to produce from a number of areas. In their last game – an 81-66 win over the Chicago Bulls – the Raps had five different players score in double figures. They had 81 point but I see room for improvement as they were just five-of-18 from three-point land. Bruno Caboclo looks much more comfortable this time around and even Bebe Nogueira is coming around. He had eight points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and two assists. If he can avoid foul trouble – he had six – then the Raptors will have a very balanced lineup.
As for Houston, they’ve had no problems at the offensive end as they scored 11 pointsi n their opener and then followed that up with 108 against the Phoenix Suns. Glen Rice has been a beast so far as he has registered 20 points in each game while Alan Williams has averaged 21.5 points per game. The Rockets have been lighting it up but they have yet to use some of their roster that has NBA experience like Nick Johnson and Clint Capela. They also haven’t unleashed first-round pick Sam Dekker yet. At any rate, I’m expecting a high-scoring game in this one based on how the Rockets games have been going and based on how Toronto has looked offensively so far too.
NBA Pick: Over at Pinnacle