We’ve reached the final eight of Summer League action in Las Vegas, which means we’ve got just four games on tap for Saturday and here you can find two top picks on the totals.
Phoenix Suns vs. Chicago Bulls
I’m slightly leaning to the Suns on the side here as they’ve been playing very well the whole time in Vegas but the Chicago Bulls have caught fire the last two games and they are going to be fairly confident heading into this game.
Starting with the Suns, we had them in our picks yesterday as they rolled the Milwaukee Bucks. They won 106-80 and T.J. Warren again led the way. He’s been a beast and yesterday, he had 23 points. He’s been just one of many Suns players that has performed well as first-round pick Devin Booker has also had no problem adjusting to Summer League action. Their offense has had no problems filling it up. They’ve scored at least 86 points in each of their Las Vegas Summer League games so far.
The reason I don’t want to bet against the Bulls on the side is that their offense has been cooking recently too. They scored 86 points on Tuesday against Brooklyn, then they rolled the Cleveland Cavaliers 91-73 on Wednesday and then they upset the top-seeded Toronto Raptors 84-80 yesterday. The issue with betting against the Bulls is that Doug McDermott has arguably been the best player in Vegas – along with Warren – and if McDermott is going and he’s getting some help from Bobby Portis, then the Bulls can win.
Overall, I see two good offensive teams here, so I’m going over the number.
NBA Pick: Over at GT Bets
Dallas Mavericks vs. Atlanta Hawks
The Mavericks offense has been going strong throughout most of their time in Vegas and they showed up in a big way last night. Facing the D-League Select team, they rolled up 104 points on them. A number of players have been playing well for them including first-round pick Justin Anderson, who looks like he could be in the running for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award if he can keep this up. Anderson had 23 points last night with four threes. Dwight Powell and Maalik Wayns had 22 apiece and Jeremy Tyler, who has also been steady, scored 15. They’ve scored at least 79 points in four straight games now.
As for Atlanta, their offense did well in their 82-73 win over the Denver Nuggets last night. Prior to that, they scored 75, 74 and 71 points. Although that’s a little bit on the light side, I expect Dallas to pull them into a high-scoring affair. Take the over with your NBA picks here.
NBA Pick: Over at Bovada