We have six games on the summer league card today, and with some of them starting early, make sure you make note of that so you can place your NBA picks accordingly.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks
The Knicks won their second straight summer league and had no problems at the offensive end once again. They won 76-66 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday and while the 76 points might seem low, remember that we’re only playing 10-minute quarters in these games. That means in a regular game, they would have had about 91 or 92 points. They have plenty of room for improvement as they only managed to hit two-of-12 three-pointers but they have a good core here that are carrying them through these games. CleanAnthony Early, Langston Galloway and Jerian Grant were all in double figures once again in this one. Galloway and Grant actually did quite well considering they were a combined five-of-17 from the field. They have had no issues drawing fouls in the tournament as they were a combined 11-of-12 in this game.
On Tuesday, they’ll face a Philadelphia team that has lost both of their games so far. They’ve had a tough time generating a consistent offense as the players have changed around from game to game. Jahlil Okafor and Jordan McRae combined for 30 of the teams 78 points in the opener but then neither of them played in the team’s second game. Scotty Wilbekin led the way with 19 points and while he was 6-of-13 from the field, the rest of the team was just 20-of-61. I do expect Okafor and McRae back but I don’t like the 76ers in this spot. The Knicks should be able to get the win here.
NBA Pick: Knicks
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Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics
The Celtics have looked quite strong through two Summer League games as they’ve won both of them by equal 85-76 scorelines. Their first was a drubbing of the Philadelphia 76ers and then their next was a win over the Portland Trail Blazers. There are a couple of things to really like about the Celtics roster. To start, Marcus Smart is playing and he’s looked pretty good. He had 22 points with seven assists, four rebounds, four threes and three steals in the team’s last Orlando Summer League game and while he rested in the Celtics Las Vegas opener against Philly, he came back strong with 19 points, four threes, three rebounds, three assists and three steals against Portland. He’s not the only Celtics member that’s shined as R.J. Hunter and Terry Rozier have looked good too. Rozier had 22 against Philadelphia while Hunter has been in double-figures both games. He’s averaged 17.0 points and 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 threes so far in Vegas.
The Celtics have a lot of quality young talent on their roster, so I’m going to roll with them in this spot. Take them to beat Miami with your NBA picks!
NBA Pick: Celtics