We split a pair of our side Summer League picks on Thursday but we did cash our two totals. Let’s see what we can do on Saturday as the final eight teams move into the quarterfinals.
San Antonio Spurs vs Boston Celtics
The San Antonio Spurs squeaked by the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday with a 74-71 result but I haven’t been overly impressed with the Spurs. I felt that Brooklyn was a subpar team that had really gotten by based on matchups and a bit of luck rather than talent, and I thought San Antonio should be able to take care of them in a more dominant fashion. That didn’t happen. That’s how they’ve looked the entire time in Vegas though as they edged the Portland Trail Blazers 79-75 on Tuesday and they lost 78-73 to the New York Knicks. Their one quality win was an 89-74 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, who have been fairly hapless in Summer League play.
On the flipside, it’s hard not to like how the Celtics have played. They won 85-76 over the Trail Blazers on Saturday, rolled up the Philadelphia 76ers 85-76 on Sunday, crushed the Miami Heat 101-69 on Tuesday and they edged the Trail Blazers for a second time last night, winning 91-85. Although they lost Marcus Smart to dislocated fingers, the team actually went on a 34-10 run after he left for the locker room. They had a 63-47 lead halfway through the third quarter and had they not eased up, they could have easily run away. Even without Smart, I like the Celtics in this spot, so take them with your NBA picks here.
NBA Pick: Celtics at Heritage
Golden State Warriors vs New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans continue to look strong in Vegas as they are now a perfect 4-0. They’ll face the Warriors on Friday in what could be a matchup of two MVP’s. Steph Curry was of course the MVP of the NBA last season and his brother, Seth, might be the MVP of Summer League. Of course, we won’t see Steph on the floor but sarcasm aside, Seth has been excellent. He had 26 points last night, including 11-of-21 from the field with six rebounds, a pair of a six and one three. He’s had some help, though, as Khem Birch and Larry Drew II have been decent in a supporting role. Yesterday, five different players scored in double figures for the Pelicans.
As for Golden State, they beat a sloppy and lousy Knicks team last night, so it’s hard to be impressed. The Knicks shot a paltry 21.7% from the field. Prior to that, they beat the Sacramento Kings, who registered just one win in Vegas (coincidentally, that win came against Golden State on Monday) and lost to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. This looks like a mismatch, so take the Pelicans with your picks here.
NBA Pick: Pelicans at 5Dimes