We split a pair of Summer League total plays on Wednesday but we’ll trying to do a little bit with over-unders on Thursday. Here’s our favorite picks from the second-round card in Summer League action in Las Vegas.
Brooklyn Nets vs. San Antonio Spurs
The Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio Spurs have been two of the lower scoring teams in Las Vegas Summer League action, so I’ll expect an under in this spot. On Wednesday, Brooklyn played to a 75-68 result over the Philadelphia 76ers. While they did have a somewhat higher scoring game with an 87-86 result on Tuesday and an 89-83 loss to the Pelicans on Monday, they also won 76-75 against Cleveland. The difference here is that the Bulls – the team that the Nets beat on Tuesday – and the Pelicans have been fairly decent at the offensive end in Summer League action. As for the Spurs, they’ve played a number of low-scoring games too. They saw a 79-75 result on Tuesday, an 89-74 result on Sunday and a 78-73 scoreline on Saturday. Coach Becky Hammon has been preaching defense that the big-league team plays and you can see it on the floor. Obviously, the tools she’s working with are not the same that Gregg Popovich has but the principles are being coached and the team is playing defense. They’ve been one of the harder working teams at the defensive end in Las Vegas.
I’ll be expecting this game to be more of a grind than some of the other contests on Thursday. That being the case, look for this game to stay under the number.
NBA Pick: Under
Dallas Mavericks vs. NBA D-League Select
The Dallas Mavericks have proven to have a nice roster for Summer League and it looks like some of these guys will have a chance to make an impact in the regular season. One of the main highlights has been first-round pick Justin Anderson, who has really shined. He didn’t get much of an opportunity to light it up playing for a defensive-minded Virginia team but he definitely has game. Last night, he scored 16 points along with four rebounds, three threes and two assists. Jeremy Tyler also had a good game as he had 25 points and given that the Mavs missed out on DeAndre Jordan at center, it would be great if Tyler could contribute and fill the void they have at the position.
The Mavs have played some high-scoring affairs recently as yesterday was an 88-86 result. Prior to that, they had lost 93-80 to the Portland Trail Blazers (on Sunday) and then 90-86 to the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday. That means that all of their games have seen at least 174 points. As for the D-League Select team, they’ve also been gunning it. On Friday, they lost 111-104 to the Houston Rockets. On Sunday, they beat the Washington Wizards 94-74 and on Monday, they beat the Atlanta Hawks 84-74. That means they’ve scored at least 84 points in each game. As long as the Mavericks do their part in this spot – and we’ve already pointed out that the Mavericks have been scoring at a healthy clip – we should get an over with our NBA picks..
NBA Pick: Over