We plan on doing much better on Tuesday with our NBA picks. There are just six games on the card and they start as early as 3:00 PM ET, so make sure you’re dialed in early with your selections.
Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz
The Suns have gone 1-1 so far in Summer League action but both games have been relatively high scoring. They played to an 86-77 result against the Washington Wizards in their Las Vegas opener on July 11th and while that’s still 163 points, it could have been higher as Washington scored just nine points in the first quarter (before averaging 23 points per quarter the rest of the way). Then the Suns played absolutely no defense in the team’s second Summer League contest as the final score in their loss to the Houston Rockets was 108-89. That means the Suns have scored an average of 87.5 points per game and clearly, their defense hasn’t done much so far.
The Suns shouldn’t have problems scoring again on Tuesday as T.J. Warren and Archie Goodwin will lead the way. Both former first-round picks have some experience, so they are a step ahead of a lot of the guys on the floor. They combined for 42 points in each of the first two games. Given the Suns style, I’m going to expect a high-scoring affair in this one. Take the over with your NBA picks!
NBA Pick: Over at BetOnline
Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls
The Nets have not played well in Summer League action as they went 0-5 in their games in Orlando and are just 1-1 so far in Las Vegas. Defense has been a bit of a problem so far as two of their last three opponents have scored at least 82 points. While that doesn’t seem too bad, remember that we’re playing just 10-minute quarters. The other team they played in their last three was the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are quite inept. Even they had 75 even though they probably should have had more given the 21 turnovers that Brooklyn handed them. Turnovers were again an issue for the Nets last night as they had 18 against the Pelicans. On Tuesday, the Nets are going to face a Bulls team that has also been playing some high-scoring affairs. The Bulls are had Monday off but played both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was an 84-71 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves somehow scored 71 points even though they shot just 31.6% from the field. They mostly got help because the Bulls were fouling them non-stop, putting them on the charity stripe 24 times. The Bulls did the same thing against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, whom they lost 81-66 to. The Raptors had 22 free throw attempts in the contest.
With the Nets and Bulls play high-scoring affairs for different reasons, I’ll expect an over in their Tuesday matchup.
NBA Pick: Over at Pinnacle