Zion Williamson & RJ Barrett Face Each Other In NBA Summer League

Friday, July 5, 2019 2:08 PM UTC

Friday, Jul. 5, 2019 2:08 PM UTC

No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson will make his debut against his former Duke teammate RJ Barrett when the Pelicans battle the Knicks tonight at 9:30 PM ET in one of the most anticipated Summer League games in NBA history.

<div><p>During their only season together, Williamson and Barrett formed one of the best duos in <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/ncaa-basketball/" target="_blank">NCAA Basketball</a> and Duke was a possession away from reaching the Final Four, regardless of their inexperience in crucial situations.</p><p>Seeing these friends go head-to-head is an early treat long before the new NBA season starts and if you’re a fan of basketball in general, then this is a <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/2019-nba-summer-league-schedule-released-zion-williamson-vs-rj-barrett-on-july-5/90763/" target="_blank">must-see matchup</a>.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The matchup between Pelicans forward Zion Williamson and Knicks guard-forward RJ Barrett highlights the 11-day, 83-game schedule for &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/NBASummerLeague?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@NBASummerLeague&lt;/a&gt; 2019 in Las Vegas.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Full Schedule: &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/WsJUSYystr\"&gt;https://t.co/WsJUSYystr&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/sC2dIdNq2z\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/sC2dIdNq2z&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/PelicansNBA/status/1142164393595199489?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;June 21, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>Williamson has an opportunity to show off his strengths while Barrett also wants to make a good first impression on his coaching staff.</p><p>The two former Duke stars are unlikely to be matched up on every possession since Zion Williamson is a power forward and RJ Barrett is a wing player but everyone is looking forward to seeing one of them go to defend the other.</p><p>Williamson's athleticism in the paint will be on display like it was at Duke, but he should use these games as a chance to work on his outside shot because it would make him an even tougher player to stop.</p><p>Barrett, on the other hand, has to refine his offense because he will likely be the first or second scoring option for the Knicks next season. Williamson and Barrett are expected to shoulder an incredible load of responsibility in their rookie seasons and this game will provide an early glimpse at how they handle the pressure.</p><p><strong><u>New Orleans Pelicans vs. New York Knicks NBA Summer League <br />(Courtesy of <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4418&amp;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5Dimes</a>)</u></strong></p><p>Point Spread:</p><p>Pelicans +3 (-110)<br /><br />Knicks -3 (-110)<br /><br />Moneyline:</p><p>Pelicans +130<br /><br />Knicks -150<br /><br />Total: </p><p>Over 175.5 (-110)</p><p>Under 175.5 (-110)</p><p><strong><u>Odds to Win the 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year Award<br />(Courtesy of <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4432&amp;book=JAZZ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jazz Sports</a>)</u></strong><br /><br />Zion Williamson -200<br /><br />Ja Morant +350</p><p>RJ Barrett +400</p><p>Darius Garland +1200</p><p>De'Andre Hunter +1500</p><p>Jarrett Culver +2000</p><p>Coby White +2000</p><p>Cam Reddish +3000</p><p>Michael Porter Jr. +3000</p><p>Jaxson Hayes +3000</p><p>Rui Hashimura +3000</p><p>Sekou Doumbouya +3000</p><p>Nassir Little +3500</p><p>PJ Washington +3500</p><p>Kevin Porter Jr. +4500</p><p>Bruno Fernando +5000</p><p>Keldon Johnson +5000</p><p>Mfioundu Kabengele +5000</p><p>Tyler Herro +5000</p><p>Bol Bol +5000</p><p>Nickeil Alexander-Walker +5000</p><p>Goga Bitadze +5000</p><p>KZ Okpala +5000</p><p>Grant Williams +5000</p><p>Field (any other rookie) +1500</p></div>
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