NBA Summer League Thursday Betting Odds, Notes and Player News to Watch
Photo credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jerome Robinson
- NBA Summer League action in Las Vegas continues Thursday at 6 p.m. ET.
- Below are spreads, totals, betting notes and player news to watch for in all six games today.
The Summer League schedule in Vegas is a little lighter today, with only six games starting at 6 p.m. ET.
Below I’ll go through each game, hitting on the spread and total, as well as player news to keep your eye on.
Toronto Raptors (1-2) vs. Indiana Pacers (0-3): 6 p.m. ET
- Spread: Raptors -6.5
- Total: 171.5
- Players to watch for: The Raptors aren’t teeming with prospects; they started 22-year-old Dewan Hernandez, their second-round draft pick this summer, but the rest of the starting crew are all 25 or older. They upset the Knicks in their only win mostly by dominating the glass; they shot just 33.3% from the field. The same is true for the Pacers, though: Last game they started one second-rounder in Alize Johnson, but their main prospects — Goga Bitadze and Aaron Holiday — didn’t play and likely won’t moving forward. This line is likely a little inflated by the Raptors’ surprising win over the Knicks.
Atlanta Hawks (1-2) vs. Washington Wizards (1-2): 6:30 p.m. ET
- Spread: Wizards -2.5
- Total: 174.5
- Players to watch for: Despite having two top-10 picks this summer, neither DeAndre Hunter nor Cam Reddish played last game for the Hawks. Hunter had been playing but sat out; Reddish isn’t on the team dealing with an injury. Without those guys, the Hawks aren’t playing any high-level prospects. The Wizards sat out Rui Hachimura and Anzejs Pasecniks last game, but gave run to Troy Brown, Jeff Withey, Admiral Schofield, Mo Wagner and Isaac Bonga. Assuming those guys play again, there should be a large talent disparity on the court favoring Washington.
Portland Trail Blazers (1-2) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (2-1): 8 p.m. ET
- Spread: Blazers -2.5
- Total: 172.5
- Players to watch for: The Blazers have underperformed in Vegas, as they have no shortage of NBA talent with guys like Gary Trent, Jarnell Stokes, Anfernee Simons, Demetrius Jackson and Nassir Little. They fell by four to the Jazz on Tuesday, and defense was the culprit.
The Thunder have some prospects in Devon Hall and Jawun Evans, and they’re led by 2019 Dunk Contest winner Hamidou Diallo. He has continued to play, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t continue to give him run since he’ll be a part of the team’s main rotation this year. If he doesn’t go, this is another big talent disparity game.
Utah Jazz (2-1) vs. Houston Rockets (1-2): 8:30 p.m. ET
- Spread: Rockets -1.5
- Total: 177.5
- Players to watch for: The Jazz have managed to go 2-1 in Vegas despite playing mostly journeymen. Their highest-upside prospect remains Tony Bradley, their first-round pick from 2017. He’ll back up a loaded roster this year, so while they may elect to keep him healthy, perhaps they don’t overwork him. If so, this team doesn’t have a lot of high-end talent. The Rockets don’t have future MVPs, but they have guys who should get a chance in the league in Deng Adel, Gary Clark, Isaiah Hartenstein and Shamorie Ponds. Chris Clemons, one of the best scorers in college last year for Campbell, is a spark plug designed for Summer League.
Sacramento Kings (2-1) vs. LA Clippers (2-1): 10 p.m. ET
- Spread: Kings -6
- Total: 179.5
- Players to watch for: The Kings have names you’ll likely recognize in Hollis Thompson, Semaj Christon and Caleb Swanigan, as well as some prospects in Justin James and Kyle Guy. They put up 92 on Tuesday, but got their first lost in Vegas against the Rockets. The Clippers are also 2-1 in Vegas, and they’re led by a lotto pick in Jerome Robinson, as well as another first-round pick in Mfiondu Kabengele. If either of those guys were to sit, it would be Robinson.
Boston Celtics (3-0) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (3-0): 9 p.m. ET
- Spread: Celtics -1
- Total: 169
- Players to watch for: The Celtics didn’t play Romeo Langford, Robert Williams or Guerschon Yabusele in their last game, and since then they’ve waived Yabusele from the main team. Still, they have names like Aaron Harrison, Tremont Waters and Carsen Edwards, the latter who continues to really impress in Vegas. Bruno Caboclo came back to action last game after resting for one for the Grizz and was active defensively but poor on offense. The Grizzlies also have interesting guys in Ivan Rabb and Brandon Clarke, a guy from this 2019 draft I am especially high on. There’s a lot of NBA guys in this game, but it’s really unclear which will suit up.