NBA Summer League Sunday Betting Odds, Notes and Player News to Watch
Photo credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jarrett Allen
- NBA Summer League action in Las Vegas continues Sunday with Grizzlies vs. Pelicans (6 p.m. ET) and Nets vs. Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET).
- Below are spreads, totals, betting notes, player news to watch and picks for both playoff games.
Saturday was a great day for Summer League betting, especially if you followed the tea leaves on some of the main guys not suiting up.
The biggest example was the Mavericks being favored despite Cam Payne likely not playing anymore in Vegas. The team was at a sizable talent and experience disadvantage without him, and Minnesota steamrolled them 108-82.
The same happened with guys actually suiting up for the Knicks and Nets, who handily won their matchups.
Anyway, let’s get to Sunday’s action. The playoffs continue with the final four: The Grizzlies will battle the Pelicans, while the Nets will take on the Wolves.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans: 6 p.m. ET
- Spread: Grizzlies -1.5
- Total: 178.5
The Grizzlies didn’t play their 2017 second-round pick Ivan Rabb on Saturday, but they still gave run to Bruno Caboclo, a first-round pick from way back in 2014, and Brandon Clarke, a first-rounder from this year. Clarke was excellent, putting up 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting and grabbing 12 boards. He displayed his defensive versatility as well, blocking three shots. I remain very high on him as an underrated prospect.
The Pelicans also have a ton of NBA talent, and Kenrich Williams, Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker all played heavy minutes in Saturday’s one-point win over the Heat. Hayes in particular continues to impress; he put up 15 points and 12 rebounds in his 24 minutes yesterday. He’ll be a really fun center to pair next to Zion Williamson over the next couple of years.
The Grizzlies won a little more convincingly over the 1-seed Boston, so they’re the favorites here. That might underrate the Pels, though, who have played really well and have young guys gaining steam.
This seems like a pick’em to me.
The over/under could also be interesting as well; the Grizz put up 94 on Saturday, while the Pels scored 101. New Orleans has put up at least 99 points in three straight games, and Memphis also played at decent pace on Saturday. If all that holds, 178.5 might be a tad low.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: 8 p.m. ET
- Spread: Nets -2
- Total: 179.5
The Nets absolutely dominated the Pistons yesterday, putting up 105 points and winning by 20. Their low second-rounder this year, Nic Claxton, didn’t go, but that’s fine considering they’re still starting Jarrett Allen, Rodions Kurucs and Dzanan Musa.
It’s been odd to see Allen play in Vegas; he’s way too good for this competition, and he showed that Saturday with 30 points on 73.3% shooting, along with 11 boards and four blocks plus steals.
The Wolves have NBA-ready players of their own, though, specifically with Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop, both of whom should be a part of the main team’s rotation this season. Interestingly, however, those guys weren’t the ones who did the damage. Okogie played just 13 minutes and scored a single point, while Bates-Diop played 17 and went 1-of-7.
The Nets should be favored here, but the line should be way more than -2 assuming Allen and Kurucs are going to play. Those guys were featured parts of a Nets rotation this past year that made the playoffs.
Again, it’s downright comical that Brooklyn is playing Allen, who is the best player in Vegas. He’s not a prospect anymore; he looks like he could be an All-Star sooner than later. I’ll take Brooklyn here unless we get word those guys are out.