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NBA Summer League Best Bets Friday 7/15/22 - NBA Picks & Predictions

As the NBA Summer League wraps up there are 7 games on the board Friday. With this many games and still a host of players trying to make a name for themselves the Summer League Friday will be action packed!

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz, LAC-3 ; O/U 168.5

The Los Angeles Clippers come into game four of the summer league 1-2 overall following a 5 point loss to Denver last game. Offensively Los Angeles was terrible making only 35.6% of their shots and 31.8% from beyond the arc, while turning the ball over 15 times in the loss. Jay Scrubb was the only bright spot in the Los Angeles lineup with 18 points and seven rebounds in the game. The Utah Jazz are 2-1 this summer after falling 80-74 against the Toronto Raptors in their last game. The Utah offense had their worst game of the summer making 36.7% of their shots and turning the ball over 18 time in the loss. Jared Butler led the way for the Utah Jazz as 1 of 2 starter in double digits with a team high 12 points. The Utah Jazz is the better team in this matchup and it will show from the opening tip. Utah has had a much better summer and will continue to roll on Friday. Take Utah to do enough against Los Angeles to get their 3rd win overall.

Pick: Utah Jazz +3

 

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Denver Nuggets, PHI -2.5 ; O/U 170.5

The Philadelphia 76ers come into Friday 1-2 overall after their first win of the summer with a 75-71 win over the Miami Heat. Defensively Philadelphia stifled Miami holding the Heat to 27.4% shooting in 16.1% from beyond the arc. The Philadelphia offense shot the ball well making 41.5% of their shots to score 75 total points in the game. Malik Ellison led the way for Philadelphia with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets continued to play well this summer with a five point win over the Los Angeles Clippers last game out improving to 2-1. The Denver defense was the difference in this game as the Nuggets held Los Angeles to 75 points on 35.6% shooting. Matt Mitchell carried the scoring load for Denver as one of two starters in double figures posting a team high 17 points. Denver has been the better team all summer and will continue to roll on Friday. Look for Denver to overwhelm Philadelphia as the Nuggets pick up their third victory.

Pick: Denver Nuggets +2.5

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors, OKC -1.5 ; O/U 174.5

The Oklahoma City Thunder improved to 2-1 this summer following a 3 point win over the Orlando Magic. Offensively Oklahoma City had one of their better games scoring 84 points on 43.8% from the floor. The #2 overall pick Chet Holmgren led the way for Oklahoma City with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the game. The reigning world champs picked up their first victory of the summer last game out with a one point win against San Antonio. Defensively Golden State stifled San Antonio holding the Spurs to 33.8% shooting and 34.5% from the floor. Offensively Golden State had a good game making 42.7% of their shots to score 86 points including 52 in the second half. Jonathan Kuminga led the show for Golden State with 28 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes on the floor. The Oklahoma City Thunder are playing the better basketball this summer and will continue that trend on Friday. Oklahoma City is compiled with young hungry players looking to make their mark in the league. Take Oklahoma City to do enough on Friday to get the victory.

Play: Oklahoma City Thunder -1.5

 

Sacramento Kings vs. Phoenix Suns, SAC -3.5 ; O/U 174.5

The Sacramento Kings come into Friday 1-2 on the summer following a seven point win over the Indiana Pacers last game out. Offensively Sacramento was dominant making 49.3% of their shots and 43.9% from beyond the arc to score 103 total points including 57 in first half. Keegan Murray led the way for Sacramento with 23 points on seven of 16 shooting. The Phoenix Suns have been one of the better teams this summer 2-1 overall following a 27 point blowout of the Dallas Mavericks last game. Offensively Phoenix continued their dominance scoring 105 total points on 44.6% from the floor and 44% from beyond the arc. Louis King led all scorers for Phoenix with 14 points and 10 rebound in 25 minutes of action. Phoenix has been one of the best teams this summer and will continue that streak on Friday. Look for Phoenix to control this game from the opening tip as they will coast to their third win of the summer.

Pick: Phoenix Suns +3.5

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards, IND -2.5 ; O/U 177.5

The Indiana Pacers are 2-1 this summer following a 14 point blowout win over the Detroit Pistons in their last game. Offensively Indiana had one of their better games of the summer scoring 101 point on 53.6% shooting from the floor. Lottery pick Bennedict Mathurin led the way for Indiana with 20 points in the game. The Washington Wizards limp into Friday with only one win in three games following an 18 point loss to the New Orleans Pelicans last game out. Defensively Washington struggled as New Orleans made 47.4% of their shots to score 106 total points in the game including 60 in the second half. Vernon Carey Jr. once again proved to be valuable for Washington with 11 points and four rebounds in the game. The Indiana Pacers have been one of the better teams this summer and will continue to roll on Friday against a bad Washington team. Take Indiana to do enough from the opening tip to control this game leading to their third win of the summer.

Pick: Indiana Pacers -2.5

 

Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors, TOR -1 ; O/U 170.5

The Miami Heat have been up and down thus far this summer coming into Friday 1-2 following a four point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in their last game. Offensively Miami had one of their worst games of the summer scoring only 71 points on 27.4% shooting, while turning the ball over 13 times in the loss. Haywood Highsmith led the way for Miami with 17 points and seven rebounds in the game. Unlike Miami Toronto has played well this summer 2-1 overall following an 80-74 win in their last game. Defensively Toronto was dominant holding Utah to 74 points on 36.7% shooting and 23.3% from beyond the arc. DJ Wilson shined for Toronto pouring in a team high 20 points. The Toronto Raptors have been the better team this summer and will continue their tear on Friday. Look for Toronto to control the game against Miami leading to their third victory of the summer.

Pick: Toronto Raptors -1

 

Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans, NO -2; O/U 171.5

The Los Angeles Lakers have been disappointing this summer despite picking up their first win overall in their last game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The lakers defense was the difference in their last game holding the Clippers to 34.9% shooting to score only 72 points in the game including ten in the 4th. Mason Jones carried the load for the Lakers with 15 points and 10 rebounds against the Clippers. The New Orleans Pelicans have played well this summer with two wins in three games following an 18 point blowout of the Washington Wizards last game. Offensively New Orleans had their best game of the summer converting on 47.4% from the floor and 39.3% from beyond the arc to score 106 total points in the game. Deividas Sirvydis shined for the New Orleans offense posting a team high 25 points on 17 shots in 27 minutes off the bench. The New Orleans Pelicans have looked good this summer and the Los Angeles Lakers have been terrible. Look for New Orleans to continue their good play as they will pick up another win over Los Angeles on Friday.

Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -2

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