Picks and Best Bets for Saturday Night

Picks and Best Bets for Saturday Night

Cam Thomas lays it in

Jul 12, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Cam Thomas (24) goes to the basket against the Memphis Grizzlies during an NBA Summer League game at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Summer League continues Saturday with a nine-game slate
The Celtics and Nets rank first and seventh in points per game
See below for odds on all games and our betting predictions

The Summer League schedule is winding down, but there’s still two more days for the NBA’s future stars to showcase their talent.

Saturday brings a nine-game slate for us to sweat, and while a pair of the matchups are already underway there still plenty of time to get some action down on tonight’s contests.

NBA Summer League Odds – July 16

Game Time (ET)
Team
Spread
Moneyline
Total
Saturday, July 16
Charlotte Hornets
-4.5 (-105)
-188
O 166.5 (-110)
5pm
Minnesota Timberwolves
+4.5 (-115)
+154
U 166.5 (-110)
Game Time (ET)
Team
Spread
Moneyline
Total
Saturday, July 16
Memphis Grizzlies
-3.5 (-115)
-172
O 175.5 (-110)
6pm
San Antonio Spurs
+3.5 (-105)
+140
U 175.5 (-110)
Game Time (ET)
Team
Spread
Moneyline
Total
Saturday, July 16
Chicago Bulls
+2.5 (-105)
+122
O 171.5 (-110)
7pm
Philadelphia 76ers
-2.5 (-115)
-148
U 171.5 (-110)
Game Time (ET)
Team
Spread
Moneyline
Total
Saturday, July 16
Brooklyn Nets
-2.5 (-108)
-140
O 179.5 (-110)
8pm
Boston Celtics
+2.5 (-112)
+116
U 179.5 (-110)
Game Time (ET)
Team
Spread
Moneyline
Total
Saturday, July 16
Houston Rockets
-1.5 (-114)
-128
O 169.5 (-110)
9pm
Sacramento Kings
+1.5 (-106)
+106
U 169.5 (-110)
Game Time (ET)
Team
Spread
Moneyline
Total
Saturday, July 16
LA Lakers
-1.5 (-118)
-134
O 171.5 (-110)
10pm
Dallas Mavericks
+1.5 (-104)
+110
U 171.5 (-110)
Game Time (ET)
Team
Spread
Moneyline
Total
Saturday, July 16
Miami Heat
+2.5 (-118)
+100
O 167.5 (-110)
11pm
LA Clippers
-2.5 (-104)
-134
U 167.5 (-110)

Odds as of July 16th at FanDuelSportsbook.

 

 

Our betting card starts with one of the last games on the schedule, as the Lakers look to prolong the Mavericks winless streak.

Lakers vs Mavericks Pick

Dallas has lost all four of its games so far while putting up some pretty pedestrian shooting numbers. The Mavs have made just 41% of their field goal attempts and only 29.8% of their shots from behind the arc.

Those types of numbers are bound to put you in a hole, but their inefficiency from the field isn’t the only problem. They’ve made only 68.3% of their free throws, and rank bottom-seven in rebounding. To make matters worse, no team has committed more fouls giving their opponents a plethora of freebies from the charity stripe.

Final in Vegas. @TaxAct | #MFFL pic.twitter.com/1yLT04UmPZ

— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) July 15, 2022

Dallas traded its first-round pick this year to acquire Christian Wood, leaving few players on the Summer League roster worth getting excited for.

LA meanwhile, didn’t have a first-round selection either. Their roster isn’t full of guys we’ll see in the league in a few months, but they’ve performed far better than the Mavs through four games. The Lakers are 2-2, and fresh off a 102-94 victory over New Orleans.

Another #LakersSummer dub [email protected]: 21 pts (5 3PM)@javantemccoy13: 14 pts, 7 [email protected]: 12 [email protected]: 11 pts, 7 ast, 3 stl pic.twitter.com/ksJW79paJU

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 16, 2022

That makes back-to-back wins for LA, who are among the top-12 teams in rebounding so far, and the sixth most efficient squad from beyond the arc.

Pick: LA Lakers -1.5 (-118)

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Celtics vs Nets Pick

Our next target comes in the form of a matchup we just saw in the 2022 postseason. The Celtics face the Nets in what should be a high-scoring affair. Boston, a top-two contender in the NBA Championship odds, leads all teams this summer in scoring averaging 100 points per outing.

We grabbed our third straight win out in Vegas thanks to JD Davison’s impressive double-double performance against the Grizzlies. pic.twitter.com/Spn4AJIasa

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 15, 2022

Not too far behind is Brooklyn, who’s averaging 92 points per outing. The Nets feature Cam Thomas, who’s currently leading Summer League in scoring, as well as David Duke Jr. who ranks inside the top-17.

Brooklyn’s starting five just put up 86 points on their own last time out versus Minnesota, while Boston hung 108 points in Memphis in their previous game.

Cam Thomas in Las Vegas (4 games):

28.0 PPG
3.8 APG
29.7 MPG

A bucket. pic.twitter.com/kVQas57Oyw

— StatMuse (@statmuse) July 16, 2022

Neither team is particularly deep, let’s face it hardly any Summer League squad is, but if the starters get the bulk of the run like they’ve been seeing all week, this game should easily clear 179.5 points.

Each of Boston’s last three outings have produced a total of at least 195, while Brooklyn’s last three games have all cleared 183 points.

Pick: Over 179.5 (-110)

 

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As SBD’s resident Swiss Army Knife, Chris covers virtually every sport including NFL, PGA, NBA, MLB, NCAAB, NCAAF and the Olympics. A true grinder, he’d rather pick off small edges in the player props market than swing for the fences with a 5-leg parlay.

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