Let’s check out our top odds and pick for today’s NBA Summer League game between the Trail Blazers vs. Knicks.
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Portland Trail Blazers vs. New York Knicks
Five other teams finished qualifying with a record of 3-1, but the Trail Blazers and Knicks advanced to the title game, winning the tiebreaker via point differential. For the Knicks, their 95.3 points per game were good enough for 3rd in the league, while they kept opponents to just 83.5 points per game.
For the Trail Blazers, the defense was the name of the game, keeping opponents to just 75.8 points per game (8.2 differential). Having already met once this summer, the Knicks Quentin Grimes led all scorers with 24, while Trendon Watford had his best game in a Trail Blazers uniform with 18 points and six boards.
With the potential of Donovan Mitchell coming this summer, Knicks fans need the role players to put around him, and second-year player Grimes is giving them something to be excited about. Averaging 23.5 points per game this summer, Grimes ranks in the top five of all summer league players and will compete for time come training camp.
Portland has plenty to be excited about with the re-signing of Dame Lillard last week, as second-round player Keon Johnson has emerged this summer (17.3 points per game) as a potential piece to put around him.
This summer, however, the Trail Blazer’s 84 points per game rank amongst the worst in the league, and I think the Knicks, led by another big game from Grimes, get this one done in Las Vegas for their first summer league title.
Bet: Knicks -2.5 (-110 at DraftKings)
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