NBA Summer League: Championship Prop Bets & Odds

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Tonight, is the NBA Summer League Championship between Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets, in which both teams are competing for their first ever Summer League Championship.  If you missed my last article, I discussed the money line, totals, and spread bet odds for the matchup tonight.  In this piece, I will go over player prop and game prop bets and analysis.  The game will start at 9 PM EST and will air on ABC.   If you are looking for the best betting odds, stats and analysis, here is information to know.

Player Prop Specials 

*Odds courtesy of Draft Kings*

Cam Whitmore 20+ Points (-180)

I like Cam Whitmore 20 + points, and for several reasons. Whitmore was recently named the NBA 2K24 Summer League MVP and has more momentum than any player.  In 5 games, Whitmore averaged 31.5 minutes per game, which was 7th, and 20.4 points, which ranks 13.  It's important to note, when looking at points per game totals, both teammates Jabari Smith Jr., and Tari Eason were in the top 4 in points per game.  Those two players were out for three consistent games, and I feel Whitmore's points per game could've been higher.

Furthermore, Whitmore scored 25 plus points in two straight games, and hit 20+ points in three out of his five games played.  If you look at the graph provided above, you can look at his points per game trends, and how it stayed trending since game 3.  Although Cleveland has a mean defense, they gave up 99 points against the Brooklyn Nets, who had six players with points in double figures.  In fact, Cleveland allowed Brooklyn to attempt 36 three-pointers, in which they made 39 percent of them.  I expect Whitmore to continue to shine tonight and prove the doubters wrong. Give me Cam Whitmore OVER 20 points. 

Sam Merrill 5 +Threes Made (+130)

*All graphs made by Sara Jane Gamelli*

Sam Merrill has been a consistent player for the Cavaliers and hasn't decreased his shooting volume.  In four games, Merrill ranked 1st in the league in 3-Point Attempts Per Game at 11.  In addition, Merrill ranked 2nd in 3-pointers made per game, at 4.8, and shot 43.2 percent from beyond the arc.  At first, I didn't like this bet, since Sam Merrill only hit 5+ 3-Pointers made once.  However, if you take a look at the graph above, his three-point attempts are steadily increasing, and Merrill hit 8 made threes in game three against Memphis.  It's important to note Memphis was a solid defensive team and allowed opponents to score 86.8 points per game.  These players are on the biggest stage tonight, and some are fighting for a roster spot.  Although Merrill only hit the 5+ mark once, his shot volume and minutes are there.  Last game against the Nets, Merrill played 36 minutes, attempted 13 three-pointers, and 17 total shots. Give me Sam Merrill 5+ 3-pointers made. 

Emoni Bates 20+ Points (+110)

Emoni Bates was easily one of my favorite players to watch this summer and was considered an MVP candidate. Bates was extremely consistent for the Cavaliers, in which he averaged 16.8 points per game, 29.6 minutes played, 6.2 rebounds, and shot 41 percent from the 3-point.  Although Bates hit over 20 points only once, much like Merrill, his shot volume has increased significantly since game 3.  In fact, Bates scored exactly 20 points on 8-13 and 4-5 shooting last night against the Nets in 34 minutes. Bates ranks within the top 15 in 3-Pointers Attempted Per Game (7.8), and averages 13.8 total shots per game. This is a Houston team that allowed the Utah Jazz to put up 101 points, in which all five of their starters had points in double figures.  Furthermore, the Rockets allowed the Jazz to attempt 88 total shots, and 45 three-point shots, and the lowest a team has scored against Houston was 92 points.  Give me Emoni Bates OVER 20 points here. 

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