NBA Summer Playoffs: Cavaliers vs. Nets

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There's officially two days left of Summer League, and we are down to four teams, the Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets.  In addition, there are 8 games on the slate today, and the 26 remaining teams will remain in consolation or play their last game today.  The Cavaliers will take on the Brooklyn Nets at 4 PM EST and will be broadcasted on ESPN.  In this article, I will breakdown the latest trends, analysis, and my best predictions for the matchup. If you are looking for the best betting odds, stats and analysis, here is information to know.

2K24 NBA Summer League Championship Odds:

*All odds courtesy of Draft Kings*

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets: +140
Cleveland Cavaliers: -140
Over/Under: 187.5 (-110)
Spread: Cavaliers -3.5 (-110)

Cleveland Cavaliers

Record: 4-0
Opponent Points Per Game: 83.3
Wins: Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls
PPG: 96.8 | FG: 46.4 % | 3 PT: 37.3 % | FT: 73.7 % | REB: 45.5 | AST: 20.5 | STL:| BLK:| TO: 17.3

The Cleveland Cavaliers looked dominant this summer and remain undefeated. In fact, the Cavaliers led the summer league in point differential (+14.5), thee-point percentage (37.3), and rebounds (45.5).  Out of their four wins, the Cavaliers had an impressive win over the Brooklyn Nets, and Chicago Bulls, who finished the summer above .500.  Cleveland is the favorite to win the Summer League Championship, and will face Brooklyn today, who has the highest odds.  Also, these two teams faced each other first week of summer, in which Cleveland defeated Brooklyn 101-97.  The Nets in fact were favored -2 entering the game and couldn't secure the spread.  In that matchup, the Cavaliers outrebounded the Nets 50-36, and shot significantly better from the free-throw line (82 percent).  Overall, both teams shot identical from the field (42 percent), and the three (32 percent).  

Betting trends and Stats: 

In four games this summer, Cleveland won the money line, and covered the spread in three of their four games.  The Cavaliers most recently beat the Chicago Bulls, 87-83, in which Chicago covered a +6-opening spread.  Additionally, all of their games hit the under, with the exception of their matchup against the Nets, which hit the over.  

Key Players

Emoni Bates- Forward, 2023 2nd round, 49th overall pick. 

Cleveland took a chance on Bates, and he is showing out this summer. In four games, Bates is averaging 16 points a game in 28.5 minutes played, 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block. In addition, Bates is shooting 39 percent from the field, and 35 percent from the three.  Although he hasn't had a breakout game, Emoni Bates has been incredibly consistent for the Cavaliers, and has the potential to be one of the best shooters in this year's draft. Bates has been a consistent scorer, possesses great size, and has been a difference maker on the defensive end of the floor.

Sam Merrill- Guard, 2020 2nd round, 60th overall pick. 

Sam Merrill had quite the start to his career. Unable to find a home with the Bucks, Grizzlies, or Kings, Merrill signed with the Cleveland Charge, and eventually with the Cavaliers on a multi-year deal.  Merrill showcased his talents and proved to be a difference maker this summer. In three games, Sam Merrill averaged 18.7 points, which is top 25 in the league, 4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. In those games, Merrill averaged only 24.6 minutes per game, and shot 48.6 percent from the field, and 48.4 percent from the three. Merrill is an extremely efficient shooter and averaged a league high 10.3 3-point attempts a game.  Merrill scored 15 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out 5 assists against the Nets. Furthermore, he shot 4-12, and 3-9 from the three.

Isaiah Mobley- Foward, 2022 2nd round, 49th overall pick. 

Isaiah Mobley is another player who's been incredibly consistent this summer, who brings offense, size, and defense.  Standing at 6 foot 8, Mobley averaged 8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and 14 points per game.  Along with Diop and Bates, Mobley gives Cleveland another player with size, and is part of the reason the Cavaliers ranks first in rebounds. In Mobley's first game against Brooklyn, he had 15 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, and shot 5-12.

Sharife Cooper- Guard (Floor General), 2021 2nd round, 48th overall pick.

Sharife Cooper is another main reason why the Cavaliers have been so dominant this season. I added Cooper as an x-factor due to the big numbers he put up against the Nets.  In 4 games, Cooper averaged 13.5 points in 21.5 minutes played, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.  In addition, Cooper is shooting 60 percent from the three-point, and 46.9 from the field.  Also, Cooper put up 27 points, 2 blocks, 1 steal, and 3 rebounds against the Brookly Nets. In that game, Cooper shot 2-4 from the three, and 9-11 from the three-throw line.  The question will be, can Cooper repeat against the Nets to get into the summer finals?

Brooklyn Nets

Record: 3-1
Opponent Points Per Game: 86.5
Wins: Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks
Losses: Cleveland Cavaliers
PPG: 96.5 | FG: 40.7 % | 3 PT: 33.3 % | FT: 73.6% | REB: 41.5 | AST: 18.5 | STL: 11.5 | BLK: 5.5 | TO: 15.5

The Brooklyn Nets have three wins, and their only loss came against the Cavaliers.  They managed to make it into the final four of the summer league and will face Cleveland today.  As good as the Brooklyn Nets have played, it's important to note, not one of their wins came against a team with a record of .500 or higher.  However, that doesn't take away how well they played, and the talented players on their roster.

The Nets were one of the more dominant offensive teams, and only allowed 86.5 opponent points per game. With that said, Brooklyn had a point differential of +10, and led the league in steals, with 11.5.  Mentioned above, the Nets only loss came against the Cavaliers in game 1, in which both teams shot identical.  The Cavaliers won that game due to smart rebounding, and Brooklyn was only able to shoot 63 percent from the line.  Overall, it was a very close game.  

Betting trends and Stats: 

The Brooklyn Nets won the money line in three games, and only covered the spread in two games.  In their matchup against Toronto 99-94, the Raptors covered the +6 spread, and the Cavaliers covered the +2 spread in game 1.  Also, over hit two games, especially in their matchup against Cleveland. 

Key Players

Jalen Wilson- Forward, 2023 2nd round, 51st overall pick

Jalen Wilson, the 51st overall pick out of Kansas, had quite the summer.  In fact, some would say, Wilson looked like the better draft pick next to Noah Clowney. Although it's only summer league, let's take a look at what Jalen Wilson has done.  In four games, Wilson averaged 16.5 points in 28.3 minutes played, 7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals. In addition, Wilson shot 47.6 percent from the field, and 50 percent from the three.  Wilson has a winning mentality coming out of Kansas, along with size, and was clutch this summer, especially against the Raptors.  In his first game against Cleveland, Wilson had 17 points, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 5 rebounds, and shot 6-14, 1-5 from the three. Wilson is looking like a steal from the draft and should put up good numbers on both sides of the ball tonight against Cleveland.

Armoni Brooks-Guard, 2019 undrafted player

Armoni Brooks is another talented guard, who hasn't been able to find his way in the league.  It's important to note Brooks has both playing time in the G-League and the NBA. In four games, Brooks averaged 16.8 points in 28.3 minutes played, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals.  Brooks also shot 48.9 percent from the field, and 45.5 percent from the three. In Brooks only game against Cleveland, he scored 17 points on 6-12 and 5-9 shooting. In addition, Armoni Brooks had 1 steal, 2 assists, and 5 rebounds.  Look for Armoni Brooks to be a player on both sides of the court tonight, as he's been very consistent for the Nets.

David Duke Jr.- Guard, 2021 undrafted player

David Duke Jr. is another player who has G-League experience for the Nets.  The Net's backcourt has been consistent with Duke Jr., who averaged 17.5 points, 25 minutes played, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.5 steals. Although Duke hasn't been great from the three (25 percent), he has a leadership role on this team, and excels at driving to the basketball. He's also improved his defensive immensely on this team, despite is poor shooting.


The Cavaliers are 4-0 and are the -3.5 favorites against the Brooklyn Nets. The last matchup between these two teams was close, in which they shot identical. In fact, Brooklyn had a commanding league entering the fourth, and then Cleveland outscored the Nets in the final quarter.  As I stated previous, the Nets have dominant players in Armoni Brooks, David Duke Jr., and Jalen Wilson.  Noah Clowney has been disappointing this summer, especially on the offensive end.  Not one team has been able to stop Cleveland, who has a high-powered offense.  I truly believe the Cavaliers have the right amount of offense and defense to win this game. Give me Cleveland -2.5. 

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