NBA: Who will win the Summer League?

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With three days left in the NBA 2K24 Summer League, the race is tight for the championship. If you're in a legal state and of legal age, some books are still offering future betting.  As of right now, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorite, with the Houston Rockets trailing. Both the Cavaliers and Rockets have punched their ticket in the playoffs, and the next round will determine what other teams get in.  There are 8 games today, tomorrow, and the Championship game will be held on Monday, July 17th, at 9 PM EST. In this article, we will look at the odds and evaluate the future summer champion.  Of course, these odds will change once the semifinals end, and we will look at the books again.  If you are looking for the best betting odds and stats, here is information to know.

2K24 NBA Summer League Championship Odds:

*Odds Courtesy of Draft Kings*

Cleveland Cavaliers: +200

PPG: 96.8 | FG: 46.4 % | 3 PT: 37.3 % | FT: 73.7 % | REB: 45.5 | AST: 20.5 | STL: 6 | BLK: 7 | TO: 17.3

Record: 4-0

Opponent Points Per Game: 83.3

Wins: Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of the more impressive, surprising teams, and are the favorites to win the 2K24 Summer Championship.  Cleveland locked themselves into a playoff spot and finished the summer undefeated.  The Cavaliers have one of the top producing offenses and allow only 83 points a game.  Emoni Bates, drafted 49th overall, is looking like quite a steal for Cleveland.  Bates has scored in double-digits in all of their four games, added 21 points on 5-8 three-point shooting, along with 2 steals and blocks against Memphis.  The Cavaliers roster includes second year picks/players Sam Merrill, Isaiah Mobley, Luke Travers, and Khalifa Diop.  Foward Pete Nance, son of Larry Nance, has been a contributor this summer as well. In addition, Craig Porter Jr. is very deserving of the two-way contract that Cleveland gave him.  The Cavs have great size entering the semifinals, along with defensive, and will need production from a number of players.

Houston Rockets: +300

Record: 4-0

Opponent Points Per Game: 98.3

Wins: Portland Trail Blazers, Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors. 

PPG: 109 | FG: 47.6 % | 3 PT: 36.5 % | FT: 75.3 % | REB: 37 | AST: 20.8 | STL: 9.8 | BLK: 6.8 | TO: 13.5

There's good and bad news for the Houston Rockets.  They unfortunately lost the 4th overall Pick, Amen Thompson with an injury early on in this summer. They eventually shut down second year player, Jabari Smith Jr., after he erupted for a few 30 plus games, along with Tari Eason.   Without those three players, Houston is the top offensive scoring team this summer, and put up 118 points in the win against Golden State.  Cam Whitmore, the 20th overall pick, is showing why he could've been a top 5 pick.  In fact, Whitmore added 26 points, along with 8 steals last game.  Guard Trevor Hudgins had a double double last game, dishing out 11 assists and 23 points.  Darius Days, who has experience in the G-League, has filled in nicely for Smith and Eason (16 points).  Houston also has Jermaine Samuels Jr., who's balled out this summer. The Rockets have managed to stay afloat, without three of their main players. They also had an impressive win over the Thunder, without their three main players. I really like the Rockets to win it all, although they aren't as dominant, and Whitmore is an MVP candidate. 

Utah Jazz: +450

Record: 3-0

Opponent Points Per Game: 95.3

Wins: LA Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets

PPG: 87 | FG: 40 % | 3 PT: 39 % | FT: 75 % | REB: 36 | AST: 21 | STL: 12 | BLK: 12 | TO: 13

The Utah Jazz were considered one of the favorites, until they lost rookie guard Keyonte George due to a right ankle injury.  George, an MVP candidate, averaged 22 points, and shot 44 percent from the three and over 50 percent from the field in three games. With George, the Jazz were one of the top offensive teams (103 points per game).  It's important to note Utah managed to pull off the win 96-91 after George left the game.  The Jazz have Ochai Agbaji, acquired in the trade with Donovan Mitchell, Micah Potter, Luke Samanic, Nick Ongenda, and Colbey Ross. The Jazz certainly have players that can step up with NBA experience, however, it will be hard to replace Keyonte George.  George not only set the tone for the Jazz, but he had 32 assists between the Salty Lake City and Vegas Summer League.

Brooklyn Nets: +500

Record: 3-1

Opponent Points Per Game: 86.5

Wins: Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors

Losses: Cleveland Cavaliers

PPG: 96.5 | FG: 40.7% | 3 PT: 33.3 % | FT: 73.6 % | REB: 41.5 | AST: 18.5 | STL: 12 | BLK: 11.5 | TO: 15.5

The Brooklyn Nets have one of the higher scoring offenses this summer, and don't allow teams to score many points.  Brooklyn has an impressive 3-1 record, although they barely beat a struggling Raptors team 99-94 in overtime last game.  The Nets have a good amount of depth, led by rookie Noah Clowney and Jalen Wilson, Kennedy Chandler, David Duke Jr., and Armoni Brooks.  Both Brooks, Chandler, and Duke Jr. all have NBA experience, including playoff play.  Wilson, the rookie out of Kansas, hit the game winning bucket, and is playing with confidence.  Although Brooklyn isn't my top option to win the Championship, they have a ton of young talent with a high celling potential.  

Teams to consider: 

LA Lakers: +3000

Record: 2-1

Opponent Points Per Game: 88.7

Wins: Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Hornets.

Losses: Boston Celtics.

PPG: 95.3 | FG: 43.7 % | 3 PT: 41.2 % | FT: 73.9 % | REB: 40.7 | AST: 19.7 | STL: 5 | BLK: 6 | TO: 13.7

The Los Angeles Lakers are a very good team; however, they did drop their last game to the Boston Celtics.  Los Angeles averages over 95 points a game and is filled with young talent.  Max Christie has been a breakout star, along with rookie Jalen Hood-Schifino, Cole Swider, D'Moi Hodge, and Center Colin Castleton.  Although the Lakers had some cold shooting last game, they are averaging over 40 percent from the three-point in three games.  The Lakers are extremely top heavy, and all four of their starters had points in double figures.  In addition, Christy led the way with 24 points, 2 steals, block, and 8 rebounds.  If the Lakers win tonight, they will be able to sneak their way into the playoffs. In their only loss against Boston, the Lakers defensive was nonexistent, and didn't have an answer for Boston and their zone defense.  If the Lakers can get production from all five of their starters and shoot well, I can see them moving on. Los Angeles will take on Memphis tonight.

San Antionio Spurs: +10000

Record: 2-1

Opponent Points Per Game: 79.3

Wins: Charlotte Hornets, Washington Wizards.

Losses: Portland Trail Blazers.

PPG: 93.7 | FG: 38.8 % | 3 PT: 32.1 % | FT: 62.7 % | REB: 43.7 | AST: 21 | STL: 12 | BLK: 12 | TO: 13

Yes, the San Antonio Spurs are still considered the "longshots" to win this year's summer championship. The Spurs shut down rookie sensation Victor Wembanyama, which has been the main story line.  What people aren't talking about is how well San Antionio played in the California Summer Classic, and the talent they have this summer.  The Spurs stand at 2-1 and need to win to be considered into the playoffs.  In addition, San Antonio is playing a Detroit team, who will be depleted from most of their main core.  

The Spurs didn't generate a ton of offense until their last win over Washington 96-85.  Although they aren't the best three-point shooting team, the Spurs play hard defense, and limit opponents to 79 points per game. San Antionio has a very talented core between Dominick Barlow, Blake Wesley, Julian Champagnie, and Malaki Branham.  In fact, Barlow is averaging 16 points a game, and Julian Champagnie with 14.  We saw these two guys have massive games in the California Summer Classic, and Blake Wesley is averaging close to 14 points per game as well.  In addition to all this talent, Branham added 29 points on 5-6 three point shooting last game.  The Spurs may be without Wembanyama, and may play smaller than other teams, however, they've looked dangerous the entire summer.  Look for Cissoko, to play hardnosed defense. Their odds are long, however, if the Spurs win tonight, I like their chances. 

*Stay tuned for future odds this weekend *

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