The NBA Vegas Summer League is in full swing and it continues to feature all the exciting rookies that were lined up a few weeks ago. It’s time to continue our NBA odds series with Pelicans-Warriors predictions and picks.
The New Orleans Pelicans lost their first game of the NBA Summer League to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 102–88. New Orleans came back from a nine-point deficit at half time to take a three-point lead in the fourth quarter. But the Timberwolves came back in the final frame to defeat New Orleans 30–13. Turnovers and fouls brought doom for the Pelicans, as they committed 29 and 31 offenses, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors also lost their NBA Las Vegas Summer League opener to the Los Angeles Lakers 103-96. Gui Santos led the way with 25 points, while Lester Quiñones added 15 points, albeit at an inefficient shooting clip of 5 of 15 from the field. Golden State’s first round pick Brandin Podzemski was only 3 of 10 from the field and finished with only nine points, but grabbed 11 rebounds in the losing effort. The Warriors are 1-2 in Summer League so far if you include the California Classic.
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NBA Summer League Odds: Pelicans-Warriors Odds,
New Orleans Pelicans: -2.5 (-115)
Golden State Warriors: +2.5 (-105)
Overs: 185.5 (-105)
Under: 185.5 (-115)
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Why were the Pelicans able to cover the spread?
The Pelicans had a poor performance against the Timberwolves on Friday. They were particularly bad in the fourth quarter, where they fell behind by 17 points. Dyson Daniels and Jordan Hawkins, the Pelicans’ first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 respectively, both had bad nights from the field. Daniels finished with 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting. He also had four turnovers and five personal fouls and was minus-13 in 31 minutes. Meanwhile, Hawkins scored 18 points on 6 of 15 shooting. He bowled four deliveries and was on minus-17 in the evening.
Look for two first-rounders to bounce back and clean up their mistakes on both sides of the floor. Daniel in particular should be motivated to show what he can do in Summer League and prove he can play a big role in the main team next season.
EJ Liddell, who was selected 41st overall in last year’s draft by New Orleans, also made his long-awaited return to the court after a year on the sidelines. Liddell suffered a torn ACL last year in Summer League. He had a relatively good performance in his first game back from injury, scoring nine points on 4-of-6 shooting in 20 minutes. The 6ft 7in forward was delighted He should be more motivated to make his comeback and come up with an even more impressive performance on Sunday.
As a team, expect the Pelicans to perform much better and cleaner than they did on Friday. 29 turnovers and 31 fouls ultimately cost New Orleans the game, and they must adjust accordingly if they want to beat the Warriors and cover the spread.
Why could Warriors cover this spread?
Like their main roster counterparts, the Warriors were plagued by turnovers and fouls in their first taste of Vegas Summer League action against the Lakers on Friday. Gui Santos was the only bright spot for Golden State. The Brazilian forward led the way with 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting. However, he committed three turnovers and five fouls.
Lester Quinones was only 5 of 15 from the field on his way to 15 points. The 22-year-old was particularly fired up during the California Classic. He scored 26 points in his first game against the Sacramento Kings, then scored 21 points in a win over the Charlotte Hornets.
Lester Quinones is on fire ?
He’s up to 26 points on the night ?pic.twitter.com/8ivvQJGFQ3
– Warriors Nation (@WarriorNationCP) 4 July 2023
Lester Quinones takes it coast-to-coast for JAM ?pic.twitter.com/mW8ji59bHT
– Warriors Nation (@WarriorNationCP) 5 July 2023
Look for Quinones to return and play a more efficient outing on Sunday night.
Brandin Podzemski also didn’t have a productive Friday scoring night, but he proved he’s more than just a scorer. The 20-year-old grabbed 11 boards in the loss, five of which were on the offensive glass.
The Warriors are still without their other rookie, Tracy Jackson-Davis, who suffered a hamstring injury during practice. Still no update on when Jackson-Davis can make his professional debut. But Golden State is reportedly taking precautions for the 23-year-old big man. if he is good
Predictions And Selections Of The Ultimate Pelicans-Warriors
Get warriors for this. Yes, they were prone to turnovers and fouls in their game against the Lakers, but to a lesser extent than in Minnesota vs. the Pelicans. The Warriors also have some interesting pieces in the likes of Santos, Podzemski, and Quinones. Look for all three of them to get back on track after their poor showing against Los Angeles.
Ultimate Pelicans-Warriors Predictions & Selections: Warriors +2.5 (-105)