Watch: The Biggest Games of the Summer 2017
With NBA Summer League 2017 fast approaching, we’ve compiled a rundown of the top games to watch this week.
NBA Summer league is on pace to be the biggest in the history of professional basketball.
With a record-breaking $1.3 billion in TV revenue and a projected $2 billion in ticket sales, Summer league 2017 will see a record number of games broadcast.
In addition to the big names on the biggest stage, there will be an abundance of small-market teams making the journey to Las Vegas to play in front of a packed house.
Check out our picks for the biggest games of Summer league, with our picks and predictions.
Indiana Pacers at Denver NuggetsThe Nuggets face the Pacers for the third time in the last five years.
The Pacers were able to advance past the Celtics in the 2016 playoffs before falling to the Bulls in the 2017 Western Conference Finals.
This time, the Nuggets will face off with the Nuggets for the second time in five years as part of a six-game series.
The two teams last met in a one-game, home-and-home series last season.
Denver won that game 104-94, and the Pacers will need to be able to overcome a Nuggets team that’s made it to the conference finals just once in the past five years, going 3-4 this year.
The Nuggets have won the past four games, though, including a 99-97 overtime win over Portland on Friday.
Orlando Magic at Minnesota TimberwolvesThe Magic (15-10) are still trying to figure out their roster, and their depth is certainly an issue.
Rookie point guard Elfrid Payton has been out since early January with a left knee sprain, but he’s out for the season with a strained left hamstring.
Orlando will need another solid performance from veteran guard Nik Stauskas if they want to keep up with the Timberwolves.
Stauskins has averaged 13.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in the first three games of the series.
Portland Trail Blazers at Utah JazzThe Trail Blazers are back in action after a one week break.
They’ll be in action again against the Jazz (11-13) in Utah on Saturday.
Portland has won seven straight in Salt Lake City and will have a chance to add to that streak as they host the Jazz for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
Portland was eliminated from the playoffs by the Timberwolves last season, but the Blazers are making a push this season and are looking to bounce back.
Utah won the Western Conference title in 2016, but has struggled mightily this season.
Sacramento Kings at Atlanta HawksThe Kings will play their first game of the season against the Hawks (9-14) on Friday night.
The Kings were swept by the Celtics on Thursday night, but they’ll need to bounce right back from that loss if they hope to win their fourth straight in Atlanta.
Atlanta won its second straight game Friday night and is coming off a 99 100-92 win over New Orleans.
The Hawks will have their hands full, however, as the Kings will look to add some much-needed momentum to their winning streak with a win.
Sacramento Grizzlies at New Orleans PelicansThe Pelicans (10-14), who have won six straight, will be looking to continue their winning ways when they host Memphis on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Pelicans had won their first three in a row before falling 107-97 to the Lakers in Los Angeles.
New Orleans has won five straight games and is on a six game winning streak, but will be hoping to take a win or two in this one.
Orlando Panthers at Memphis GrizzliesThe Panthers have a lot of talent on the roster and the Memphis Grizzlies are one of the best teams in the West.
The Panthers have won five of their past six games and will be desperate to get back on track, but Memphis is a team that can score in bunches, so they’ll be looking for points and rebounds.
Charlotte Hornets at Minnesota WolvesThe Hornets (13-11) are coming off an 82-84 overtime win against the Bulls, and they’re coming off back-to-back losses.
Charlotte will be coming off the back of a 107-93 victory over the Suns.
The Wolves have won their past four, but are trying to bounce ahead of the Hornets in the standings with their win over Phoenix.
Indiana Timberwolves at Portland TrailblazersThe Trailblaze are looking for a victory after falling 103-99 to the 76ers in Salt Park.
The Timberwolves are coming from behind in their two games, but have come out on top in all three games.
The Trailblazer has won two of its past three games, and will try to avoid a third consecutive loss.
Utah Jazz at Atlanta BravesThe Braves (11, 11) are in action against the Celtics (12, 10) in Atlanta on Friday afternoon.
Atlanta lost to the Celtics last year, but won a four