Orlando Summer League 2012: Preview and Predictions for Wednesday's Action
The 2012 Orlando Summer League will reach it’s midpoint on Wednesday and the action promises to be better than ever.
Players are looking more and more comfortable with their teammates and this rapport is resulting in better plays and efficient basketball.
Let’s take a look at the four games scheduled for today and make some predictions.
Where: Magic Practice Court, Amway Center, Orlando, Fla. (Not open to public, only media and professional/team personnel)
When: Wednesday, July 11 beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET
Watch: NBA TV
Live Stream: NBA.com ($14.99 for Orlando and Las Vegas Summer League action from July 9 through July 22)
Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics – 11:00 a.m. ET
Jared Sullinger has been a revelation for the Cs in Orlando. He’s been scoring the ball well and cleaning up the glass on both ends.
However, the young team may have their hands full against Lance Stephenson and the Pacers.
The third-year pro erupted for 28 points, seven assists and three rebounds in a win over the Thunder on Tuesday.
Prediction: Celtics 80 – Pacers 79
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Detroit Pistons – 1:00 p.m. ET
OKC’s young, inexperienced players have been struggling and have not yet found any consistency down in the Magic Kingdom.
Lazar Hayward was the team’s top player against Indiana on Tuesday and notched 15 points and eight rebounds. These aren’t bad stats, but he needs support from his teammates, who must step up.
Detroit has a bit more experience and Austin Daye has been dominant, going off for 24 points and six rebounds against the Magic on Tuesday.
Prediction: Pistons 75 – Thunder 68
Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers – 3:00 p.m. ET
The Nets have been struggling in summer league play, but the 76ers have not faired much better.
Jacob Pullen has been solid for Philly, dropping 23 points and four assists against the Jazz, but the team was unable to pull out a victory.
Al Thornton, a 2007 first-round draft pick, has been the star of the Nets and is hoping to continue to prove himself worthy of a roster spot.
Prediction: Nets 72 – 76ers 70
Utah Jazz vs. Orlando Magic – 5:00 p.m. ET
The Magic were unable to defend their home-court advantage, falling to the Pistons on Tuesday. If they are going to regain their momentum, it will be behind the play of Andrew Nicholson.
Who Will Win?
The first-round pick struggled in his second outing after an incredible 24 points and 12 rebound performance in his first game with the team.
The Jazz will be trying to contain him and will be counting on Alec Burks to continue his superstar play. The second-year man scored 31 points in just 29 minutes on Tuesday and looks like a monster.
Prediction: Jazz 85 – Magic 82
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