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NBA - US Sports: NBA 2k23 Summer League Day 8 preview

Day eight of the NBA 2k23 Summer League brings another eight games, with Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks among those in action.

The first week of Summer League has proven to be wide open, with the Utah Jazz the last team to surrender their unbeaten start in a loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, only two of the 30 teams present are yet to win a game, The San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks. They will be out to end that wait when they return to action on Thursday night.

What:2022 NBA Summer League, Day 8
Where:Thomas and Mack Center and Cox Pavilion Paradise, near Las Vegas
When:Thursday 14th July, 2022
How to watch:NBA TV

Texan duo pushing for first win

The Spurs take on the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday looking to salvage something from a disappointing time in Vegas. San Antonio had three first-round picks in the 2022 draft, but they've been without their highest-placed pick for the whole of Summer League.

Jeremy Sochan - a Polish international who grew up in Southampton and Milton Keynes - was ruled out before the tournament. They've also lost second-year guard Josh Primo, a highly-rated 19-year-old who impressed in his debut NBA campaign.

The Spurs are hoping that Malaki Branham and Blake Wesley can carry the side to their first victory, having combined for 34 points in a loss to the Rockets on Monday.

The Spurs can be backed at -125 on the Money Line to beat a Hawks side who have lost two of their three games so far.

The Dallas Mavericks are slightly unlucky to be at the foot of the standings, given they lost their first two games by a single point. Unfortunately, they meet one of the standout players so far in the Milwaukee Bucks' Sandro Mamukelashvili.

Mamukelashvili posted 18 points in Wednesday's win over the Timberwolves, with the Bucks seeing five players score at least 14 points in that win.

The Georgian-American scored 28 in a defeat to the Celtics before that and that threat has the Bucks at -140 on the Money Line to add to the Mavs' woes.

Christopher leads the way for Rockets

The Hosuton Rockets aren't likely to be the highest-placed Texan side once the NBA regular season is up and running, but they are enjoying Summer League so far. They are out to claim a third win in four when they meet the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.

The Rockets' rebuild is one of the most interesting in the NBA. After trading James Harden and Russell Westbrook in 2020 they've quickly built a young, promising side.

They picked up Jabari Smith Jr in the latest draft, who fell to the Rockets at number three after being the consensus number one pick in the build-up.

However, it's second-year guard Josh Christopher who has led the way for them this summer, scoring at least 18 points in all three games so far.

Portland are missing their prize draft pick, with seventh selection Sheldon Sharpe missing through injury. Despite that, they've won their last two games in his absence so they should prove a tough test for this budding Rockets side.

Cam Thomas shining again

The Brooklyn Nets' focus seems to be elsewhere this month, with stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving expected to depart. However, they do boast one of the outstanding performers across the last two Summer League campaigns.

2021 pick Cam Thomas was joint-MVP of Summer League last year and he was rewarded with 67 appearances for the Nets last season. He's averaged over 28 points per game after three appearances.

Thomas is pushing to take the MVP award all on his own this time around, so expect him to hurt a Timberwolves side who have lost their last two.

Absent stars hurting Pistons and Magic

The Detroit Pistons brought some top talent to Vegas, but both Cade Cunningham and Saddiq Bey are yet to feature in Summer League.

When you add in the injury to Jaden Ivey, the Pistons look weakened going into their meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavs have a solid backcourt in RJ Nembhard Jr and Ochai Agbaji and the scoring threat they pose will likely cause problems for the Pistons.

Orlando chose to weaken themselves by standing down number one pick Paolo Banchero and that move has seen the Knicks installed at -185 to beat the Magic, while you can now find New York at  +175 to win Summer League overall.

Thursday night's action kicks off with the Memphis Grizzlies taking on the Boston Celtics, while the Chicago Bulls meet the Charlotte Hornets.

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