Rejoice, hoops fans: Summer League basketball is back. From July 7 through 17, slimmed-down versions of all 30 teams will take the floor in Las Vegas and compete for the Summer League championship.
These teams are generally made up of young and mostly unknown players, but rookies and second-year pros also get a chance to run, which means Summer League is the first time that we get to see top prospects like Victor Wembanyama play in an NBA uniform.
Who will take this year’s Summer League crown? Check out the latest odds and more below.
NBA Las Vegas Summer League Odds 2023
These NBA lines are current as of Friday, July 7, at 9 a.m. ET and courtesy of BetRivers Sportsbook.
- Oklahoma City Thunder (+700)
- Detroit Pistons (+900)
- Portland Trail Blazers (+900)
- Indiana Pacers (+1000)
- San Antonio Spurs (+1200)
- Charlotte Hornets (+1400)
- Houston Rockets (+1400)
- Utah Jazz (+1400)
- Memphis Grizzlies (+1600)
- Sacramento Kings (+1600)
- Orlando Magic (+2000)
- Dallas Mavericks (+2000)
- Boston Celtics (+2000)
- Miami Heat (+2000)
- Milwaukee Bucks (+2500)
- Los Angeles Lakers (+3000)
- Minnesota Timberwolves (+3000)
- Brooklyn Nets (+3000)
- Cleveland Cavaliers (+4000)
- New Orleans Pelicans (+4000)
- Chicago Bulls (+4000)
- New York Knicks (+4000)
- Philadelphia 76ers (+4000)
- Washington Wizards (+6000)
- Golden State Warriors (+6000)
- Denver Nuggets (+6000)
- Los Angeles Clippers (+6000)
- Phoenix Suns (+6000)
- Atlanta Hawks (+6000)
- Toronto Raptors (+6000)
Who Will Play in NBA Summer League?
All 30 teams will participate in the Las Vegas Summer League. This marks the first time that fans will get to see the 2023 NBA Draft class take part in the action, which means Wembanyama, Brandon Miller, Scoot Henderson, and more will be on display.
Second-year players are also eligible to see the floor, which includes standouts like Chet Holmgren, Keegan Murray, Jalen Williams, Jaden Ivey, and Shaedon Sharpe.
Summer League “stars" are regularly shut down early in the process, especially if they sustain any minor injuries. It’s a blow to fans who are hoping to watch their team’s newest players as much as possible, but ultimately, Summer League isn’t worth the risk to most organizations.
NBA Summer League Format
All 30 teams will play at least five Summer League games. After the first four games, the top four teams will advance to a semifinal round, while the other 26 will each play one final contest. The winners of the semifinal round advance to the championship game, which takes place on July 17.
There are some significant changes that fans will notice, with the most notable being the reduced time: Quarters are limited to 10 minutes rather than the usual 12. Moreover, players are allowed 10 fouls each before fouling out, whereas six is the limit in the NBA.
Finally, one of the most exciting differences is the overtime format. Each overtime period is just two minutes compared to the usual five, and if the game advances to a third overtime, the first team to score will be declared the winner.
NBA Las Vegas Summer League Best Bets
Oklahoma City Thunder (+700) • BetRivers Sportsbook
Oklahoma City enters Summer League as the odds-on favorite to win the title. This roster is loaded with young talent, but no player will be more intriguing to watch than Holmgren, who missed the entirety of his rookie season due to a foot injury.
Holmgren looked impressive in the Salt Lake City Summer League earlier this week, averaging 12.5 points, 10 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks in two appearances. As one of the leaders in the NBA Rookie of the Year odds, all eyes will be on Holmgren as he inches toward his long-awaited debut.
The Thunder have a slew of other recognizable names on the roster, including Jalen Williams, Jaylin Williams, Tre Mann, Keyontae Johnson, and Ousmane Dieng, rounding out what looks to be the best Summer League team on paper.
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Portland Trail Blazers (+900) • BetRivers Sportsbook
The Trail Blazers are set to debut their next era of basketball this week at Las Vegas Summer League. Scoot Henderson, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft and heir to Damian Lillard‘s throne, will look to lead the defending Summer League champs to another title.
Henderson is an electrifying prospect, and given his style of play, he should get off to a quick start in Vegas. His otherworldly athleticism and ability to score at the rim with ease will provide Portland with a reliable source of offense, not to mention his intensity on defense.
Outside of Henderson, other Blazers standouts include Kris Murray and Shaedon Sharpe, giving this team a threatening big three.
San Antonio Spurs (+1200) • BetRivers Sportsbook
San Antonio will likely draw more attention than any other team this Summer League, and that’s thanks to No. 1 overall pick and generational prospect Victor Wembanyama. Even though he’s only planning to play in one or two games, he’ll undoubtedly be the biggest draw.
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Don’t sleep on the Spurs just because Wembanyama isn’t likely to be a full participant, though. Malaki Branham, Julian Champagnie, and Blake Wesley are all more than capable of carrying the load once Wemby is shut down.
At (+1200), San Antonio is worth a look.
Charlotte Hornets (+1400) • BetRivers Sportsbook
Charlotte is headlined by No. 2 overall pick Brandon Miller, who will suit up across from Wembanyama in the Hornets’ first game. Miller struggled in the California Classic earlier this week, racking up a multitude of fouls and averaging 12.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Still, Miller is bound to have at least a few standout performances, and the rest of this roster looks pretty solid, too. Nick Smith Jr. led the team in scoring during the California Classic, while “veteran" players like Bryce McGowens and James Bouknight can help carry the load on offense.
If Miller can flip the switch, Charlotte could certainly go on to win the Summer League title. At (+1400), I’m content to take the risk.