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Vegas Play of the Day: Lakers vs. 76ers in NBA Summer League

Today’s betting board is as bereft of options as a restaurant that lists its menu on a post-it note.

What did sports bettors gamble on before the books including South Point, the provider of the $10,000-starting-bankroll Play of the Day lines, posted NBA Summer League lines? Probably, and painfully, nothing.

Philadelphia 76ers minus-3 vs. Los Angeles Lakers: $330 to win $300

The Lakers’ summer-league squad appears to have taken notes from last year’s regular-season team. Anyone who watched stretches of Los Angeles’ train wreck 27-55 season knows that isn’t a good thing.

Both teams are terrible, among the worst in their respective leagues. The summer Lakers have gotten blow out in two of three games before squeaking out an overtime 1-point victory against the Warriors on Monday.

The 76ers haven’t exactly blazed past anyone, either. They beat the Jazz by four points in their opener before losing the next two.

But Jordan McRae has been one of the surprises of the summer league. Averaging 20 points per game, the just-graduated Tennessee star has started to confirm suspicions he shouldn’t have slipped into the second round in the NBA Draft.

The Lakers have the highest-profile player in Julius Randle, but he’s still adjusting to the professional level and hasn’t stood out so far. Los Angeles’ best player has been Jordan Clarkson, whom is bound to tail off and will voluntarily take bad shots if Philadelphia forces him into them.

With Sean Kilpatrick and Elijah Millsap, Philadelphia might have the better guards. It’s the better team.

Standings: Bern (37-25-1, $13,819), Keefer (29-35, $8,596), Brewer (25-36-3, $3,185)

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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