As expected, Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green put on a show in Las Vegas last night (though I had as much fun watching Alperen Sengün). Hoops fans looking for their summer fix will get plenty more tonight, with several 2021 lottery picks in action. There’s also plenty of baseball to dive into as teams head into the stretch run. And, for you football fans, there’s even something to get you excited.
Here’s what I’m watching tonight.
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Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies
With the Mets’ recent collapse and the Braves’ season-long mediocrity, the door has been propped wide open for the Phillies to make a move in the NL East. They finally did with a recent eight-game winning streak snapped last night in a shutout loss to the Dodgers. But they still sit a game ahead of Atlanta and two ahead of New York atop their underwhelming division.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are the favorite to repeat as World Series champions at every sportsbook I can find but sit four games out of the NL West race. They’re not perfect, as my colleague Tom Verducci wrote last week. If they can’t make a move soon, they’ll need to win the wild-card game to get into the Division Series. And no matter how deep and talented this Dodgers team is, anything can happen in a single-elimination game.
New Phillies starter Kyle Gibson, who has been superb since being acquired at the trade deadline, will face off with David Price in this one.
7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN, Watch on fuboTV
- MLB Power Rankings: Surging Phillies Jump Mets, Braves (Will Laws)
- How the Dodgers Can Still Be Stopped (Tom Verducci)
- Breaking Down the NL East Race After a Chaotic Trade Deadline (Will Laws)
- Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic | No. 5 pick Jalen Suggs shined in his Summer League debut Monday, pouring in a game-high 24 points. He and the rest of the Magic’s young core take on No. 3 selection Evan Mobley and the Cavs in each team’s second Summer League test. 6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Watch on fuboTV
- Hard Knocks | A new season of the NFL docuseries began last night, with this year’s season covering the Dallas Cowboys. Dak Prescott is a focus of the first episode as he continues to rehab his ankle. Is there a better way to get pumped for football season? HBO Max
- Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs | If you like strikeouts, this is the game for you. Cy Young candidate Corbin Burnes strikes out more hitters per nine innings than anyone in baseball, and the Cubs have struck out more than 11 times per game since the trade deadline. 8:05 p.m. ET, Marquee Sports Network/Bally Sports Wisconsin, Watch on fuboTV
- New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers | Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley contributed to the Knicks’ playoff push a couple of months ago and now are leading one of the more entertaining Summer League squads in Vegas. They’ve combined for 93 points in two games. Plus, Obi is always capable of a showstopping dunk or two. 10:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Watch on fuboTV
NBA Summer League: Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors
He may not pour in buckets like Jalen Green or Cade Cunningham, but basketball junkies will love the energy and enthusiasm top Raptors draft selection Scottie Barnes plays with. The do-it-all forward loves to dig in on the defensive end and is great in transition. SI’s Jeremy Woo is in Vegas for Summer League and described the early returns from Barnes’s debut Sunday as “highly promising.”
Barnes’s competitive edge will surely be on full display against a fellow high draft pick in Jonathan Kuminga, who’ll suit up for the Warriors. Knowing Barnes, there’s a good chance he makes this game one of the highest-intensity battles of the entire event. It certainly won’t rival the “Malice at the Palace” documentary I watched last night but expect a lot of physicality in this one … particularly for a glorified exhibition.
8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Watch on fuboTV
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