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Top two picks in 2015 NBA Draft to face off on first day of Samsung NBA Summer League

NBA Finalists Cleveland and Golden State also clash at start of 11-day, 67-game showcase

POSTED: Jun 16, 2015 1:18 PM ET

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Samsung NBA Summer League

— The Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers, who hold the top two picks in NBA Draft 2015 presented by State Farm, will square off on Friday, July 10 on the first day of Samsung NBA Summer League. In addition, a meeting between the two NBA Finalists, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, will complete the opening day of an 11-day, 67-game event at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus.

NBA TV will televise all 67 games at the annual showcase of future NBA stars, culminating with the Samsung NBA Summer League Championship Game at 6 p.m. PT on Monday, July 20 at the Thomas & Mack Center. Also, fans again will be able to watch games live on NBA.com and via the NBA Game Time App. The complete game schedule is attached. The broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.

Tickets for Samsung NBA Summer League are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting NBATickets.com or by calling 702-739-FANS. Dedicated customer service for NBATickets.com is available at (866) 357-1136 and by email.

Samsung NBA Summer League 2015 will tip off at 3 p.m. PT on July 10 when the Milwaukee Bucks play the New Orleans Pelicans at Cox Pavilion. The Pelicans, coming off their first playoff appearance since 2011, recently hired Alvin Gentry as their new head coach.

The second of three games at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 10 will feature the Timberwolves and Lakers (5:30 p.m. PT). Minnesota owns the No. 1 pick in NBA Draft 2015 presented by State Farm for the first time in franchise history, and Los Angeles will pick second for its highest selection in 33 years. Top prospects for the June 25 draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., include Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns, Duke center Jahlil Okafor, Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis of the Spanish club team Sevilla, Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell and guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who played professionally for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China last season.

During Samsung NBA Summer League 2014, a game between the top two picks in last year's draft -- the Cleveland Cavaliers' Andrew Wiggins (who would be traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves before the regular season) and the Milwaukee Bucks' Jabari Parker -- was the second-most-viewed NBA Summer League telecast of all time. Wiggins went on to win the 2014-15 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award, the seventh winner in the last 10 years to participate at Samsung NBA Summer League.

After the Timberwolves-Lakers game, the Warriors will close the first day of Samsung NBA Summer League 2015 at the Thomas & Mack Center when they take on the Cavaliers (7:30 p.m. PT). Golden State won the inaugural NBA Summer League Championship in 2013 with a roster that included forward Draymond Green, a starter in The Finals 2015 and the runner-up in the balloting this season for both the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and the Kia Most Improved Player Award.

The reigning Summer League champion Sacramento Kings will also be in action on the opening day of Samsung NBA Summer League 2015, beginning their title defense against the Toronto Raptors at 3:30 p.m. PT at the Thomas & Mack Center. Last year, the Kings defeated the Houston Rockets in the Championship Game to punctuate a Samsung NBA Summer League that set all-time records for attendance, NBA TV viewership, digital consumption on NBA.com and NBA Mobile, and overall merchandise sales. Last summer was the second time that Samsung NBA Summer League used a tournament-style schedule and finished with a Championship Game, a format that will be used for the third consecutive year this July.

The 24-team field at Samsung NBA Summer League 2015 is composed of 14 playoff teams from the 2014-15 NBA season, nine teams with lottery picks in NBA Draft 2015 presented by State Farm and an NBA Development League Select Team. Teams will compete in three preliminary round games from July 10-14 before being seeded in a tournament that starts on July 15 and concludes with the Championship Game on July 20. Each team is guaranteed to play at least five games.

Samsung, the official handset, tablet and television provider of the NBA, WNBA and NBA D-League, is the title partner of NBA Summer League for the second straight year.

For more information about Samsung NBA Summer League 2015, visit nba.com/summerleague, log on to facebook.com/NBASummerLeague or follow @NBASummerLeague on Twitter.

Below is the complete schedule for Samsung NBA Summer League 2015. Please note all times listed are Pacific.

NBA Summer League 2015 Game Schedule

> All Times listed are PACIFIC

Friday, July 10

Cox Pavilion

3 p.m. PT -- Milwaukee vs. New Orleans (Game 1)
5 p.m. PT -- Atlanta vs. Denver (Game 3)
7 p.m. PT -- D-League Select vs. Houston (Game 5)

Thomas & Mack

3:30 p.m. PT -- Sacramento vs. Toronto (Game 2)
5:30 p.m. PT -- Minnesota vs. L.A. Lakers (Game 4)
7:30 p.m. PT -- Golden State vs. Cleveland (Game 6)

Saturday, July 11

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. PT -- New Orleans vs. Dallas (Game 7)
3 p.m. PT -- Washington vs. Phoenix (Game 9)
5 p.m. PT -- Boston vs. Portland (Game 11)
7 p.m. PT -- Brooklyn vs. Cleveland (Game 13)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 p.m. PT -- New York vs. San Antonio (Game 8)
3:30 p.m. PT -- Chicago vs. Minnesota (Game 10)
5:30 p.m. PT -- L.A. Lakers vs. Philadelphia (Game 12)
7:30 p.m. PT -- Miami vs. Utah (Game 14)

Sunday, July 12

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. PT -- Washington vs. D-League Select (Game 15)
3 p.m. PT -- Chicago vs. Toronto (Game 17)
5 p.m. PT -- Sacramento vs. Denver (Game 19)
7 p.m. PT -- Portland vs. Dallas (Game 21)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 p.m. PT -- Phoenix vs. Houston (Game 16)
3:30 p.m. PT -- Milwaukee vs. San Antonio (Game 18)
5:30 p.m. PT -- Golden State vs. Atlanta (Game 20)
7:30 p.m. PT -- Philadelphia vs. Boston (Game 22)

Monday, July 13

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. PT -- Cleveland vs. Milwaukee (Game 23)
3 p.m. PT -- D-League Select vs. Atlanta (Game 25)
5 p.m. PT -- Miami vs. Denver (Game 27)
7 p.m. PT -- Toronto vs. Houston (Game 29)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 p.m. PT -- New Orleans vs. Brooklyn (Game 24)
3:30 p.m. PT -- Golden State vs. Sacramento (Game 26)
5:30 p.m. PT -- L.A. Lakers vs. New York (Game 28)
7:30 p.m. PT -- Utah vs. Minnesota (Game 30)

Tuesday, July 14

Cox Pavilion

12 p.m. PT -- Portland vs. San Antonio (Game 31)
2 p.m. PT -- Brooklyn vs. Chicago (Game 33)
4 p.m. PT -- Miami vs. Boston (Game 35)

Thomas & Mack

12:30 p.m. PT -- Washington vs. Dallas (Game 32)
2:30 p.m. PT -- New York vs. Philadelphia (Game 34)
4:30 p.m. PT -- Phoenix vs. Utah (Game 36)

Wednesday, July 15

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. PT -- #24 Seed vs. #9 Seed (Game 37)
3 p.m. PT -- #22 Seed vs. #11 Seed (Game 39)
5 p.m. PT -- #20 Seed vs. #13 Seed (Game 41)
7 p.m. PT -- #18 Seed vs. #15 Seed (Game 43)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 p.m. PT -- #23 Seed vs. #10 Seed (Game 38)
3:30 p.m. PT -- #21 Seed vs. #12 Seed (Game 40)
5:30 p.m. PT -- #19 Seed vs. #14 Seed (Game 42)
7:30 p.m. PT -- #17 Seed vs. #16 Seed (Game 44)

Thursday, July 16

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. PT -- Winner of Game 37 vs. #8 Seed (Game 45)
3 p.m. PT -- Winner of Game 39 vs. #6 Seed (Game 47)
5 p.m. PT -- Winner of Game 41 vs. #4 Seed (Game 49)
7 p.m. PT -- Winner of Game 43 vs. #2 Seed (Game 51)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 p.m. PT -- Winner of Game 38 vs. #7 Seed (Game 46)
3:30 p.m. PT -- Winner of Game 40 vs. #5 Seed (Game 48)
5:30 p.m. PT -- Winner of Game 42 vs. #3 Seed (Game 50)
7:30 p.m. PT -- Winner of Game 44 vs. #1 Seed (Game 52)

Friday, July 17

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. PT -- Game 37 Loser vs. Game 38 Loser (Game 53)
3 p.m. PT-- Game 41 Loser vs. Game 42 Loser (Game 55)
5 p.m. PT -- Game 45 Loser vs. Game 46 Loser (Game 57)
7 p.m. PT -- Game 49 Loser vs. Game 50 Loser (Game 59)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 p.m. PT -- Game 39 Loser vs. Game 40 Loser (Game 54)
3:30 p.m. PT -- Game 43 Loser vs. Game 44 Loser (Game 56)
5:30 p.m. PT-- Game 47 Loser vs. Game 48 Loser (Game 58)
7:30 p.m. PT -- Game 51 Loser vs. Game 52 Loser (Game 60)

Saturday, July 18

Thomas & Mack

1 p.m. PT -- Game 46 Winner vs. Game 51 Winner (Game 61)
3 p.m. PT -- Game 47 Winner vs. Game 50 Winner (Game 62)
5 p.m. PT -- Game 45 Winner vs. Game 52 Winner (Game 63)
7 p.m. PT -- Game 48 Winner vs. Game 49 Winner (Game 64)

Sunday, July 19

Thomas & Mack

3 p.m. PT -- Game 61 Winner vs. Game 62 Winner (Game 65)
5 p.m. PT -- Game 63 Winner vs. Game 64 Winner (Game 66)

Monday, July 20

Thomas & Mack

6 p.m. PT -- Game 65 Winner vs. Game 66 Winner (Game 67)