First basket player prop bets are a great way to jump into NBA betting action. It’s a bet that will be decided very quickly… with the first basket! You are betting on a player to score their team’s first basket. If they do, you win!
Let’s take a look at our favorite first basket player prop bet picks for tonight.
(Odds courtesy of FanDuel)
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat
For Philadelphia and Miami, it will be DeAndre Jordan vs. Bam Adebayo on the opening tip-off. Normally it would be Joel Embiid going for the 76ers, but with him out, the job has been given to Jordan. So far in this series, Jordan and Adebayo have one tip-off win apiece. Jordan has the height advantage (6’11” vs. Adebayo’s 6’9”) and wingspan (7’6” vs. 7’1”). Jordan has plenty of experience as the tip-off man in his career and he just needed to get back into rhythm.
Tyrese Maxey controls the ball at the point, and in the last game it was Tobias Harris who hit the first basket. I don’t think it starts off that way in this game. The 76ers will miss the first possession, and with Jimmy Butler running the point, he passes to Adebayo in the paint for the short two-point layup.
First Basket: Bam Adebayo +410
Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns
Both teams have done well scoring first baskets. The initial advantage will come at the tip-off and it will be Deandre Ayton vs. Dwight Powell. During the playoffs, Ayton is the leader in jump balls won with eight, including both in this series, while Powell has lost six of seven.
Chris Paul runs the point, but in front of a hyped crowd with Dallas needing to win this game, the Suns missed on their first possession. Luka Doncic brings the ball up and with Mavericks’ point guard leading this team with 30% of the first points made. Luka gets Dallas on the board.
First Basket: Luka Doncic +430
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