Best NBA First Basket Props Odds & Picks for Monday, May 9 (2022)

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)

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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics

In the three games of the series so far, it was Robert Williams vs. Brook Lopez, with Lopez taking two of them. They have tipped off against each other four times total, with both having two wins apiece.

The Celtics scored first in 65% of their games this season which led the league, while the Bucks scored on just 52%.

In the seven games these teams played each other in this season, Jaylen Brown scored the first basket in three of them including in Game 2.

Brown has scored the first Celtics field goal in seven of the last 13 games, including the first basket in this series, and he far surpasses everyone in the league by scoring the first basket in 33% of Celtics games this year.

First basket: Jaylen Brown +500

Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies

In the previous two games, it’s been Draymond Green vs. Jaren Jackson in the tip-off with Jackson winning both. This time they had Jonathan Kuminga try to face Jackson, but once against he won the tipoff. Ja Morant took the ball halfcourt and for the second straight game he came away with the assist, this time on a Ziaire Williams three-pointer.

The Warriors are one of the best first scoring teams in the league as they hit the first bucket in 60% of their games. Kevin Looney is their leader in hitting the first bucket at 30%

The Grizzlies were also one of the best first scorers in the league this year, including scoring first in over 60% of their games in February. Ja Morant will miss Game 4 and this means someone will need to step up if they don’t want to go down 3-1.

Desmond Bane gained possession on the previous tip-off, and I believe he’s the right man to step up for Memphis in this important game.

First basket: Desmond Bane +750

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