Friday's NBA First Basket Prop: Bet Towns, Beverley to Score First in Grizzlies-Timberwolves

NBA First Basket breaks down the two best first basket props for Game 6 of Grizzlies-Timberwolves, including a play on Karl-Anthony Towns.

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Karl-Anthony Towns & Patrick Beverley

Prop Karl-Anthony Towns (+440) | Patrick Beverley (+1400)
Matchup Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Time 9 p.m. ET
Book  FanDuel

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Memphis travels to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves Friday night. The tip-off situation between Jaren Jackson Jr and Karl-Anthony Towns is even – both have won two tip-offs this series against each other. The Grizzlies score first 57% of the time while the Timberwolves score first 55% of the time.

These teams have played nine games against each other this year with Minnesota scoring first in seven of the nine games. During those games, the Timberwolves have averaged 2.2 field goal attempts to make their first field goal, while the Grizzlies have struggled, averaging 3.8 attempts to make their first field goal.

Focusing on Minnesota in those nine games, the early shot frequency is pretty evenly spread out among D’Angelo Russell, Patrick Beverley, Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards. Towns was more consistent over the course of the season, scoring the first team field goal in 33% of his starts and cashing first game field goal in 19% of his starts. He has performed well in this series.

In addition, Beverley has taken the first shot in the last three games and is nicely priced. Minnesota plays much better at home defensively, and this series has been pretty evenly matched. I also like to pair these with Minnesota to win.


  • Karl-Anthony Towns: +440 (0.6 units, FanDuel)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns: 1st Basket & MIN Win +1000 (0.3 units, FanDuel)
  • Patrick Beverley: +1400 (0.2 units, FanDuel)
  • Patrick Beverley: 1st Basket & MIN Win +2700 (0.1 units, FanDuel)

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