Monday's NBA First Basket Prop: 2 Suns Stars Have an Edge in Game 1

Check out the three plays to make for first scorer props from NBA First Basket ahead of Monday's Mavericks vs. Suns game.

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Deandre Ayton & Devin Booker

Prop Ayton (+450) | Booker (+500)
Matchup Mavericks vs. Suns
Time 10 p.m. ET
Book  PointsBet

The Dallas Mavericks take on the Phoenix Suns in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Monday night. DeAndre Ayton (74% opening-tip win rate) will be taking on Dwight Powell (26% win rate) in the opening tip-off. Ayton has a significant advantage and should control the tip.

Both teams have done well this season scoring first — the Suns score first 57% of the time and the Mavs score first 56% of the time.

The teams have played three games against each other this season with the Mavericks scoring first in two of the games. Jalen Brunson has scored the first Dallas field goal in two of those games. I’m not sure how relevant some of the head-to-head data is as Porzingis was still on the Mavs roster in each of those games.

Phoenix has three guys who dominate in the when they get the first attempt — Booker, Ayton and Jae Crowder. I like Booker and Ayton tonight the most. Crowder has made the first team field goal 20 times this season, but has only hit two in the past 45 days. He also struggled against New Orleans shooting just 3-of-26 from 3-point range in that series.

I’m also playing an Ayton first basket / winner parlay with the Suns winning, on top of Booker and Ayton’s first field goal props (I prefer playing exact methods here, but for purposes of tracking in the app, will play first FG).


  • Ayton First Field Goal — PointsBet (+450) Risk 0.6
  • Ayton First Basket / PHX win — FanDuel (+650) Risk 0.3
  • Booker First Field Goal — PointsBet (+500) Risk 0.6U

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