NBA First Basket Scorer Odds, Picks & Predictions: Sunday (11/12)

The NBA Season is here! We’ve got some exciting matchups early on in the season, so let’s look at some of the players who could score the first points of the game.

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Sunday’s Best NBA First Basket Prop Bets

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook

Oklahoma City Thunder at Phoneix Suns

The Thunder are having a great start to the season and are excelling after they made it into the Play-In Tournament last year. The big factor for them has been Chet Holmgren, who looks like an early Rookie of the Year candidate. The Thunder have gotten out to an early start with the help of Holmgren, as he takes 44% of the team’s first shots and has four first baskets this season.

Pick: Chet Holmgren (+550)

Charlotte Hornets at New York Knicks

The Knicks are one of the top teams at grabbing the opening tip and the first basket while they’re going against the Hornets, who have the fourth-worst first-basket rate. That’s why you must give Mitchell Robinson the advantage to help New York gain the first possession. Jalen Brunson is leading the team in first-shot attempts, and this is an excellent matchup against Charlotte, who have struggled against defending guards this year.

Pick: Jalen Brunson (+600)

Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets

The Rockets are one of the hottest teams in the league, and their legitimacy will be tested as they go against the reigning champs. Alperen Sengun has been great at the opening tip with a 66.7% win rate, and going against Nikola Jokic, he has a large advantage as he comes with just a 33.3% win rate. Jalen Green leads the team in first shot attempts, along with two first baskets. He also won’t face Jamal Murray as he deals with a calf strain.

Pick: Jalen Green (+550)

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