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Dillon Brooks & Desmond Bane
|Props||Dillon Brooks +490; Desmond Bane & Memphis win +650|
|Matchup||Grizzlies vs. T’Wolves|
|Time||8:30 p.m. ET|
The Timberwolves take on the Grizzlies on Tuesday night in what feels like a must-win for Memphis. Steven Adams has won 79% of all opening tip-offs this year and has won all four tips versus Karl-Anthony Towns (won 51% of opening-tips this year).
The Grizzlies score first 59% of the time (third in the league) but score first 72% of the time when they win the opening tip-off.
Minnesota gives up first baskets to opposing centers in 31% of games. We could look at Steven Adams for Memphis, but it is tough to trust a guy averaging fewer than 4.0 points a game against Minnesota this year.
Adams didn’t even attempt a shot in Game 1 of the series.
It makes more sense to focus on Dillon Brooks. He only started 32 games this season, but he has scored the first team field goal for Memphis 47% of the time and cashed the first game field goal 38% of the time.
Both of those percentages are No. 1 in the league for players starting more than 30 games this season.
I’m also throwing a small play on a first basket / winner parlay on Desmond Bane and Memphis.
- Dillon Brooks +490, risk .75 units (FanDuel)
- Desmond Bane and Grizzlies to win parlay +650, risk .25 units (FanDuel)
Grizzlies-T’Wolves First Basket Data
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