Best NBA First Basket Props Odds & Picks for Friday May 13 (2022)

May 13, 2022 - 10:29 AM

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)


Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks

With Robert Willams missing Games 4 & 5 with a knee injury, it’s been Al Horford taking the opening tip against Brooks Lopez. Williams is questionable to play in Game 6, and I would believe with the knee issue, they will keep him out of the tip-off. Lopez has four tip-off wins in the series and should get the ball for the Bucks to start this game.

The Celtics scored first in 64% of their games during the regular season, which led the league, while the Bucks scored 52%. Boston also has scored the first basketball in six of the nine head-to-head matchups with Milwaukee this year.

Grayson Allen has cashed in the first basket in the last two games, but other than that, he’s had no impact. The Celtics have allowed the most first baskets to the power forward, which is where Giannis has been playing throughout the series. He’ll get the Bucks on the board to start the game.

First basket: Giannis Antetokounmpo +410

Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies

In the previous two games, it was Jonathan Kuminga vs. Steven Adams in the opening tip-off, with Adams getting the win in both.

The Warriors are one of the best first scoring teams in the league, as they hit the first bucket in 60% of their games in the regular season. 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.

Tyus Jones has stepped in as point guard for Ja Morant, and they moved the ball well in that initial possession that led to the Jaren Jackson short-range basket.

The Grizzles have done well in the paint during this series, and Golden State is allowing the most first baskets to centers and forwards. Steve Adams already has a first basket in this series, and he’ll get his second tonight.

First basket: Steve Adams +950


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