Mavericks vs. Warriors Game 1 Best NBA First Basket Props Odds & Picks (5/18)

May 18, 2022 - 11:03 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)


Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors Best NBA First Basket Props Odds & Picks

It should likely be Dwight Powell vs. Kevon Looney to kick start this series with the tip-off. Both have been awful at gaining the initial possession during the playoffs — Powell coming into the series just 4-for-10 in opening tip-off wins, while Kevon Looney is 1-for-5. Jonathan Kuminga has also taken tip-offs for the Warriors during the playoffs, but he hasn’t done well as he’s 0-for-3. Powell’s slightly better success will help him.

Dallas has been very good at getting the first basket as they’ve done it in 53% of their games, while the Warriors are way worse at just 38%. We need to give Dallas the advantage that they hit the first shot.

Luka Doncic is coming into this series with so much confidence and swagger as he went for 35 in the Game 7 123-90 blowout against the defending Western Conference champs. He also hit the first basket in that game. Doncic is leading the team by attempting the first field goal in 30% of their games and comes in hitting four of their last ten first baskets. Look for Luka to start this series with the first points.

First basket: Luka Doncic +4o0


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