Mavericks vs. Warriors Game 3 Best NBA First Basket Props Odds & Picks (5/22)

May 22, 2022 - 4:41 PM

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 was Dwight Powell vs. Kevon Looney in Game 2 of the tip-off, with Looney helping the Mavericks gain possession. Both teams have been awful at gaining the initial possession during the playoffs — Powell is now just 5-for-12 while Looney is 2-for-7. It’s still likely a toss-up, pun intended, but continue to give Powell the advantage.

Dallas has been above average by hitting  54% of their game’s first baskets, while the Warriors are way worse at just 37%. With Dallas’ better chances of gaining the first possession and better first basket percentage, there’s a great chance someone on the Mavericks is getting the first points.

Luka Doncic comes into this game having made five of the last 12 first baskets for the Mavericks, including Game 7 in the last round and in Game 2. He leads the team by attempting the first field goal in 30% of their games, and down 0-2, the Mavs need a spark at home. Who better to do it than their leader?

First basket: Luka Doncic +380


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