There aren’t many NBA games tonight, but there is no quicker way to get into the action than first-basket betting. Betting the first basket is one of the most simple bets in sports betting. Pick the player to score the first basket of the basketball game to win.
Let us look into the matchups tonight to find the best first-basket bets. Don’t blink, or you might miss it.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets
These teams have struggled early this season. Before the season started, these teams looked like they could win the championship. Now they look like they will be lucky to get into the play-in game. Tonight could be the turnaround for either team.
The Nets have looked better in their recent games. They have a new coach, and Kyrie is back. That will open up Kevin Durant more in this game. Durant is one of the best scorers in the NBA and the number-one option for the Nets early on. That gives Durant plenty of betting value tonight against Philadelphia.
First Basket: Kevin Durant (+430 FanDuel)
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Sacramento Kings
Memphis has been the better team in gaining the first possession in this matchup. That will give them an advantage since the Kings have struggled in that area. Without Ja Morant, who will Memphis rely on early on?
Dillon Brooks has consistently been a top option for the Grizzlies. With Morant out, Brooks will have the most opportunities to score. He averages 16.9 points per game, and defensively the Kings will give Brooks chances to score. That makes Brooks a value play tonight.
First Basket: Dillon Brooks (+500 FanDuel)
Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Suns have the best opportunity to get first possession. DeAndre Ayton is tall, athletic, and has experience winning the first possession. The Lakers are dealing with injuries that could limit who take the tip-off. That gives an advantage to the Suns.
Devin Booker is one of the most consistent scoring guards in the league. He averages 27.6 points per game, and the Lakers don’t have the defenders to stop him. The combination of Booker’s scoring and Ayton’s chances to win the first possession gives this bet a strong chance of happening.
First Basket: Devin Booker (+430 FanDuel)
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