Best NBA First Basket Scorer Prop Bets for Today 3/18: Barrett gets the Knicks going
After hitting 2 of my 3 first basket scorer props at +280 and +600 odds yesterday, lets look to continue the run with another 2 selections today. There is just one nationally televised game with the Golden State Warriors taking on the Memphis Grizzlies on NBA TV. The rivalry will continue between Draymond Green and Dillon Brooks, which should certainly be entertaining.
Take a look at my NBA first-basket scorer props for Saturday below and remember to check out the rest of today’s NBA picks too.
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Nuggets vs Knicks first basket best bet: RJ Barrett (+900)
Over the last 10 games, Mitchell Robinson has been winning 60% of the tip-offs for the New York Knicks. He should be able to keep his streak of successes going against a relatively unathletic center as Nikola Jokic. With the first possession, look for the Knicks to go to RJ Barrett. Over his last 10 starts, the forward has made the opening bucket for the Knicks on 4 occasions. Going up against an ineffective defender like Michael Porter Jr. tonight should help him add to his tally. Jokic is unlikely to provide much support as a held defender either. The Nuggets are in the bottom 10 in the league in defensive rating and are unlikely to get a stop from the get-go. Back Barrett to get the Knicks going tonight.
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Kings vs Wizards first basket best bet: Bradley Beal (+480)
Domantas Sabonis has been shockingly bad at winning the opening tip for the Sacramento Kings. Over the last 10 games, he has not gained his team the opening possession in any of the games. That streak is unlikely to end against 7’3” Kristaps Porzingis. Look for Bradley Beal to take over from there. He is likely to come up against Kevin Huerter tonight, who is just 16th on the Kings roster in defensive rating. Look for the Wizards to exploit that matchup from the get-go. He is makimg 48.6% of his field goals in March and should not struggle for efficiency tonight. He looks good value to make the opening bucket for the game.
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