There are seven NBA games tonight. The quickest way to get into the action is 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.
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Tuesday’s Best First Basket Scorer Bets
Let us look into the matchups tonight to find the best first-basket bets. Do not blink, or you might miss it.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Tonight these teams battle to determine the best team in Los Angeles. Both teams are struggling with consistency at this point in the season. That includes winning the tipoff. These teams are two of the most inconsistent at winning the first possession.
The most consistent player between these two teams is Lebron James. He has been one of the most consistent players since he entered the NBA. That means he is always a value bet. Bettors can take advantage of his consistency tonight.
Bet: Lebron James (+390 FanDuel)
Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat
Boston has the highest chance of winning the first possession tonight. They have two centers that can get the tipoff. The Celtics are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA too, which means if they do not win the first opportunity to score, they can get a stop on the defensive end of the court.
The player with the highest chance to score first is Jayson Tatum. He is an MVP candidate and one of the best volume shooters in the NBA. Tatum averages 31.2 points per game and is the number one option for the Celtics. That and the Celtic’s defense means Tatum is the most likely player to score first.
Bet: Jayson Tatum (+490 FanDuel)
Dallas Mavericks vs. Washington Wizards
These two teams currently have their centers listed as out. That means anyone could win the tipoff. The key to betting on who will score first will come down to the most consistent player on the court.
That player is Luka Doncic. Doncic averages 33.6 points per game, which ties for the number-one average in the NBA. The Wizards are a middle-of-the-pack defensive team, which means Doncic will have plenty of opportunities to score tonight. That means Doncic has the most betting value tonight.
Bet: Luka Doncic (+360 FanDuel)
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