NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Back Jayson Tatum, Derrick White in Heat vs Celtics (May 25)

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Pictured: Jayson Tatum and Derrick White. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

  • The Boston Celtics host the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday Night.
  • NBA First Basket is backing Boston to score first and has a play on a pair of Celtics.
  • Continue reading for NBA First Basket's picks for Heat vs. Celtics Game 5.

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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Jayson Tatum, Derrick White

OddsJayson Tatum +390, Derrick White +1100
Time8:30 p.m. ET
Book FanDuel, BetMGM

Heat vs. Celtics First Basket Prop Data

The Boston Celtics will host Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday night against the Miami Heat. Al Horford (42% opening tip win rate) will go up against Bam Adebayo (54% win rate) for the opening tip-off. Horford has won three of five opening tips versus Adebayo this season.

These teams have played each other eight times this season and Boston has scored first in five of those games. Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart and Horford have all cashed first basket tickets for the Celtics, while Adebayo (twice) and Kevin Love have cashed first baskets for the Heat.

I like Boston to score first in this one. Tatum seems highly likely to get an early shot off for the Celtics. Tatum and Brown have each scored the first team field goal for the Celtics six times in Boston's 17 postseason games. Tatum has been the more effective player, so I'll back him Thursday night and I'll pair him with White.

The Picks:

BetMGM: Derrick White 1st Field Goal (+1100) | Risk 0.25 Units, Play to +850

FanDuel: Jayson Tatum 1st Basket (+390) | Risk 0.75 Units, Play to +360

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