NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Bet Anthony Davis, D’Angelo Russell in Lakers vs Warriors

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Via Noah Graham/Getty Images. Pictured: D’Angelo Russell #1 & Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers high fives during the game during round two game four of the 2023 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2023 at Chase Center in Los Angeles, California.

  • The Lakers look to close out the Warriors tonight in San Francisco.
  • The Warriors may go small to start the game, and NBA First Basket sees an edge on the first basket scorer props because of that.
  • Find NBA First Basket's picks and analysis below.

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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Anthony Davis, D'Angelo Russell

OddsAnthony Davis (+500) / D'Angelo Russell (+950)
Time10 p.m. ET
Book DraftKings, FanDuel

The Golden State Warriors will host the Los Angeles Lakers in an elimination game for the Warriors on Wednesday night. Anthony Davis (57% opening tip win rate) will jump for the opening tip-off for the Lakers. The Warriors' lineup carousel will likely lead to Draymond Green or Kevon Looney jumping for Golden State. Green is at a significant disadvantage in an opening tip-off while Looney is fairly evenly matched with Davis.

In the eight games between these two teams this season, the Warriors have cashed five first baskets while the Lakers have converted three first baskets. Draymond Green (twice), Klay Thompson (twice) and Andrew Wiggins have converted first baskets for the Warriors while Davis (twice) and D'Angelo Russell have cashed first basket tickets for the Lakers.

I like Davis to control the opening tip-off on Wednesday night and will pair him with D'Angelo Russell to score the first basket. Russell is coming off a tough game where he shot 1-10 from the field, so they may look to get him going early. Anthony Davis has a significant size advantage over the Warriors and should be the focal point on early possessions.

Pick: Anthony Davis First Field Goal +500 (DraftKings) | Risk 0.6 Units (Play to +400)

Pick: D'Angelo Russell First Basket +950 | Risk 0.3 Units (Play to +750)


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