Nuggets vs. Suns First Basket Props: Bet Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton for First Scorer (May 5)

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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton

OddsBooker +440 / Ayton +600
Time10 p.m. ET
Book FanDuel

Game 3 of this Western Conference Semifinal series heads to Phoenix as the Suns host the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

Deandre Ayton (71% opening tip win rate) will face off against Nikola Jokic (49% win rate) for the opening tip-off. Jokic has won four of five opening tips versus Ayton over the past two seasons.

The Suns are in a tough spot as they are winless in the series and will be without Chris Paul due to a groin injury.

In the six games between these teams this season, the Nuggets scored first four times. Jokic, Jamal Murray, Aaron Gordon and Reggie Jackson each cashed first basket tickets for the Nuggets while Devin Booker cashed both for the Suns in the playoff series.

Booker has scored the first team basket for the Suns in the last five playoff games. With Paul out, the Suns stars will be pressed to be more aggressive to start the game. Ayton has also been extremely efficient in the first two games, shooting 67%.

Pick: Devin Booker 1st Basket (+440 | Play to +375); Risk 0.5 Units

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Pick: Deandre Ayton 1st Basket (+600 | Play to +425); Risk 0.5 Units


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