NBA First Basket Prop: Pick Michael Porter Jr., Jamal Murray in Lakers vs Nuggets

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Pictured: Jamal Murray high fives Michael Porter Jr. (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

  • The Nuggets host the Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals and NBA First Basket has a play.
  • LeBron James scored first in Game 1, but NBA First Basket is backing a pair of Nuggets in Game 2.
  • Continue reading for his picks and analysis.

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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr.

OddsMurray (+750) . Porter Jr (+1000)
Time8:30 p.m. ET
Book FanDuel, DraftKings

The Denver Nuggets will host the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday night.  Nikola Jokic (48% opening tip win rate) will face off against Anthony Davis (59% win rate) for the opening tip-off.  Davis has won three of four opening tip-offs versus Jokic this season.

In  Game 1, we had an odd tip-off where the ball hit the floor before anyone grabbed it. Austin Reaves missed the first shot attempt, then LeBron James got the rebound and made a layup for the first basket.

At this stage of the playoffs, we are starting to see an increase in the number of shot attempts needed to make the first basket as each team has a more intense focus on the defensive end of the floor.

After Jokic's impressive stat line in Game 1, it wouldn't surprise me to see the Lakers double him more in Game 2. Jamal Murray put up the first two attempts for Denver in Game 1 and I think we'll see Murray drive the lane or Jokic get the ball low and kick it out to either Murray or Michael Porter Jr. for an open 3 to start the game.

The Pick:

FanDuel: Jamal Murray (+750) | Risk 0.4 Units, Play to +550

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DraftKings: Michael Porter Jr. (+1000) | Risk 0.3 Units, Play to +800

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