NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Bet Jayson Tatum, Al Horford in 76ers vs Celtics Game 2

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Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Jayson Tatum (No. 0) and Al Horford (No. 42).

  • The 76ers go for a 2-0 lead over the Celtics tonight in Boston.
  • NBA First Basket is betting two Celtics to register the first points as the team plays with a sense of urgency.
  • Check out the picks and breakdown for Game 2 below.

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NBA First Basket Prop Picks: Jayson Tatum, Al Horford

OddsTatum (+440) | Horford (+800)
Time8 p.m. ET
Books FanDuel, DraftKings

The Boston Celtics host the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night after suffering a tough defeat in Game 1.

With Joel Embiid expected to miss Game 2, Al Horford (43% opening tip win rate) will face 76ers center Paul Reed (75% win rate) in the opening tipoff.  In Game 1, Horford initially won the tip, but Maxey was not in the correct location so the referees opted to redo it.  On the second tipoff, Horford oddly did not make an attempt to control the tip.

The 76ers have scored first in four of five games this season against the Celtics.  Joel Embiid (twice), Tobias Harris and James Harden have all cashed first basket tickets for Philadelphia, while Marcus Smart cashed the lone first basket for Boston.

Given the odd tipoff in Game 1 and the pressure the Celtics face heading into Game 2, I like them to score first.  Tatum put up 39 points in Game 1 and was very aggressive in getting to the free throw line. I'll pair him with Horford to get the game's first basket.

76ers vs. Celtics Picks

DraftKings First Field Goal Al Horford +800 (risk 0.3 units; play down to +650)

Pick: Jayson Tatum First Basket +440 (risk 0.5 units; play down to +375)

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