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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Bet Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby in Raptors vs. Pacers (January 2)

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Mark Blinch/Getty Images. Pictured: Pascal Siakam #43 and O.G. Anunoby #3 of the Toronto Raptors.

  • The Toronto Raptors will open the new year in Indiana for a showdown with the Pacers Monday.
  • This matchup of Eastern Conference teams features a pair of first scorer bets with value, including a parlay.
  • NBA First Basket dives into his betting analysis and picks below.

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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Pascal Siakam, O.G. Anunoby

Odds Siakam (+390) I Anunoby (+750)
Time 7 p.m. ET
Book  FanDuel

The Toronto Raptors start the new year with a trip to Indiana to face the Pacers Monday evening. Either Scottie Barnes (47% opening tip win rate) or Christian Koloko (72% win rate) will face off against Myles Turner (35% win rate) on the opening tip. Barnes has won his only tip-off against Turner and Koloko has not faced-off with Turner yet in his rookie season. Either way, I would expect the Raptors to win this tip.

When these two teams faced each other earlier in November, Gary Trent Jr. cashed the first scorer prop via free throws and Turner made the first field goal. Pascal Siakam did not play in that matchup.


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The Pacers give up opposing first baskets to the small forwards or centers 54% of the time. Toronto doesn’t really fit the mold for traditional starting positions and the players move spots frequently due to lineup changes.

I’ll take Siakam and OG Anunoby in this one. Siakam’s odds are too low, so I will pair that with an Indiana win. Indiana won 118-104 back in November vs Toronto and has a strong home record. Toronto is just 5-12 in road games this season. With the spread being Pacers -1, this bumps up the line nicely.

This will likely be a close game, so if you want to reduce risk, you can just take Siakam first basket.

Pick: Siakam/Indiana +800 (Down to +600, 0.5 units)


Pick: Anunoby +750 (Down to +550, 0.5 units)


Raptors vs. Pacers First Basket Prop Data

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