NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Target Cavaliers Duo vs. Clippers (November 7)
David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Donovan Mitchell
- There are 15 games on the NBA schedule tonight but NBA First Basket is waiting until the very last tip to bet his first scoring props.
- Cavaliers vs. Clippers is the game that has piqued his interest and a pair of Cavs starters show value in the matchup.
- You can find his betting picks for tonight's matchup below.
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Donovan Mitchell | Evan Mobley
|Prop||Mitchell 1st Basket +650 | Mobley 1st FG +800|
|Matchup||Cavaliers vs. Clippers|
|Time||10:30 p.m. ET|
||FanDuel | BetRivers|
The Los Angeles Clippers host the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of a jam-packed Monday night schedule in the NBA. Jarrett Allen (66% opening-tip win rate) will be jumping at center against Ivica Zubac (35% win rate). These two faced off against each other once last year, with Zubac winning the tip.
The Cavs were above-average at scoring first last season, converting the first points 56% of the time. They have not continued that trend this season, as they are converting the first points just 33% of the time.
The Clippers scored first at a rate of 50% last season, but have really struggled to score first this season, as they have only done so in one of their 10 games (tied for last in the league with the Detroit Pistons).
Both teams are extremely inefficient — averaging more than 2.5 field goal attempts to make their first field goal this season. More importantly, the Clippers have been unsuccessful at scoring first as they are allowing the opposing team to score the first field goal after just 1.6 field goal attempts.
The Cavaliers scored first in one of the two matchups last season with the Clippers. In both games, Evan Mobley scored the first team field goal for the Cavs. Mobley is coming off his worst game of the season, having scored just four points in Sunday’s contest versus the Lakers. For that reason I like the Cavs to get him involved early in the game tonight.
Donovan Mitchell has been the leading scorer for the Cavs this season and has also been involved early in most games this season. Mitchell has shot first in four of nine games for the Cavs and has scored the first team field goal in two of them.
- Mitchell first basket +650; play down to +450
- Mobley first field goal +800; play down to +550
Cavaliers vs. Clippers First Basket Data
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