NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr. Have Betting Value in Grizzlies vs. Heat (Wednesday, March 15)

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Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Jaren Jackson Jr. #13 and Desmond Bane #22 of the Memphis Grizzlies.

  • The Heat are home favorites against the Grizzlies on Wednesday night, and there's betting value available on first basket prop picks.
  • NBA First Basket breaks down why he's backing a pair of Grizzlies to score the first basket.
  • Find NBA First Basket's picks and analysis below.

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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr.

OddsBane (+700) I Jackson (+500)
Time7:30 p.m. ET
Book FanDuel

Wednesday night's slate of games is full of tough matchups for first basket markets. I'll focus on the Memphis Grizzlies as they head south to take on the Miami Heat.

Jaren Jackson Jr. (72% opening tip win rate) will square off against Bam Adebayo (58% win rate) on the opening tip-off. This is a pretty even matchup, but I'll lean toward Jackson and Memphis to control the tip.

With Steven Adams' continued absence for the Grizzlies, Xavier Tillman has caught fire and scored the first team basket in five of the past 10 games for Memphis. Unfortunately, his odds have slipped from the +1400 range down to +650 for this one.

In the current lineup, Dillon Brooks takes the first shot the most frequently, but Desmond Bane and Jackson have been more effective at cashing first baskets.

The Heat have given up first baskets to opposing centers or shooting guards in 52% of games on the season. Lately, shooting guards have lit up the Heat in early possessions, scoring the first opposing basket in seven of the past 12 games.

We are getting Bane at some pretty solid odds tonight. I'll take him and add in Jackson thinking one of them will get the first basket.

Pick: Desmond Bane +700 — Down to +550 (0.5 units)


Pick: Jaren Jackson +500 — Down to +400 (0.5 units)


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