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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Bet Franz Wagner, Wendell Carter Jr. in Pacers vs. Magic (January 25)

NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Bet Franz Wagner, Wendell Carter Jr. in Pacers vs. Magic (January 25) article feature image
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Julio Aguilar/Getty Images. Pictured: Wendell Carter Jr. #34 and Franz Wagner #22 of the Orlando Magic.

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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Franz Wagner | Wendell Carter Jr.

Odds Wagner (+800) | Carter Jr. (+450)
Time 7 p.m. ET
Book  FanDuel

The Indiana Pacers travel south to Orlando to face the Magic Wednesday on the second night of a back-to-back. Myles Turner (43% opening tip win rate) will face off against Wendell Carter Jr. (67% win rate) for the opening tip-off. These centers have no history over the past two seasons, but I expect Orlando to win the tip-off.

Orlando has scored first in 55% of its games this season while the Pacers rank near the bottom of the league, having scored first in just 33% of games. The Pacers are trending even worse in the month of January, as they have only scored first in two of twelve games.


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The Pacers allow opposing centers or small forwards to score first in 54% of games. That matches up well for the Magic. Carter Jr. has been on fire in early possessions over the past 10 games, scoring the first team points for Orlando in six of those games. In the 25 games Carter Jr. has started this season, he has scored the first Orlando points 44% of the time.

Pick: Franz Wagner +800 (down to +600, 0.4 units)


Pick: Carter Jr. +450 (down to +375, 0.8 units)


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