Celtics vs Cavaliers Props: Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley Best Value For First Basket

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  • The Boston Celtics are looking to bounce back Monday night in Cleveland against the Cavaliers.
  • NBA First Basket sees value in two big men on the Cavs for his first scorer prop.
  • Read on for his betting analysis and pick below.

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NBA First Basket Prop Picks: Jarrett Allen & Evan Mobley

OddsAllen (+700) · Mobley (+700)
Time7 p.m. ET
Book FanDuel

The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics Monday night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Jarrett Allen (64% opening tip win rate) will square off versus Al Horford (44% win rate) on the opening tip-off. They've split tip-off wins in their two games this season.

However, Horford's opening tip win rate is sliding in the wrong direction recently, as he has lost 10 of his last 15 tip-offs. I like the Cavaliers to win the tip tonight.

These teams have played three games against each other this season. In the first game this season, Dean Wade cashed the first basket while Jayson Tatum scored the first team field goal for Boston. In both of the last two games, Horford cashed the first basket, while Allen scored the first team field goal for Cleveland.

The Celtics have allowed the center or power forward to score the first opposing team field goal in 48% of games.

Donovan Mitchell has been the leading first-basket scorer for the Cavaliers but is questionable for this game tonight due to a hand injury.

Even if Mitchell plays, I like Jarrett Allen or Evan Mobley to score first tonight. These two have averaged taking two of the first three attempts for Cleveland over the last 10 games.

The Picks:

Pick: Jarrett Allen +700 (Play to +500 · 0.5 Units)

Pick: Evan Mobley +700 (Play to +500 · 0.5 Units)


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