NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart First Scorer Bets for Game 6 (May 27)

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  • The Boston Celtics travel to Miami for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
  • NBA First Basket is backing a pair of Celtics to score first in Saturday night’s matchup.
  • Continue reading for his first basket prop picks and Celtics vs. Heat Game 6 analysis.

NBA First Basket will break down some of his favorite NBA plays of the day here, and will track all his bets in The Action Network app.

NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart

OddsTatum (+450) | Smart (+1300)
Time8:30 p.m. ET
Book DraftKings | FanDuel

The Eastern Conference finals returns to Miami on Saturday night where the Heat will host the Boston Celtics in Game 6. Bam Adebayo (55% opening tip win rate) will jump center against Al Horford (41% win rate) at the opening tip-off. These centers have split opening tip-offs on the season with each winning three.

These teams have played each other nine times this season and the Celtics have scored first in six of those games. Jayson Tatum (twice), Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, Marcus Smart and Horford have all cashed first basket tickets for the Celtics, while Adebayo (twice) and Kevin Love have cashed first baskets for the Heat.

The Celtics are trying to even the series and have done so by putting the ball in Tatum's hands to facilitate the offense, as he has averaged nine assists over the last two games. I like Tatum to get another chance at a first basket on Saturday. I also like what White and Smart were able to do in Game 4, with both players scoring over 20 points. Smart's odds are the highest on the team, and they appear to have some value in this game.

I like Tatum's odds on DraftKings, but that is a first field goal bet. It may be worth it to put a small amount on FanDuel's first basket exact method free throw at +3000 to protect the Tatum play.

Pick: Jayson Tatum First FG +450 — play down to +375 (risk 0.75 units)

Pick: Marcus Smart +1300 (risk 0.25 units)


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