NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Bet Joel Embiid, James Harden in Nets vs. 76ers Game 2 (April 17)

NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Bet Joel Embiid, James Harden in Nets vs. 76ers Game 2 (April 17) article feature image

Mitchell Leff/Getty Images. Pictured: James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates with Joel Embiid #21.

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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Joel Embiid, James Harden

OddsJoel Embiid (+370) | James Harden (+850)
Time7:30 p.m. ET
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The Philadelphia 76ers host the Brooklyn Nets for Game 2 of their first round series on Monday night. Joel Embiid (55% opening tip win rate) will go up against Nic Claxton (50% win rate) for the opening tip-off. Embiid has won three of five opening tip-offs versus Claxton over the past two seasons.

In the first game of the series, Embiid controlled the tip and made the first basket on a putback layup. In the four games between the teams in the regular season, each team cashed two first baskets as Claxton, De’Anthony Melton, Embiid and Patty Mills all made first baskets.

Game 1 saw the 76ers dominate the Nets, winning by 20 points and Embiid, Tobias Harris and James Harden combined for 70 points. I like Embiid to score first as opposing centers have scored the first team field goal versus the Nets in eight of the last 12 games. I also like the aggressiveness of Harden in game one, so I'll play both to score the first field goal on Monday.

The Picks:First Field Goal – Joel Embiid +370 risk 0.8 units; play down to +275 | First Field Goal – James Harden +850 risk 0.3 units; play down to +700

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