NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Target Fultz, Carter Jr. in Magic vs. Jazz

NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Target Fultz, Carter Jr. in Magic vs. Jazz article feature image

Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Wendell Carter Jr. #34 of the Orlando Magic.

  • The Orlando Magic head to Utah for a matchup with the Jazz that features two first scorer props with value.
  • NBA First Basket is targeting two Magic players: Markelle Fultz and Wendell Carter Jr.
  • Read on for the first basket odds and analysis from Magic vs. Jazz.

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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Markelle Fultz, Wendell Carter Jr.

OddsFultz (+1200) | Carter Jr. (+550)
Time9 p.m. ET
Book FanDuel | DraftKings

The Orlando Magic face the UtahJazz in Salt Lake City on Friday night.  Wendell Carter Jr. (70% opening tip win rate) will face off against Walker Kessler (43% win rate) for the opening tip. These two centers have not faced off in an opening tip-off against each other, but I expect the Magic to control the tip.

The Magic have scored first in 57% of games this season, while the Jazz are last in the league, scoring first in only 27% of games. The Jazz have allowed opposing centers to score first in 41% of games this season (most in the league). This matches up well for the Magic and Carter Jr., as he has taken the first shot in 40% of games started.

In games where I feel confident a specific team will win the tip, I typically make two selections from that team. I'll take Carter Jr. and pair him with Markelle Fultz, who has taken the first shot in 24% of the games he has started this season.

Pick: Wendell Carter Jr. +550 (down to +400 at DK) 0.7 units

Pick: Markelle Fultz +1200 (down to +800) 0.3 units

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