NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Bet Nikola Vucevic, Patrick Williams in Hawks vs. Bulls (January 23)

NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Bet Nikola Vucevic, Patrick Williams in Hawks vs. Bulls (January 23) article feature image

Michael Reaves/Getty Images. Pictured: Nikola Vucevic #9 and Patrick Williams #44 of the Chicago Bulls.

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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Nikola Vucevic, Patrick Williams

OddsVucevic (+500) I Williams (+800)
Time8 p.m. ET
Book FanDuel | Barstool

The Chicago Bulls will host the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. Nikola Vucevic (33% opening tip win rate) will be facing off against Clint Capela (45% win rate) on the opening tip. Vucevic has won four of five opening tip-offs vs Capela over the past two seasons. I like the Bulls to win the tip and score first tonight.

Patrick Williams and Vucevic dominate early possessions for the Bulls, having taken the first shot in 39% and 22% of games started respectively this season. This lines up well with this Hawks team that allows the opposing center or power forward to score their opponents first basket in 53% of games.

These teams played each other twice in December, with Williams cashing a first basket in the first game and Vucevic cashing a first basket in the second game. I don't think free throws should come into play for either player, so be sure to search for the best odds across the market on Action Network's props page.

Pick: Williams +800, 0.3 units — play down to +600 (Barstool)

Pick: Vucevic +500, 0.7 units — play down to +400

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