NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Bet Steven Adams, Jaren Jackson Jr. to Score in Grizzlies vs. Hornets (January 4)

NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Bet Steven Adams, Jaren Jackson Jr. to Score in Grizzlies vs. Hornets (January 4) article feature image

Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Steven Adams #4 and Jaren Jackson Jr. #13 of the Memphis Grizzlies.

  • The Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Hornets will face off in the Queen City Wednesday.
  • The Grizzlies, one of the best in the league at first baskets, have two players showing betting value for tonight's tilt.
  • Read on for NBA First Basket's prop pick for Grizzlies vs. Hornets.

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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams

OddsJackson (+600) I Adams (+750)
Time7 p.m. ET
Book FanDuel | Caesars

The Memphis Grizzlies make the short short trip East to Charlotte to take on the Hornets on Wednesday night. Steven Adams (73% opening-tip win rate) will be jumping at center against Mason Plumlee (42% win rate). Adams has won all three of his opening tips against Plumlee over the past two seasons.

Memphis has scored first a league-leading 75% of the time this season. The Hornets are a bit below average, having scored first 47% of games this season.

The Hornets have given up the first opposing basket to the center or power forward in 64% of their games. That is down a bit the past few weeks as they have given up  first baskets to opposing backcourt (shooting guard and point guard) in eight of the past 10 games.

These teams played each other once in November, with Steven Adams scoring first on a layup. Despite the recent trends for Hornets opponents, I like Memphis to go in the paint on the first possession looking for a high percentage shot. I'll take Jackson Jr. and Adams to score first.

Pick: Jaren Jackson Jr. (+600 down to +400, 0.6 units)

Pick: Steven Adams (+750 down to +550, 0.4 units at Caesars)

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