NBA First Basket Props & Picks: Bet Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl in Pacers vs. Raptors (March 22)

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John Fisher/Getty Images. Pictured: Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors.

  • Tonight's NBA slate has a ton of games with direct implications on the standings.
  • While Pacers vs. Raptors isn't quite up there with the rest, it does have value for first scorer bettors.
  • NBA First Basket details how he's betting two Raptors and breaks down their odds below.

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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Jakob Poeltl, Pascal Siakam

OddsPoeltl (+750) I Siakam (+330)
Time7:30 p.m. ET
Book FanDuel

The Indiana Pacers travel north to take on the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night. Myles Turner (33% opening tip win rate) will square off against Jakob Poeltl (47% win rate) on the opening tip-off.  Poeltl has won his only tip against Turner over the past two seasons and I expect Toronto to control the tip on Wednesday.

The Raptors have performed well in early possessions this season, scoring first in 58% of games. The Pacers on the other hand, have scored first in only 35% of games.

In two matchups this season, Gary Trent and Pascal Siakam have each cashed a first basket bet via free throws against the Pacers. Myles Turner scored first for the Pacers in each game.

The Pacers allow first baskets most frequently to centers, power forwards and small forwards. Scottie Barnes is questionable for this game with an injury.

Siakam and O.G. Anunoby each take the first shot in about 31% of games started, but Siakam is much more effective, scoring the first team field goal in 40% of games started and cashing a first basket ticket in 23% of games.

Given the trends and tendencies of both teams, I'll take Poeltl and pair him with Siakam tonight. Free throw options are important here, so I would play this on FanDuel or possibly Caesars since free throws are included.

Pick: Poeltl +850 — Play down to +650 (0.4 units)

Pick: Siakam +350 — Play down to +300 (0.7 units)

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