Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Kristaps Porzingis of the Washington Wizards.
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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Kyle Kuzma & Kristaps Porzingis
|Kuzma (+850) · Porzingis (+370)
|7 p.m. ET
The Washington Wizards host the Atlanta Hawks Friday night in a rematch of Wednesday’s contest.
Kristaps Porzingis (75% opening tip win rate) will square off against Clint Capela (44% win rate) on the opening tip-off. These two have faced each other on five tip-offs over the past three seasons, with Porzingis winning the first four and Capela winning the tip on Wednesday. Despite the results from the most recent game, I think Porzingis will once again win the tip-off tonight.
The Wizards are the most efficient team in the league at scoring first this season, averaging 1.8 shots to make their first field goal. Bradley Beal, Kyle Kuzma and Porzingis lead the team in taking the first shot and cashing the first basket.
In two games between the Wizards and Hawks this season, Atlanta won both tips (Daniel Gafford jumped in the first game for Washington) with De’Andre Hunter and Trae Young cashing first baskets.
Kuzma and Beal scored the first team field goal for the Wizards.
Porzingis was unstoppable in Wednesday’s game, scoring a season-high 43 points against the Hawks. I like Porzingis or Kuzma to score first tonight.
- Porzingis 1st Basket +370 (Play to +300 · 0.75 Units)
- Kuzma 1st Basket +850 (Play to +650 · 0.5 Units)
Hawks vs. Wizards First Basket Prop Data
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