Luka Doncic Most Likely to Score First Basket in Mavericks vs. Celtics Game 2 [2024]

Luka Doncic Most Likely to Score First Basket in Mavericks vs. Celtics Game 2 [2024]

Another exciting day of NBA Finals action is on the cards, and we've run thousands of Game 2 simulations to find the most reliable NBA first basket predictions and odds for Sunday, June 9, 2024.

Sunday's NBA Finals Game 2 is set to showcase big names such as Jaylen Brown, Luka Doncic and Jayson Tatum, each with a high probability of opening the scoring in tonight's matchup.

NBA first basket props have become one of the more popular betting options for NBA bettors, and by using Sunday's data-driven NBA predictions below, you can gain an edge over other bettors.

This article provides a list of players our analytics model has identified as NBA first basket value bets for Mavericks vs. Celtics Game 2, as well as the players who are most likely to score the first basket in the matchup.

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Who Will Score the First NBA Basket Tonight: June 9, 2024

With Game 2 of the NBA Finals between Boston and Dallas set to go down tonight, here are the probabilities for each of the 10 expected starters to score first:

Player (Team) First Basket Probability
Jaylen Brown (Celtics) 14.1%
Luka Doncic (Mavericks) 13.6%
Jayson Tatum (Celtics) 12.6%
Kyrie Irving (Mavericks) 11.8%
Daniel Gafford (Mavericks) 10.8%
Jrue Holiday (Celtics) 8.2%
Derrick White (Celtics) 8.1%
P.J. Washington (Mavericks) 7.2%
Al Horford (Celtics) 7.0%

According to our data-driven analysis, the most likely NBA player to score the first basket today is Jaylen Brown, with a probability of 14.1%.

Following him, the players with the next highest likelihood of scoring the first basket today are Luka Doncic at 13.6% and Jayson Tatum at 12.6%. Keep in mind that this list only shows the players with the highest probability of scoring the first basket on Sunday, which does not necessarily mean that our model recommends betting on them.

To increase your chances of winning when betting on NBA props, it's important to keep an eye on favorable odds.

Jaylen Brown scoring a dunk.
Jaylen Brown is one of the most likely players to score the first basket in Game 2 of the 2024 NBA Finals.

Best NBA First Basket Picks Tonight: NBA Finals Game 2

Having simulated the result of today's Mavericks vs. Celtics Game 2, our predictive model has generated the best NBA first basket betting picks for Sunday.

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1. Daniel Gafford To Score First Basket

Our model has identified the best NBA first basket bet for Game 2 between the Mavericks and Celtics. The bet is on Daniel Gafford (DAL) at odds of +900 with FanDuel Sportsbook, and our model has found an edge of 0.8%.

2. Kyrie Irving To Score First Basket

The next best NBA first basket bet for Sunday's Mavericks vs. Celtics Finals game is the result of our model finding an edge of 0.7% on Kyrie Irving (DAL) at odds of +800 with FanDuel Sportsbook.

Understanding Betting Edge

At Dimers, an "edge" in betting signifies our belief that an event's probability is higher than the best available NBA odds suggest. A higher betting edge indicates a greater likelihood of success. However, it's essential to remember that no bet is guaranteed, and responsible gambling practices are crucial for long-term success.

Tonight's NBA First Basket Picks: June 9, 2024

This NBA first basket article has been partially generated using automated processes and AI technology. Our goal is to provide timely and accurate updates on NBA first basket picks for June 9, 2024, and automation assists in data collection, analysis, and formatting. Human editing and quality control is performed to ensure the content meets our editorial standards.

All of Dimers' NBA first basket picks and predictions for Sunday, June 9, are the result of rigorous data-driven game simulations, giving you reliable and accurate NBA predictions to help you make informed decisions.

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Jason Bevilacqua has a deep-rooted passion for sports and has been actively involved in sports betting for many years. Specializing in the MLB, NHL, NBA, MLS, and NFL, Jason delivers engaging game previews across these leagues. His expertise is particularly evident in his best bets for MLB, NHL, and college basketball. Additionally, Jason contributes valuable MLB and NFL props, as well as NBA first basket plays. 

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