NBA First Basket Predictions, Odds and Value Bets Today [Sunday, 5/19/2024]

NBA First Basket Predictions, Odds and Value Bets Today [Sunday, 5/19/2024]

Another exciting day of NBA Playoffs basketball is on the cards, and we've run thousands of simulations to find the most reliable NBA first basket predictions and odds for Sunday, May 19, 2024.

Sunday's NBA Playoffs action is set to showcase players such as Jalen Brunson, Anthony Edwards and Nikola Jokic, each with a high chance of scoring the first basket when they take to the court.

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

This article will provide you with a list of players that our basketball model has identified as NBA first basket value bets for today's action, as well as the players who are most likely to score the first basket on May 19.

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Who Will Score the First Basket Tonight: May 19, 2024

Thanks to simulating each one of Sunday's NBA games 10,000 times each, Dimers has determined the 10 players most likely to score the first basket in their respective games.

Player (Team) First Basket Probability
Jalen Brunson (Knicks) 17.8%
Anthony Edwards (Timberwolves) 15.3%
Nikola Jokic (Nuggets) 15.2%
Pascal Siakam (Pacers) 12.5%
Tyrese Haliburton (Pacers) 12.2%
Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves) 12.0%
Jamal Murray (Nuggets) 11.8%
Myles Turner (Pacers) 10.8%
Aaron Gordon (Nuggets) 9.6%
Donte DiVincenzo (Knicks) 9.5%

According to our data-driven analysis, the most likely NBA player to score the first basket tonight is Jalen Brunson, with a probability of 17.8%.

Additionally, the players with the next highest likelihood of cashing your first basket bets are Anthony Edwards, with a 15.3% probability, and Nikola Jokic, with a 15.2% probability. Remember, although this list shows the players most likely to score the first basket on Sunday, it does not always indicate they are recommended bets according to our predictive analytics model.

To increase your chances of winning when betting on NBA props, it's important to look out for the best odds available.

Best First Basket Picks Today: Sunday 5/19/2024

Having simulated the result of today's NBA Playoffs action thousands of times, our independent predictive analytics model, DimersBOT, has found the best NBA first basket betting picks for Sunday.

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1. Tyrese Haliburton To Score First Basket (+1000)

Our model has identified the best NBA first basket bet for today, which is in the game between the Pacers and Knicks. The bet is on Tyrese Haliburton (IND) at odds of +1000 with FanDuel Sportsbook, and our model has found an edge of 3.1%.

The next two recommended bets are for Anthony Edwards (1.0% edge) to score first in the Timberwolves vs. Nuggets game and Jalen Brunson (0.6%) to score the first basket in the Pacers vs. Knicks matchup.

2. Anthony Edwards To Score First Basket (+600)

The next best NBA first basket bet for today comes in the Timberwolves vs. Nuggets game, where our model has found an edge of 1.0% on Anthony Edwards (MIN) at odds of +600 with FanDuel Sportsbook.

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3. Jalen Brunson To Score First Basket (+480)

Our next NBA first basket bet today comes in the Pacers vs. Knicks game, where our model has found an edge of 0.6% on Jalen Brunson (NYK) at odds of +480 with FanDuel Sportsbook.

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4. Pascal Siakam To Score First Basket (+700)

The next best first basket bet for today's NBA action comes in the Pacers vs. Knicks game, where our model has found an edge of 0.0% on Pascal Siakam (IND) at odds of +700 with FanDuel Sportsbook.

Today's NBA Games

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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.

Today's NBA First Basket Picks: May 19, 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 May 19, 2024, and automation assists in data collection, analysis, and formatting. Human editing and quality control is performed to ensure the content meets our editorial guidelines.

All of Dimers' NBA first basket picks and predictions for Sunday, May 19, have been generated thanks to thousands of data-driven game simulations, giving you reliable and accurate NBA predictions to help you make informed decisions.

If you plan to use today's NBA first basket picks for your personal gambling, it's important that you practice responsible gambling and manage your finances effectively. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.

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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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