NBA First Basket Predictions, Odds and Value Bets Today: Timberwolves vs. Mavericks Game 1 [2024]

NBA First Basket Predictions, Odds and Value Bets Today: Timberwolves vs. Mavericks Game 1 [2024]

Another big day of NBA Playoffs basketball is on the cards, and we've run thousands of Timberwolves vs. Mavericks Game 1 simulations to find the most reliable NBA first basket predictions and odds for Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

Wednesday's NBA Western Conference Finals Game 1 between the Wolves and Mavs is set to feature players such as Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns and Luka Doncic, each with a high probability of scoring the first basket when they take to the court.

NBA first basket props are one of the most popular options for sports bettors to wager on, and by using Wednesday's data-backed NBA predictions below, you can gain an advantage 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 have the highest likelihood of scoring the first basket on May 22.

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Who Will Score the First Basket Tonight: May 22, 2024

With Game 1 of the Western Conference finals between Minnesota and Dallas scheduled tonight, DimersBOT has provided the probabiliy of each of the 10 expected starters opening the scoring.

Player (Team) First Basket Probability
Anthony Edwards (Timberwolves) 14.5%
Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves) 12.6%
Luka Doncic (Mavericks) 12.5%
Kyrie Irving (Mavericks) 10.9%
Daniel Gafford (Mavericks) 9.4%
P.J. Washington (Mavericks) 8.6%
Jaden McDaniels (Timberwolves) 8.2%
Mike Conley (Timberwolves) 7.3%
Rudy Gobert (Timberwolves) 7.3%

According to our data-driven analysis, the most likely NBA player to score the first basket tonight is Anthony Edwards, with a probability of 14.5%.

Additionally, the players with the next highest likelihood of scoring the first basket today are Karl-Anthony Towns, with a 12.6% probability, and Luka Doncic, with a 12.5% probability. Keep in mind that this list only shows the players most likely to score the first basket on Wednesday, which does not necessarily mean that DimersBOT 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.

Best First Basket Picks Tonight: Timberwolves vs. Mavericks Game 1

After simulating the outcome of today's Timberwolves vs. Mavericks Game 1, our predictive model has discovered the best NBA first basket bet for you to make on Wednesday.

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1. Kyrie Irving To Score First Basket (+900)

Our model has identified the best NBA first basket bet for Wednesday, which is in the game between the Mavericks and Timberwolves. The bet is on Kyrie Irving (DAL) at odds of +900 with FanDuel Sportsbook, and our model has found an edge of 0.9%.

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Today's NBA First Basket Picks: May 22, 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 22, 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 Wednesday, May 22, are based on rigorous data-driven game simulations, providing reliable and accurate NBA predictions to help you make informed decisions.

If you use today's NBA first basket predictions for sports betting, it's vital that you practice responsible gambling and manage your bankroll 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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