Tyrese Haliburton Presents Value To Score First Basket in Celtics vs. Pacers Game 2 [2024]

Tyrese Haliburton Presents Value To Score First Basket in Celtics vs. Pacers Game 2 [2024]

Another exciting day of NBA Playoffs basketball is on the menu, and we've run thousands of Celtics vs. Pacers Game 2 simulations to find the best NBA first basket predictions and odds for Thursday, May 23, 2024.

Thursday's NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 between the Celts and Pacers is set to feature big names such as Jaylen Brown, Pascal Siakam and Tyrese Haliburton, each with a high chance of opening the scoring when they take to the court.

NBA first basket props have become one of the most popular options for sports bettors to wager on, and by using Thursday'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 are most likely to score the first basket on May 23.

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Who Will Score the First Basket Tonight: May 23, 2024

With Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals between Boston and Indiana scheduled tonight, DimersBOT has provided the probabiliy of each of the 10 projected starters scoring first.

Player (Team)First Basket Probability
Jaylen Brown (Celtics)14.8%
Pascal Siakam (Pacers)12.9%
Tyrese Haliburton (Pacers)11.8%
Jayson Tatum (Celtics)11.4%
Derrick White (Celtics)10.2%
Myles Turner (Pacers)9.7%
Andrew Nembhard (Pacers)8.8%
Jrue Holiday (Celtics)6.9%
Aaron Nesmith (Pacers)6.8%
Al Horford (Celtics)6.6%

According to our data-driven analysis, the most likely NBA player to score the first basket tonight is Jaylen Brown, with a probability of 14.8%.

Additionally, the players with the next highest likelihood of scoring the first basket today are Pascal Siakam, with a 12.9% probability, and Tyrese Haliburton, with a 11.8% probability. Keep in mind that this list only shows the players most likely to score the first basket on Thursday, which does not always mean that our model, DimersBOT, recommends betting on them.

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

Best First Basket Picks Tonight: Celtics vs. Pacers Game 2

After simulating the outcome of today's Celtics vs. Pacers Game 2, our predictive model has discovered the best NBA first basket bets for you to make on Thursday.

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1. Tyrese Haliburton To Score First Basket (+1200)

Our model has identified the best NBA first basket bet for Thursday, which is in the game between the Pacers and Celtics. The bet is on Tyrese Haliburton (IND) at odds of +1200 with FanDuel Sportsbook, and our model has found an edge of 4.2%.

The next two recommended bets are on Derrick White and Pascal Siakam to score the opening basket in Pacers vs. Celtics, which each providing an edge for bettors.

2. Derrick White To Score First Basket (+1100)

The next best NBA first basket bet for Thursday also comes in the Pacers vs. Celtics game, where our model has found an edge of 1.9% on Derrick White (BOS) at odds of +1100 with FanDuel Sportsbook.

3. Pascal Siakam To Score First Basket (+750)

Our next NBA first basket bet today comes in the Pacers vs. Celtics game, where our model has found an edge of 1.2% on Pascal Siakam (IND) at odds of +750 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.

Today's NBA First Basket Picks: May 23, 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 23, 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 predictions for Thursday, May 23, are made after thousands of data-driven game simulations, giving you 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 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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