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NBA First Basket Prop Bets & Predictions Today – March 28, 2023: Back Thunder to Score First

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OddsJam’s NBA betting expert is here with his top first basket prediction for today’s slate of NBA action.

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Charlotte Hornets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder First Basket Pick

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On Tuesday night, the 25-51 Hornets are taking on the surprisingly good 37-38 Thunder in Oklahoma City.

While neither team has been particularly good at hitting the first basket this year, the Thunder are significantly closer to average (at 48.6% of the time) compared to the Hornets (at 45.3%) of the time.

Until recently, these numbers were closer, but the Hornets have only scored first in two of their last ten games, while the Thunder have done so in seven of their last ten.

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The stats for winning the initial tip are both rough for these squads; Charlotte wins the opening tip just over 41% of the time, while Oklahoma City does so just under 46% of the time. So the advantage here goes to the Thunder yet again.

With how much they’ve struggled recently and the likelihood that they’ll be outmatched at at least three positions on Tuesday night, I can’t go with Charlotte to score first here.

Instead, I’ll be going with the Thunder, and, in particular, I’ll be going with Jalen Williams, as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander may be missing Tuesday’s game and Williams is their second best first basket scorer this year.

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