Some people like to sweat out a bet for 48 hard minutes – others like immediate satisfaction. Count us as being in the latter, which is why we like to get down with NBA first FG props. And we’ve decided to pass that knowledge on to you with our first FG bets for January 15. Go here for NBA Championship odds.
Of course, there are plenty out there taking blind guesses at this stuff. It’s easy to pick the most popular player or look at what happened in the last game. However, we spent the time pouring through the analytics to make sure that we give you the best odds to stay in the green on these first FG props for January 15.
Come check out what we have cooked up for this slate of games.
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NBA First FG Props – January 15
Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets
Tipoff – 7:30 pm EST
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, New York
Broadcast – NBA League Pass
The Heat are hot on the first bucket right now. Part of that is that they have the league at grabbing the opening tip. Bam Adebayo gets 83.3% of all tips, which is number one for anyone with at least 10 attempts. The other reason they’re hot right now is that they keep playing teams who are terrible on the first field goal. The Nets are league average on the tip and 24th in the league in the first bucket. Should be enough to keep the Heat rolling.
I’ve been white hot in calling the Heat as of late. Just over the weekend I hit Nikola Jovic (+900) and Jamie Jaquez Jr. (+750). The pattern is really clear – the Heat grab the first bucket on the heels of an outisde shooter. While the longshot, fill-ins for injured players got the last couple, I like Tyler Herro in this one. He’s been active early and should get on the board here.
First FG Bet for January 15: Tyler Herro (TBD)
Indiana Pacers vs. Utah Jazz
Tipoff – 9:00 pm EST
Delta Center – Salt Lake City, Utah
Broadcast – NBA League Pass
The Pacers haven’t been the best in the league on the early stats. They have won both the tip and first buckets at a 47,5% clip. However, they – like the Heat – have a really easy task at hand. The Jazz are dead last in the NBA in first buckets, as the only team under 30%. They’re all the way up to 28th when it comes to tipoffs, and that should still leave a wide margin for the Pacers to win.
The last five players to score a first bucket against the Jazz have all been guards. So while Myles Turner has been hot for the Pacers as of late, I’m going to look to the back-court for a play here. Andrew Nembhard came terribly close to the first field goal last time when he got called for charging. Let’s go with a reversal of that fortune here.
First FG Bet for January 15: Andrew Nembhard (TBD)
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