NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Back Nikola Jokic & More in Suns vs Nuggets

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Via Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images. Pictured: Nikola Jokic #15 and Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets look on during Game One of the Western Conference Semi-Finals of the 2023 NBA Playoffs against the Phoenix Suns on April 29, 2023 at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.

  • The Nuggets host the Suns in Game 2 after Denver dominated the opening matchup of this series in an 18-point home win.
  • NBA First Basket breaks down his top picks for first basket/FG scorer in this game as one side has dominated the first baskets in the Nuggets-Suns series history.
  • Find NBA First Basket's picks and analysis below.

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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray

OddsJokic (+500) / Murray (+750)
Time10 p.m. ET
Book DraftKings, FanDuel

The Denver Nuggets host the Phoenix Suns in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Monday night. Nikola Jokic (50% opening tip win rate) will jump against Deandre Ayton (71% win rate) for the opening tip-off. Jokic has won all four opening tip-offs versus Ayton over the past two seasons.  In Game 1, Jokic won the tip due to a rules violation, but Ayton appeared to control the tip. Even the announcers were confused on this ruling.

In the five games between these teams this season, the Nuggets scored first four times. Jokic, Jamal Murray, Aaron Gordon and Reggie Jackson each cashed first-basket tickets for the Nuggets while Devin Booker cashed a first-basket ticket for the Suns in Game 1 off of a goaltending call.

The Nuggets cruised to an easy 18-point victory to start this series on Saturday thanks to the offensive outburst from Murray, Jokic and Gordon. Expect Game 2 to be more competitive, but I like Denver to come out hot to start the game. I'll go with Jokic and Murray tonight for a first basket.

The Pick: Jokic First Field Goal +500 (DraftKings) | Risk 0.5 Units & Play to +375 

Pick: Jamal Murray First Basket +750 | Risk 0.4 Units & Play to +600

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