NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Bet Nikola Jokic, Aaron Gordon in Nuggets vs Hornets

NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Bet Nikola Jokic, Aaron Gordon in Nuggets vs Hornets article feature image

Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images. Pictured: Aaron Gordon (left) and Nikola Jokic (right) of the Denver Nuggets.

  • The Denver Nuggets head to the East Coast on Saturday to take on the Charlotte Hornets.
  • NBA First Basket likes Denver to score the first bucket and sees value on Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon.
  • Check out NBA First Basket's full betting breakdown with picks below.

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NBA First Basket Prop Pick: Nikola Jokic & Aaron Gordon

OddsJokic (+340) I Gordon (+900)
Time7 p.m. ET
Book FanDuel

Editor's Note: Aaron Gordon has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Charlotte.

The Denver Nuggets continue an East Coast road trip and will play the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday evening.

Nikola Jokic (50% opening tip win rate) will face off against rookie Mark Williams (0% win rate) on the opening tip-off.  Williams has started only one game this season, so there's a very small sample size on this one.

The Nuggets have scored first in 50% of games this season, while the Hornets have scored first in 47% of games.

The Hornets recently traded away starting center Miles Plumlee and are tied for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

Opposing centers and power forwards have combined to score the first field goal against the Hornets in 51% of games this season. This weakness looks to be something the Nuggets can take advantage of, as Jokic has cashed the fourth-most first-basket tickets this season.

Aaron Gordon is questionable with a rib contusion but suited up on Thursday and scored a season-high 37 points, so I expect him to play.

I like Jokic and Gordon here and think Denver will win this game, so I'll parlay that with Denver to win and also play Gordon straight up.

The Pick:

First Basket / Winner Parlay: Nikola Jokic / Denver +470 (0.75 Units · Play to +375)

First Basket: Aaron Gordon +900 (0.35 Units)

Pick: Aaron Gordon First Basket +900

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