Best NBA Prop Bets Today: Back Nikola Jokic, James Harden Scoring Props

Jun 1, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots the ball over
Jun 1, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots the ball over / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The BetSided team got together and found the best prop bets on a loaded NBA slate. Nine games make up the hoops card, so let's waste no time and get to our favorite plays, including point totals for two former MVP's and rebounding props for two big men.

Odds courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.

James Harden OVER 20.5 Points (-115)

Harden has come out of the gate slow this season, failing to clear this number in the first three games. Maybe it's the new rules around fouling players on the perimeter, or that Harden is still working himself into shape after suffering a Grade 2 hamstring strain in the playoffs last season, but he doesn't look completely right.

With that in mind, I'm going over on his point total on Monday. He has scored 20 points exactly in two of three games despite not getting to the line as often as we are used to.

The Nets are in need of a feel good win after starting 1-2, and they face a Wizards team that allowed 123 points in regulation to the Pacers over the weekend. This is a good spot for Harden to force the issue and flirt with a triple double. -- Reed Wallach

Evan Mobley OVER 6.5 Rebounds (+105)

Earlier today, I wrote how Evan Mobley is quietly off to a terrific start in his rookie campaign; moving slightly up in his Rookie of the Year odds atWynnBET.

He's coming off his first career double-double against a very solid rebounding team in the Hawks, and now gets Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets on the road.

Mobley's minutes continue to climb. He lead the way with 35:09 in their last game vs. Atlanta. He's active on the glass, and will spend time guarding multiple positions, so he'll be by the basket more often than not to clean up on either side.

Maybe it's a trap, but I have this number projected closer to 8.5. Go get 'em, Rook. -- Ben Heisler

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Nikola Jokic OVER 26.5 Points (-120)

The reigning MVP Nikola Jokic has picked up right where he left off last season, averaging 29.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while leading the Denver Nuggets to a 2-0 start. 

Tonight, Denver is at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers and rookie Evan Mobley

Jokic’s points prop is set at 26.5 in this one, and while Mobley and Jarrett Allen certainly can block shots, I don’t know if either can handle the physicality of Jokic in this matchup. 

Denver and Cleveland both play at a blistering pace (Cleveland is ninth in the NBA, Denver is 11th), and I think that means Jokic will get plenty of shots up in this one. 

The Cavs have allowed 116.7 points per game so far this season and are 24th in the NBA in defensive rating. Denver is a massive favorite, and for good reason, so I expect Jokic to take advantage of a rather soft matchup at home and get Denver to 3-0. -- Peter Dewey

Jusuf Nurkic Over 10.5 Rebounds (+105)

It's a small sample size, but the Los Angeles Clippers have been the worst rebounding team in the NBA through the first two games of the NBA season.

They've only grabbed 44.5% of boards, getting out-rebounded by the Warriors 53-38, and then again by the Grizzlies 48-44.So let's not overthink things and just take the OVER on Portland's best rebounder, Jusuf Nurkic.

He has surpassed this number in each of his first two games, grabbing 14 boards against the Kings and then 12 against the Suns. I love the OVER 10.5 rebounds for him tonight, especially at the price of +105. -- Iain McMillian