Last year's No.8 draft pick, starter Daniels, 20, scored 10 points and added eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals in his 33 minutes on court in Friday night's home match, which also counts toward the regular season standings.
Zion Williamson scored 26 points, centre Jonas Valanciuanas had 22 and Brandon Ingram added 21, while the Pelicans held on to prevail in a tight finish.
It was the Pelicans' (6-6) second straight in-season tournament win, improving their record to 2-1 and leaving Denver (9-3) with the same mark.
Jokic had 26 points, tied a career high with 18 assists and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Nuggets, who never led but got within one point late.
Devin Booker added 24 points and a career-high 15 assists for the Suns who improved to 1-1 in the in-season tournament, while Utah fell to 2-1.
In Los Angeles, James Harden hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer while getting fouled with six seconds to play, sending the Clippers to their first victory since his arrival as they beat the Houston Rockets 106-100.
Harden had a season-high 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Clippers, who had lost five straight since acquiring Harden.
The Clippers got their first victory in three tournament games, while the Rockets dropped to 1-1 in tournament play.