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NBA Draft Odds, Best Prop Bets & Complete Betting Guide

NBA Draft Odds, Best Prop Bets & Complete Betting Guide

After two separate postponements, the 2020 NBA Draft will take place in a virtual setting on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the first selection for the second time in the last six seasons, but there could be plenty of movement at the top with the Warriors picking second and multiple teams reportedly looking to move up.


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Here is a complete guide to the draft for NBA betting fans as well our best bets to jump on before that first pick is announced.

BETOdds
1st 4 Picks: Ball, Wiseman, Edwards, Avdija +520
Bet it at FanDuel
Obi Toppin Over 4.5 draft position -190
Bet it at 888sport
Under 2.5 Duke first-rounders -835
Bet it at DraftKings
Kira Lewis Jr. Under 15.5 draft position -152
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Over 4.5 freshman first-rounders +200
Bet it at DraftKings
Big 12 Under 2.5 first-rounders -225
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28th pick: Tre Jones +1300
Bet it at 888sport

NBA odds current as of publication and subject to change


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First 4 Exact Order: 1. Lamelo Ball, 2. James Wiseman, 3. Anthony Edwards, 4. Deni Avdija

This year’s draft class has shades of 2013, where there was no real consensus on the top pick and there were a handful of surprises. But this year’s class is also beginning to take shape, and our favorite selection for this bet is also the one with the shortest odds.

Here’s why: LaMelo Ball has long been considered the most talented prospect in the class, and he seems now be the consensus first pick with -230 odds at FanDuel. Minnesota recently hosted Ball for a workout, and any team that potentially moves up to the first slot would be going after Ball.

The Warriors hold the second pick, and if they keep the choice, it makes sense that they would go after a versatile center like Memphis’ James Wiseman to complement their core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. He’s also the second best prospect in the class if Golden State trades out, too, and is +128 favorite on FanDuel to go second.

Charlotte could go a few different ways with the third pick, but our guess is they trade out of the spot for a team that wants to come up and grab talented guard Anthony Edwards, who is a +164 favorite at FanDuel to go in this spot..

Chicago hired Arturas Karnisovas this summer to run basketball operations, and his foreign ties could have Israeli forward Deni Avdija in play at No. 4. He also fills a need for the wing-depleted Bulls and is a +194 favorite to go fourth.

You can make all these bets with FanDuel.

Obi Toppin Over 4.5 draft position

There was a time in early March that Obi Toppin, college basketball’s national player of the year, was a top-4 lock. Toppin averaged 20.0 points on 63.3% from the field for the top-seeded Dayton Flyers and was considered a potential matchup nightmare on the offensive end. There’s no teaching Toppin’s athleticism, but there’s also no cure for his age. He’ll turn 23 midway through his rookie season, and there are “tweener” question marks about where he’ll play at the next level.

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It’s tough to see him going ahead of any LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards, or James Wiseman, the projected top three picks. Selecting 4th is Chicago, who already has draft capital invested in forwards Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter. It’s hard to see them adding another power forward, and a 22-year-old one at that.

Toppin won’t wait long to hear his name called on draft night, but he has slipped out of most top-4 talk. The last 22-year-old to be drafted in the top-4 was Wes Johnson in 2010. The league isn’t getting any younger. This is our favorite bet on the board, and you can make it with 888sport.

Under 2.5 Duke First-Rounders

While there isn’t outstanding value here, there probably isn’t a safer bet on the board than this one. The Duke Blue Devils have had a trio of first-round picks in each of the last three and four of the last five draft classes. But Coach K’s latest star-studded recruiting class didn’t exactly pan out in the form of first-rounders, and his holdovers from the post-Zion Williamson era aren’t exactly booming with NBA potential.

The result is that the Blue Devils won’t be repeating their draft success from recent years, and there’s potential that for the first time since 2008 they won’t even have a first-round selection. In order for this bet to hit, Duke would need to see Vernon Carey, Cassius Stanley and Tre Jones all taken before Pick 31.

Even in a weak draft class, Carey lacks versatility, Jones isn’t all that efficient, and Stanley is a project who is more of an athlete than a basketball player at this point. It adds up to Duke falling well short of all three hearing their names called in Round 1. If you’re looking for a sure thing, this is the closest you’re going to get. Grab these odds with DraftKIngs.

Kira Lewis Jr. Under 15.5 Draft Position

Scoring guards have a way of creeping up boards on draft night. We saw it last year with Darius Garland (5th) and Coby White (7th), and in 2018 with Collin Sexton (8th) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (11th). Lewis may not be the same tiered prospect as those aforementioned players, but his combination of speed and scoring prowess could certainly tempt a Lottery team to pull the trigger on the Alabama point guard.

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He isn’t going to be a top-11 pick, but there are so many suitable homes in the early teens that made this a promising prop bet. The Kings (12th pick) lack any kind of depth behind De’Aaron Fox; the Pelicans traded Jrue Holiday this offseason, opening up a backcourt slot; the Celtics desperately need a scoring threat behind Kemba Walker; the Magic could say goodbye to D.J. Augustin during free agency. Even the Blazers picking at 16 need backcourt depth and could potentially move up to swipe Lewis.

No matter who selects Lewis, his 18.5 points and 5.2 assists will look enticing to multiple teams picking late in the Lottery. Expect him to hear his name called in the first half of the first round. Get these odds with 888sport.

Over 4.5 Freshman In Top 10

This year’s draft class is considered a weak one, and there are multiple international prospects who can – and will – shake things up. That being said, there’s nothing NBA general managers love more than taking home-run swings on freshmen who could blossom into the next big star.

Here’s how many freshmen have been selected in the top-10 in each of the last six NBA Draft classes:

  • 2019: 6
  • 2018: 8
  • 2017: 9
  • 2016: 5
  • 2015: 5
  • 2014: 6

You have to go all the way back to 2013 (three freshman) to find the last time the top 10 did not comprise at least five freshmen. Even in a weak draft class such as this one, we’re banking on youth (or a lack thereof) winning out on draft night and freshmen making up at least half of the top-10. Here’s how we can get there:

The absolute locks are James Wiseman and Anthony Edwards, who both should be off the board after the first three picks. It’s safe to assume that both Isaac Okoro and Onyeka Okongwu will also come off the board within the first 10 picks.

That leaves us needing one more freshman, and we’re looking at fast-riser Patrick Williams to get us there. The Florida State forward has shot up draft boards, and his over-under draft position currently sits at 7.5 – meaning we feel confident about a top-10 selection. Get these odds with DraftKIngs.

Big 12 Under 2.5 First-Rounders

2020 has been odd for just about every reason, and both Texas and Kansas not having a first-round lock certainly adds to its case. Since 2000, there have only been four years in which neither of the powerhouses had a first-round pick (2001, 2004, 2009, 2016). This year might add to the list, and it’s the reason we really like this bet to hit on draft night.

Iowa State point guard Tyrese Haliburton will be a Lottery pick, and TCU senior guard Desmond Bane fits the bill of a late-first round prospect who could log minutes on a contender immediately. Even he’s not a lock, but for the sake of the bet we’ll consider him a likely first-rounder.

Who might be the final first-rounder? It’s tough to say. Kansas has a pair of prospects in Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson, and Texas Tech’s Jahmi’us Ramsey is a raw freshman. But if the bet is -225 that none of them become first-rounders, we like those odds. There’s too much talent elsewhere, and there’s an outside shot that Bane slips out of the first round even if one of the borderline players slips into Round 1. Get these odds with DraftKings.

28th pick: Tre Jones

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The Lakers have agreed to send Danny Green and the 28th pick to the rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder for guard Dennis Schroder. It’s Step 1 of what should be a multiple-layered offseason of moves for an Oklahoma City team that has plenty of work to do with its young core. And with Chris Paul headed to the Suns this fall, the Thunder will be razor thin at the point guard position behind budding star Gilgeous-Alexander.

That’s where Tre Jones comes in. He fits the bill of someone the defensive-minded Thunder would be looking for – Jones won ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2020 – and shot 36.1% from beyond the arc last season.

Oklahoma City hasn’t taken a point guard in the draft since 2015, but that could change given their depth chart. Jones figures to hear his name called in the 27-33 range, making this bet a solid value play even if Oklahoma City were to flip the pick again. Bet these odds with 888sport.

2020 NBA Draft Order

First Round

  • 1. Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 2. Golden State Warriors
  • 3. Charlotte Hornets
  • 4. Chicago Bulls
  • 5. Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 6. Atlanta Hawks
  • 7. Detroit Pistons
  • 8. New York Knicks
  • 9. Washington Wizards
  • 10. Phoenix Suns
  • 11. San Antonio Spurs
  • 12. Sacramento Kings
  • 13. New Orleans Pelicans
  • 14. Boston Celtics (via MEM)
  • 15. Orlando Magic
  • 16. Portland Trail Blazers
  • 17. Minnesota Timberwolves (via BKN)
  • 18. Dallas Mavericks
  • 19. Brooklyn Nets (via PHI)
  • 20. Miami Heat
  • 21. Philadelphia 76ers (via OKC)
  • 22. Denver Nuggets (via HOU)
  • 23. Utah Jazz
  • 24. Milwaukee Bucks (via IND)
  • 25. Oklahoma City Thunder (via DEN)
  • 26. Boston Celtics
  • 27. New York Knicks via LAC)
  • 28. Los Angeles Lakers
  • 29. Toronto Raptors
  • 30. Boston Celtics (via MIL)

Second Round

  • 31. Dallas Mavericks (via GS)
  • 32. Charlotte Hornets (via CLE)
  • 33. Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 34. Philadelphia 76ers (via ATL)
  • 35. Sacramento Kings (via DET)
  • 36. Philadelphia 76ers (via NY)
  • 37. Washington Wizards (via CHI)
  • 38. New York Knicks (via CHA)
  • 39. New Orleans Pelicans (via WAS)
  • 40. Memphis Grizzlies (via PHX)
  • 41. San Antonio Spurs
  • 42. New Orleans Pelicans
  • 43. Sacramento Kings
  • 44. Chicago Bulls (via MEM)
  • 45. Orlando Magic
  • 46. Portland Trail Blazers
  • 47. Boston Celtics (via BKN)
  • 48. Golden State Warriors (via DAL)
  • 49. Philadelphia 76ers
  • 50. Atlanta Hawks (via MIA)
  • 51. Golden State Warriors (via UTA)
  • 52. Sacramento Kings (via HOU)
  • 53. Oklahoma City Thunder
  • 54. Indiana Pacers
  • 55. Brooklyn Nets (via DEN)
  • 56. Charlotte Hornets (via BOS)
  • 57. LA Clippers
  • 58. Philadelphia 76ers (via LAL)
  • 59. Toronto Raptors
  • 60. New Orleans Pelicans (via MIL)