NBA Draft Betting Guide

Odds, Mock Draft, And Strategy

The 2019-20 NBA season reached completion with almost no issues in the Disney World Bubble and now the field is set for the NBA Draft, to be shown Wednesday, Nov. 18 on ESPN. Here we look at NBA Draft odds.

In this article, we analyze the betting market for the top picks and the propositions available at DraftKings Sportsbook. NBA Draft odds are up for all the favorites to be selected No. 1 overall by Minnesota, with Anthony Edwards (-125) and LaMelo Ball (-112) atop the field. James Wiseman is the favorite to be selected No. 2 overall (-182), and DK offers odds on every individual pick down to No. 29 at the end of the first round.

There is an extensive proposition market for Player Draft Position with an Over/Under for 22 players available at DK Sportsbook.

Finally, DK is offering a proposition on how many college freshmen will be drafted in the top 10 and how many international players will be taken in the top 10, as well as markets for how many players will be taken from specific conferences or schools (Arizona, Duke, Washington).

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2020 NBA Draft odds: No. 1 overall pick

No. 1 Pick Odds

Anthony Edwards
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-125
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-165
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-139
LaMelo Ball
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-112
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+145
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+110
James Wiseman
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+700
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+600
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+1000
Obi Toppin
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+10000
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+10000
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+10000
Deni Avdija
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+20000
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+10000
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+10000
Killian Hayes
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+30000
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+10000
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+15000
Onyeka Okongwu
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+30000
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+10000
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+50000
Cole Anthony
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+50000
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N/A
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+25000
RJ Hampton
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+50000
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+25000
Tyrese Haliburton
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+50000
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+10000
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+25000

View all the odds at DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook and BetMGM.

2020 NBA Draft odds: Player drafted by position

Draft position over/unders listed here are from DraftKings Sportsbook.

LaMelo Ball (Over 2.5 at +115 or Under 2.5 at -139)

LaMelo Ball owns a 6-foot-7 frame, great court vision, and a deft ability to finish in the paint. His ceiling is higher than any other player in this draft and he’s worked his way up the draft board over the course of the year. However, LaMelo is an extremely polarizing prospect given the fact he shot 25% from 3-point range in the NBL and is from a family with a notorious father and a disappointing No. 2 overall pick in Lonzo Ball. Since we can essentially guarantee the Warriors won’t take Ball at No. 2 this year, there is excellent value at betting him to go Over 2.5.

James Wiseman (Over 2.5 at +226 or Under 2.5 -286)

If the Warriors decide to keep the No. 2 overall pick, they will likely use it on Wiseman. He’s a new age 7-footer with a 7-6 wingspan and great ball skills, who would pair perfectly with the Splash Brothers. Defensively, he’s a rim protector who can switch and wreak havoc alongside Draymond Green. The Warriors were impressed by Wiseman in pre-draft workouts and his shrinking odds indicate that pundits think Golden State will use their premium pick to add the versatile center.

Anthony Edwards (Over 1.5 at -115 or Under 1.5 at -106)

This proposition is as simple as asking whether the Wolves want to take Edwards first overall and pass on LaMelo Ball. The Wolves are looking to build around Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell, so drafting either Ball or James Wiseman could create some redundancy, but their front office may be afraid to pass up a potential franchise-changing talent like Ball. Edwards is a safe pick as a guaranteed two-way contributor with excellent athleticism and the ability to improve his offensive repertoire.

Obi Toppin (Over 4.5 at -250 or Under 4.5 at +200)

A quintessential late bloomer out of Dayton, Toppin is 6-foot-9 with a 7-2 wingspan and decent footspeed. Toppin averaged 20 PPG and 7.5 RPG while being named Naismith Player of the Year as a red-shirt senior and is being compared to a new age Amar’e Stoudemire.

Deni Avdija (Over 4.5 at -110 or Under 4.5 at -110)

Luka Doncic is one of the favorites to win NBA MVP next year in just his third season, so teams are becoming more intrigued with international prospects. Avdija is a 6-foot-9 wing with extensive experience in FIBA and the Euro League. He’s shot up the board and many expect the Bulls to take him at No. 4 despite some potential redundancy next to Lauri Markkanen.

Onyeka Okongwu (Over 6.5 at +125 or Under 6.5 at -150)

Okongwu can be a fantastic asset as a rim protector with great lateral quickness. But the Bulls, Cavs, and Hawks could all pass up on adding another center given their current roster construction. The 6-foot-9 USC product is very raw on the offensive end and could wind up going to the rebuilding Pistons or Knicks in the 7-8 range.

Tyrese Haliburton (Over 7.5 at +125 or Under 7.5 at -155)

Haliburton’s draft position is likely tied to that of French teenager Killian Hayes. Both are elite playmakers who should draw the eye of the Cavs, Hawks, and Pistons in the 5-7 range. Both guards are around 6-foot-5, 175 pounds, but Haliburton is the more explosive athlete with a proven track record at Iowa State. He could fit alongside Trae Young or Cleveland’s Darius Garland/Collin Sexton combination much better than Hayes. So we’re taking the Under on his prop and the Over (-134) on Hayes going No. 8 or later.

Cole Anthony (Over 20.5 at -125 or Under 20.5 at +103)

Earlier this summer Anthony was projected to be a top 10 draft pick and now he’s getting favorable odds to fall within the top 20. The 6-foot-3 UNC product has been tied to the Celtics at No. 14 and the Sixers at No. 21. Philly is desperate for a PG and has a revamped front office that could move up to snag Anthony.

Tyrese Maxey (Over 17.5 at +130 or Under 17.5 at -159)

The odds clearly don’t provide much value for Maxey to go before No. 18, but he’s extremely likely to draw enough interest to get drafted in the first half of the first round. Kentucky players are dominating the NBA and Maxey is the latest 5-star recruit to shine (19 PPG against teams in the AP Top 25) in one year under John Calipari.

TheLines NBA Mock Draft

PickTeamPlayer
1Minnesota TimberwolvesAnthony Edwards, Georgia
2Golden State WarriorsJames Wiseman, Memphis
3Charlotte HornetsLaMelo Ball, Illawarra, NBL
4Chicago BullsObi Toppin, Dayton
5Cleveland CavaliersDeni Avdija, Israel
6Atlanta HawksTyrese Haliburton, Iowa State
7Detroit PistonsPatrick Williams, Florida State
8New York KnicksOnyeka Okongwu, USC
9Washington WizardsKillian Hayes, Germany
10Phoenix SunsIsaac Okoro, Auburn
11San Antonio SpursRJ Hampton, New Zealand
12Sacramento KingsSaddiq Bey, Villanova
13New Orleans PelicansDevin Vassell, Florida State
14Boston CelticsTyrese Maxey, Kentucky
15Orlando MagicKira Lewis Jr., Alabama
16Portland Trail BlazersAaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt
17Minnesota TimberwolvesCole Anthony, UNC
18Dallas MavericksPrecious Achiuwa, Memphis
19Brooklyn NetsLeandro Bolmaro, Spain
20Miami HeatJosh Green, Arizona
21Philadelphia 76ersTyrell Terry, Stanford
22Denver NuggetsDesmond Bane, TCU
23New York KnicksJaden McDaniels, Washington
24Milwaukee BucksIsaiah Stewart, Washington
25Oklahoma City ThunderAleksej Pokusevski, Greece
26Boston CelticsMalachi Flynn, San Diego State
27Utah JazzTheo Maledon, France
28Oklahoma City ThunderCassius Winston, Michigan State
29Toronto RaptorsTyler Bey, Colorado
30Boston CelticsJalen Smith, Maryland

How to bet on the NBA Draft

The primary way to bet on the NBA Draft is to take a proposition or “prop” bet on when a player will be drafted. The most popular prop is which player will be taken 1st overall, with varying odds at different sportsbooks.

If a player is slated with -150 odds to be selected first overall, that means a bettor would have to wager $15 to profit $10 if the player is selected first. If an underdog with +300 odds is taken first overall, a bettor who backed that player would profit $45 on a $15 bet.