- Sportsbooks have placed odds up on the 2020 NBA Draft picks for the first and second rounds.
- Obi Toppin made the list and might be the sleeper pick no one saw coming as the top choice should the say of some analysts factor into the equation at all.
NEW YORK – The 2020 NBA Draft will be held on June 25 and sportsbooks have odds up as to which collegiate players they believe will go first.
The 2019-2020 college basketball season was full of big upsets and great talent emerging from every conference. But scouts and sports bettors’ ability to study these athletes was cut short when March Madness was canceled.
This makes betting on the NBA Draft more of a gamble than in recent years but there are still great odds to put action on this year.
Players To Bet On For The Draft
Because there was so much back and forth and then no chance to see a final ending, the NBA Draft will be difficult for organizations when making their picks. However, sportsbooks with NBA betting lines have listed some of the top players they believe will go first.
“This is an underwhelming draft at the top,” said a high-ranking executive to Jeff Goodman, a basketball insider at Stadium. “It’s as difficult for the No. 1 pick as I’ve seen in a long time.”
Despite that, many agree that center James Wiseman from the Memphis Tigers will be the top choice among the NBA organizations to go first in the draft. But sportsbooks place him second for the first round with odds of (+230). His odds of going in the second round are at (+250). Wiseman averaged 19.7 points per game this season for Memphis.
While Wiseman seems to be a top contender for the NBA coaches, others are looking toward Obi Toppin, a forward from the Dayton Flyers as the player they’d choose first. Toppin’s odds are at (+800) to go first in the first round and (+400) to go in the second round of the Draft. He averaged 20 points per game for the 2019-2020 season.
Analysts believe that Toppin will be a lottery pick in the draft as he brings a lot of skill to the court. He can dunk, standing tall at 6’9 and is great at shooting three-pointers. He’s also versatile when he gets in the zone, making him a great choice to be able to mold into an even better player by an NBA team.
Other athletes that sportsbooks believe will go in the first round are Anthony Edwards (-130) as the number one draft pick based on NBA Draft odds, Lamelo Ball (+350), Deni Avdija (+1500), and Cole Anthony (+2500). Second round odds have Anthony Edwards first at (+150), then Lamelo Ball (+200), Deni Avdija (+600), and Cole Anthony (+800).
All players listed for the first and second rounds of the 2020 NBA Draft to bet on are all the same athletes, just in different orders.
In The End
The 2020 NBA Draft will begin on June 25 at 8 p.m. in New York, unless the Coronavirus changes those plans. The NBA Draft odds listed for sports bettors could change at any time from now until the day of the draft should new information come to light.
In any event, while Wiseman is the top choice among the chatter in the NBA, and Edwards is the top pick for bookmakers, don’t sleep on other players like Obi Toppin to shock the NBA world and go first overall.
Toppin may end up being the player that gets chosen first. He’s shown he’s capable and he has the ability to thrive under the right direction. Fans won’t know for sure until draft day but every one of these players is sure to go pro, it’s just a matter of which round they’ll be chosen.
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Christina has been writing for as long as she can remember and does dedicated research on the newly regulated sports betting market. She comes from a family of sports lovers that engage in friendly bets from time to time. During the winter months, you can find Christina baking cookies and beating the entire staff at Mario Kart…the N64 version of course.