After the first two picks of the NBA Draft the rest of the first round is wide open, providing a great opportunity for bettors to make some cash on Thursday night.
If you want to believe the numerous mock drafts circulating around the web Kyrie Irving is going No. 1 to Cleveland and Derrick Williams will be the No. 2 pick for Minnesota. After that it's anyone's guess, but according to the oddsmakers at the No. 3 pick, which belongs to the Utah Jazz, will likely be Brandon Knight.
has Knight as a -300 favorite to be the No. 3 pick. Also on that prop list are Enes Kanter at +250, Jimmer Fredette at +850, and Kemba Walker at +1500.
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If Knight does go No. 3 as expected the Cavaliers, who own both the top pick and No. 4 pick, could have an easy choice at No. 4. The NBA futures have Kanter heavily favored to go to Cleveland at No. 4 at -105. With Irving at No. 1 the Cavs could use some help in the front court, and the 6' 11'' future center fits the bill perfectly.
Other players listed on the No. 4 pick prop include Jan Vesely at +355, Jonas Valanciunas at +150, and Kawhi Leonard as the longshot at +1500. Taking both Kanter and Valanciunas night be the smart bet in case Cleveland decides to go the other way.
One of the tougher picks to figure out could be No. 5. Currently the Toronto Raptors own that pick, but there have been rumors that they could trade it if the right offer comes their way. Most mock drafts out there expect the Raptors to go after Kemba Walker (even), Valanciunas (+255), or Vesley (+275).
Walker is the favorite at even money - and he's got star power after carrying Connecticut in the Big Dance - but he'll have little to work with from the start in Toronto. Valanciunas and Vesley seem to fit Toronto's more recent history of trying to make it work with European talent.
NBA Draft Props at
Who will be the third player selected in the NBA Draft? (Utah)
Brandon Knight -300
Enes Kanter +250
Jimmer Fredette +850
Kemba Walker +1500
Who will be the fourth player selected in the NBA Draft? (Cleveland)
Enes Kanter -105
Jan Vesely +355
Jonas Valanciunas +150
Kawhi Leonard +1500
Who will be the fifth player selected in the NBA Draft? (Toronto)
Brandon Knight +550
Jan Vesely +275
Jonas Valanciunas +255
Kemba Walker even
Who will be the sixth player selected in the NBA Draft? (Washington)
Eves Kanter even
Jan Vesely +200
Kawhi Leonard +375
Tristan Thompson +500
Who will be the seventh player selected in the NBA Draft? (Sacramento)
Jan Vesely +150
Jimmer Fredette +400
Kawhi Leonard +175
Kemba Walker +300
Who will be the eighth player selected in the NBA Draft? (Detroit)
Bismack Biyombo +750
Kawhi Leonard even
Kemba Walker +150
Tristan Thompson +350
Will Jimmer Fredette be a lottery pick?