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2020 NBA Draft Odds: Edwards The Fave To Be Top Pick

NBA Draft Odds March 27 2020

The conclusion of the 2019-20 NBA season seems to be on the horizon after being put on hold by the COVID-19 pandemic but the NBA draft will likely be held this summer and a Georgia Bulldog is the favorite to be selected first overall.

According to the best basketball betting sites, Georgia Bulldogs guard Anthony Edwards is the +105 fave to be the first pick and try to change the fortunes of a decrepit franchise.

After Edwards, the enigma of LaMelo Ball comes in next on the oddsboard at +250 after playing in the NBL in Australia. Third on the board is center James Wiseman (+275), who played only a handful of games with the Memphis Tigers before he decided to withdraw from school amid a recruiting scandal.

Of course, the status/date of the draft is up in the air and the draft lottery still needs to happen but let’s be optimistic and proceed as if it’s business as usual considering the NBA is very close to returning.

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Here are the full odds for which player will be selected first overall in the 2020 NBA Draft:

Odds to be the 1st Pick in the 2020 NBA Draft
Anthony Edwards+105
LaMelo Ball+250
James Wiseman+275
Deni Avdija+900
Obi Toppin+1000
Killian Hayes+2000
Onyeka Okongwu+2000
Cole Anthony+3000
RJ Hampton+5000
Isaac Okoro+5500
Tyrese Maxey+5500
Tyrese Haliburton+6000
Devin Vassell+7000
Devon Dotson+15000
Jaden McDaniels+15000
Josh Green+15000
Nico Mannion+15000
Vernon Carey+15000
Ashton Hagans+20000
Cassius Stanley+20000
Precious Achiuwa+20000
Theo Maledon+20000
Isaiah Stewart+25000
Udoka Azubuike+25000

Odds as of May 27 at Bovada

Should Anthony Edwards Be Selected First?

Unlike most years when there’s a clear-cut favorite to be taken first overall in the NBA draft, 2020 is a bit of a crapshoot. Anthony Edwards of the Georgia Bulldogs will likely be a great pro in the NBA but did he do enough in his lone college season to warrant a first overall selection?

It’s hard to tell. If you check his highlight tape, offensively he can look like the best guard in college basketball. He has great athleticism, a decent shooting stroke, a solid handle and an NBA body that can take the punishment of driving to the hoop.

So, why aren’t more draft experts talking about him like he’s a consensus top pick? Mainly because of the Bulldogs’ poor record this season and some lackadaisical defensive efforts from Edwards that analysts tend to pick apart. His game is very similar to Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who is a good but not great NBA player. If you recall, Beal went third overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Because the draft order isn’t set, this could be one where positional need is a priority over talent. That’s another reason why Edwards doesn’t seem like a lock to go first even though he’s the fave.

Let The Hype Train Start for LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball may not have chosen the most conventional route to get to the NBA but there’s no denying his talent and basketball pedigree. Ball is a bit of a matchup nightmare with his six-foot-seven frame and superb handle and he’s the youngest brother of Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball.

LaMelo is a new breed of scorer with deep-shooting range that only a handful of NBA players can say they possess. Ball was playing professionally in Australia from October 2019 to January 2020 and averaged 17 points, seven assists and 7.5 rebounds.

The youngest Ball brother is expected to be an even better prospect than Lonzo (who went second overall in the 2017 NBA Draft) and if a team like the Golden State Warriors were to get the first overall pick, Ball may fit their offensive scheme better than players like Edwards and Wiseman.

How to Understand 1st Overall Pick NBA Odds

At your favorite basketball sportsbook, you’ll see odds for this prop bet displayed like this:

Anthony Edwards +105

LaMelo Ball +250

James Wiseman +275

In this case, there is no clear favorite like there would be on a moneyline or spread bet. When you don’t see odds with a minus sign (-) beside them, then the player with the lowest odds is the fave. The rest are considered underdogs.

If you think Anthony Edwards will be selected first overall in the 2020 NBA Draft, and you bet $100 on him, you’d get a payout of $205 – you get your $100 back along with your winnings of $105.

Our Odds Calculator will show you how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet.

What is a Prop Bet on the NBA Draft?

A prop is a wager on the occurrence or non-occurrence of specific team or player milestones that don’t always relate to the results of a particular game. In this case, the prop is a prospect’s chances of being picked first in the next NBA draft.

The betting lines will move as players show what they can do on the court. If you see odds you like, we suggest taking them sooner rather than later to get the maximum betting value should you win.