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

NBA Draft Odds March 27 2020

It looks like we’ll get to see a 2019-20 NBA champion after the season was put on hold by the COVID-19 pandemic but the NBA draft will now be held in the fall 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 -110 fave to be the first pick and try to change the fortunes of a decrepit franchise.

Following Edwards is center James Wiseman (+225), who played only a handful of games with the Memphis Tigers before he decided to withdraw from school amid a recruiting scandal. Third on the oddsboard is the enigma of LaMelo Ball at +250 after playing in the NBL in Australia.

The reason why these odds are relevant is the NBA has announced its return-to-play plan that has the season resuming in Orlando, Florida, on July 30. The draft lottery is projected for August 25 while the NBA draft will be held on October 15.

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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-110
James Wiseman+225
LaMelo Ball+250
Obi Toppin+1000
Killian Hayes+1800
Deni Avdija+2000
Onyeka Okongwu+2800
RJ Hampton+3500
Isaac Okoro+5500
Cole Anthony+6000
Tyrese Haliburton+6000
Tyrese Maxey+6000
Devin Vassell+10000
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 June 22 at Bovada

The Draft Is Happening!

Lost in the hoopla and excitement of the NBA’s return to the court on July 30 is the status of the NBA draft that was originally scheduled for June 25. Since the remaining teams in the lottery still need to be confirmed before going through with the process, here are the key dates and info you need to know:

  • Draft lottery will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2020
  • NBA draft will be held on Friday, October 16, 2020
  • Eight teams have been confirmed for the draft lottery and were not invited to Orlando: (WEST) Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves; (EAST) Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets

The remaining six teams that will be lottery-bound will come from this group: (EAST) Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards; (WEST) Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns.

Draft Lottery Betting Odds

Oddsmakers would be remiss if they didn’t at least offer the opportunity for bettors to wager on which basement-dweller will win the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery.

Golden State, Cleveland and Minnesota all have equal odds at +550 of getting the top pick in the draft but if history has taught us anything, it’s that teams with the best odds don’t typically get to pop champagne after the lottery.

Just ask the 2019 Knicks, Cavaliers and Suns, who all thought they had a great shot to get Zion Williamson or Ja Morant but had to settle for consolation prizes after the Pelicans won the lottery with only a six percent chance.

Here are the full betting odds for which NBA team will win the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery:

Odds to Win 2020 NBA Draft Lottery
Golden State Warriors+550
Cleveland Cavaliers+550
Minnesota Timberwolves+550
Atlanta Hawks+650
Detroit Pistons+750
New York Knicks+900
Chicago Bulls+1000
Charlotte Hornets+1400
Any Other Team+650

Odds as of June 22 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 James 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 -110

James Wiseman +225

LaMelo Ball +250

In this case, there is a clear favorite like like betting on a moneyline or spread bet. If there isn't an option 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 $190.91 – you get your $100 back along with your winnings of $90.91.

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.