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Odds to be the 1st Pick in the 2020 NBA Draft: Will Teams Take a Chance on LaMelo?

The 2019-20 NCAA college basketball season has started and NBA scouts and draft experts are already targeting which player could change a franchise and be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft. Newly released betting odds from sportsbooks suggest it will be Memphis Tigers center James Wiseman.

Online sportsbook Bovada has Wiseman as a -140 favorite for this betting prop followed by Anthony Edwards (+215) of the Georgia Bulldogs, Cole Anthony (+550) of the North Carolina Tar Heels, LaMelo Ball (+450), Isaiah Stewart (+1100) of the Washington Huskies and French international Theo Maledon (+1100) to round out the current betting options.

Why James Wiseman Is The Favorite

Standing seven-foot-two with great footwork in the post, Memphis Tigers freshman James Wiseman is a prime candidate to go No. 1 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft because of his potential. He has started to develop a three-point shot and has been a force in the paint defensively with his ability to alter or block shots. Those skills would immediately translate to today’s NBA game.

Another reason why he’ll be on the radar of NBA scouts is that Memphis is expected to be a top team in college basketball this season and gets to play some decent competition early on in the schedule like Oregon and Cincinnati, who were both NCAA Tournament teams last year.

As most scouts will say, you can’t teach size and if Wiseman even reaches 80 percent of his potential this season, he’ll be at least a top-three pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

The Intrigue Of LaMelo Ball

Apologies to Anthony Edwards and Cole Anthony but there’s very little chance of a guard going No. 1 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft. There are too many good centers, and scouts are more enthralled with the possibility of what LaMelo Ball can be at the next level, which is likely a matchup nightmare.

The youngest brother of Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, LaMelo is a new breed of scorer with a deep-shooting range that only a handful of NBA players can say they possess. Ball has made the move to Australia to play one year professionally and joined another highly touted high school prospect, RJ Hampton, to play in the National Basketball League down under.

The general hype and drama of the Ball family and the fact that LaMelo is expected to be an even better prospect than Lonzo (who went second overall in the 2017 NBA Draft) make it a very strong possibility he could shoot up the draft boards come next June.

Odds to be the 1st Pick in the 2020 NBA Draft
PlayerOdds
James Wiseman-140
Anthony Edwards+215
LaMelo Ball+450
Cole Anthony+550
Isaiah Stewart+1100
Theo Maledon+1100

Odds as of October 24 at  Bovada

How to Understand 1st Overall Pick NBA Odds

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

James Wiseman -150

Isaiah Stewart +1000

Let’s pretend that you think Wiseman is absolutely going first in the draft and you bet $50 on him. You’d get a payout of $83.33 – you get your original money back coupled with your winnings of $33.33. That same $50 laid down on Stewart would get you $550 – your $50 is returned along with your prize of $500. When someone is at minus money (-), they are more of a lock. When a player is at plus money (+), their chances aren’t as great, which makes them a riskier bet. However, bets with more associated risk would give you a bigger reward.

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

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.