Okay, BetUS online betting faithful, with the shortened NBA offseason approaching its November 18, 2020 draft day, it’s time to take a look at the value-packed, sportsbook NBA Draft odds! With this year’s draft having no clear-cut, franchise-altering consensus No. 1, a handful of players all have a legitimate chance of being the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft.
Whether the Minnesota Timberwolves keep and use that pick or whether the floundering franchise decides to trade the pick, the expert roundball betting insight that you’re about to get will help you narrow your choices of which player could actually end up being this year’s top pick. In addition to that, you’re going to have a handful of other great opportunities to cash in on some other NBA draft odds surrounding a handful of other players expected to be among the very first players selected in this year’s quickly-approaching NBA draft.
Now, with all of that said, let’s take a look at the NBA draft odds that are currently up and running, followed by my expert analysis on exactly what will transpire for each of the players listed in six intriguing draft day odds.
First Overall Pick
Anthony Edwards -250
LaMelo Ball Ev
James Wiseman +650
Obadiah Toppin +3500
Deni Avdija +2000
Killian Hayes +5000
RJ Hampton +5000
Cole Anthony +12000
Isaac Okoro +8000
Onyeka Okongwu +4000
Tyrese Haliburton +15000
Precious Achiuwa +15000
Devin Vassell +15000
With a recent report saying that most NBA teams are wary of trading for either of the top two picks in the draft, right now, it looks like Minnesota will be holding on to their top overall pick. If that’s the case and nothing changes between now and draft day, there’s one player that the T-Wolves won’t be picking first and that would be former Memphis center James Wiseman.
It’s not that Wiseman isn’t worthy of being the top overall pick. No, that’s not the case. However, Wiseman is reportedly on record as saying he doesn’t want to go to Minnesota because they already have an all-star center in Karl Anthony Towns and the feeling is almost assuredly mutual.
While former Georgia shooting guard Anthony Edwards has been projected to be the first overall pick by many NBA draft pundits, I’m not sure the Timberwolves are going to select him, seeing as how they already have a ball dominant combo guard that can play both on and off the ball in veteran D’Angelo Russell.
Instead, I think Minnesota could pull a ‘shocker’ with the top overall pick by selecting one of three players, starting with former Dayton forward Obadiah Toppin. The 6’9″ Toppin is an efficient player that can score in bunches, grab rebounds relatively consistently and dish the rock at a decent rate for a player at his position.
I think Toppin would be a perfect complimentary player to Russell and Towns, making him my pick to go first overall. Minnesota could go after Edwards or even LaMelo Ball, but I’m going with Toppin first and foremost, followed by under the radar picks for European forward Deni Avidja (+2000) and French point guard Killian Hayes (+5000).
Pick: Obi Toppin
Anthony Edwards NBA Draft Position
Over 1 1/2 +135
Under 1 1/2 -170
Analysis: If Edwards doesn’t go first overall, I don’t see him going second to Golden State either. While it’s no secret that the Warriors would like to move the pick to add a contributing veteran, a recent report says Golden State ownership is in favor of taking the popular LaMelo Ball with the second overall pick.
While I think it’s possible the Dubs could go for James Wiseman with this pick, Ball fits the Warriors mold for excitement and a big name that would put fans in the seats. Ball would also serve as a bridge between the current Steph Curry/Klay Thompson core to Golden State’s future. While the 6’5″ Edwards put up 19.1 points per game last season as a freshman and is undeniably gifted with a muscular, NBA-ready body, I’m going with the ‘Under’ here as Edwards falls out of the top two and Golden State goes for LaMelo Ball.
LaMelo Ball NBA Draft Position
Over 2 1/2 +135
Under 2 1/2 -170
Analysis: Well, since I just picked the 6’7″ Ball to go off the board with the second overall pick, let’s play devil’s advocate for a minute. Could the T-Wolves and Warriors both pass on Ball? Certainly. If that’s the case, then Ball would almost certainly go to point guard needy Charlotte after the Hornets found out this past season that Terry Rozier is good, but certainly not great.
James Wiseman NBA Draft Position
Over 2 1/2 -300
Under 2 1/2 +200
Analysis: If Wiseman doesn’t go off the board with either of the top two picks, I’m expecting Charlotte and Chicago to pass on him at No. 3 and No. 4 and for Wiseman to fall into the laps of the Cleveland Cavaliers with the fifth overall pick. The Cavs will likely be losing veteran Tristan Thompson and/or Kevin Love this offseason, so they’ll need frontcourt help to go with their young backcourt, headed up by the explosive Colin Sexton.
Deni Avdija NBA Draft Position
Over 4 1/2 +135
Under 4 1/2 -170
Analysis: If you don’t know much about the 6’9″ Avdija, then you should know that the versatile forward put up 12.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 33 Israeli Basketball Premier League appearances this past season. The 19-year-old might not be Luka Doncic, but he’s got many of the same skills that have made the second-years Mavs forward a legitimate superstar in just two seasons. While reports say that Golden State really like the young Serbian, I can’t see him going second overall. Avdija could end up with Atlanta at No. 6, New York at No. 8 or possibly Phoenix with the 10th overall pick.
Obadiah Toppin NBA Draft Position
Over 4 1/2 -170
Under 4 1/2 +135
Analysis: You already got my scoop on O.T. and I believe there’s absolutely no way he doesn’t go inside the top four picks!
Pick: Underthe play.