Betting Insights for NBA 1st Overall Pick

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Colton Pool @CPoolReporter May 17, 2022, 6:11 PM

The future of NBA franchises can often depend on their chances of landing a top pick in the draft.

The order of this year’s picks will be revealed during the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday in Chicago. The Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons all have the leading NBA odds to receive the first overall pick at 14%.

NBA Lottery Odds

The Rockets (20-62), Magic (22-60) and Pistons (23-59) all have odds of at least 12% for the first, second, third, fourth and fifth overall picks.

The Thunder (12.5%), Pacers (10.5%), Trail Blazers (9%), Kings (7.5%), Lakers (6%), Spurs (4.5%), Wizards (3%), Knicks (2%), Clippers (1.5%), Hornets (1%) and Cavaliers (0.5%) all have a chance of earning the first pick.

Jabari Smith Jr. Draft Odds

Jabari Smith Jr., a 6-foot-10, 220-pound forward from Fayetteville, Georgia, opened with and maintains the leading NBA Draft odds to be the first overall pick at -105. 

Smith averaged 16.9 points per game during his one and only season at Auburn. He made 42.9% of his shots and 42% of his 3-point attempts. He added 7.4 rebounds, two assists, 1.1 steals and one block per game.

He concluded the 2021-22 season as a consensus All-American. He was an All-SEC selection, an SEC All-Freshman and the SEC Freshman of the Year.

Chet Holmgren Draft Odds

Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren has the second-leading NBA Draft betting odds to go first overall at +145.

Holmgren, a 7-foot, 195-pound center from Minneapolis, averaged 14.1 points on 60.7% shooting while making 39% of his 3s. He tacked on 9.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.7 blocks per game.

Holmgren was also a consensus All-American in his one year of college. He was the West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year en route to all-conference accolades.

Paolo Banchero Draft Odds

Paolo Banchero has the third-best NBA odds to be selected first overall at +350.

A 6-foot-10, 250-pound forward from Seattle, Banchero shined during the postseason in his lone year at Duke. A consensus All-American, he was on the NCAA All-Tournament team and All-ACC Tournament team. He was also the ACC Freshman of the Year and an all-conference pick.

Banchero averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. He hit on 47.8% of his shots while making 33.8% from deep. 

NBA Draft First Pick Odds

PlayerOpening OddsCurrent OddsTicket%Handle%
Jabari Smith Jr.-105-10522.6%24.0%
Paolo Banchero+350+35016.1%3.4%
Chet Holmgren+145+1459.7%2.2%
Jaden Ivey+5000+40009.7%43.1%
Shaedon Sharpe+8000+80009.7%20.5%
Keegan Murray+10000+100006.5%1.4%
AJ Griffin+25000+250006.5%1.5%
Ochai Agbaji+25000+250006.5%2.8%
Blake Wesley+100000+1000006.5%0.5%
Jalen Duren+25000+250003.2%0.1%
Nikola Jovic+100000+1000003.2%0.4%
Johnny Davis+25000+250000.0%0.0%
Bennedict Mathurin+25000+250000.0%0.0%
TyTy Washington+50000+500000.0%0.0%
Dyson Daniels+50000+500000.0%0.0%
MarJon Beauchamp+50000+500000.0%0.0%
Tari Eason+50000+500000.0%0.0%
Jaden Hardy+50000+500000.0%0.0%

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Colton Pool

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Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.

Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.