The NBA off season is finally underway, and draft night is fast approaching. The 2019 NBA Draft is set to kick off Thursday night at 7 pm at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It’s looking to be a very top-heavy draft, with Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, and RJ Barrett leading the pack and guys like Jarrett Culver, Darius Garland, and Cam Reddish not too far behind.
If you’re looking to get in on the action, DraftKings Sportsbook has you covered. They’ve released a bunch of draft odds, ranging from who gets picked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall to various draft match ups to players drafted based on conference.
1st Overall Pick
Zion is going to the Big Easy. Along with being one of the most exciting young players in the league, the National Player of the Year is set to be the face of the Pelicans franchise for the foreseeable future.
He’s going to have some help alongside him as well. In the trade that sent Anthony Davis to Los Angeles, the Lakers in turn gave up Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart. The Pelicans will now have a very interesting core in Williamson, Ball, Ingram, and former All-Star Jrue Holiday to work with and build on.
2nd Overall Pick
Ja is a virtual lock to be picked 2nd overall by the Memphis Grizzlies. He’s arguably the most dynamic playmaker in the draft along with being a freakish athlete.
With Ja in the mix, Memphis will have an intriguing duo of Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. to build around. They will also have to figure out what to do with longtime starter Mike Conley. Coming off one of the more productive seasons of his career, Memphis could either look to deal him to a contender or they could let Conley serve as a mentor to the young, up-and-coming Morant.
3rd Overall Pick
Another lock, RJ Barrett is primed to be picked by the Knicks. He’s one of the better all-around scorers in the draft and projects to be just that at the next level despite not having the most ideal statistical season at Duke.
Barrett will join a very young Knicks team headlined by Dennis Smith Jr, Kevin Knox, and Mitchell Robinson. The Knicks missed out on the Anthony Davis sweepstakes, and will now continue to develop their young talent and build towards the future.
Draft Matchups (First to be Drafted)
Rui Hachimura (-167) v. Brandon Clarke (+135)
PJ Washington (-190) v. Tyler Herro (+155)
Keldon Johnson (-143) v. Cameron Johnson (+118)
Conferences (Number of Players Drafted in 1st Round)
Big 10: 2.5 – Over (+165) | Under (-200)
Big 12: 2.5 – Over (+305) | Under (-400)
PAC-12: 4.0 – Over (+145) | Under (-177)
SEC: 6.5 – Over (-110) | Under (-110)
Top 10 Specials (Number of Players Drafted in the Top 10)
Freshmen: 5.5 – Over (-162) | Under (+135)
International Players: 0.5 – Over (-177) | Under (+145)
Duke Blue Devils: 2.5 – Over (-715) | Under (+500)
Gonzaga Bulldogs: 0.5 – Over (+145) | Under (-177)
ACC: 4.5 – Over (-500) | Under (+375)
The NBA draft is always one of the most exciting events in basketball, and DraftKings Sportsbook is certainly making the most of it. You don’t want to miss out!