The 2020 NBA Draft is set for November 18, and DraftKings Sportsbook has expanded upon the betting options available centered around the incoming class of rookies. We’ll go over some favorable options worth considering here.
LaMelo Ball Draft position: Over 2.5 (+143)
Ball is one of the most polarizing prospects in the 2020 draft class. The high school phenom and brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball skipped out on college after a short stint playing professionally and opted to play in Australia to prepare for the big leagues. While he has tremendous size for a guard at 6’7” and playmaking skills comparable to his brother’s during his UCLA days, fit will play a major role in determining where he lands.
There’s skepticism about whether Ball can fit alongside another ball-dominant guard like D’Angelo Russell, as the incoming rookie’s off-ball skills and defense leave a lot to be desired. The Golden State Warriors have the second pick in the draft, and rumors suggest that they’d rather have a seasoned veteran ready to compete for a championship immediately than a rookie who needs to be developed. Because of that, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Ball drop outside the top two. Some franchises like the New York Knicks might view him as the best prospect in the class and be willing to trade up for Ball, but I think the earliest he’ll be drafted is third should the draft order remain unchanged.
Freshman drafted inside the top 10: Under 4.5 (-385)
Plenty of talented players with one year of college ball under their belts, but only three freshman appear to be locked in as top 10 picks. Those four are Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman, and Onyeka Okongwu, Isaac Okoro is most likely to be the fourth freshman off the board, but the promising international prospects and upperclassmen in this draft should make it hard for any other freshmen to crack the top 10.
International players drafted inside the top 10: Under 3.5 (-200)
This bet is more enticing than the option on freshman inside the top 10, as there have only been two international prospects being considered as top 10 picks. Those two are France’s Killian Hayes and Israel’s Deni Avdija. No other prospect from across the pond has even been mentioned as a top 15 pick, so it seems pretty safe to assume that two prospects won’t be able to climb into the lottery pick conversation between now and November. While there is room for plenty of mobility in this draft, most of the surprises will likely happen outside the lottery.
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