Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:52 AM
2020 NBA Draft Props Odds, Predictions, Best Bets
There has been a ton of action leading up to the 2020 NBA Draft.
ESPN NBA analyst Adrian Wojnarowski started dropping Woj bombs on Monday, and we have now seen 10 first-round picks traded as of Tuesday. No lottery picks have been traded just yet, but that is likely to change in the final 24 hours.
The 2020 NBA Draft will take place on Wednesday, November 18, at 7 p.m. ET with ESPN broadcasting from its studio in Bristol, Connecticut.
A few dozen betting options are currently available at FanDuel and other online sportsbooks. You can bet on the No. 1 overall pick, head-to-head pick props, and much more.
NBA DRAFT PROP ODDS
Who will be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft?
- Anthony Edwards -110
- LaMelo Ball -110
- James Wiseman +600
- Every Other Player is +10000 or More
Odds Subject to Change
We don’t have a clear-cut No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft.
Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman were considered the two best freshmen according to recruiting services, while LaMelo Ball took his talents to Australia rather than follow in his brothers’ footsteps and go to UCLA.
All three of these players have plenty of raw talent, but there are questions that front offices and scouts have that cast doubts about whether they will be the first name called on Wednesday.
Ball only played 12 games with the Illawarra Hawks in the Australian National Basketball League. There was plenty of buzz about his presence in Australia, but he struggled to find his shooting touch. He made just 37.7 percent of his field goals and 25 percent of his three-point field goals. Additionally, there was friction between Ball and his teammates throughout his time with the Hawks, leading to concerns about how he will fit into an NBA locker room.
Unless Minnesota trades the No. 1 overall pick, it’s unlikely that Wiseman is the first player off the board.
The Timberwolves already have a big man in Karl-Anthony Towns, and they elected not to conduct a private workout with Wiseman in the run-up to the draft. Wiseman played just three games during his time at Memphis.
Edwards was the highest-rated recruit in the country according to 247 Sports. He made the decision to stay in-state and go to Georgia, and that gave him more of an opportunity to shine given his heavy usage rate with the dearth of talent around him. Although Edwards wasn’t the most efficient shooter, making just 40.2 percent of his field goals and 29.4 percent of his threes, he showed he can contribute in other ways with 5.2 RPG and 2.8 APG. He is the most proven commodity of the three players that could go No. 1 overall, so he is a solid play.
Best Bet: Anthony Edwards to go No. 1
2020 NBA Draft Props Best Bets
Obi Toppin Draft Position
- Over 5.5 +132
- Under 5.5 -162
Obi Toppin has grown by leaps and bounds during his three years as a collegiate player. That culminated with him winning the Naismith Player of the Year Award last season. The 6’9 forward shot 64.7 percent from the floor at Dayton, and he knocked down 41.7 percent of his threes to ensure he will be a lottery pick in this draft.
There is a lot to like about Toppin. He has great length and athleticism, and he does an excellent job running the pick and roll. Toppin has the potential to thrive in the current small ball atmosphere of the NBA thanks to a 7’2 wingspan coupled with quick feet.
He didn’t play against the best competition at Dayton, and he doesn’t have the same potential as the younger players in this year’s draft. However, Toppin is more of a proven commodity, and that’s something of a luxury with this year’s class. Deni Avdija is the only player outside of the top three that has a good chance of going ahead of Toppin, so the under is decent value.
Best Bet: Under 5.5
Saddiq Bey Draft Position
- Over 14.5 +114
- Under 14.5 -140
Head coach Jay Wright has seen seven Villanova players selected in the NBA Draft during his tenure. Five of those players were taken with the 30th pick or higher, and his only lottery pick was Mikal Bridges.
That history doesn’t bode well for Saddiq Bey’s chances of being taken in the lottery. However, Bey stands out in one of the weakest draft classes we’ve seen in recent memory. He is a 6’8 forward that can play defense and nail three-pointers, hitting over 45 percent from beyond the arc last season.
Many mock drafts have Bey as one of the first 10 players off the board, so the under is one of the best bets available at the current price. He is the kind of player that teams covet in the modern NBA as a “three and D” wing.
Best Bet: Under 14.5
Patrick Williams Draft Position
- Over 8.5 +116
- Under 8.5 -142
Florida State might have two lottery picks for the first time in school history. Patrick Williams and Devin Vassell are both seen as lottery picks in most mock drafts, but Williams is being shown a little too much love by the oddsmakers.
Williams was a decent shooter in his lone college season, hitting 45.9 percent of his field goals and 32 percent of his threes. However, the 6’8 forward didn’t show much else, averaging 9.2 PPG and 4.0 RPG without making much of an impact on defense.
The over is very good value at this price.
Best Bet: Over 8.5
Number of International Players Drafted in Top 10
- Over 3.5 +440
- Under 3.5 -660
This is the best longshot play on the board. FanDuel defines an international player as anyone that spent last year playing for a non-NCAA team. That means high schoolers that went abroad like Ball and R.J. Hampton count as international players in terms of this bet.
Ball and Avdija are both considered surefire Top 10 picks, and Killian Hayes has been a late riser that is now projected to be one of the first 10 players off the board in most mock drafts. Only one other player needs to go in the Top 10 for this bet to cash, and there are a few players that can sneak into that slot.
Hampton was considered the fifth-best recruit by ESPN and 247 Sports coming out of high school, and he was a better shooter in Australia than Ball.
Leandro Bolmaro and Theo Maledon have both been seen as potential lottery picks too.
Best Bet: Over 3.5
Betting Odds provided by FanDuel - Subject to Change
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