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2022 NBA Draft: Paolo Banchero Now Favorite to Go First Overall

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - APRIL 02: Paolo Banchero #5 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts in the first half of the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first half of the game during the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four semifinal at Caesars Superdome on April 02, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by JAMIE SQUIRE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Sportsbooks have made Duke Blue Devils forward Paolo Banchero the betting favorite to be the first overall selection in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Earlier this week, Auburn Tigers forward Jabari Smith Jr. was the bookmaker’s consensus No. 1 pick, so it’s been a quick turn around.

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FanDuel Sportsbook Smith Jr. listed at -200 odds to go first overall on Monday, but now he’s +115. 

Banchero, on the other hand, was trading at +950. FanDuel is now attaching a -210 number to the Duke freshman being the first player selected Thursday night.

Gonzaga Bulldogs center Chet Holmgren had the second shortest to be the first overall pick on Monday, but now he trails both Banchero and Smith Jr. 

Here are the latest NBA Draft odds for the first overall selection from DraftKings, Caesars and FanDuel Sportsbooks.

2022 NBA Draft First Overall Selection Odds

This line movement leading into the NBA Draft certainly has a similar look to the shift in odds ahead of the NFL Draft in April when Georgia Bulldogs defensive end Travon Walker’s price plummeted all week before he was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the first overall selection.

Make sure to keep an eye on our Live Odds page throughout the week to get the best lines possible and connect with others in the SBR community on our popular sports betting forum.