2014 NBA Draft Lottery Odds & First Picks

Friday, May 16, 2014 5:54 PM UTC

Friday, May. 16, 2014 5:54 PM UTC

The NBA Draft is just around the corner! Once we know where these teams are drafting, it would give us a better perspective on some possible player destinations, the betting trends, and future winning picks.
<p><b>Odds To Win the NBA Lottery</b><br /><span style="font-size:1em"><img src="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks-pictures/topper3.jpg" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" style="font-size:1em" />Milwaukee Bucks 11/4<br /></span><span style="font-size:1em">Philadelphia 76’ers 7/2 <br />Orlando Magic 5/1 <br />Utah Jazz 9/1 <br />Boston Celtics 9/1 <br />Los Angeles Lakers 9/1 <br />Sacramento Kings 20/1 <br />Detroit Pistons 33/1 <br />Cleveland Cavaliers 50/1 <br />New Orleans Pelicans 75/1 <br />Denver Nuggets 100/1 <br />Orlando Magic via Denver 100/1 <br />Minnesota Timberwolves 100/1 </span><span style="font-size:1em"><br />Phoenix Suns 150/1</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em"><br />Don’t Let the Odds Fool You<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">In fact, this may be a good future prop to be </span><a target="_blank" title="Check out other free NBA picks" href="/picks/nba/" style="font-size:1em">your next winning NBA pick</a><span style="font-size:1em"> because I’ve seen some teams in the past with a very remote chance of picking up the number 1 pick actually succeed and defy the odds by pure luck. One thing that I do find ironic is that two of the most historic franchises in the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, are participants in the NBA Lottery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><br /><b>1.</b></span><b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></b><span style="font-size:1em"><b>Milwaukee Bucks</b><br />When Brandon Knight is the star of your team, you know that you’re in hot water. A winning franchise starts with a good big man. Joel Emblid appears to be the pick if Milwaukee gets the number 1 spot. The 7 footer out of Kansas can play both ends of the court and Milwaukee can’t afford a bust. Of course, if the Bucks drop down, <a target="_blank" title="Is Parker better than Wiggins?" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/saloon/2683812-jabari-parker-clearly-better-than-andrew-wiggins.html">Jabari Parker appears to be the most reliable pick</a> out of Duke, sure to put fannies in the seats. After this, it’s a draft the best player on the board situation. <br /><b>Free NBA Pick:</b> Joel Emblid <br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><br /><b>2.</b></span><b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></b><span style="font-size:1em"><b>Philadelphia 76’ers<br /></b>The Sixers need defense in the worst way, and a player that can be relied upon at the offensive end; basically your prototypical double-double type of basketball player. Andrew Wiggins could be the perfect pick (if available) as he fits the bill. A Jabari Parker or Aaron Gordon would also fit nicely. Of course, with Gordon, it would be a later pick, and the Sixers would need more time for him to mature as a player. <br /><b>Free NBA Pick: </b>Andrew Wiggins <br /><b></b></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><b><br />3.</b></span><b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></b><span style="font-size:1em"><b>Orlando Magic<br /></b>The Magic would focus on a playmaker or someone to possibly take over for Jameer Nelson. <a target="_blank" title="Ever heard of NBA Lottery conspiracy theories?" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/players-talk/2885255-great-article-how-nba-lottery-tonight-fixed-reasons-behind.html?slf=27">Aside from the obvious picks</a> of Parker, Wiggins, and Gordon, Tyler Ennis out of Syracuse would be a good fit here. Of course if the best players are still available, Jabari Parker and Victor Oladipo would be a very athletic combination. Orlando gets two picks and can address two weak points. I don’t see Nikola Vucevic at center as being weak, therefore, you’re going to see a skilled guard or forward. <br /><b>Free NBA Pick: </b>Jabari Parker <br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><br /><b>4.</b></span><b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></b><span style="font-size:1em"><b>Utah Jazz<br /></b>The Jazz have two picks, and with the center position in Enes Kanter appearing to be secure, expect the Jazz to look elsewhere. The Jazz have a lot of above average players in Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, and Trey Burke, but they need a superstar to be a game-changer. If Parker is off the board, look for Dante Exum to be snatched up. <br /><b>Free NBA Pick:</b> Dante Exum </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><br /><b>5.</b></span><b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></b><span style="font-size:1em"><b>Boston Celtics<br /></b>The Celtics have two picks, as well, and not having <a target="_blank" title="Will Kevin Garnett make the Hall of Fame?" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/players-talk/2429622-nets-pursuing-trade-kevin-garnett-paul-pierce.html">Kevin Garnett</a> and Paul Pierce actually turned out to be a blessing for the Celts since both players are past their prime. Juilius Randle and Jared Sullinger wouldn’t be a good mix, as both have similar styles of play. Look for Boston to go for Noah Vonleh. He’s possibly a Kevin McHale type of 6-foot-10 player who's not as good as McHale on the offensive end, but has a much better defensive game. <br /><b>Free NBA Pick:</b> Noah Vonleh <br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><br /><b>6.</b></span><b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></b><span style="font-size:1em"><b>Los Angeles Lakers<br /></b>The Lakers will be desperate for a skilled big man if Pau Gasol is no longer with the team. This would be a perfect spot for Julius Randle, who can give the Lakers a much needed double-double type of player and still defer to Kobe Bryant.<br /><b>Free NBA Pick: </b>Pick- Julius Randle<br /></span><b style="font-size:1em"></b></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em"><br />7. Sacramento Kings<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">A lot of the <a target="_blank" title="College students one day, millionaires the next." href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/players-talk/2854972-does-anyone-here-know-who-blame-one-done-college-players.html?highlight=one+done">superstars mentioned above should be gone</a> by this point, but I could see either Dante Exum falling a bit in the draft, or Marcus Smart fitting in well here, since Isaiah Thomas is a restricted free agent. That said, he would be the perfect fit at 6-foot-4 to either play point guard or shooting guard along with Thomas. Smart is energetic and defense isn’t an issue; it’s an upgrade.<br /><b>Free NBA Pick: </b>Marcus Smart</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em"><br />8. De</b><b style="font-size:1em">troit Pistons<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Marcus Smart could also be a good fit with the Pistons alongside Brandon Jennings, because his defense </span><span style="font-size:1em">would benefit in a huge way. If Smart is taken, Nik Stauskas can stay in Michigan, and give the Pistons some reliability beyond the arc. The Pistons need a reliable shooter like a <a target="_blank" title="Who do you pick- McDermott, Morrison or Fredette?" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/ncaa-basketball-betting/2835800-who-you-got-doug-mcdermott-adam-morrison-jimmer-fredette.html">Doug McDermott from the Big East</a>. Josh Smith takes some wild shots. <br /></span><b style="font-size:1em">Free NBA Pick: </b><span style="font-size:1em">Doug McDermott</span></p> <p><br /><b>9. Cleveland Cavaliers<br /></b>I can’t see Aaron Gordon lasting much longer than this. This is a raw player with a huge upside as a big man. He’s doesn’t give you the size, or style of play that Anderson Varajeo does, but Cleveland was lucky before in grabbing a youth named Lebron James and Gordon is just 18 years old! He’s a good defender who can work on his game, and become a greater asset offensively. If he hung around this long, Cleveland would pick him. <br /><b>Free NBA Pick: </b>Aaron Gordon</p>
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