The NBA Draft is here! With only a matter of hours remaining until festivities begin, it's time to examine the NBA prop betting odds to see what kind of value is out there.
Player to be selected with the #1 pick
Karl-Anthony Towns, who tore it up with Kentucky as a freshman, appears to be the odds-on favorite to be taken number one overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The odds have shortened a little bit, but Towns is still listed at -1500 at major sites like 5Dimes and BetOnline to be the first guy taken. He's followed by Jahlil Okafor, who is priced in the +800 to +850 range.
Interestingly enough, the available odds are drastically different between those two sportsbooks when it comes to the next two players on the list. At 5Dimes, D'Angelo Russell is now at +4500 to be taken first, with Kristaps Porzingis at +10000. Meanwhile, BetOnline has both players at +5000. 5Dimes also has a prop offering revolving around which player the public expects to be taken first, and they have Russell as the chalk at -530 and the Latvian at +350 - it appears as if the former Ohio State star has a good chance to be taken third overall by the 76ers, assuming Towns and Okafor go one and two.
Player to be selected with the #3 pick
As of now, both sportsbooks mentioned above have this prop available. Porzingis is the underdog to be taken third, priced out at approximately +220. Russell is the favorite, listed at -220 to be taken third in the draft by Philadephia.
Justise Winslow's draft position
Right now 5Dimes has the OVER/UNDER at the sixth pick, with most of the action coming in on the OVER (-130) right now. That's a pretty interesting number, considering the Magic have been rumored to be very interested in the athletic wing, and they have the fifth pick in the draft. Should Winslow indeed fall below Orlando, we'll have to see if the likes of Sacramento (sixth pick), Denver (seventh), Detroit (eighth) or Charlotte (ninth) will get a chance to draft him.
Winslow is still a rather raw talent, but it's clear he has a ton of potential, and he is already a terrific defender while also sporting some incredible athletic ability. We don't expect him to fall too low, so there could be value in taking the UNDER with your NBA picks in this spot.
Willie Cauley-Stein draft position
Another well-known prospect in Cauley-Stein will be coveted early on in the draft tonight, with oddsmakers listing the OVER/UNDER of his draft position at 8.5. The chalk pick is the UNDER, which is trading at -230, but you never know with the draft; we've seen some crazy things happen before and it's not all that unreasonable to think the Kentucky big will drop below the top eight.
A terrific rim-protector and freakishly athletic for his size, Cauley-Stein is going to carve out a role wherever he lands. That being said, we're going to stay away from this prop entirely.
Emmanuel Mudiay draft position
It looks like Mudiay is a lock to to go in the top six, with the odds showing a line of -210 for the UNDER (the OVER is at +160). Only 19-years-old, Mundiay spent last season in China playing professional basketball after he decided not to play college ball at SMU.
A 6-5 guard who can do a little of everything, there are a number of teams that would love to bring the Congolese-American on board. A lot of pundits have Mudiay going sixth to the Kings, but who knows what will happen, considering that franchise appears ready to move on from both DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. Don't be surprised to see multiple trades go down here on the first night of the draft.