The NBA Draft is set for November 18. With several top prospects working out and interviewing with teams, time is running out to extract value from the NBA Draft props. Let’s take a look for the best values at the best betting sites and see if there are any worth firing at.
LaMelo Ball OVER 2 ½ Draft Position (+150)
For the third and final time, a member of the Ball family is in the NBA draft. His oldest brother, Lonzo, went second overall to the Lakers back in 2017. Now, the youngest Ball brother has a chance to be even higher than that.
LaMelo Ball interviewed with the Timberwolves earlier this week, but with D’Angelo Russell tied up for many years to come, the Wolves may be looking to trade out of that spot. They may even pass on Ball for another top prospect if the trade market for the pick isn’t very robust.
However, the waters are a bit muddy at the top of the draft. Ball has reportedly not been performing well in interviews. Whether that is on purpose or not remains to be seen. Anthony Edwards seems like the odds on favorite to be the number one pick. However, even if Edwards goes first, there is still no guarantee Ball goes second.
James Wiseman is in the mix, as is overseas prospect Deni Avdija. The problem for Ball is unless a team is willing to part with assets to trade up to get him at number two, he could fall some. Add in the unimpressive interviews, and there is a scenario where Ball could fall out of the top five.
Just looking at the draft order and you can see that almost none of these teams need a point guard. Especially one that would come with the potential for baggage. Golden State obviously doesn’t need to draft a point guard. Charlotte just signed Terry Rozier last year and got a huge season from Devonte Graham. The Bulls already have a great young point guard in Coby White. Cleveland has drafted two combo guards the last two drafts, and the Hawks have Trae Young.
That gets us down to the seventh and eighth spots, to the Pistons and Knicks respectfully. Either of those teams could trade up to get Ball, and both need a point guard. but something tells me that they could probably just wait to snag him if he falls. Also, they could trade into the top five and not the top two or three and still draft him.
At +150, this is currently the best value on the board, for our NBA Picks we just have to hope Golden State doesn’t snag him at number two. At this point, I think it’s safe to say he isn’t going number one.
NBA Draft Bet: LaMelo Ball OVER 2 ½ Draft Position (+150) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
Anthony Edwards To Go First Overall (-175)
Because of Ball slipping on draft boards and the lack of need for point guards near or at the top of the draft, laying some chalk with Edwards to be the first overall pick seems pretty safe. I don’t see anyone trading up to one to draft anyone else. Besides, after averaging nearly 20 points per game at Georgia, Edwards seems like a good bet.
He is a little undersized, but he brings a really long wingspan to the table, which should have coaches salivating at his defensive upside. Edwards will be able to use his quickness and explosiveness to make an immediate impact on both ends of the court. I think he has the potential to eventually become an elite two-guard defender.
Like a lot of the athletes coming into the NBA Draft, Edwards could use some shot-making practice. His shot-making and creating will need some work at the NBA level. Furthermore, it could be that he never develops into a number one option offensively in the NBA.
However, with question marks on almost every other top player this season, Edwards seems like the most polished and best player available. Even if the Wolves trade out of the number one spot, I could still see another team drafting Edwards number one. This should be priced on top sportsbooks more like -200 at this point.