NBA Draft Odds: Williamson Is Your God Now

Monday, March 25, 2019 6:19 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 25, 2019 6:19 PM UTC

Duke’s Zion Williamson is the runaway favorite on the NBA odds board to go No. 1 at the 2019 Draft. Is there any reason to bet on the other top candidates?

<p style="text-align:right"><em>Jason’s 2018-19 NBA picks record through Mar. 25: 22-21-1 ATS, 0-4 ML (minus-9.35 units), 31-14 Totals</em></p><p>Now that the first two rounds of March Madness are behind us, we can finally take a breather and see where things stand on the basketball court – the NBA court, that is. As much attention as the Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament is getting, this is an audition for a larger event taking place on June 20: the 2019 NBA Draft. And so far, Zion Williamson is hitting all his marks.<br /><br />It’s incredible how Williamson has become the central focus for the Duke Blue Devils, and the runaway favorite to go No. 1 overall at the Draft. The <a href="" target="_blank">NBA odds</a> are off the board at the moment, but in late February, Williamson was available at –2000 to become the first selection. Those odds, if you can still find them anywhere, are probably even shorter after Williamson scored a combined 57 points in Duke’s early-round victories. Here are the Top-4 favorites as they appeared last month, and an update on their progress:</p><p><strong>Zion Williamson, Duke (–2000)</strong><br />If you haven’t already put Williamson in your <a href="" target="_blank">NBA picks</a>, absolutely grab him at this price if you can. That Grade 1 knee sprain he suffered on February 20 when his sneaker came apart is a non-issue; although the injury did happen shortly after these odds were released, Williamson is clearly in fine form after making his return March 14 and leading Duke to the ACC title.</p><p><strong>R.J. Barrett, Duke (+550)</strong><br />Before Williamson exploded on the scene, Barrett was considered the top recruit in the nation and the likely No. 1 pick in 2019. He’s still an impressive performer, particularly on offense, but Barrett isn’t in Williamson’s league – and NBA teams might be wary of drafting another Toronto-bred player first overall after going back-to-back with Anthony Bennett (2013) and Andrew Wiggins (2014).</p><p><strong>Ja Morant, Murray State (+650)</strong><br />There’s a very good chance Morant has moved ahead of Barrett on the pecking order after his performance during the first two rounds of the Big Dance. Morant led No. 12 Murray State to an 83-64 upset over No. 5 Marquette (–3), putting up 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds for just the ninth triple-double in Tournament history. Then Morant scored another 28 points in their 90-62 Second Round loss to No. 4 Florida State (–4).</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;CAM. REDDISH. CLUTCH. &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Chris Montano (@gswchris) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;March 24, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p><strong>Cam Reddish, Duke (+2000)</strong><br />Alas, we’re not likely to see the 1-2-3 podium sweep for Duke at the 2019 Draft. It was a possibility heading into the winter semester, but while Reddish has played well for the Blue Devils at both ends, he’s fallen behind players like Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland and Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter on the mock draft boards. It’s not the end of the world: Rudy Gay went eighth overall in 2006, and he’s done all right for himself.</p><p style="text-align:center"><a href="" target="_blank">Talk Basketball At SBR's NBA Betting Forum</a> </p>
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