A major shift took place overnight at sportsbooks across the country, according to Action Network’s Matt Moore, who tweet that all books with odds available for the No. 1 overall pick now list Duke’s paolo banchero as the favorite to leave the board first.
It’s a fascinating turn of events with the draft only hours away, though it’s hard to pin down exactly what it means. Do those gamblers know anything about him? MagicWhat plans does the general public have? Did some bettors change the odds when placing significant bets on Banchero, either because they had insider information or because they wanted to create more favorable odds for later bets on Banchero? Jabari Smith? Could a trade involving the first pick be in the works?
Most NBA reporters and draft pundits have said for weeks that it would be a surprise for someone besides Smith to go to Orlando at No. 1. Still, it’s far from the lockdown that recent top overall picks like Cade Cunningham Y zion williamson has been. This last minute change in betting odds only adds more intrigue to the top of tonight’s draft.
Here’s more on the 2022 NBA draft:
- the pacemaker, Jazz, celtsY pistons are among the teams believed to be looking to acquire a pick in the second half of the first round, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report. Boston seems open to discussing young rotation players like grant williams Y payton pritchard in those conversations, adds Fischer.
- The latest summary of information related to the draft by SI.com’s Jeremy Woo includes notes on Shaedon Sharpewho continues to be associated with Trail Blazers at number 7; the Sixers• Pick No. 23, which rival teams believe will be split; and the list of teams believed to have an interest in acquiring a second-round pick, which includes Lakers, Jazz, Mavericks, Suns, networksY Heat.
- timber wolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said Wednesday that his team is “very open” to trading the No. 19 overall pick, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic (twitter link). “We’ve had countless conversations about using that selection to add an impactful piece more quickly.” Connelly said. “But 99% of these conversations are just theoretical.”