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It’s That Time Again… The 2022 NBA Draft

NBA Draft, betting analysis and top picks

The Golden State Warriors had hardly finished celebrating their 2022 NBA title when the focus of the league turned to the next NBA betting season.

The 2022 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday night at Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY), the aftermath adjusting wagering odds for the 2023 title.

Smith Favored to Go No. 1

The Orlando Magic have the first selection in this year’s NBA Draft, and if rumors are to be believed, Auburn’s Jabari Smith will be the choice. According to NBA Draft odds, Smith is currently listed at a prohibitive -180 price.

Smith, a 6-foot-10 forward, averaged 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.1 steals in 2021-22, his lone season with the Tigers. He is extremely athletic, and known to make highlight-reel plays at the rim. He shot 42% from the 3-point range.

If not Smith, many believe Gonzaga big man Chet Holmgren is the pick. Holmgren is listed at +150 to go No. 1 to the Magic after his outstanding freshman season with the Bulldogs.

The 7-footer is thought by many to be the top player available in the draft, averaging 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.7 blocks for Gonzaga. However, at 195 pounds, there are questions about how well he’ll handle the physical game of the NBA.

Other possibilities for the top selection include Duke forward Paolo Banchero (+750), Purdue guard Jaden Ivey (+10000) and Kentucky guard Shaedon Sharpe (+10000).

The Oklahoma City Thunder are selecting second Thursday night, then the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons. Dertroit took Cade Cunningham out of Oklahoma State with the No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft.

Futures Are Looking Ahead to NBA 2022-23

The end of one season inevitably brings the BetUs sportsbook futures odds for the next season, and the NBA is no different. The Golden State Warriors have already been installed as favorites to repeat, as per NBA odds.

The team’s nucleus of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green is aging a bit, but there are young complementary players as well, all of whom saying they want to remain with the team. There are seven unrestricted free agents on their roster, including Gary Payton II, Kevon Looney and Otto Porter Jr. Each of the aforementioned contributed significant minutes in the NBA Finals win over the Boston Celtics.

The (very) early NBA odds have the Warriors as +450 favorites to repeat and win their fifth title in nine seasons. The Celtics are next at +600, with the Brooklyn Nets and LA Clippers each listed at +650 to win.

Boston, after winning the Eastern Conference title, figures to return much of its roster. Brooklyn is hoping for better health for its stars, possibly even with guard Ben Simmon on the court. The Clippers are counting on Kawhi Leonard’s return after he missed the entire 2021-22 campaign.

Embiid is Leading ‘22-’23 NBA MVP Choice

The early pick to win the 2022-23 NBA MVP award is Philadelphia 76ers’ center Joel Embiid. He finished second the last two seasons. Embiid is listed at +500 to finally break through and take the most coveted individual award in the league.

As you might expect, there is plenty of competition for Embiid, with Luka Doncic. The Dallas Mavericks player is getting +600 odds to take the honors.

Next, two-time MVP winner Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is at +700, while two-time defending MVP award winner Nikola Jokic of Denver is priced at 9-1, or +900.

A couple of dark horses are Brooklyn Nets’ forward Kevin Durant and guard Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies, each at +1000.

Leaders of the defending conference champions are next, with the Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry.  Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum both at +1600.

2022 NBA DRAFT – 1ST OVERALL DRAFT PICK

PlayerOdds
Jabari Smith-170
Chet Holmgren+175
Paolo Banchero+140
Shaedon Sharpe+9000
Jaden Ivey+9000
Keegan Murray+18000
Johnny Davis+18000
Dyson Daniels+18000
A.J. Griffin+18000
Bennedict Mathurin+18000
Jalen Duren+18000


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2022 NBA DRAFT – 2ND OVERALL DRAFT PICK

PlayerOdds
Chet Holmgren-175
Jabari Smith+140
Paolo Banchero+140
Jaden Ivey+2000
Shaedon Sharpe+4500
Keegan Murray+8000
Bennedict Mathurin+18000
A.J. Griffin+18000
Dyson Daniels+18000
Johnny Davis+18000


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2022 NBA DRAFT – 3RD OVERALL DRAFT PICK

PlayerOdds
Paolo Banchero-400
Chet Holmgren+500
Jaden Ivey+800
Keegan Murray+1300
Shaedon Sharpe+1700
Jabari Smith+4500
A.J. Griffin+5000
Bennedict Mathurin+8000
Jalen Duren+12500
Johnny Davis+18000
Dyson Daniels+18000
Jeremy Sochan+18000


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2022 NBA DRAFT – 4TH OVERALL DRAFT PICK

PlayerOdds
Jaden Ivey-225
Keegan Murray+125
Shaedon Sharpe+700
Dyson Daniels+1300
Paolo Banchero+1800
Chet Holmgren+3000
A.J. Griffin+4500
Johnny Davis+7000
Jalen Duren+8000
Bennedict Mathurin+5500
Ochai Agbaji+8500
Jeremy Sochan+8500


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2022 NBA DRAFT – 5TH OVERALL DRAFT PICK

PlayerOdds
Keegan Murray-150
Shaedon Sharpe+400
Jaden Ivey+150
Dyson Daniels+850
Bennedict Mathurin+500
A.J. Griffin+2000
Paolo Banchero+3000
Jalen Duren+3000
Johnny Davis+3600
Chet Holmgren+3000
Jeremy Sochan+5000
Malaki Branham+7000
Ousmane Dieng+7000
E.J. Liddell+7000
Tari Eason+7000
Kennedy Chandler+9000
Jaden Hardy+9000
Blake Wesley+9000
Nikola Jovic+10000
Marjon Beauchamp+9000


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2022 NBA DRAFT – TO BE SELECTED IN THE TOP 10

PlayerOdds
Shaedon Sharpe-5000
Dyson Daniels-5000
Bennedict Mathurin-2500
Johnny Davis-250
A.J. Griffin+150
Jalen Duren-140
Jeremy Sochan+110
Mark Williams+275
Ochai Agbaji+225
Malaki Branham+400
Ousmane Dieng+125
Tari Eason+1800
TyTy Washington+1200
Jalen Williams+1600
Nikola Jovic+1600
Marjon Beauchamp+1800
Walker Kessler+5000
Kendall Brown+5000
Kennedy Chandler+5000
Jaden Hardy+2500
E.J. Liddell+5000
Blake Wesley+4000
Caleb Houstan+5000
Trevor Keels+5000
Dalen Terry+5000


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