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NBA Draft Odds: Exact Order of First Three Picks

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NBA Draft Odds: Exact Order of First Three Picks

The 2024 NBA Draft is only one day away with the first round taking place on Wednesday, June 26th. With draft night almost here, several picks are coming into focus as some prospects are becoming clear favorites for teams toward the top of the draft order.

Among a long list of NBA Draft odds, FanDuel Sportsbook is offering lines for the exact order of the first three picks. Of course, these are usually some of the most talked about picks prior to draft night. Rumors are pointing to some favorable odds for the first three picks of the 2024 NBA Draft.

Here are the odds for the first three picks in order, followed by a few circled lines that could yield success.

First 3 Draft Picks Exact Order
FanDuel Sportsbook Odds
Pick 1: Zaccharie Risacher, Pick 2: Alexandre Sarr, Pick 3: Reed Sheppard-110
Pick 1: Zaccharie Risacher, Pick 2: Alexandre Sarr, Pick 3: Stephon Castle+4100
Pick 1: Zaccharie Risacher, Pick 2: Alexandre Sarr, Pick 3: Matas Buzelis+4100
Pick 1: Zaccharie Risacher, Pick 2: Donovan Clingan, Pick 3: Alexandre Sarr+4100
Pick 1: Zaccharie Risacher, Pick 2: Reed Sheppard, Pick 3: Alexandre Sarr+7500
Pick 1: Donovan Clingan, Pick 2: Alexandre Sarr, Pick 3: Zaccharie Risacher+1200
Pick 1: Donovan Clingan, Pick 2: Zaccharie Risacher, Pick 3: Reed Sheppard+10000
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Pick 1: Zaccharie Risacher, Pick 2: Alexandre Sarr, Pick 3: Reed Sheppard (-110)

The clear favorite is Zaccharie Risacher being the first pick, followed by Alexandre Sarr at No. 2, and Reed Sheppard going third.

Sheppard has been the perceived favorite for the Houston Rockets for awhile now. That remains the case as the Kentucky guard carries -180 odds to go third. Mock drafts continue to suggest Sheppard going to H-Town, including Yahoo Sports and SB Nation.

With this line, it could mostly concern the first and second picks. Sarr was the favorite for No. 1 for a long stretch, but that flipped last week. Risacher's odds have continued to grow for the first pick at -230. Sarr has become the overwhelming favorite to be selected at No. 2 by the Washington Wizards (-700).

Overall, this is the most likely scenario for the first three picks in order. Risacher, Sarr, and Sheppard are the favorites to be drafted at each slot.

Pick 1: Zaccharie Risacher, Pick 2: Alexandre Sarr, Pick 3: Donovan Clingan (+450)

The next line that stands out has Risacher and Sarr as the first two picks, but this time Donovan Clingan is filling the third spot. Behind Sheppard, Clingan has the second-shortest odds at +280. Sheppard has the lowest odds among the favorites for the first three picks. If there's a pick worth going against the grain, it's the third selection.

Taking this side could depend on if the fit of Clingan to the Rockets makes sense. Houston's top player is Alperen Sengun, who led the team with 21.1 points per game (PPG) and 9.3 rebounds per game (RPG) in the 2023-24 season. Houston has the center position figured out, and Sengun likely lacks the versatility to slide into power forward, making room for Clingan at center.

If Clingan would go third, it would likely require a trade. While this line carries the second-shortest odds for the first three picks in order, this doesn't seem promising considering the fit of Clingan on the Rockets.

Pick 1: Donovan Clingan, Pick 2: Alexandre Sarr, Pick 3: Zaccharie Risacher (+1200)

The sleeper line could be Clingan going first, Sarr second, and Risacher third. Clingan has picked up some steam for the first pick this week. Various reports have claimed the Atlanta Hawks will likely pick from Clingan or Risacher at No. 1.

Sarr seems locked up in the second slot. He even declined to workout with the Hawks, bringing an end to the first pick hype. He is now +650 to be the first player off of the board. With -700 odds, any player other than Sarr going to Washington would be a big surprise.

We can't completely overlook Clingan carrying +260 odds to be the top selection. If it shakes out this way, the Wizards could still pass on the French wing Risacher. Washington has few strengths, but they do have solid wing play with Kyle Kuzma and Deni Avdija. Sarr would still probably be the best fit with the second pick.

This would then cause Risacher to be available at three. Houston and the 19-year-old forward could be a match made in heaven. The Rockets would likely be between Risacher and Sheppard.

Houston already has a solid point guard in Fred VanVleet, making Sheppard less of a need. Risacher is coveted for his 3-and-D potential, which fits the Rockets' fancy. Houston finished with the 10th-lowest defensive rating and attempted the 12th-most three-point shots each game last season.

Pairing Risacher with Dillon Brooks and Amen Thompson would load the Rockets with exceptional wing defenders.

The +1200 odds make this line worth a look. The most likely order for the first three picks will be Risacher first, Sarr second, and Sheppard third. Clingan nabbing the first selection, followed by Sarr going second, and Risacher falling to the third selection is demanding some attention considering the inflated +1200 odds.


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