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NBA Draft Odds: Who Will Be the No. 1 Pick?

Annie Nader
Annie Nader@ANader33
NBA Draft Odds: Who Will Be the No. 1 Pick?

The first round of the 2024 NBA Draft begins tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET, and you can get in on the action via FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA Draft odds.

The Atlanta Hawks will be the first team on the clock tonight, but unlike some previous draft years, there is not a surefire option at the top of the board.

Let's check out the No. 1 pick odds and explore which direction Atlanta could turn tonight.

All NBA odds come from FanDuel Sportsbook and are subject to change after this article is published.

NBA Draft -- No. 1 Pick Odds

Player
Odds
Zaccharie Risacher-430
Donovan Clingan+550
Alexandre Sarr+750
Stephon Castle+2500
Reed Sheppard+4000
Matas Buzelis+10000
Rob Dillingham+30000
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Zaccharie Risacher (-430)

Although draft day is here, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Atlanta has "not landed" on who they will select with the No. 1 overall pick.

While an underwhelming class has left the Hawks with a tough decision, Zaccharie Risacher has emerged as the top candidate going by the betting odds.

Risacher spent last season playing pro-ball for JL Bourg in France's LNB Elite League. The French forward was named to the league's All-Star team and received the 2023-2024 EuroCup Basketball Rising Star award. Previous winners of this award include Jonas Valanciunas and Kristaps Porzingis.

Consensus mock drafts rule in overwhelming favor of Risacher in this market, and he's been one of the main players going through workouts for Atlanta.

The 19-year-old looks like he may be the second straight international player to be selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft.

Donovan Clingan (+550)

Donovan Clingan's stock might just be the biggest question mark of the draft.

He's currently favored to be selected after the third pick, but at the same time, he seems to be the most likely candidate for Atlanta should they stray away from Risacher.

The consensus mocks don't have a great read on where he will fall, but we know that the Hawks have shown interest in the UConn standout.

Yesterday, ESPN's Jonathan Givony reported that "Clingan, another favorite of the Hawks' coaching staff, remains in play at No. 1."

The 7'2" center won a pair of championships in his two-year stint in Storrs, and some key news regarding Atlanta and projected top lottery pick Alexandre Sarr could make Clingan the only likely option past Risacher.

Alexandre Sarr (+750)

The 7'0" center from France was long considered to be in the running for the No. 1 overall pick, but Sarr's reported refusal to work out for the Hawks makes it seem unlikely that he winds up in Atlanta.

Givony reported that Sarr prefers to be selected by the Washington Wizards, who own the second overall pick in the draft. That's the same direction the consensus mocks expect this to go, as 9 out of 10 updated mocks stamp Sarr as a future Wizard.

Personally, I'd be shocked if Atlanta decided to go with Sarr tonight. Not only has the team been denied a workout, but Sarr doesn't exactly stand out in general, especially in comparison to Risacher.

We can anticipate Risacher's name to be called first tonight, but I also wouldn't rule out the possibility of Clingan to Atlanta.


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