The Duel

Cavaliers, Knicks and Suns Have Best Betting Odds to Land Top-3 Pick in 2019 NBA Draft

By Kevin Nardone
2019 NBA All Star Commissioner's Media Availability
2019 NBA All Star Commissioner's Media Availability / Streeter Lecka
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The 2019 NBA Draft class has a number of exciting prospects, including a few players at the top of the class who are projected to be elite NBA talents. Three guys have seemed to be the cream that has risen to the top, in Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett, so a top-3 pick holds immense value this year.

The NBA Draft Lottery system includes all 14 teams that don't qualify for the playoffs and all of those teams have a chance at lucking into to a top-3 pick.

According to oddsmakers at FanDuel Sportsbook, the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns are tied for the best odds to take home one of the coveted top-3 picks in this year's draft.

This isn't surprising, considering that these three teams, who finished with the worst records in the NBA, were given the best probability to get the No. 1 overall pick, as well as a top-4 pick based on the NBA's new lottery system, which was implemented following last season.

Each of the three teams holds an actual 52.1 percent probability of landing a top-4 pick and a 14.0 percent chance at landing the first overall pick.

In the past, the worst team had a probability of 25 percent to win the lottery, the second-worst team had a 19.9 percent probability and the third-worst team had just a 15.6 percent probability.

The Chicago Bulls (+165) and Atlanta Hawks (+200) round out the top-5 odds to get one of the top-3 picks in this year's draft.

So, theres no inherent informational advantage to betting this, placing your money down gives you the same bouncing ping pong ball's chance as the team you bet on. Although, if you're a fan of one of the top (worst) teams in the NBA Draft Lottery, making this bet could make that night all the more interesting for you.


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