NBA Draft Odds Say Zion Williamson is Lock to Be No. 1 Pick Followed by Ja Morant and RJ Barrett

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Few things are certain in life: death, taxes, and Zion Williamson being the first pick of the 2019 NBA Draft.

Williamson is currently -8000 on FanDuel Sportsbook to go first in this June's draft, which are astronomical odds compared to the rest of the field.

Projected No. 2 pick Ja Morant is +1200 to go first overall, while R.J. Barrett, rumored to go third to the New York Knicks, is +1400. Jarret Culver rounds out the top four at +2600 to go first to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Zion is looking like the most foregone conclusion in NBA Draft history since LeBron James was taken first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003. Anthony Davis in 2012 was another consensus No. 1 pick heading into the draft, when he was taken by the then-New Orleans Hornets.

The Pelicans defied some great odds of their own when they won the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery back on May 14, as they had a six percent chance for the first pick. The Grizzlies, who will pick second in the NBA Draft, also had a six percent chance at No. 1.

Barring an unlikely trade, the Pelicans will select Williamson as their new franchise cornerstone at the 2019 NBA Draft on June 20. New Orleans is still heavily rumored to be shopping Davis, and should have serious offers from the Lakers, Knicks, and Celtics, among others.

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