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Zion Williamson's Odds to Be No. 1 Pick in NBA Draft are Astronomical

Max Staley
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Zion Williamson took the basketball world by storm as a freshman with the Duke Blue Devils, averaging 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while shooting 68.0 percent from the field.

The oddsmakers clearly took notice, as Zion (-10000) is the runaway favorite to be the No. 1 pick in tonight's NBA Draft, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Zion is currently available at -10000 to go No. 1 overall to the New Orleans Pelicans, which follows what all the experts have been saying. He appears set to become the face of the franchise in New Orleans after the Pelicans traded Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for a big haul of players and picks.

Ja Morant (+2200) and RJ Barrett (+3900) both have outside shots of going No. 1 overall based on odds from FanDuel Sportsbook.

Following Morant and Barrett are Darius Garland and Jarrett Culver at +5000. But at this point, based on everything that's been reported and where the odds stand, it seems like Zion will go No. 1.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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