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Paolo Banchero now favored to be No. 1 pick

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Auburn forward Jabari Smith many expected the Magic to pick him first overall in today’s NBA draft. A few random predictions made Gonzaga big Chet Holmgren goes first.

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But overnight, the betting markets flipped and Duke took the lead. Paolo Bankero now prefer to be the best choice.

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PointsBet now lists odds for:

  • Paolo Bankero -200
  • Jabari Smith +130
  • Chet Holmgren +600
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Is there information on the betting market that has not yet been reported? Will Orlando take Banchero first? Is the other team trading?

Were some players betting big on Banchero to change the odds, planning to bet even more on Smith with such favorable odds? As Banchero’s odds have risen in recent days, a theory has emerged that the bookies were simply trying to provoke action. But Smith falling to +130, which means players will receive more income than they wagered, doesn’t fit that theory.

It is difficult to say what to do with this late development.

But for those who just assumed the draft would start with Bunchero at the #1 Magic, Holmgren at the #2 Thunder, and Bunchero at the #3 Rockets, there’s a lot more uncertainty now.



Source: nba.nbcsports.com

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