NBA Draft: A Betting Preview

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nbadraft13_300x250_3 (1)Before we begin our journey up to the 2013 NBA Draft, I personally believe it is very important to get a brief history lesson when it comes to previous drafts. Here were a few proposition bets prior to last years NBA Draft for a decent brief comparison:

Anthony Davis was the unanimous selection to go number one in the draft, which was made obvious by the fact that you had to lay almost $5,000 to win $100.

When it came to the second pick, a little more confusion was brought to the table. Thomas Robinson of Kansas, was the favorite to go number two in the draft with his odds anywhere between -150 and -250 to go in that slot between two days and the day of the draft last year.

The Charlotte Bobcats had the second pick, and ended up shocking many by taking Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was around 2/3 odds to even go 4th in the draft that day.

The oddsmakers did get the 3rd selection right when it came to the Washington Wizards.

What many will learn when wagering on who will go where and to what team when it comes to the draft has a lot to do with needs. Florida Freshman Bradley Beal simply made sense when it came to the Wizards and as long as top pick Anthony Davis was off the board, many had Beal going No. 3 to Washington, which ended up being -250 ($250 to win $100) by draft day.

Some of the most popular proposition bets when it came to the 2012 NBA Draft surrounded all of the different Kentucky players entering the NBA together. Here were a few of the bets leading up to draft day:

-Total Kentucky players drafted in the lottery (picks 1-14): Over 2.5 (+120)/Under 2.5 (-160)

Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went back-to-back at 1 and 2 in the draft, but Terrence Jones did not get drafted until 18th, which made the under hit in this particular situation.

-Total Kentucky players drafted in all two rounds of the NBA Draft: Over 4.5 (+120)/Under 4.5 (-150)

The total number of Wildcats players who were taken in the NBA Draft was actually 6, which was definitely more than expected and helped all bettors of the over cash in. The players were as follows: Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb & Darius Miller.

Let’s begin our discussion about the 2013 NBA Draft by taking a look at a few mock drafts from NBA experts across the web, which will hopefully give us an idea and a parameter of where certain players may be drafted this coming Thursday.

- Mock Draft 7.0 from Joe Kotoch of Sheridan Hoops has Alex Len (C) going No. 1 and Nerlens Noel (C) No. 2.

-Mock Draft 6.0 from Chad Ford of ESPN.com (Insider Access required) has Noel going No. 1 and Victor Oladipo (SG) of Indiana going No. 2. 

-Mock Draft from Jonathan Givony of Draft Express has Noel going No. 1, followed by Ben McLemore (SG).

-HoopsHype’s Aron Smith has Len at No. 1 and Noel at No. 2, just as we do.

If you take a look at the four mock drafts listed above, you will notice two of them have Maryland center Alex Len going 1st overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the two other have him going 4th (Bobcats) and 6th (Pelicans) overall. The two mock drafts that placed Alex Len at the 4th and 6th spots have Nerlens Noel going 1st in the draft this coming Thursday. The offshore sports book Bovada, up till a few weeks ago had the odds of the first pick in the draft as follows:

-Nerlens Noel, Kentucky -200

-Otto Porter (SF), Georgetown +200 (old odds obviously as he is now projected to go between 3rd and 5th in the draft)

-Other Player(s) +500

Here are some of the current proposition bets currently on the market for the upcoming NBA Draft. As we get closer to Thursday, many other sites will be posting wagers and I will update this column as we get closer: (odds via BetOnline)

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