Sportsbooks See LaMelo Ball As Layup To Play With Minnesota Timberwolves

Posted on November 16, 2020 - Last Updated on November 17, 2020

The long awaited 2020 NBA Draft is right around the corner, and betting on the event is available for the first time in Tennessee.

This year’s rescheduled spectacle falls on Nov. 18, immediately following The Masters and landing mid football season.

DraftKings and BetMGM were two Tennessee sportsbooks quick to post lines for Wednesday’s virtual event.

2020 NBA draft odds

Countless mock drafts have attempted to predict the potential outcomes of the draft.

Unlike other years with an apparent first-pick leader, a trio of names are vying for the top spot in 2020.

LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman are all contenders.

The Minnesota Timberwolves hosted nineteen-year-old point guard LaMelo Ball to a private workout Wednesday night. This marked the first prospective team courting the international star.

Ball’s Thursday audience included coaches from the Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons.

The Timberwolves have the first draft pick, while the Warriors are granted second, the Hornets third, and the Pistons seventh.

Lines at DraftKings have shifted to favor Ball over Georgia Bulldogs shooting guard Anthony Edwards.

Memphis Tigers center James Wiseman opened with +120 odds, but currently sits +700. Wiseman is expected to go top-three, and stated that the only two teams he has worked out for in-person so far are the Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Hornets.

When asked about what team he wants to play for, Wiseman said, “I would feel good, whatever team that picks me, I’m truly grateful for that.”

Current odds at DraftKings for first overall pick are:

Anthony Edwards-125
LaMelo Ball+112
James Wiseman+700
Obi Toppin+10000
Deni Avdija+20000
Killian Hayes+30000
Onyeka Okongwu+30000
Cole Anthony+50000
RJ Hampton+50000
Tyrese Haliburton+50000
Isaac Okoro+50000
Precious Achiuwa+75000
Josh Green+75000
Aaron Nesmith+75000

Ways to bet on the draft

Wagering on the top prospect is far from the only way to get in on draft action.

Additional markets are available at DraftKings including:

  • Player draft position
  • Picks 2-9
  • Picks 10-19
  • Picks 20-29
  • Top 10 specials
  • Conference specials
  • School specials

BetMGM and Action 247 options comprise the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 8th overall pick as well as the over/under on individual draft positions.

Prop bets include the over/under on first round drafts from the:

  • ACC
  • SEC
  • Big 10
  • Big 12
  • PAC-12

Predicting the over/under on top-10 international players is also available.

Currently, Tennessee sportsbooks are not offering event bonuses, though this could change before draft day.

Will LaMelo get the ball rolling in this year’s NBA Draft or be ousted by an underdog?

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As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. She then returned to her love of written word in 2000 after working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer. As a journalist, she's covered a variety of topics and currently specializes in Tennessee online sports betting and Virginia casino news. She served as a panelist at this year's All American Sports Betting Summit, discussing the ever-evolving role of women in the gambling industry.

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