Betting on the 2017 NBA Draft

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The NBA season ended a few weeks ago, but things aren’t slowing down for the Association. The 2017 NBA Draft is on Thursday, June 22. It will be televised at 7 PM EST on ESPN.

There’s already been a bit of wheeling and dealing so far. Most notably, the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers reached a deal that secures the Celtics the No. 1 overall pick. The Sixers sent their No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft, along with a 2018 first-round pick that they acquired from the L.A. Lakers.

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First Overall Pick

The first overall pick at this point shouldn’t be a surprise. After the Celtics-Sixers trade, it’s apparent that Philadelphia is going to select Washington point guard, Markelle Fultz. Fultz has drawn universal praise at this point and is the clear top pick. Realistically, particularly after the trade, Fultz is getting taken first overall. Realistically, particularly after the trade, Fultz is getting taken first overall.

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Line shopping this one makes plenty of sense. Bovada has the over at +300 and the under at -500, while BetOnline has the odds at just -110 and -120 at 4.5 picks. We can expect Ball to go to the Lakers and the Celtics and Suns aren’t likely to draft a point guard with those positions already taken care of for both franchises. Fox should go after the fifth pick, and +300 is a hell of a price.

Top 3 Picks

I don’t love laying -185, but this market at BetOnline is one my favorites. We already know the Philly is going with Fultz and the Lakers seem almost sure to draft Lonzo Ball.

For the Celtics, who are now sitting with the No. 3 overall pick – it comes down to forward, Josh Jackson, out of Kanas or forward, Jayson Tatum, out of Duke.

Tatum won over Boston’s staff with a workout and has impressed the scouting staff. He’s a shooter and will have no issues scoring. In his workout in Los Angeles, he hit 81 of 100 three-pointers from the corner.

However, the Celtics don’t need offense or three-point shooting. Instead, they could use some defense. Although Jackson has not worked out for management – he’s an ideal fit for Boston. He’s an incredibly athletic player, who is already an elite defender. There are questions about his jump shot, but if the defense isn’t a priority for the Celtics after their loss to Cleveland, then their organization doesn’t have their priorities correct.

I don’t think that’s the case and believe that Danny Ainge, along with input from Brad Stevens, will go defense in this spot.

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