The NBA has yet to crown a champion for the 2021-22 season and already the pieces for next year’s campaign are starting to fall into place. As trade talks begin to resume across the league, teams are bringing in potential draft picks for workouts while rumors continue to spread about who could end up where.
The 2022 NBA Draft it slated for Thursday, June 23 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but you don’t have to wait that long to get a sense of how the board may shake out.
Over at Tipico Sportsbook, over/under odds are now listed for 12 different prospects on when they’ll hear their name called by commissioner Adam Silver. So it was only right that BetFTW called up our colleague, and FTW NBA expert, Bryan Kalbrosky to get his take on the current lines.
Here’s how his current read of the draft landscape has us placing our bets.
All odds via Tipico
Bryan’s Pick: OVER (+135)
“I’m a fan of Iowa’s Keegan Murray, who we interviewed during the pre-draft process. Although he recently spoke about his potential fit at No. 4 with the Kings, many believe Sacramento is leaning towards trading that draft pick. I’d be surprised if he jumped into the top 4, so this is really a question of whether or not he goes to the Pistons. Detroit may like him, but feels the most logical fit with the Pacers at No. 6 overall. Perhaps the Spurs, who are rumored to like him and may trade up, could be a destination as well.”
Bryan’s Pick: UNDER (+135)
“There is a lot of smoke surrounding rumors that Dyson Daniels is the targeted pick at No. 7 overall, but I could see him going even earlier than that. Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman has described Daniels as the ‘it, prospect right now, and I can understand why. I feel that fortune favors the bold, and perhaps recklessly, I’m taking the under so I can get the plus odds.”
Bryan’s Pick: OVER (+100)
“Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin recently said that he has only worked out for the Pistons (No. 5), Pacers (No. 6) and Blazers (No. 7). I think Mathurin will be an interested option at No. 5 overall and No. 6 overall, but I’m getting the sense it would be tough for him to leapfrog over Keegan Murray. If we’re betting on Daniels to go under 6.5, that means Mathurin will go over.”
Bryan’s Pick: OVER (-160)
“This was a tough choice for Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis. His known workouts are with the Pistons (5), Pacers (6), Spurs (9), Wizards (10), and the Thunder (12) thus far. I could see him as a fit with San Antonio, but I don’t think I’m convinced enough to put money on it right now.”
Bryan’s Pick: UNDER (+115)
“Memphis big man Jalen Duren is a post-centric player, but he is an incredibly well-built prospect who is also one of the youngest prospects in this class. Portland is on the clock at No. 7 and they hosted Duren for a solo workout, Plus, according to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, the intel about San Antonio is they plan to use their lottery pick to draft a center, Duren would be the best one on the board.”
Bryan’s Pick: OVER (-200)
“Duke’s AJ Griffin had a historic shooting campaign during his one-and-done season in college. While we saw remarkable explosiveness and athleticism from Griffin in high school, potentially due to health concerns, we saw less of that from him in the NCAA. If the Knicks don’t trade up to land Jaden Ivey, my bet is Griffin is their pick at No. 11 overall. It wouldn’t shock me if he even fell past that, but the odds (-200) aren’t great, so don’t spend too much on this one.”
Bryan’s Pick: OVER (+105)
“After winning a national title for Kansas, Ochai Agbaji has worked out for a few teams with lottery picks. The Pelicans (8), Wizards (10), Knicks (11), Thunder (12), and Hornets (13) have all taken a look at him. But the Hornets are on the clock at No. 15 overall as well, and he has also met with the Cavaliers (14), Hawks (16), and Bulls (18). Those destinations feel closer to the range where Agbaji, a senior, will hear his name called.”
Bryan’s Pick: UNDER (+150)
“I’ve long felt the most logical destination for LSU’s Tari Eason is the Atlanta Hawks, who are on the clock at No. 16 overall. Eason is as productive on defense as Matisse Thybulle was in college, but he is a more willing shooter. I’d bet on hearing his name called early on draft night.”
Bryan’s Pick: OVER (+115)
“This was a hard one for me because in my most recent mock draft, I’ve got Notre Dame’s Blake Wesley landing with the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 23 overall. But with rumors swirling that Philly may trade the pick for win-now talent, I’m not betting on that. While some have been impressed by his workouts, there are mixed reviews, He has had pre-draft workouts with teams selecting after this range, meeting with the Bucks (24), Spurs (25) and Heat (27). I’m going to take the over on this one.”
Bryan’s Pick: OVER (-170)
“I was impressed by Mark Williams during the tournament, and I’d argue he’s a lottery-caliber talent. The most common fit for Williams on mocks is the Hornets, which I wrote about earlier this week, The Hornets currently own the No. 13 and No. 15 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. I’ll bet that when it is all said and done, he lands there.”
Bryan’s Pick: OVER (+115)
“I think Serbia’s Nikola Jovic is going to get some looks in the lottery, and lots of teams selecting in the top 20 will consider drafting him. But at least as of now, there doesn’t seem to be a ton of momentum suggesting Jovic is ‘the guy’ for any of those teams. I still think he goes in the first round, but for my money, I’d guess it’s after the 20th pick.”