NBA Draft Lottery 2018: Odds, Date, Time, Predictions
On May 15, at 7:30 pm Eastern Time, 15 NBA teams will watch as NBA Draft lottery decides the order of the 2018 NBA Draft.
NBA Draft Lottery 2018 Odds and Predictions
Based on their final standing in the NBA regular season, the Phoenix Suns have been granted a 25% chance of getting the first overall pick. They are also at 64.3% to pick within the top three.
The Memphis Grizzlies – who finished with only one win more than the Suns – come in with odds of 19.9% to snag the top pick. At 55.8%, they’re favoured to land in the top three.
At 12.9% and 12.8%, the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks could swoop in to steal the top pick. The Orlando Magic come in with 10.7% odds, and then the Sacramento Kings drop down to odds of 6.2%.
In the last three NBA Draft lotteries, the team with the greatest odds has claimed the first overall pick. But, this is the first time in 33 years that the worst team has won the top pick three years in a row. Upsets appear to be a regular occurrence in the history of the NBA Draft lottery.
The third-worst team has often snuck in to pinch the top pick, giving the Dallas Mavericks a chance at glory in 2018.
Coming up big in 2017
In 2017, the Boston Celtics won the NBA Draft lottery thanks to the first round pick that they procured from the Brooklyn Nets. With 25% odds, they were favoured to do so. Boston ended up trading the pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. This year, Boston is at +210 to win their Conference Finals series with the best NBA bookmakers.
The second overall pick went to the Los Angeles Lakers, who were third in the odds to get first-overall at 15.6% and 31.3% to land in the top three. The Sacramento Kings shocked the odds by pulling the third-overall selection having been at the eighth-longest odds to get first and 9.9% to get into the top three.
Who does the winner get?
It seems that there is a plethora of talent at centre this year, with many of the lowly teams needing to fill that position. Top of the bunch is DeAndre Ayton, who stands at 7’0’’ and 260 lbs. However, Luka Doncic and Marvin Bagley III are also in the mix, depending on who gets the top pick.