Purdue’s Jaden Ivey favored by bettors to go No. 1

Jaden Ivey is an enticing pick for bettors to pick at No. 1 in the June NBA draft.

The Purdue Warden gets the most money of any player to be picked first at BetMGM. Ivey gets just under 10% of the bets, but those bets make up over 43% of the total money wagered on the first pick ahead of Tuesday night’s lottery.

The draft lottery will decide who picks first in June. The Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, and Detroit Pistons each have a 14% chance of picking first place. The Oklahoma City Thunder have a 12.5% ​​chance of making the top pick, while the Indiana Pacers have a 10.5% chance of making the top pick. The odds of winning the lottery are weighted, so each of these five teams has a better chance of finishing in the top five than the other teams that didn’t make the playoffs.

Ivey averaged over 17 points per game and five rebounds per contest in 2021-22 as a sophomore. He scored 20 or more points in 14 games as Purdue’s season in the Sweet 16 ended in a loss to St. Peter’s.

Jaden Ivey is the top pick in the 2022 NBA draft at +4000. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Jaden Ivey is the top pick in the 2022 NBA draft at +4000. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Ivey’s chances of going number 1 aren’t very good. He sits at +4000 and the combination of his odds and Indiana legal sports betting could be a big reason why he’s been backed by a lot of the money so far.

The #1 favorite is Auburn’s Jabari Smith. He’s at -105 to be the top pick in the draft and just under 23% of the tickets go to Smith to pick #1. Smith receives the most bets of any player to be the top pick, with bets on him offsetting 24% of the grip. The only other player outside of Ivey and Smith who has received over 4% of the money so far is Kentucky’s Shaedon Sharpe. He didn’t play at all for the Wildcats in 2021-22 and is the top pick at +8000.

Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren is the #2 favorite for the top pick at +145. Holmgren gets just under 10% of the bets but only 2.2% of the handle. Holmgren was an important part of a Gonzaga team that was one of the best teams in college basketball all season before losing to Arkansas in the Sweet 16.

Duke’s Paolo Banchero is the No. 3 favorite at +350 and receives the second highest bets at 16.1%. But those bets on Banchero only account for 3.4% of the handle as bettors are clearly reluctant to bet big on the Blue Devils big man.

The odds for the players listed above could change over the next few days after we find out who will get the top picks and possible reports of what the first picked team is looking for out of the draft.

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