The Washington Wizards have the first pick in the draft and they are expected to take Kentucky’s John Wall. He should immediately make an impact in the NBA and Washington should be improved vs. the online gambling NBA odds next season.
Internet gambling companies will be focused on the first five to ten picks in the draft as teams look to improve themselves. Wall is the star of this draft but there are other players who can make an impact. Philadelphia has the second pick and they are looking at Georgia Tech big man Derrick Favors or Ohio State guard Evan Turner. New Jersey picks next and they will probably take the player who Philly passes on. The player that could go next is Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins. He could go as high as second or third in the draft but his personality is combustible and teams may not want to take a risk on Cousins. He was SEC Freshman of the Year last season as he averaged 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He was a challenge to keep in check by opponents and he was also a challenge for head coach John Calipari. Cousins could be a great player in the NBA but he won’t be easy to handle.
Philadelphia probably should take Cousins at number two overall but they are likely to play it safe and take Favors or Turner. New Jersey will probably pass on Cousins and Minnesota doesn’t figure to take him at number four. The Kings have the fifth pick and they might take a shot with him. Cousins didn’t even work out for Golden State so they probably won’t take him while Detroit would love to take him at number seven. The Pistons may have to trade up to get him since the most likely scenario has him going fifth to Sacramento.
Next season’s online gambling NBA odds could be impacted by any player who is taken in the top ten in Thursday’s draft. The top ten draft order has Washington picking first followed by Philadelphia, New Jersey, Minnesota, Sacramento, Golden State, Detroit, the Clippers, Utah and Indiana.