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Bettors Favoring Jabari Smith to Be First Pick in 2022 NBA Draft Despite Recent Odds Movement

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Todd Kirkland/Getty Images. Pictured: Jabari Smith #10 of the Auburn Tigers.

Jabari Smith hasn’t been the name making headlines over the past few days in the NBA Draft rumor mill, but he’s quietly become the public’s pick to go first overall.

Paolo Banchero has been the talk of the draft in recent days, as his odds to be the first pick in the draft have been chopped from +1600 all the way to +275 at BetMGM. However, Banchero isn’t getting the most action from bettors.

Smith is receiving 33.3% of the betting tickets and 64.6% of the handle at BetMGM, while Banchero has gotten 23.8% of the tickets and 13.3% of the handle.

The Auburn standout’s odds have moved from -105 to -300, despite consistent movement on Banchero’s line.

Chet Holmgren, the only other player truly in the mix for the first overall pick, has seen his odds go from +145 to +400. He’s amassed 19.5% of the betting tickets and 20.1% of the handle.

Jaden Ivey has earned a solid portion of bets, receiving 9.5% of the tickets, but he accounts for just 1.1% of the handle. His odds have moved from +5000 to +20000.

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The NBA Draft is set to take place on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET and can be watched on ABC or ESPN. If you’re looking for up-to-date announcements, however, your best bet is probably Twitter.

Full first pick odds across BetMGM, FanDuel and PointsBet can be found below.

Player BetMGM FanDuel PointsBet
Jabari Smith -300 -290 -276
Paolo Banchero +275 +270 +270
Chet Holmgren +400 +420 +500

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