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2019 NBA Draft Prop Bet I Like

The 2019 NBA Draft starts in under 24 hours and even if your team doesn't have a high pick this year (like my Chicago Bulls), prop bets make Thursday night an exciting one.

Here's a prop bet I like for Thursday:

Who Will Be Drafted First?
(Courtesy of Jazz Sports)

Rui Hachimura -205

Brandon Clarke +140

This can be considered a chalk play but it's worth the risk. Rui Hachimura is coming off the best year of his career. He averaged 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds on 59.1 percent shooting from the field and 41.7 percent from 3-point range in 30.2 minutes over 37 games for Gonzaga.

That breakout junior year moved Hachimura from a late first round pick to a lottery selection at most mock drafts. The half Japanese, half Beninese forward has power, good size and excellent athleticism and his defense has improved, as he averaged career-highs with 0.9 steals and 0.7 blocks last season.

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic has Hachimura pushing his way into the top 10, NBADraft.net projects Hachimura going No. 11 to the Timberwolves and according to Sports Illustrated draft expert and NBA insider Jake Fischer, the Timberwolves liked Hachimura ever since the combine because he fills a positional need for them.

"It just comes up every day, in casual conversation with a scout, an agent, a coach. Right now, the worst-kept secret in the NBA is that the Wolves have likely promised Rui Hachimura at 11, that's a thing that everyone discusses."

NBADraft.net has the Celtics taking Brandon Clarke at No. 20 while Sports Illustrated's latest mock draft has Hachimura's Gonzaga teammate going to the Hawks at No. 17. 

Odds to Win the 2019-20 NBA Championship
(Courtesy of Jazz Sports)

Los Angeles Lakers +300

Toronto Raptors +500

Golden State Warriors +500

Milwaukee Bucks +500

Houston Rockets +700

Los Angeles Clippers +700

Philadelphia 76ers +700

Boston Celtics +1000

Brooklyn Nets +1000

Denver Nuggets +1500

Dallas Mavericks +2500

New York Knicks +2500

Oklahoma City Thunder +2500

Portland Trail Blazers +2500

San Antonio Spurs +2500

Utah Jazz +3000

Indiana Pacers +5000

New Orleans Pelicans +5000

Orlando Magic +10000

Atlanta Hawks +10000

Chicago Bulls +10000

Sacramento Kings +10000

Memphis Grizzlies +10000

Minnesota Timberwolves +10000

Cleveland Cavaliers +10000

Charlotte Hornets +10000

Detroit Pistons +10000

Miami Heat +10000

Phoenix Suns +10000

Washington Wizards +10000

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