Sharp bettors would have scored big if they read between the lines and bet on the league-owned New Orleans Hornets to win the NBA Draft Lottery – and No. 1 pick Anthony Davis – last year. The Hornets had just a 13.7 percent chance of scoring the top pick and were priced at +650 to do so.
But, the ping pong balls bounced New Orleans’ way and the conspiracy theorists started pointing fingers at the NBA, claiming the lottery was rigged so that the franchise could land a star player to build on and be that much easier to sell.
New Orleans is no longer the Hornets – rebranded the Pelicans for the 2013-14 season. But while the name isn’t the same, the game is. The Pelicans have an 8.8 percent chance to winning the No. 1 overall pick again and are priced at +1,000 to win the lottery at TheGreek.com.
Here are the teams vying for the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and their odds to win the lottery on Tuesday, May 21:
Orlando Magic (25 percent) +175
Charlotte Bobcats (19.9 percent) +200
Cleveland Cavaliers (15.6 percent) +350
Phoenix Suns (11.9 percent) +650
New Orleans Pelicans (8.8 percent) +1000
Sacramento Kings (6.3 percent) +1200
Detroit Pistons (3.6 percent) +1500
Washington Wizards (3.5 percent) +1800
Minnesota Timberwolves (1.7 percent) +3000
Portland Trail Blazers (1.1 percent) +3500
Philadelphia 76ers (0.8 percent) +5000
Oklahoma City Thunder *Via Toronto (0.7 percent) +5000
Dallas Mavericks (0.6 percent) +6500
Utah Jazz (0.5 percent) +8000
Odds courtesy of TheGreek.com.