Mar 10, 2022; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Paolo Banchero (5) celebrates with guard Trevor Keels (1) in front of Syracuse Orange forward Jimmy Boeheim (0) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2022; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Paolo Banchero (5) celebrates with guard Trevor Keels (1) in front of Syracuse Orange forward Jimmy Boeheim (0) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Paolo Banchero is Biggest Liability for No. 1 Pick in 2022 NBA Draft

It is no secret that WynnBET will be rooting against Paolo Banchero tonight. At least when it comes to the first name to be called in the 2022 NBA Draft.

WynnBET has had a market for No. 1 overall pick out for several months now, taking action while the college basketball season was still going on. It has become a popular market in the days leading up to Draft Night, especially since the NBA season concluded last week.

Paolo Banchero exemplifies that betting interest, because WynnBET has taken a lot of action on the Duke standout over the last few days. He was 20/1 at one point on Sunday, and was as low as +275 at our online sportsbook as of Wednesday evening.

Banchero has received 54.5% of the tickets and 43.4% of the money to be the top selection in tonight’s NBA Draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Naturally, Banchero is WynnBET’s biggest liability as a result.

With the decision just hours away, let’s take a closer look at just how much WynnBET loses if Banchero is drafted at No. 1 overall in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Big Bets on Banchero

There have been more than 75 bets placed on Banchero in the last week, but here is a look at some of the biggest wagers:

  • One Colorado player could win $12,500 on a $500 bet when Banchero was listed at 25/1

  • One Colorado player wagered $500 to win $10,000 at 20/1 odds

  • Two different $500 bets were placed at 20/1 in Arizona, both of which would net $10,000

  • One New Jersey player risked $400 to win $8,000 when Banchero was listed at 20/1

  • There were eight different $250 bets placed in New Jersey at 20/1, each of which would net a $5,000 payout

  • One New Jersey player made a $250 bet at 18/1 that would win $4,500

  • When the odds dropped to 8/1, a Colorado player placed a $500 bet to net $4,000

  • Late to the party, another Colorado player risked $2,000 to win $5,000 at a +250 value

  • One Tennessee player made a $317 wager at 12/1 that would net $3,804

  • When Banchero’s odds were +650, one Arizona player placed a $500 bet to win $3,250

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The Latest News on No. 1

Now all of this Banchero buzz might not end up mattering.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported this morning that the order of the top-three picks is “increasingly firm” ahead of tonight’s NBA Draft. That order is currently Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr. going to the Orlando Magic at No. 1, Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren to the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 2 and Banchero to the Houston Rockets at No. 3.

In 34 games, Smith averaged 16.9 points per game to go along with 7.4 rebounds and 1.0 block per contest. The 6-foot-10 forward made 42% of his 3-point attempts, and he’s a versatile defender.

Banchero, who is a 6-foot-10 forward, averaged 17.2 points per game with the Blue Devils last season. He produced 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, shooting 47.8% from the floor during his only season at the collegiate level.

Holmgren averaged 14.1 points per outing in his lone season with Gonzaga. Holmgren added 9.9 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per contest to lead the Bulldogs to a No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.