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June 22, 2023

It’s time to finish up 2024 NBA title odds with the biggest longshots, and you’ll be hearing a lot of these teams early on in tonight’s NBA Draft. Unfortunately, it may end up being their best day for some time.

Bulls (+12500): With Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan starring, the Bulls are in the position that no teams envy—not good enough to truly compete but not bad enough to rebuild for the future.

Trail Blazers (+12500): Portland is the key team for how the direction of draft night will end up. Will they trade Damian Lillard, deal away the No. 3 pick or end up keeping both?

Spurs (+15000): We’re just hoping that ESPN doesn’t have daily ‘First Take’ segments about whether Victor Wembanyama is a bust if San Antonio doesn’t win it all in his rookie year.

Rockets (+20000): The Rockets landed the fourth pick in a three-player draft, and this was after their selection of Jabari Smith Jr. looking shaky after Year 1.

Jazz (+25000): The Jazz finished with a far better record than expected after their roster teardown last offseason. And they’re just getting started with their treasure‍☠️ trove of picks.

Pacers (+35000): Indiana’s backcourt duo of Tyrese Haliburton and Bennedict Mathurin is set. With Rick Carlisle at the helm, the Pacers will be a contender sooner rather than later.

Magic (+35000): Franz Wagner and Paolo Banchero already are franchise cornerstones, and Orlando has two top-11 draft picks and money to spend on key free agents this offseason.

Hornets (+50000): What’s happening with pick No. 2? Charlotte is in need of talent outside of LaMelo Ball. No pressure for Michael Jordan’s final draft in charge of the Hornets.

Pistons (+50000): It’s okay, Detroit sports fans: the Lions are the NFC North favorites. At least the Pistons have another top-five pick to build on Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey.

Wizards (+50000): If you’re a talented Wizards player reading this, you’re probably getting traded if it didn’t happen already.