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SportsPelicans' title odds jump from 300-1 to 25-1 after landing 1st pick

17:26  15 may  2019
17:26  15 may  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Report: Davis still wants trade despite Pelicans landing No. 1 pick

Report: Davis still wants trade despite Pelicans landing No. 1 pick Despite the New Orleans Pelicans landing the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, Anthony Davis' desire to be traded remains unchanged, league sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania. Davis formally requested a trade from New Orleans in January after informing the organization he wouldn't sign a contract extension. He's locked into his current deal for just over $27 million through the 2019-20 season with a player option for the following year. New Orleans was unable to move the All-Star forward ahead of February's deadline, even though the Los Angeles Lakers offered multiple packages in a strong push to acquire him. The 26-year-old averaged 25.9 points on 51.

The New Orleans Pelicans won the day when they secured the 2019 NBA draft's No. 1 pick during Tuesday's lottery. Following the lottery, the Pelicans ' NBA championship odds for the 2019-20 season at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook jumped dramatically, going from 300 - 1 to 25 - 1 .

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Pelicans' title odds jump from 300-1 to 25-1 after landing 1st pick © Randy Belice / National Basketball Association / Getty

The New Orleans Pelicans had just a 6 percent chance of landing the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft but overcame the odds for an opportunity to select Duke's Zion Williamson in June.

And with Tuesday's lottery win came a giant bump in the Pelicans' championship chances - at least according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

New Orleans was initially tied for the worst odds of winning the 2019-20 NBA title at 300-1, but the number was lowered to 25-1 after the lottery, which sees the Pelicans tied for 10th with the Denver Nuggets and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Biggest takeaways from the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery

Biggest takeaways from the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery The NBA draft lottery took place on Tuesday night in Chicago, preceding Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers. The teams in the lottery are hoping to be where Portland and Golden State are in a few years, and that may be thanks to players they’re able to draft this year. So what did the draft lottery tell us? What have we learned from it? Here are the biggest takeaways from the lottery order. 1. New Orleans Pelicans’ rebuild just changed significantly The Pelicans’ surprising lottery win changes the entire outlook of their rebuild.

View the current odds for each lottery spot to get specific picks . See the chances that a pick is traded based on position. These tables show the percent chance to end up with each pick after the lottery. The last column shows the expected value, or average pick position, for each seed.

After the first four picks , the remaining teams were ordered by the inverse of their regular season records. The Knicks finished the regular season with the worst record in the league at 17-65, but with the new lottery odds implemented this season, their chances of getting the top pick dropped from 25

The change in odds is related to the increased likelihood that superstar Anthony Davis will remain in New Orleans this season now that the franchise has a chance to draft Williamson.

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks' odds remained unchanged at 16-1 after the team fell to No. 3 in the lottery despite having the worst record in the Association last season.

"We think it's a lot more likely that Anthony Davis decides maybe New Orleans isn't so bad now that they're getting Zion," Westgate director John Murray said, according to ESPN's Ben Fawkes.

Murray added: "We're not going to raise the Knicks' odds yet, but this may reduce their chances of landing Kevin Durant."

The Golden State Warriors are still listed as the favorite to win it all next season.

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Draft lottery may decide Williamson's first NBA stop.
CHICAGO — Zion Williamson's immediate future is likely to be decided by the bounce of 14 pingpong balls. The NBA draft lottery is Tuesday night in Chicago, where some team will be awarded the No. 1 pick in the June 20 draft — and, presumably, the chance to grab Williamson with that selection. New York, Cleveland and Phoenix share the best odds: They've all got a 14 per cent chance of winning under a new format that was designed in 2017 and put into play this year to discourage teams from all-out tanking. Williamson, the consensus college basketball player of the year this past season, is expected to be in the audience when the lottery results are announced.

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