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2024 NBA Draft No. 1 pick odds: Risacher closing in on Sarr
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2024 NBA Draft No. 1 pick odds: Risacher closing in on Sarr

Updated Jun. 17, 2024 2:08 p.m. ET

We are a little over a week away from the NBA Draft and the Atlanta Hawks still own the No. 1 pick. 

The draft lottery was a bit of a shocker, considering the team with the worst record in the league, the Detroit Pistons, fell all the way to the fifth pick. 

The Pistons, along with the Wizards, had a 14% chance to nab the No. 1 pick. Atlanta had a 3% chance. 

With draft day in the near future, what will the Hawks do with the pick — select the next potential superstar or trade the pick away? 

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Let's take a look at which players are favored to go No. 1 at DraftKings Sportsbook as of June 1. 

2024 NBA Draft — First overall pick odds: 

Alexandre Sarr, France: -130 (bet $10 to win $17 total)
Zaccharie Risacher, France: +155 (bet $10 to win $25 total)
Donovan Clingan, UConn: +600 (bet $10 to win $70 total) 
Stephon Castle, UConn: +3000 (bet $10 to win $310 total)
Reed Sheppard, Kentucky: +3000 (bet $10 to win $310 total)
Rob Dillingham, Kentucky: +5000 (bet $10 to win $510 total)
Ron Holland, G League Ignite: +5000 (bet $10 to win $510 total)
Nikola Topic, Serbia: +5000 (bet $10 to win $510 total)
Matas Buzelis, G League Ignite: +5000 (bet $10 to win $510 total)
Dalton Knecht, Tennessee: +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total)
Cody Williams, Colorado: +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total)
Bronny James, USC: +20000 (bet $10 to win $2,010 total)

* odds as of 6/17/24

About two weeks ago, it appeared Alexandre Sarr was surely going to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. 

However, the odds have tightened at the top of the oddsboard. On June 1, Sarr was -210 to be selected first. 

Now, he is only -130. 

With Sarr's odds falling, fellow Frenchman Zaccharie Risacher odds have risen from +190 to +155, closing the gap on Sarr, meaning that it appears, for the second year in a row, the No. 1 pick in the draft could be from France. 

Last season, the Spurs selected French phenom Victor Wembanyama at No. 1. He went on to lead the NBA in blocks during the regular season, win NBA Rookie of the Year (he earned all 99 first-place votes), and finish second for Defensive Player of the Year — behind fellow French big man Rudy Gobert

Sarr is a 7-foot-1 19-year-old who most recently played for the Perth Wildcats of Australia's National Basketball League. He averaged 9.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 31 games this past season. 

Risacher is a 6-foot-9 19-year-old who most recently played for JL Bourg in the Betclic Elite League in France. Risacher averaged 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, playing an average of 22 minutes per game. 

FOX Sports betting analyst Jason Mcintyre has Zaccharie Risacher as the No. 1 overall pick in his recent mock draft.

Mcintyre says that Risacher "looks like the prototypical NBA wing who can guard multiple positions and splash 3-pointers. His frame is reminiscent of Kevin Durant's, and it could be a few years before he pops — like Giannis Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee." 

Making a huge jump up and into the top-pick conversation is UConn's Donovan Clingan, whose odds recently moved from +2500 to +600. 

As a sophomore, he averaged 13 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks, anchoring the Huskies' defense, as UConn won back-to-back NCAA titles. 

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