A 0.5% jump in the odds of a first-round NBA draft pick will make for a significant jump for the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a recent analysis by OddsShark.com.
The site aggregates data on NBA picks from sportsbooks that offer high-volume bets and analyzes the probability of the player being selected.
OddsSharper has a very close track record of predicting the first- and second-round picks of every NBA draft.
The site says the Lakers are one of the top 10 favorites in the 2018 draft, which is the first draft in which they are projected to have the top pick.
The odds of getting the top overall pick are 1 in 20.
The odds are a bit lower for the second- and third-rounders, but the Lakers have the chance to draft a franchise-best shooter, a versatile scorer and an exciting young guard.
The Lakers have a $9.5 million advantage over the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Cleveland Cavaliers on the odds.
The Timberwolves and Cavaliers have a 5-1 edge on the Timberwolves, and the Warriors have a 10-1 advantage over their closest rivals.
The Kings have a 9-1 lead on the Utah Jazz.