2019 NBA Draft Matchups: Will Jarrett Culver Be off the Board Before Darius Garland?

  • Bovada pits 2019 NBA Draft picks in head-to-head prop betting
  • Jarrett Culver and Darius Garland both see projections in the top 4
  • Will teams value need over talent in Thursday night's draft?

We're just one sleep away from what should be an eventful Thursday night in Brooklyn for the 2019 NBA Draft.

If the lead-up has been any indication, teams are using their picks as filler for deals, the most recent being Mike Conley being shipped to Utah.

It just leads to more uncertainty, but that's why we're here. Bovada's latest prop bets pit head-to-head matchups with players ranked in the same draft zone.

Let's start with two players just outside what's considered the top 3 of Zion, Ja and RJ.

Drafted First: Jarrett Culver or Darius Garland?

Who Will Be Drafted First? Odds at
Jarrett Culver -130
Darius Garland -110

*Odds taken 06/19/19

We know Culver through his exploits as the key cog in taking Texas Tech to within a few possessions of a national title. We know Garland as the darling of draft pundits, a talented point guard that many feel is on par with the top tier of picks.

Of course, leave it to the New York Knicks (or Knicks basketball Twitter) to stir the pot a little bit, suggesting that Garland may be their top target, and not presumptive pick RJ Barrett.

I'm torn because that fourth pick now belongs to New Orleans, with Lonzo Ball in tow as the likely starting point guard. But they also have a lanky point-forward type now in Brandon Ingram. With that, lets lean in on the more dynamic scorer – though more of an unknown.

Pick: Garland (-110) 

Drafted First: Darius Garland or Cam Reddish?

Who Will Be Drafted First? Odds at Bovada
Darius Garland -900
Cam Reddish +500

File this under the tab of “Don't Overthink”. Reddish is a lottery pick, and his case for potential greatness was that he was lost on a roster that features two of the best players in this draft class. Still, for a guy that was supposed to be a lights-out shooter, he shot just 33.3% from college-line three.

Also, what we failed to mention about Garland up top is he has a Kyrie Irving-lite five game collegiate resume because of a meniscus injury, so forget those freshman stats. Here's what you should consider: he left the NBA combine early, as he was assured of being a lottery pick. If he tops Culver, he's easily topping the third Duke wheel.

Pick: Garland (-900)

Drafted First: Cam Reddish or Sekou Doumbouya?

Who Will Be Drafted First? Odds at Bovada
Cam Reddish -170
Sekou Doumbouya +130

And yet, after all we've said about Reddish, he's physically ready and potentially waiting to be unlocked at the next level, and should be off the board within the top 10. Doumbouya could be all the things that Reddish is already, with the ability to become one of the league's premier defenders upon arrival into the Association.

A lanky wing that can shift between both forward spots and defend multiple positions effectively is the Pascal Siakam everyone wants. Reddish is the safer pick of the two currently, and has the potential to be a really good scorer at the next level.

Pick: Reddish (-170)

Drafted First: Nassir Little or Brandon Clarke?

Who Will Be Drafted First? Odds at Bovada
Nassir Little -350
Brandon Clarke +225

Leave it to the blue blood collegiate schools with five-star talent dotting their rosters to throw a wrench into people's plans. Little did … little in his first and only year in North Carolina, but he's got the size and length (6'6″ with 7-foot wingspan) to be an effective 3-and-D guy at the next level.

Clarke, meanwhile, has shown that he can be an effective pro, so long as his scoring prowess continues to rise. Classic potential vs production. Let's go with the Canadian here. Did you hear they're a big thing in this draft?

Pick: Clarke (+255)

Drafted First: Romeo Langford or Tyler Herro?

Who Will Be Drafted First? Odds at Bovada
Romeo Langford -125
Tyler Herro -115

Another classic debate that will play out on draft night: do you go with the gifted college scorer that can develop his jumper, or do you take the pick that definitely has the one skill that translates into the NBA right now?

Herro is the shooter, drilling 35.5% from deep at Kentucky, while Langford couldn't crack 28% on his 125 attempts last year.  However, the premium skill of shooting takes a backseat here.

Pick: Langford (-125)

Drafted First: Tyler Herro or Keldon Johnson?

Who Will Be Drafted First? Odds at Bovada
Tyler Herro -220
Keldon Johnson +155

We finish it off with a couple of Wildcats duking it out in Brooklyn. Keldon Johnson actually shot it better from deep than Herro (38.1% on 51 fewer attempts), but his offensive game may be limited to spot-up duties, as the rest of his arsenal is limited.

Herro projects as a better asset, as his game has evolved to being a useful player in more than a spot-up role. Johnson does dole out more effort on defense, and that combination is worthy of the value.

Pick: Johnson (+155)

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