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Oddsmaker says Duke's Jahlil Okafor likely to be the Lakers' pick

Kentucky forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns has a 91% chance of going first on Thursday, when the Minnesota Timberwolves kick off the 2015 NBA draft, according to oddsmaking website

Duke center Jahlil Okafor has just a 6% chance of going first while Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell has 2% odds -- and Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis has a slim chance at 1%.

The Lakers select second overall.  The oddsmaker has the team selecting Okafor with 66.5% statistical certainty.

Russell has a 20% chance, Towns 5% and Porzingis 3%.  Duke forward Justise Winslow is on the board at 2.5%, while the rest of the field has a 3% chance.

Both Okafor and Russell worked out twice at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo.

In addition to watching Porzingis in a public workout in Las Vegas, the Lakers also brought him to their gym for a private audition.  The Lakers did not work out Towns or Winslow.

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