2021 NBA Draft Odds: Cade Cunningham Opens As Huge Favorite To Be No. 1 Pick

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on June 28, 2021 - Last Updated on July 1, 2021
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On June 22, the NBA held its draft lottery, with the ping pong balls favoring the Detroit Pistons. Now that the draft order has been solidified, 2021 NBA Draft odds have posted at most sportsbooks.

Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham has emerged as the clear-cut favorite to go first overall. How do the betting markets reflect this, and where can you bet on the 2021 NBA Draft?

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2021 NBA Draft Odds: The First Pick

The draft betting markets — NBA or otherwise — that generally attract the most action are those for the first overall pick. At least for the 2021 NBA Draft, if you want to bet these, you’ll be looking at some steep prices.

At DraftKings Sportsbook, for instance, Cunningham currently sits at -10000 to go first overall. That reflects 99.01% implied probability, and it’s actually down from his -20000 price shortly after markets opened.

Cunningham is viewed as both a safe and high-upside play due to his multi-level scoring ability, size and floor game. Unlike many scoring wings, he possesses a natural ability to make plays for teammates. Opinions vary as to Cunningham’s fit with the Pistons, but the team also reportedly hasn’t ruled out trading the pick.

PointsBet Sportsbook has the shortest odds for Cunningham at “just” -5000 (98.04%).

The other premium prospects with a shot to go first include Jalen GreenEvan MobleyJalen Suggs, and Jonathan Kuminga. All can be bet north of +1000, reflecting the high perceived likelihood of Cunningham being selected at the top.

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Other Draft Betting Markets

For many, the real intrigue of the draft starts at pick No. 2. There, the Houston Rockets likely have their pick of the aforementioned bunch.

At least in the early going, the market hasn’t established a clear estimation of the order of the next few picks. DraftKings, PointsBet and BetMGM have all posted markets for the top four picks. Green, Mobley and Suggs are expected to go in some order, with Kuminga a bit behind.

Longer shots Scottie Barnes and Davion Mitchell each have a puncher’s chance of sneaking in there.

Beyond the top four, DraftKings and PointsBet have posted over/under markets for a handful of other prospects of note. Bettors researching these lesser-known prospects may have a chance to dig up some softer spots outside the consensus top few picks.

According to DraftKings, bettors have been trying hard to do just that. They reported to TheLines that the “Players Draft Position” markets have seen the most action thus far. Betting interest in the NBA draft should ramp up as the date — July 29 — approaches.

Where Can You Bet On The 2021 NBA Draft?

Not all states have 2021 NBA Draft odds available. TheLines connected with several sportsbooks to check in on which customers can access these markets.

  • DraftKings Sportsbook:New Jersey, Michigan Indiana and Illinois
  • PointsBet Sportsbook: New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado
  • BetMGM Sportsbook: Colorado, Indiana, New Jersey, Michigan, Tennessee, West Virginia

If you’re interested in betting on the 2021 NBA Draft, be sure to keep up to date on all of the combine news and league-wide buzz. Plenty of reporting will emerge as teams position themselves to draft their favored players. If you stay on top of things, you may be able to find some value.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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