2021 NBA Draft Odds: Cunningham Heavy Favorite for First Pick

Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Cade Cunningham is the heavy favorite in NBA Draft odds to be the pick (-6,000) when the Detroit Pistons select first on July 29, but there is a lot more to choose from in NBA Draft betting odds.

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2021 6:57 PM ET Read Time: 3 min
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2021 NBA Draft betting is upon us, with the playoffs wrapped up and the order for next week's draft set. The NBA favorite to go first overall has long been set, but there is plenty more to look at in NBA draft odds, with picks two through four up in the air. 

With draft night less than a week away and the Detroit Pistons set on Cade Cunningham, let's take a look at the full NBA Draft betting odds. 

2021 NBA Draft: Odds to go first overall

Player Odds to go first overall 
Cade Cunningham -6,000
Jalen Green +1,600
Evan Mobley +2,600
Jalen Suggs +5,000
Jonathan Kuminga +9,000
Scottie Barnes +9,000

Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook on July 23.

Favorite to be picked first overall in the 2021 NBA Draft

Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham has long been seen as the prize of the 2021 NBA Draft and unsurprisingly, he is the heavy odds-on-favorite at -6,000. At 6-foot-8, Cunningham is an oversized guard that will bring a complete package of multi-tool scoring and stellar playmaking to the Detroit Pistons. 

Second on the odds board at +1,600 is Jalen Green, who played for the G-League's Ignite in 2020, forgoing college in the process. Green, a high-level scorer, has become the favorite to go second since the lottery as the team picking second, the Rockets, have an ascending big man in place in Christian Wood, but not much at all on the wing. 

USC's Evan Mobley dropped to third on the board following the lottery, coming in at +2,600. Mobley is a modern big every team craves, comfortable handling the ball, shooting or defending from the perimeter, capable of switching onto anyone as well as protecting the rim. Cleveland, selecting third, already has a promising young center in Jarrett Allen, but Mobley's youth and skillset will allow him to play the four early in his career. 

Suggs, fresh off a run to the March Madness finals in which he roundly impressed, is a combo guard with awesome athleticism, the ability to score at all three levels, and All-Defense potential in the NBA. While his 3-point shot will need refining in the pros, at +5,000, he appears to be the Raptors' prize after Toronto jumped up in the lottery. 

Rounding out the odds to go first overall is another member of the Ignite, Jonathan Kuminga, and late draft board riser Scottie Barnes. Kuminga projects as a long, athletic wing with a diverse skillset that could fill a variety of two-way functions, provided he develops upon reaching the NBA. The latest in a line of promising prospects from Florida State, Barnes has been drawing buzz ahead of the draft and could crack what was a long-cemented Top-5 of Cunningham, Mobley, Green, Suggs, and Kuminga. 

2021 NBA Draft: Odds to go second overall

Player Odds to go second overall 
Jalen Green -195
Evan Mobley +220
Jalen Suggs +550
Jonathan Kuminga +2,900
Cade Cunningham +2,900
Scottie Barnes +6,000

Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook on July 23.

2021 NBA Draft: Odds to go third overall

Player Odds to go third overall 
Evan Mobley -160
Jalen Green +200
Jalen Suggs +340
Jonathan Kuminga +1,200
Scottie Barnes +2,600
Josh Giddey +6,000

Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook on July 23.

2021 NBA Draft: Odds to be drafted Top-10

Player Odds to go in the Top-10 
Davion Mitchell -290
James Bouknight -230
Franz Wagner -188
Kai Jones +270
Ziaire Williams +440
Sharife Cooper +650

Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook on July 23.

2021 NBA Draft: Over/Under draft positions

Player Over odds Under odds
Corey Kispert 13.5 (-164) 13.5 (+128)
Davion Mitchell 9.5 (-112) 9.5 (-112)
Franz Wagner 9.5 (-120) 9.5 (-106)
Jalen Johnson 13.5 (-134) 13.5 (+104)
Jonathan Kuminga 6.5 (-110) 6.5 (-116)
Jalen Suggs 4.5 (+200) 4.5 (-270)
James Bouknight 8.5 (+112) 8.5 (-142)
Keon Johnson 8.5 (-215) 8.5 (+164)
Moses Moody 11.5 (+104) 11.5 (-152)
Scottie Barnes 5.5 (+164) 5.5 (-215)
Alperen Sengun 12.5 (-112) 12.5 (-112)
Cameron Thomas 24.5 (-102) 24.5 (-126)
Tre Mann 25.5 (-102) 25.5 (-124)
Jared Butler 21.5 (-112) 21.5 (-112)
Usman Garuba 16.5 (-120) 16.5 (-106)
Jaden Springer 25.5 (+120) 25.5 (-152)
Sharife Cooper 21.5 (-118) 21.5 (-108)
Kai Jones 13.5 (-126) 13.5 (-102)
Ziaire Williams 18.5 (-128) 18.5 (+100)

Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook on July 23.

Understanding NBA Draft betting

Most sportsbooks will display odds in the American format as listed above. When Zion Williamson opened as the heavy favorite to go first overall in the 2019 NBA Draft, his odds had a minus (-) sign ahead of the number. 

  • Zion Williamson -2,000

This meant that a bettor needed to wager $2000 to win $100 by betting on Zion. Everyone else in that field had plus (+) odds to win.

  • RJ Barrett +550

Williamson's teammate at Duke, RJ Barrett had the second-best odds at +550. A bettor would stand to profit $550 for every $100 wagered on Barrett. 

If American odds aren't your thing, simply use a tool like our odds converter to switch the odds to decimal or fractional format. Most online sportsbooks also give you the option to change the odds format that you see.

First overall NBA Draft picks since 2000

Year Player Position
2000 Kenyon Martin PF
2001 Kwame Brown C
2002 Yao Ming C
2003 LeBron James PG/F
2004 Dwight Howard C
2005 Andrew Bogut C
2006 Andrea Bargnani F/C
2007 Greg Oden C
2008 Derrick Rose PG
2009 Blake Griffin PF
2010 John Wall PG
2011 Kyrie Irving PG
2012 Anthony Davis PF
2013 Anthony Bennett PF
2014 Andrew Wiggins G/F
2015 Karl-Anthony Towns C
2016 Ben Simmons PG/F
2017 Markelle Fultz PG
2018 DeAndre Ayton C
2019 Zion Williamson PF
2020 Anthony Edwards SG

Where can I bet on the NBA?

You can bet on NBA odds at every online and casino sportsbook, including NBA moneylines, spreads, Over/Under totals, and a ton of NBA prop odds. The NBA Draft is more of a niche futures market, and may not be available at all books. Head over to our best-suggested sportsbooks for NBA betting in your area.

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