2021 NBA Draft Odds: Cade Cunningham the Early Favorite

Mar 23, 2021 |
By: Covers Staff
2021 NBA Draft Odds: Cade Cunningham the Early Favorite
Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Cade Cunningham is the favorite to be the first pick in the 2021 NBA Draft (-400).
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Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Cade Cunningham is the favorite to be the first pick in the 2021 NBA Draft (-400).
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Though the 2020 NBA season still has a long way to go, NBA draft betting has already gotten underway, with odds to go 1st overall on the board for 2021. 

NBA odds to go first overall have changed considerably, after conference tournament play as well as the G League Ignite's participation in the G League Bubble. Let's take an early look at the 2021 NBA Draft odds.

2021 NBA Draft: Odds to go first overall

Player Odds to go first overall 
Cade Cunningham -400
Evan Mobley +500
Jalen Green +500
Jonathan Kuminga +700
Jalen Suggs +1,200
Scottie Barnes +4,000
Ziaire Williams +4,000

Odds courtesy of PointsBet as of March 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 odds-on-favorite at -400. At 6-foot-8, Cunningham is an oversized guard that will have teams dreaming of Ben Simmons and other point forwards storming the league. 

Tied for second on the odds board is USC's Evan Mobley and Jalen Green (+500) of the Ignite. 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. Green is a high-level scorer who should top 20 points per game almost immediately in the NBA.      

Fourth on the board is Jonathan Kuminga (+700), a long wing with excellent size. Kuminga performed well in the bubble with the G League Ignite and has kept himself in the mix at the top of a highly competitive class.

Rounding out the Top-5 at +1,200 is Gonzaga's Jalen Suggs, a combo guard with awesome athleticism, the ability to score at all three levels and All-Defense potential in the NBA.

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 2021 NBA Draft?

Most online books and casinos offer bets on the NBA Draft. Betting on the first-overall pick is usually the first wager offered, with odds coming out as soon as the previous year's draft takes place. Closer to the draft, however, expect many more prop bets to come out as the draft board becomes more clear. Check out the best sportsbooks available where you live and see what NBA draft betting odds are available for you.

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