How One Woj Bomb Moves the Betting Market on NBA Draft Day

Jun 21, 2018 5:15 PM EDT

Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Marvin Bagley

The Highlights

  • ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted his projected top six for Thursday’s NBA draft.
  • Shortly after the tweet went live, NBA props had adjusted in a big way.

You know you’ve made it as a reporter when bookmakers have alerts for your tweets.

That’s clearly the case with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA’s preeminent news-breaker and mover of betting markets around the world.

Take Woj’s tweet from Thursday afternoon, three hours before the NBA draft was set to begin in Brooklyn:

A few hours before Woj’s tweet, these were the odds:

  1. Deandre Ayton
    (Y: -1600 | N: +760)

  2. Marvin Bagley (O/U 3.5)
    (O: +270 | U: -390)

  3. Luka Doncic (O/U 2.5)
    (O: -530 | U: +350)

  4. Jaren Jackson (O/U 3.5)
    (O: -230 | U: +170)

  5. Mo Bamba (O/U 5.5)
    (O: +215 | U: -295)

  6. Trae Young (O/U 7.5)
    (O: -145 | U: +105)

All of Woj’s predictions were favorites when he tweeted the news, but an hour after he sent the tweet, each of the players mentioned had seen their odds move in a big way:

Other books took the props off the board Thursday evening after Woj and other NBA reporters such as Shams Charania and Marc Spears weighed in on Bagley likely going No. 2 overall.

Will all of Woj’s predictions come true? All of the bettors who flooded the market before books could adjust their props sure as heck hope so.

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