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

Jun 21, 2018 5:15 PM EDT

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 at the offshore book 5dimes.eu 

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 from the offshore sportsbook 5dimes.eu:

  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:

Bovada and BetOnline went so far as to take 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.


Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Marvin Bagley

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