NBA Draft Market Report: Bettors Moving Odds on James Bouknight, Davion Mitchell & More
Rich Schultz/Getty Images. Pictured: James Bouknight of Connecticut.
There has not been much drama at the top of the NBA Draft board leading up to Thursday night’s event, but bettors have been active on James Bouknight, Davion Mitchell among others.
ESPN confirmed what most believed to be true, which is Cade Cunningham will go No. 1 to the Detroit Pistons followed by Jalen Green and Evan Mobley to the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, respectively.
The wording left it open for something to change, and perhaps a trade could shake things up. But as it stands on Thursday afternoon, the drama starts at No. 4 with the Toronto Raptors.
For BetMGM, worst case-scenario for one prop looks like it’ll happen. The most-bet prop with the highest liability was on the top three picks going Cunningham-Green-Mobley in order.
Now the focus is on players who’ve seen big line movements, including Bouknight and Mitchell.
No one has received more bets on their under draft position than Bouknight. The UConn guard opened at 10.5. That’s been bet down to 6.5 with the under juiced to -145. Along with Bouknight, Oregon’s Chris Duarte has seen his number move from 20.5 to 15.5 with the under at -140. He’s second at the book with most bets on the under.
A name who doesn’t figure to to find himself in the first round is Luka Garza. The Iowa big man has a total of 54.5, but is receiving the third-most bets on the under out of everyone in the draft.
Going the other way, bettors hammered Davion Mitchell’s over enough to move the line from an opening number of 8.5 to 12.5 with the over juiced to -150. Baylor’s guard is considered a risk because he’s 22, which is ancient in NBA Draft terms.
Others seeing significant action on their over is Keon Johnson and Sharife Cooper.