2021 NBA Draft Odds: Cade Cunningham Opens as the Clear Favorite for No. 1 Pick
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2021 NBA Draft No. 1 Pick Odds
Odds as of Tuesday, March 2, and via PointsBet
As we enter the month of March on the sports calendar, most people turn their attention to the NCAA Tournament for a wild four weeks of college hoops. Around the NBA, fans of terrible teams are also watching, specifically to see if a standout player will save their team from the basement of the league.
This season, that potential savior is Cade Cunningham.
The 6-foot-8 freshman has wowed the college basketball world all season and is averaging 19.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game on 45% shooting from the field and 41% from behind the arc for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He’s the odds on favorite (-250 odds at PointsBet) to be taken with the No. 1 overall picks in the upcoming NBA draft.
His main competition for the top pick in this year’s draft isn’t a fellow collegiate player, though. Jonathan Kuminga, a 6-foot-6 forward who plays for the NBA’s G-League Ignite team is next on the odds board at +400 to go No. 1, followed by his teammate Jalen Green who is +500. USC freshman forward Evan Mobley (+500) and Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs (+900) round out the top-five names on the board.
As of Tuesday, the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-28), Detroit Pistons (9-25) and Houston Rockets (11-22) each have a 14% chance to land the No. 1 pick in the draft. The Orlando Magic (13-22) are next at 12.5% and the Sacramento Kings (13-21) have the fifth-best chance at 10.5%.