2021 NBA Draft Odds: Pistons Still Heavy Favorites To Take Cade Cunningham Despite Report
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The Pistons are still -10000 favorites at PointsBet to draft Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham No. 1 overall, despite a single-sourced report from NBA insider Marc Stein that Detroit is keeping Jalen Green in mind.
Stein reported Tuesday that “one league source insists that one of the factors keeping the Pistons from committing fully to the selection of Cunningham is Jalen Green’s recent stellar workout that apparently made the strongest of impressions.”
But, as The Action Network’s Matt Moore wrote on Monday:
“Every year there’s a consensus No. 1 player by midseason of college basketball. This year it was Cade Cunningham. And that player is discussed as the No. 1 pick routinely up until the week of the draft, when suddenly, ‘(Team with the No. 1 pick) is considering not taking (consensus No. 1 pick)’ reports come out.”
Moore made it clear that it’s not impossible Green or USC big man Evan Mobley goes No. 1.
But his line of thinking in Monday’s story has been reflected by the lack of substantial movement in the betting odds for Cunningham to go first overall. Cunningham remains a -8000 favorite at DraftKings and a -6000 favorite at FanDuel to be drafted No. 1.
At BetMGM, Cunningham is a -5000 favorite and has 98.9% of the money placed on him to go first. Mobley has the second-most money at 0.5%. His odds at the sportsbook to go No. 1 are +2200.
Green, who spent last season with the G League, has the third-most money at BetMGM with 0.4% and is +1400 to go first as of Tuesday afternoon.
Green has calcified his position as the overwhelming favorite to go No. 2, a spot that is currently held by the Houston Rockets. ESPN went so far as to say that some teams think it’s “close to a lock” that Green will be selected here if he is not picked first.
The 19-year-old’s odds to go No. 2 are -380 at DraftKings, -371 at PointsBet, -360 at FanDuel and -400 at BetMGM as of Tuesday afternoon.
Mobley has become the favorite to go No. 3, a spot currently held by the Cleveland Cavaliers. His odds to be selected third are -200 at PointsBet, -225 at BetMGM, -225 at DraftKings and -250 at FanDuel.