NBA Draft Odds 2021: First Pick Betting Lines & NBA Draft Information

When it comes to betting on basketball, it is a 365-day sport now. With the NBA, WNBA, college hoops, overseas basketball and the offseason events like the NBA Draft, you can always bet on basketball. There are more betting markets than ever on the NBA Draft, which makes it a fun offseason betting event.

The NBA Draft has been a very popular betting event in recent years, and with the new legislation in many states allowing for legal sports betting, there will be more and more betting on the NBA Draft going forward. With this year’s draft taking place with the most states available to wager than ever before, it will be quite the event for legal sports betting.

Here is a look at the betting odds for who will be the first overall pick in the next NBA Draft.


Betting Markets available at BetMGM for the 2022 NBA Draft

The NBA Draft is one of the best offseason markets to wager on for basketball bettors, and the 2021 draft will be quite the popular one after the first overall pick (assuming it is Cade Cunningham). At BetMGM, there are many draft markets available to wager on that you may not be aware of. Here they are:

  • First Overall Pick
  • Second Overall Pick
  • Third Overall Pick
  • Fourth Overall Pick
  • Top 3 – Exact Order
  • Top 4 – Exact Order
  • Player Props – Draft Position Over/Unders
  • and more

Check out BetMGM for the latest NBA Draft odds.






NBA Draft First Overall Pick Odds 2021

Here is a look at the top favorites in terms of odds to be selected first overall in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Player To be Drafted First Overall Odds at BetMGM
Cade Cunningham -5000
Jalen Green +1400
Evan Mobley +2200
Jalen Suggs +2500
Jonathan Kuminga +5000

For a full list of odds, check out BetMGM Sportsbook as they have posted the NBA Draft odds for 2021.


Public Betting Splits – NBA Draft First Overall Pick

Thanks to DraftKings Sportsbook, we have the public betting consensus for the NBA Draft’s first overall pick. The data is below in the tweet from Julian Edlow, but as you can see there is a ton of money and handle on Cade Cunningham despite his price tag of -8000. Cunningham currently has 40% of the money on him and 31% of the bets. After him is Jalen Green at +1600, who is taking 27% of the bets but just 8% of the handle. This makes sense given the long shot odds. Here is a look at the information, from DraftKings.



Second Overall Picks Odds – Jalen Green the favorite

With the NBA Draft betting being focused on the number one overall pick, the other betting markets provide more value. Cade Cunningham is far too expensive at -6000 to be first, but what about being drafted second overall? The betting market at FanDuel Sportsbook looks like this:


Third Overall Pick Odds – NBA Draft 2021

At FanDuel Sportsbook, one of the more popular betting markets has become the third overall pick for this year’s draft, as one and two have odds that are quite tough to find value on. As of the morning of the NBA Draft, here are the odds to be drafted third overall at FanDuel Sportsbook:

  • Evan Mobley (-310)
  • Jalen Green (+340)
  • Jalen Suggs (+500)
  • Scottie Barnes (+1600)
  • Jonathan Kuminga (+2300)

While the likelihood of Evan Mobley being the third overall pick is highest, the top two are the ones that seem the most locked in stone as the third overall selection could be included in a trade, could go another direction, or more.



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Cade Cunningham NBA Draft Odds

Cunningham is the overwhelming favorite to be the first pick in the NBA Draft, as he is -5000 to be selected 1st overall at BetMGM Sportsbook. As one of the premier players in college basketball last year, Cunningham is primed to make an immediate impact next year for the Pistons, who are in need of a star to revamp the organization. Let’s take a look at Cunningham’s stats from last year.

  • 20.1 PPG
  • 6.2 RPG
  • 3.5 APG
  • 43.8 FG%
  • 40 3PM%
  • 0.8 BPG
  • 1.6 SPG

Here are some of his highlights from last season.


Jalen Green NBA Draft Odds

Should Cade Cunningham not be the first overall pick, who will be? The odds say Jalen Green, from the G League last season. Green was one of the first top prospects to forego college to play in the NBA G League developmental program, and he finds himself locked into the top 3 of the NBA Draft. Will be go first overall? It is unlikely, but anything can happen on the day of the draft. Green is +1400 to be the first overall pick.

In the G League last year, Green averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists while shooting 46.1% from the floor and 36.5% from three. He projects well in the NBA, and likely will go to the Houston Rockets at two or the Cleveland Cavaliers at three.


Evan Mobley NBA Draft Odds

Without a doubt, USC big man Evan Mobley is the top big in this year’s NBA Draft, and will have an immediate impact as an athletic center who can contribute on both sides of the ball. Mobley is +2200 to be selected first overall, and while it seems unlikely the Pistons would take a big man…trades can certainly happen. Mobley is seen as a top tier prospect by many teams, and his odds have stayed in the top three since the NCAA Tournament.


First Pick NBA Draft Opening Odds

When the odds opened, Cade Cunningham was just -500 to be first pick.

As of early July, he was -5000 to be the first pick in the NBA Draft, which makes it all but a given. By contrary, Trevor Lawrence closed at -10000 to be taken in the NFL Draft, but he was the lock to go first for months. Will the Pistons turn their franchise around after the Cunningham pick? Time will tell.


Who has the first pick in the 2021 NBA Draft?

The NBA lottery took place on June 22nd, and here are the results.

  1. Detroit Pistons
  2. Houston Rockets
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers
  4. Toronto Raptors
  5. Orlando Magic
  6. Oklahoma City Thunder
  7. Golden State Warriors (via MIN)
  8. Orlando Magic (via CHI)
  9. Sacramento Kings
  10. New Orleans Hornets

With the first pick, the Pistons are heavily favored to select Cade Cunningham.


Bet on the NBA Draft Lottery at BetMGM

At BetMGM Sportsbook, you could actually wager on who you believed will win the NBA Lottery, who will be get a top three pick and more. Here were some NBA Lottery betting markets available.

Number One Pick Odds – NBA Draft Lottery 2021

  • Rockets (+550)
  • Pistons (+550)
  • Magic (+550)
  • Thunder (+650)
  • Cavaliers (+650)

Top Three Pick Odds – NBA Draft Lottery 2021

  • Rockers (+135)
  • Pistons (+135)
  • Magic (+135)
  • Thunder (+175)
  • Cavaliers (+175)

In addition, you can wager on which teams will get which pick. For example, the Rockets and their odds to get which selection.

Rockets Pick Odds – NBA Draft

  • 1st (+550)
  • 2nd (+525)
  • 3rd (+600)
  • 4th (+650)






NBA Draft History

A look at the NBA Draft’s history, including first overall picks by year, most first overall picks, and more.


First Overall Pick By Year – NBA Draft

Every first overall pick since 2000.

Draft Year Franchise Player School
2020 Minnesota Timberwolves Anthony Edwards Georgia
2019 New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson Duke
2018 Phoenix Suns Deandre Ayton Arizona
2017 Philadelphia 76ers Markelle Fultz Washington
2016 Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons LSU
2015 Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky
2014 Cleveland Cavaliers Andrew Wiggins Kansas
2013 Cleveland Cavaliers Anthony Bennett UNLV
2012 New Orleans Hornets Anthony Davis Kentucky
2011 Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving Duke
2010 Washington Wizards John Wall Kentucky
2009 Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin Oklahoma
2008 Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose Memphis
2007 Portland Trail Blazers Greg Oden Ohio State
2006 Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani High School
2005 Milwaukee Bucks Andrew Bogut Utah
2004 Orlando Magic Dwight Howard High School
2003 Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James High School
2002 Houston Rockets Yao Ming High School
2001 Washington Wizards Kwame Brown High School
2000 New Jersey Nets Kenyon Martin Cincinnati


Colleges with Most Number One Overall Picks – NBA Draft

Here are the schools with the most first overall picks in NBA Draft history.

College Number of First Overall Picks
Duke 4
Kentucky 3
15 Tied With 2


Franchises with Most Number One Overall Picks – NBA Draft

A look at which franchises have had the most first overall picks.

Franchise Number of First Overall Picks
Cleveland Cavaliers 6
Washington Wizards/Baltimore Bullets 5
Blazers, Sixers, Knicks Tied with four


Biggest NBA Draft Busts

A look at some recent number one overall draft picks that are seen as “busts”.

Anthony Bennett, UNLV

In the 2013 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett from UNLV. This pick surprised basically everyone in the basketball community, as Victor Oladipo, Nerlens Noel, and other players were expected to go over him. Bennett only “played” four years in the NBA and scored a total of 658 points. In 151 NBA games, he averaged 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected first overall the following year.

Greg Oden, Ohio State

With the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers selected center Greg Oden from Ohio State to be their big man of the future. Unfortunately, Oden could never overcome his injuries and played just 105 NBA games. The pick directly after Oden? Kevin Durant.

Markelle Fultz, Washington

While Fultz may not be a “bust” in the sense of others on this list, he may turn out to be one of the most bizarre NBA Draft stories in the history of basketball. Markelle Fultz was a can’t-miss guard prospect from Washington who could do it all. He could shoot, get to the basket, facilitate, play top-tier perimeter defense, and was one of the better athletes in college basketball. The Philadelphia 76ers traded to the top overall spot to select him to pair with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid to create a monster three-star lineup. Then the amazing happened. Fultz had physical problems with his shoulder that may or may not have caused mental problems with his ability to shoot the basketball. The full story has never been confirmed, but Fultz has yet to become a shell of what he was at Washington and was traded to the Orlando Magic after just 33 games as a Sixer. He is not a “full” bust in the sense of the word, as Fultz averaged 12 points, three rebounds, and five assists in his first season with the Magic. Also, he did notch a triple-double, at least.


NBA Draft Odds Frequently Asked Questions

Who was the first overall pick last year?

Anthony Edwards was the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Who will be drafted first overall this year?

The likely candidates to be drafted first overall this year are Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, or Evan Mobley. Cunningham is the heavy favorite.

Was LeBron James a first overall pick?

Yes. In the 2003 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected LeBron James first overall out of high school.

Did Michael Jordan get drafted first overall?

No. Michael Jordan was drafted third overall in the 1984 NBA Draft. Hakeem Olajuwon from Houston was selected first, and Sam Bowie from Kentucky was selected ahead of Jordan.