Adrian Wojnarowski Is The Most Powerful Man In Vegas After Sending Sportsbook Into An Absolute Panic For The NBA Draft

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  • Adrian Wojnarowski is the most powerful man in sports betting
  • On Thursday, he consistently leaked NBA Draft information which had major sway on Vegas odds
  • Fans and media were quick to react on social media

The NBA Draft saw tons of twists and turns over the course of the week, ending with a surprise selection at the No. 1 spot.

At the start of the week, Auburn’s Jabari Smith was believed to be the favorite to be taken by the Orlando Magic with the top pick. Most believed that Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero would follow to round out the top three.

Then, the “Woj” Effect happened.

Whispers began to surface that it was actually Banchero who was going to be Orlando’s pick, seeing his odds shoot from around +1600 to -200, making him the new favorite.

That’s when all hell broke loose.

After the news of Banchero’s rise to the top of the draft boards, Wojnarowski sent out a tweet challenging that thought, saying the original 1-2-3 of Smith, Holmgren, and Banchero was becoming “increasingly firm.” The sportsbooks saw an immediate shift.

Within an hour, Banchero went from -200 back up to +300. Banchero entered the NBA Draft at +350. Then, another Wojnarowski tweet.

Just ahead of the selection process, Woj reversed his earlier statement, saying that Banchero was a legitimate contender to go No. 1. And again, there was another immediate change in the odds.

Banchero quickly jumped back to being the favorite, with odds shifting to -125. Pure chaos.

It got to the point where sportsbooks eventually started pulling their odds for upcoming picks to avoid Wojnarowski leaking information before the picks went live.

Woj was in total control, and social media was loving it.

Fans and media react to Adrian Wojnarowski wreaking havoc on the NBA Draft

Some even questioned Adrian Wojnarowski’s motives, as his information for the top pick differed so greatly from the beginning of the day to the start of the NBA Draft.

Banchero wound up going at No. 1, completing what’s been a crazy day for the folks in Vegas. Woj had total control. It will be interesting to see if some changes come about for next year’s event.

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