NBA Award Prop Bets shifted quite a bit at the halfway point of the 2022-23 NBA season. With Bovada online sportsbook quick on the draw, there are still a few surprises. Now, at VegasBetting, fans get to look back at what has gone on in this crazy first half. Which coaches have set themselves apart from the pack in the Coach Of The Year race?
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NBA Award Prop Bets puts the spotlight on Jacques Vaughn first. There was this crazy notion from Brooklyn Nets’ brass that they would go into the season with Steve Nash as their coach. Given all the dysfunction last season on the court, the “off the court” mess was just as ugly. There was a coach who could lead this team right under management’s noses.
Honestly, Brooklyn could not have gotten off to a worse start. Team mutiny was everywhere at 2-5, and Jacques Vaughn was named coach. It was as if a breath of fresh air rained down upon Brooklyn. While things have been far from perfect, the Nets went on a long winning streak and again established themselves as a contender. In 35 games (at press time), Vaughn has gone 25-10. That includes some time without Kevin Durant.
The talk that Durant could miss up to a month of action is huge. This will be Vaughn’s biggest test and what some belief is his finest hour as a coach. Will that happen? Time will tell. Either way, give this coaching time to adjust. Brooklyn benefits from the spread-out schedule and the All-Star Break, about a month away. The Nets get their MVP back in time for the playoff push, perhaps to a number one seed in the East.
Therefore, NBA Award Prop Bets still believes in the Brooklyn bench boss. Honestly, that +300 number is okay. The fun approach and way to increase bankroll may be to peek down the table some. There are intriguing wagers that can be made, and perhaps a long shot or two! Let us explain quickly why below.
Why not Joe Mazzula when it comes down to the NBA Award Prop Bets, NBA fans? Think about all the crazy controversy from before the start of the season. All Mazzula has done is guide Boston to the NBA’s best record at 33-12. It has not been the most pretty, but the coach and the players have had solid chemistry together.
Before fans get outraged over this assertion, look at Mazzula’s current +200. That is taking the clubhouse lead, as they say. The problem is this coach and Boston have no real room to move. With betting props and futures, there are two variables – timing and value. They are preached constantly, but betting the favorite here is problematic, given Boston’s talent.
Now, this race is a tough one, and Mazzula makes a case no question. Again, some great NBA prop bets remain out there. With so many awards for the taking, there are other ways to get on Boston. The Celtics even have their Over or Under win total to consider.
Again, the NBA Award Prop Bets feature a few more choices and possibilities for Coach Of The Year.
The NBA Award Prop Bets considers Taylor Jenkins in the coach of the year mix. Last year, Memphis went on an amazing run without Ja Morant. Everyone remembers that 20-2 mark put up by the Grizzlies. Even with Morant hobbled, they battled hard in the playoffs and nearly stopped Golden State. They may have been the Warriors’ biggest obstacle to a championship.
So, the Grizzlies have won 30 of their 43 games under Jenkins. Their defense has morphed into a top squad, and their SRS (Simple Rating System) is up to 5.58, which ranks second in the NBA. Their net rating (difference between offense and defense) is also second in the league. There are tons to like about Memphis, and odds are the Grizzlies will easily break the 50-win plateau again this season.
Yes, part of the problem with Jenkins is he resembles a bible salesman sometimes. However, the man coaches extremely well. It is not an accident that the Grizzlies have such a good young nucleus. Having Ja Morant helps, no question, but this team plays as a cohesive unit as much because of Jenkins.
For the NBA Award Prop Bets, consider that +450 number now because that will dip and maybe slightly lower than the +400 seen in other places. Would it be surprising to see more movement here? No.
Simply, it’s not easy being Willie Green or some of the other worthwhile Coach Of The Year candidates. Green gets lost in the shuffle because of how many man games the New Orleans Pelicans have lost among their bigger players. That number is 44, by the way, so far. Despite that, the Pelicans are still 26-18 and third in the Western Conference.
Green, at +400, has a fraction of the value left. I like Green a lot in this spot, but maybe his number will lengthen a little before the All-Star Break. As for other possibilities, JB Bickerstaff (+1200) is doing nice things in Cleveland, but can they finish in April? Last year’s end left a lot of would-be voters with sour tastes in their mouths. Jason Kidd would be a nice long shot over Michael Malone in Denver if Dallas can get it together.
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Chris Wassel is a writer who enjoys many sports disciplines but his first love will always be hockey. That love of hockey spawned from a greater appreciation of numbers resulted in diving into sports betting. He has written articles on various sites for years focusing on betting and naturally NHL picks.