NBA Coach of the Year Odds

The NBA season is just about to kick off so let’s take a look at the 2016 NBA Coach of the Year Odds currently available at 5Dimes. The Coach of the Year is a very difficult one to bet on because the media rarely chooses the best coach, but more like the coach of the team who had the best season.

A good example of this is Gregg Popovich, the favorite at +550, who probably has no real chance of winning this award. Sure, the Spurs will win 50 or more games and be a threat come playoffs time, but the media won’t vote for Popovich. Why? There are a lot of factors. The press tends to vote for guys who led a big turnaround, new coaches who made a team better or the coach of the team that is just head and shoulders better than the rest. It’s rare that an established coach doing what he’s always done wins it.

This probably also rules out last year’s runner-up Steve Kerr at +550 who led the Warriors to the championship. Last season was his chance to win it, but if the Warriors come back and do the same thing they did last year it will be considered “same old, same old” for many voters. Even though winning 60+ games in back-to-back years is one of the hardest things a coach can do.

The early favorite, in my opinion, has to be Billy Donovan at +750. He’s a rookie NBA coach, but he’s coaching a team that could do big things this year. The Thunder have been one of the best teams in the NBA over the last few years, but were just ravaged by injuries last year. If they are healthy they could easily be a top-3 seed in the West. If Donovan improves them even a little bit offensively or defensively he could be a shoe-in for this award.

Another person I really like that the odds makers don’t is Alvin Gentry at +1500. He was a key catalyst in the Warriors championship run and, as I said in our MVP odds, I think he’ll be coaching the MVP in Anthony Davis this year. This could be a huge year for the Pelicans and if he can bring the same kind of visionary offense to New Orleans that he showed in Phoenix and Golden State, he could be the coach of a very good team which would put him in line for this award.

For a deep cut, how about Scott Skiles at +10000? There is a “Scott Skiles bump” when it comes to his team’s defensive performance after he gets the job there. With a team full of young, athletic players maybe he could somehow will them into an 8th playoff spot? If no other teams make a huge leap then the “new guy who makes a bad team good” is always a favorite narrative when it comes to Coach of the Year voting.

Complete odds are below courtesy of 5Dimes. You can bet all of these at

Gregg Popovich  +550
Steve Kerr  +550
Billy Donovan  +750
David Blatt  +900
Doc Rivers  +1000
Brad Stevens  +1000
Kevin McHale  +1300
Fred Hoiberg  +1400
Alvin Gentry  +1500
Jason Kidd  +1500
Eric Spoelstra  +2000
Quin Snyder  +2000
Frank Vogel  +2000
Randy Wittman  +3250
Mike Budenholzer  +3300
David Joerger  +4000
Stan Van Gundy  +4500
Dwane Casey  +5000
Jeff Hornacek  +6600
George Karl  +8000
Rick Carlisle  +8000
Terry Stotts  +9000
Scott Skiles  +10000
Steve Clifford  +12500
Derek Fisher  +15000
Flip Saunders  +15000
Lionel Hollins  +15000
Michael Malone  +15000
Brett Brown  +20000
Byron Scott  +20000

2015-16 NBA MVP Odds

The NBA season is just around the corner so we’re covering the 2016 MVP odds from 5Dimes today.

The defending NBA champion Steph Curry is not the favorite, but instead comes in tied for third at +650. Last season was one of those years where everything went right for the Warriors and they dominated the season’s narrative with Steph Curry as their focal point. It’s hard to see that repeating again, but the Warriors are a favorite for the 2016 NBA Championship so I suppose it is possible for history to repeat itself.

The favorite is the best player in the NBA, Lebron James at +250. While he is the league’s best player on a team that is extremely likely to compete for the NBA title, I just don’t see him as the favorite. He’ll take games off for rest whenever he can and he doesn’t need to dominate the box score quite like he used to. Lebron at this stage in his career is simply interested in winning a championship. He would punt the regular season if he thought he could get away with it and I just can’t see him as the MVP. Best player? Sure, but he won’t have the best season.

Last year’s runner-up was James Harden, but he’s only at +800 this year. He could easily post another solid season and the Rockets are expected to contend.

The favorite to me is Anthony Davis at +450. He is clearly the next great NBA superstar and he should make a big leap forward this year. If he remains healthy he should have a season reminiscent of Michael Jordan on the Bulls (pre-Pippen) or Lebron in Cleveland (pre-Miami). He should just fill up every category of the box score and could have huge points and rebounding numbers. He’s match-up proof and one of the best athletes in the game today. Forget the part where his team won’t be the best. If Davis is healthy, he will be the best.

Looking for a long shot? How about John Wall at +4500? The Wizards could be one of the best teams in the East this season and he is their best player? We saw last year that voters were willingly to get behind a point guard and maybe that trend will continue.

Or how about Paul George +6400? The same weak Eastern Conference rule applies here and he was one of the best players in the NBA before his freak injury before last season. Plus, the though of him at power forward is scary.

Looking for an even bigger underdog? Try Jimmy Butler at +9000. NBA analysts are all over this Bulls team and he is their best player. Maybe Fred Hoiberg will be able to focus the offense on Butler’s talents and he’l continue to grow as a superstar.

Complete MVP odds are below courtesy of 5Dimes. You can bet any of these at

LeBron James  +250
Anthony Davis  +450
Kevin Durant  +650
Stephen Curry  +650
James Harden  +800
Russell Westbrook  +1200
Blake Griffin  +2000
Chris Paul  +2500
Lamarcus Aldridge  +4000
John Wall  +4500
Derrick Rose  +5000
Carmelo Anthony  +5000
Kawhi Leonard  +5000
Paul George  +6400
Kyrie Irving  +8000
Dwight Howard  +9000
Jimmy Butler  +9000
Dwayne Wade  +9000
Damarcus Cousins  +9000
Damian Lillard  +10000
Marc Gasol  +10000
Klay Thompson  +10000
Chris Bosh  +10000
Bradley Beal  +10000
Pau Gasol  +10000
Tyreke Evans  +12500
Victor Oladipo  +12500
Draymond Green  +15000
Jeff Teague  +15000
Kevin Love  +15000
Paul Millsap  +15000
Tony Parker  +15000
Kobe Bryant  +17500
Andre Drummond  +20000
DeAndre Jordan  +20000
DeMar DeRozan  +20000
Eric Bledsoe  +20000
Joakim Noah  +20000
Kemba Walker  +20000
Nikola Vucevic  +20000
Reggie Jackson  +20000
Rudy Gay  +20000
Ty Lawson  +20000
Zach Randolph  +20000
Khris Middleton  +25000
Al Horford  +30000
Brook Lopez  +30000
Chandler Parsons  +30000
Goran Dragic  +30000
Gordon Hayward  +30000
Mike Conley  +30000
Monta Ellis  +30000
Ricky Rubio  +30000
Serge Ibaka  +30000
Kyle Lowry  +40000
Al Jefferson  +50000
Andrew Wiggins  +50000
Brandon Jennings  +50000
David Lee  +50000
Deron Williams  +50000
Dirk Nowitzki  +50000
Isaiah Thomas  +50000
Jabari Parker  +50000
Joe Johnson  +50000
Jonas Valanciunas  +50000
Kenneth Faried  +50000
Marcin Gortat  +50000
Michael Carter-Williams  +50000
Nerlens Noel  +50000
Tim Duncan  +50000

2015-16 NBA Futures as of August 30th, 2015

With NBA free agency getting close to it’s end sportsbook has updated their 2015-16 NBA Championship Futures and we have them here for you today.

The Cavaliers are still the top favorite at +275 with Kevin Love coming back, Kyrie Irving expected to recover, Lebron remaining a Cavalier and Cleveland remaining in the East it makes a ton of sense why they would be the favorite. They may not be the most perfect team in basketball, but anything less than a Finals appearance would be a huge upset for this squad. If they ever figure out how to make the Lebron/Love/Irving trio work as a unit, look out. This could be the year.

The defending champion Warriors saw their odds drop since our last update. The reason for that is simple: LaMarcus Aldridge is now a Spur and San Antonio looks more dangerous than ever. The Warriors didn’t make any changes to their core and should come back strong, but there is the “championship hangover” that we’ve seen so many teams run into that could play a factor this season. The Spurs meanwhile have earned their place here as they should be downright scary at times as they add a superstar forward to their beautiful system. There will be an adjustment period, but once it’s over this could be the best team in the NBA if everything breaks right.

The Clippers, Rockets and Thunder are always lingering near the top. If one of those teams were in the East I’m sure they’d be one of the top three favorites, but the West will be a battle no matter what. The Clippers have teased us over the years of breaking out and last season might have been the worst of it, but they always failed in the end. Will late career Paul Pierce be enough to get them over the hump? Of those three teams they have to be my favorite to make the leap. (Even though Ty Lawson on the Rockets could be the best move of the year. I need to see it to believe it.)

Bringing up the rear is the Philadelphia 76ers. This line could be +250000000 instead of +25000 and I still wouldn’t even put twenty five cents on it. The Magic, Nuggets, Hornets and Kings are also at +25000 which honestly just makes me feel bad for Boogie Cousins. They’ll be better than the Sixers at least. Right? They signed Rajon Rondo and we know what he is capable of. (Actually this line seems about right.)

Here’s a full look at the current 2015-16 NBA Championship Futures from Bovada. You can bet any of these futures online at

  • Cleveland Cavaliers +275
  • San Antonio Spurs +300
  • Golden State Warriors +500
  • Oklahoma City Thunder +850
  • Los Angeles Clippers +1000
  • Houston Rockets +1600
  • Chicago Bulls +2000
  • Miami Heat +2000
  • Memphis Grizzlies +3300
  • Atlanta Hawks +5000
  • Dallas Mavericks +5000
  • Indiana Pacers +5000
  • Milwaukee Bucks +5000
  • Toronto Raptors +5000
  • Washington Wizards +5000
  • Los Angeles Lakers +10000
  • Boston Celtics +7500
  • Detroit Pistons +10000
  • Phoenix Suns +10000
  • Portland Trail Blazers +10000
  • Utah Jazz +10000
  • Brooklyn Nets +15000
  • Minnesota Timberwolves +15000
  • New Orleans Pelicans +5000
  • New York Knicks +15000
  • Sacramento Kings +25000
  • Denver Nuggets +25000
  • Charlotte Hornets +25000
  • Orlando Magic +25000
  • Philadelphia 76ers +25000

NBA 2015-16 Futures as of June 25th, 2015

Bovada has released their NBA futures in the wake of the Warriors championship win and their favorite is… the loser of that series, the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are the second most favorit team by betting standards.

It’s easy to see why the Cavaliers are in this position. Despite losing both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving they made it to the Finals and gave the Warriors all they had before breaking down over the last two games. If those players are able to come back healthy and Lebron James continues to be the best player on earth there is no reason to think that they won’t be right back in the thick of things. Plus, with the East look to be significantly worse again next season it’s hard to imagine anyone else coming out of that conference.

The West, of course, is another story completely as the Warriors had (what some would call) perfect luck to get them to the NBA Finals this season with the Thunder being injured and missing the playoffs, Wes Matthews injury killing Portland, not having to face the Spurs or the Clippers and facing a beat-up Rockets team in the Western Conference Finals. Personally, I think that the injuries and everything else didn’t matter in the end as this was the Warriors season from start to finish. They were the best team and they won it all.

It’ll be interesting to see what next season brings as there is sure to be some big moves in the offseason with LaMarcus Aldridge rumored to be making a move. One hotly rumored location is San Antonio where the Spurs are currently 10/1 favorites. If they end up signing him I could easily see that number changing to something closer to the Warriors 4/1. That is a scary team to think about and a scary scenario for the Portland Trailblazers who could go from one of the best teams in the NBA just a couple months ago to a lottery team.

Another interesting team is the Thunder who are the third favorite at 15/2. The history of superstar players having major foot issues is not good in the NBA, but apparently bookmakers are expecting a full recovery from Kevin Durant. We sure hope so, but the odds are not in his favor. I think the Thunder could be really scary next season, but it all hinges on Durant. Westbrook is a dynamic player, but Durant is the one that makes that whole system work.

Here’s a complete look at the 2015-16 NBA Championship Futures as of June 25th, 2015. You can bet any of these futures online at

  • Cleveland Cavaliers 11/4
  • Golden State Warriors 4/1
  • Oklahoma City Thunder 15/2
  • San Antonio Spurs 10/1
  • Los Angeles Clippers 11/1
  • Chicago Bulls 14/1
  • Houston Rockets 16/1
  • Atlanta Hawks 25/1
  • Memphis Grizzlies 28/1
  • Dallas Mavericks 33/1
  • Indiana Pacers 33/1
  • Los Angeles Lakers 33/1
  • Miami Heat 33/1
  • New Orleans Pelicans 33/1
  • Portland Trail Blazers 40/1
  • Toronto Raptors 40/1
  • Washington Wizards 40/1
  • Boston Celtics 50/1
  • Brooklyn Nets 100/1
  • Denver Nuggets 100/1
  • Detroit Pistons 100/1
  • Milwaukee Bucks 100/1
  • New York Knicks 100/1
  • Phoenix Suns 100/1
  • Sacramento Kings 100/1
  • Utah Jazz 100/1
  • Minnesota Timberwolves 150/1
  • Charlotte Hornets 250/1
  • Orlando Magic 250/1
  • Philadelphia 76ers 250/1

Updated 2015 NBA Championship Futures

It won’t be long until the playoffs start now so let’s take a closer look at the 2015 NBA Championship futures. The Golden State Warriors have looked like the best team in the NBA season with their dazzling offense and stifling defense and are the current favorite at 3/1. Lebron James and the Cavaliers at 7/2 aren’t far behind them though as these two teams seem on a collision course for the Finals.

The Warriors have just seemed like a completely different team this season and it just goes to show how important having the right coach for your team is. Steve Kerr has changed the whole culture in Golden State and suddenly Steph Curry looks like an MVP and Draymond Green is one of the scariest players in the NBA. Obviously, having all this talent in place is a big help but you can’t underestimate the job that Steve Kerr has done this season. I really like this Warriors team and can’t wait to see what they’ll do in the playoffs.

The same can be said for the Atlanta Hawks who currently sit at 15/2. They have such a beautiful offense that does everything that the Spurs do well. Mike Budenholzer has really revitalized this franchise and it’ll be interesting to see how they do in the playoffs. People always say the game slows down in the postseason which would work to their detriment, but I wouldn’t underestimate this team. They have some real talent and a smart, smart coach.

Of course, if they are going to do anything they will have to go through Lebron James and the Cavs at 7/2. There has been some headaches and serious ups and downs for this team, but they’ve looked really scary in the second half and more like the team we thought they would be. Kevin Love has been a disappointment, but I think that is less on Love and more on how they are using him. He’s a dangerous player who is not being allowed to use all this weapons, but where he has lacked the Lebron and Kyrie team has shined. Hopefully they can figure out the whole puzzle because this could be one of the best teams Lebron has ever had behind him. They are the favorites for a reason.

The Thunder remain in the thick of things at 8/1 despite all their injury woes while most of the West teams are just waiting for the playoffs. The Spurs at 8/1 look dangerous as always, the Rockets at 25/1 are probably not getting the respect they deserve and the Clippers at 18/1 are always dangerous. This seems like the Warriors year, but the West is always tough and any of these teams could make noise.

Complete Updated 2015 NBA Championship futures are below courtesy of Bovada. You can bet any of these online at

Golden State Warriors 3/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 7/2
Atlanta Hawks 15/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 8/1
San Antonio Spurs 8/1
Chicago Bulls 9/1
Memphis Grizzlies 10/1
Dallas Mavericks 14/1
Los Angeles Clippers 18/1
Houston Rockets 25/1
Toronto Raptors 25/1
Portland Trail Blazers 28/1
Washington Wizards 40/1
Miami Heat 150/1
Milwaukee Bucks 150/1
New Orleans Pelicans 150/1
Phoenix Suns 150/1
Charlotte Hornets 300/1
Detroit Pistons 300/1
Indiana Pacers 300/1
Boston Celtics 500/1
Brooklyn Nets 500/1