Erik Spoelstra - Steve Nash

  • Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat and Steve Nash of the Brooklyn Nets are favored at (+900) to win NBA Coach of the Year this season.
  • Billy Donovan’s (+1000) odds are appealing with the big moves that the Chicago Bulls made during the offseason.
  • Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel is a great dark horse pick at (+1200).

MIAMI – Sportsbooks are hosting odds for the 2021-2022 NBA Coach of the Year and there are a few picks that could net big wins.

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash are seeing the most action for online sports betting action but longshot picks may be the better choice.

Betting on the NBA early is the best way to cash in on long odds for seasonal awards. With the 2021-2022 NBA season approaching, now is the best time to get in on these types of wagers.

2022 NBA Awards – 2022 The Coach of the Year Odds

  • Erik Spoelstra (MIA) +900
  • Steve Nash (BKN) +900
  • Billy Donovan (CHI) +1000
  • Monty Williams (PHO) +1000
  • Quin Snyder (UTA) +1100
  • Steve Kerr (GSW) +1000
  • Frank Vogel (LAL) +1200
  • Nate McMillan (ATL) +1300
  • Michael Malone (DEN) +1400
  • Jason Kidd (DAL) +1400
  • Ime Udoka (BOS) +1400
  • Tyronn Lue (LAC) +1800
  • James Borrego (CHA) +1800
  • Mike Budenholzer (MIL) +2000

The Favorites

Erik Spoelstra and Steve Nash having the shortest odds to win the Coach of the Year award is intriguing because neither coach saw any first-place votes last season. In fact, Nash received one 2nd place vote and four 3rd place votes while Spoelstra received no votes.

Spoelstra is coming off of a season where the Miami Heat saw an early playoff exit in the first round, losing to the eventual NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks and being a 6 seed in the East after dealing with major injuries all season.

Betting fans could be banking on the Miami Heat’s new roster making noise with the addition of Kyle Lowry and players like Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo being fully healthy.

Coach Spoelstra has never won an NBA Coach of the Year award but he is one of the longest-tenured coaches in the league and led the Miami Heat to the NBA Finals just two seasons ago.

Nash on the other hand lost in a seven-game series against the Bucks with most of the Nets’ core roster plagued with injury.

Many believed the Nets would be Champions if it weren’t for their injuries but this is mainly due to the teams’ talent in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden and not necessarily due to Nash’s coaching skills.

In fact, Nash’s lack of experience as a head coach led to him being greatly criticized in the media during the playoffs as he ran few plays, made little adjustments on defense, and appeared to simply watch Kevin Durant play hero ball.

These current odds do not reflect how both coaches performed last season as sportsbooks believe Nash and Spoelstra have the best shot at winning this award.

Coaches To Look Out For

Billy Donovan, head coach of the Chicago Bulls, could be an interesting candidate to win this season at (+1000). The Bulls are coming in with a new roster of talent and will be competing for their first playoff stint since 2017.

Reigning Coach of the Year, Tom Thibodeau, won in part due to the culture change he brought to the New York Knicks, as well as ending the team’s playoff drought.

With the additions of Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan on the Bulls to pair with Zach LaVine, Donovan may be able to see similar success and gain admiration in the same way Thibs did with the Knicks.

Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers is another good choice, as the Lakers are in a similar situation like the Brooklyn Nets where the roster’s talent is credited more so than the coach. If Nash, however, has a legitimate shot at winning Coach of the Year, so should Vogel.

Vogel has more experience as a head coach in the NBA, won a Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers during his first season as their head coach, and has to figure out how to integrate Russell Westbrook into the roster with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Managing those personalities successfully could persuade voters to look at Vogel and lead longshot gamblers to win big on regulated sports betting sites.

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