The 2023-24 NBA season is still months away from starting, but you can already start to make some wagers on the league. There are several futures betting markets that are open, and those odds will show you that these bets will come with some great value.
One of the best betting options to explore is making a wager on which man will be the coach of the year for the 2023-24 NBA season. This is one of the biggest awards handed out after the season is over, and it’s always a tight battle to see which coach wins the award.
Here is a look at some of the NBA coach of the year futures that are out there for wagering purposes.
Favorites Look Familiar
The first place to start when looking at the NBA coach of the year futures odds is right at the top, and there are three coaches that you could consider as the favorites. This award isn’t always handed out to the NBA’s best coach each year, but it’s usually given to the coach with the best team or one that really surprises.
Michael Malone and Erik Spoelstra are currently the betting favorites at +800 heading into the 2023-24 season, and they were both in the NBA Finals a season ago. Malone is the head coach of the NBA champion Denver Nuggets, and Spoelstra led his underdog Miami Heat squad on a remarkable run.
Joe Mazzulla is next on the list at +900 to win the NBA Coach of the Year, and he should have his Boston Celtics team in contention. Boston was a bit of a disappointment a season ago, but they are poised to be on top of the Eastern Conference.
It’s hard for any of these three coaches to do better than what they have done in the past, and that’s one reason to potentially stay away from them. This award is voted on by the media though, and they tend to go with the coaches of the best team.
Plenty of Contenders
If you want to find some more value when making this bet then you will want to take a look at the list of contenders. NBA team stats are going to have an impact on this award, and there are some great coaches in this league that you would consider a top contender.
Here is a look at some of the coaches that you would consider contenders, and these are going to be the head coaches to watch out for:
Nick Nurse could actually be considered among the group of favorites, but you will get some great value if you bet on him at +1000. Nurse is now the head coach in Philadelphia and he is just one of many coaches in new places that should have some success.
A Look at the Longshots
There are also some major underdogs when looking at the NBA coach of the year futures odds, but that doesn’t mean that those coaches can’t make a run. Just like with other futures odds, these are going to be changing throughout the year as the playoff races heat up.
It can be hard to make NBA predictions so early in the offseason, but this is also when you can score a massive win if you bet on the right underdog. There are plenty of coaches that would fall into that category, and it might be a smart decision to wager on one or two of these coaches.
Here are the odds for some of the longshots when it comes to this award:
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It is interesting that both Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich have odds set at +2500 for this futures bet, and they are two of the best coaches in NBA history.