2023-2024 NBA Awards Predictions

2023-2024 NBA Awards Predictions
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Alicia Butler
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Updated: May 13th 2024

With the NFL season winding down and the MLB season months away, the NBA season reaches full swing as we near the All Star break.

We've started to garner a better idea about a team’s possible potential in terms of total wins and losses, and how to bet accordingly, as well as thinking about who might take home the NBA’s top individual awards.

Odds are courtesy of DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, and more of the best online sportsbooks.

Coach of the Year

The Pick: Mark Daigneault, Thunder (+120)

As you’ll see here soon, I’m going all-in on the Thunder.

The Thunder have spent the last 5 years loading up on draft capital and effectively tanking, and they're starting to reap the rewards. They're atop the Western Conference, have loads of young talent, and Head Coach Mark Daigneault has this team looking like a legitimate contender.

Most Improved Player

The Pick: Tyrese Maxey, 76ers (-105)

Tyrese Maxey may be overshadowed by MVP candidate on his own team, but he's playing well and sits atop the most-improved player odds. He's been crushing it with an average of 26.0 points, 6.7 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game​.

Compared to his previous season, where he averaged 20.3 points, 3.5 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game -- not an earth-shattering jump, but he's playing a much bigger role.

Maxey's incredible improvement in scoring, playmaking, and the overall impact on his team's success makes him a prime candidate for the Most Improved Player award.

Sixth Man of the Year

The pick: Malik Monk, Sacramento Kings (+250)

Malik Monk has been consistently bringing the heat off the bench, helping to push the Sacramento Kings to fifth in the Western Conference.  He's averaging a solid 14.9 points per game but has been a knock-down shooter, shooting an impressive 42.0% from downtown.

Not to mention, he's also dishing out 5.3 assists per game, showing he's more than just a scorer. It's a young team in Sacramento, and Monk's veteran impact off the bench leaves him in a fantastic place to bring home NBA's 6th Man of the Year Award.

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Defensive Player of the Year

The Pick: Rudy Gobert, Timberwolves (-290)

Gobert has won the award three times and he’ll be hungry like a wolf after being traded from Utah for a boatload of draft picks.

He's a monster at blocking shots (blocking over 2 per contest) and is second in the NBA averaging 12.5 rebounds per game. His overall defensive impact is off the charts, as shown by advanced stats like defensive win shares.

When Gobert's on the court, the Timberwolves defense just clicks, making everyone around him better. In short, Gobert's mix of individual talent and his influence on the Timberwolves makes him the favorite for DPOY.

Rookie of the Year

The pick: Chet Holmgrem, OKC Thunder (-120)

At the beginning of the year, Oklahoma City's rookie Chet Holmgren had long odds to beat out heavy favorite Victor Wembayana. But the Thunder's success, combine with Holmgren's part in that success has shifted the odds in his favor.

Holmgren is a complete player averaging 17 points and 7 rebounds a game, and is an efficient offensive player that has pressed the turbo button the Thunder rebuild. The narrative is starting to shift -- and NBA voters love a good story -- so you still have time to buy Holmgren as the Rookie of the Year.

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MVP

The pick: Joel Embiid, 76ers (+130)

Joel Embiid is tearing it up this season, and there are plenty of reasons why he's a frontrunner for the NBA's Most Valuable Player award. Leading the league with an astonishing 36.1 points per game, Embiid is showing off his offensive skills and proving to be the backbone of the Philadelphia 76ers' success.

The 76ers are among the top contenders in the Eastern Conference and with Embiid leading the charge -- this could be the year they breakthrough. Embiid recently dropped a 76ers team record 70-point game, which only added fuel to the fire of his MVP campaign.

In short, Embiid's phenomenal scoring, his crucial role in the 76ers' strong season, and his ability to maintain high efficiency despite being the focal point of his team's offense make him a top contender for MVP.

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Alicia is OddsSeeker's Lead Editor & Fact Checker! She's been reviewing online casinos, sportsbooks, and other gaming since 2021, but has well over a decade of experience writing and editing for some of the largest online magazines and brands since 2011! Over her career, Alicia has worked as a travel and entertainment writer & editor contributing to widely read digital publications such as The Spruce, The Balance and The Spruce Pets, VeryWell, and TripSavvy. Alicia makes sure our readers can trust every word - holding both our team & our gaming operator partners to the highest standard to ensure that our readers always have the best possible experiences playing gaming online! Beyond OddsSeeker, Alicia is a marketing expert, entrepreneur, and avid traveler based in Connecticut!

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