NBA Betting: Players Rumors, Coaches on Hot Seat & More Apr. 20 Edition
As the NBA regular season enters its stretch run, we see teams trying to make last-minute improvements for a playoff run. We also hear some coaching change rumors along with some injury news. Let’s take a look at some of the newsworthy items going on in the NBA this week so you can keep betting against their NBA odds.
NBA News and Rumors: Brad Stevens, Kevin Durant Injured Again and More News
When the University of Indiana fired head coach Archie Miller, the first name that was brought up to replace him was Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics. Stevens had a very successful run at Butler University in Indianapolis prior to taking the Celtics head coaching job. At the time that he took it, it was a shock to many in the NBA. It has been reported that Indiana offered Stevens a seven-year, $70 million contract to come back to the college ranks. Stevens makes nearly $7 million per year with Boston, and he never even thought twice about returning to college basketball.
The NBA coaching carousel is about to start running again as we near the end of the season. Some names that are rumored to be on the hot seat are Washington’s Scotty Brooks, Sacramento’s Luke Walton, Steve Clifford of the Orlando Magic, and Dwane Casey of the Detroit Pistons. Terry Stotts of the Blazers is also a name to watch. If Portland doesn’t make a long playoff run, it may be time for a change in Portland. Stotts has had a nice run, but Portland always seems to come up short in the playoffs. With their window of success closing soon, Portland needs to decide whether or not Stotts is the coach that they want to continue with.
When the Brooklyn Nets acquired James Harden, the Nets quickly became a favorite to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy. However, the Nets have played very few games at full strength, and now many are starting to question whether or not they can ever get healthy. James Harden has missed the last six games with a hamstring injury. Kevin Durant just returned from two months off last week, and then on Sunday, he left the game with an injury. If the Nets can’t get healthy come playoff time, they may not last long in the playoffs.
Speaking of injuries, this year has been particularly tough for NBA players. With this year’s unorthodox and condensed schedule causing more games to be played in a shorter period of time, we’ve seen more injuries to the players. Many general managers, head coaches, and assistant coaches have voiced their displeasure with this season’s schedule. 2021 all-stars have missed 15% of their games this season, and many say that the schedule and the toll that it is taking on the players’ bodies is the main reason.
When star players are missing games, the whole league suffers. Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, CJ McCollum, and Jamal Murray are just a few of the top players who have missed multiple games due to injuries. Hopefully, next year’s NBA schedule will be more player-friendly, and we won’t see these issues.