NBA Picks & Predictions: 2019/20 Season Overview
We saw a lot of interesting moves in the offseason, with teams looking to bolster their rosters before the 74th NBA season gets underway on Wednesday the 22nd of October.
From Ryan Anderson coming in to strengthen the title hopes of the Houston Rockets, to Anthony Davis putting on the purple & gold to join up with Lebron James, the coming season has all the ingredients to be the best yet!
- 012019/20 NBA Championship Winner, Houston Rockets (9.00)
- 02Dark Horse 2019/20 NBA Championship Winner, Boston Celtics (23.00)
- 03Most Valuable Player Overall, Giannis Antetokounmpo (3.75)
- 04Rookie of the Year, Zion Williamson (1.59)
- 05Defensive Player of the Year, Joel Embiid
- 06Coach of the Year, Mike Malone
2019/20 NBA Championship Winner, Houston Rockets (9.00)
High expectations were made of the Rockets after finishing 1st in the Western Conference two seasons ago, but they failed to capitalise on their position.
Again they fell short going the distance last season, when they missed out after dropping to 4th in the conference.
Star player James Harden continued his domineering form in the league after dropping 30+ points from 32 consecutive games.
Coach Mike D’Antoni has certainly reinforced the attack for Houston after trading for Russell Westbrook in the off-season.
Although the Rockets had zero picks in the draft, they did add 8 players to the roster - in particular Ryan Anderson and Tyson Chandler.
There is no doubt the Rockets will make a mark in the West and we peg them as the ones to watch at the playoffs kickoff in April.
We were shocked by how good the NBA betting odds were on this wager, given the way that Houston have gone to work on the squad over the summer.
The Rockets haven’t won the title since the 1994/95 season, but we think things are about to change. Take Rockets to win.
Dark Horse 2019/20 NBA Championship Winner, Boston Celtics (23.00)
Boston are one of our favourite NBA free picks at the moment. The 17-time world champions are very much underrated in terms of what they can achieve under coach Brad Stevens.
The lack of clarity as to Kyrie Irving’s interest in the club ruffled feathers behind closed doors last season, but it even seemed to spill out onto the court. With Irving out of the picture, the Celtics can look to build things around new point guard Kemba Walker.
A few other strong moves during the offseason have helped the club to position themselves as we approach game one. Bringing in Enes Kanter from the Portland Trail Blazers, as a replacement for Al Horford was a smart move.
While Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatun remain, the Celtics are in with an outside shot at the title. If you’re rooting for a dark horse, take Boston to win.
Most Valuable Player Overall, Giannis Antetokounmpo (3.75)
It feels hard to bet against Antetokounmpo going back-to-back. There is a temptation to go for the gunslinging Steph Curry, but it just doesn’t feel like the comprehensive ability of last year’s MVP can be toppled.
Like the league, it’s very difficult to predict the MVP as there are so many great options available. The likes of last season’s hero Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, James Harden and the list goes on. But Giannis is coming off the back of a 60 win season. He’s the safest pick.
There’s the argument that the Bucks may take a step back after maxing out last season. But this is a true two-way player, Antetokounmpo has all the tools to produce a lengthy MVP-winning run. Take Giannis Antetokounmpo to win the MVP 2019/20.
Rookie of the Year, Zion Williamson (1.59)
The force of nature that this young man is, it’ll shock everyone in the sport to see anyone else tip Zion to the title of Rookie of the year 2019/20. If you’ve been keeping an eye on college basketball you’d know that he’s the real deal.
To get your hands on this award you need the constant attention of the voting board, as there are many other things to pay attention to during the weekly NBA action. But for Williamson, he wouldn’t be able to shake everyone’s attention, even if he tried.
Ja Morant may be one of the only ones to stand in his way. But, it’s Zion’s award to lose at this stage. He’s proven to be a quality ball-handler and his strength and finesse around the basket will be unmatched in this category.
Take Zion Williamson to win Rookie of the Year.
Defensive Player of the Year, Joel Embiid
The Cameroonian defensive bulwark is always going to be in with a good shout for this award. Having had a few great seasons for the 76ers, Joel Embiid is a serious contender.
There are few players that do more to shape an opponent’s confidence and ability to influence the game. If Embiid remains fit, then he will be in with a strong chance. After bitterly losing out in the playoffs last season, the big man appears to be ready to go again.
Playing on the best defensive team in the league is certainly a big help. This season could be massive for both the player and his team, if they continue in the same form as they did last season defensively, they could produce a season to remember.
Take Joel Embiid to win the Defensive Player of the Year.
Joel Embiid’s time is now... the 76ers are serious contenders to make the NBA Finals.👀🏆🔥 pic.twitter.com/2P7hISlJCE— Iconic Collection Co. (@IconicCollectCo) October 6, 2019
Coach of the Year, Mike Malone
Mike Malone has a burning passion for success, which is reflected on the court. What he’s achieved for Denver is quite remarkable. Last season he took a Nuggets team riddled with injuries and took them to a second-placed finish in the West.
He instills an entertaining style play on his team and commands discipline from his players. He got the best out of his roster last season, by coaxing consistency out of players like Monte Morris, Malik Beasley and Torrey Craig.
No team is better positioned for a massive regular season, and coach Malone only has to repeat what he did last season. We think he’ll get the plaudits for his work this season.
Take Mike Malone to win Coach of the Year.
Jokic and Mike Malone get tossed from the game 😬 pic.twitter.com/6AOq30vxVZ— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) November 20, 2017