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Who is the MVP at the one-month mark? The top rookie? Our writers weigh in.
The first month of the NBA season has passed. Our writers make picks for MVP, Rookie of the Year and more.
MVP of the First Month is …
Howard Beck: Steph Curry, easily.(28.7 points per game) and three-pointers (5.4) and (13–2), with a patchwork rotation around him. Oh, and (11–5), the team of his closest MVP rival.
Ashley Nicole Moss: Steph Curry. A very popular and predictable pick, but the man is playing on a different level! His work ethic is always celebrated and it’s easy to see those results in every game. NINE threes in back-to-back games vs. Brooklyn and Cleveland?! He’s incredibly unreal. And if you think the Warriors look sensational now, just wait until Klay gets back!
NBA Power Rankings: Stephen Curry shoots Warriors into top spot
The Warriors have taken advantage of a soft schedule to get off to a fast start. 1. Warriors (9-1, Last Week No. 3). Winners of six in a row and with the best net rating in the NBA (via Cleaning the Glass), the Warriors don’t just look good; they look like themselves again. Are they contenders? Not sold on that, yet. The Warriors have had one of the two easiest schedules in the league so far, plus we need to see how Klay Thomson looks when he gets back on the court. Are the Warriors Stephen Curry for MVP good? Yes. It’s early, but Curry has to be near the top of the MVP conversation so far.
Rohan Nadkarni: Nikola Jokić. His efficiency has been off the charts, and, most importantly, he’s carrying the biggest burden of the three. The Nuggets have an awful bench, Jamal Murray hasn’t played and Michael Porter Jr. is dealing with back issues. No great player on a good team has been dealt a worse hand than Jokić, who has taken a step up from his MVP campaign in 2021.
Michael Pina: Steph Curry. The Warriors are the best team in the NBA and theiris almost entirely thanks to Curry’s unprecedented shooting, off-ball movement and selflessness. . That’s not a coincidence.
Jeremy Woo: Kevin Durant., which is saying a lot. I personally think he might be the most talented player ever. And it’s not as hot a take as you think!
Lakers vs. Bucks odds, line, spread: 2021 NBA picks, Nov. 17 predictions, best bets from model on 113-75 roll
SportsLine's computer model just revealed its NBA picks for Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers MoneylineSpreadTotal MIL -450 BET NOW -9-110BET NOW o218.5-110BET NOW LAL +350 BET NOW +9-110BET NOW u218.5-110BET NOW Why the Lakers can coverLos Angeles has plenty of star power, even without James available to play. Anthony Davis is one of the best players in the NBA, averaging 24.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, and he anchors the defense of the Lakers. Russell Westbrook has an impressive pedigree as well, averaging 19.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game.
Rookie of the First Month is …
Woo: Evan Mobley. If (and when)with an elbow injury, this will be even more obvious. Respect to Scottie Barnes, but no rookie has been more impactful than Mobley.
Pina: Evan Mobley., Mobley has been the best rookie and is the most important player on a surprising Cavaliers team that may make the playoffs. Skilled, two-way forces who stand seven feet tall don’t come around very often. Mobley is that.
Moss: Scottie Barnes. Listen, this kid has been putting the rest of the rookies on notice. A versatile 6' 7" wing averaging 16 ppg and shooting more than 50% from the field—it looks like the Raptors have found the foundation for their future and so far, it’s looking bright.
Nuggets vs. 76ers odds, spread, line: 2021 NBA picks, Nov. 18 predictions, from proven model on 113-75 run
SportsLine's model just revealed its NBA picks today for Philadelphia 76ers vs. Denver NuggetsTip-off is at 9 p.m. ET. The Nuggets are favored by 7.5 points in the latest Nuggets vs. 76ers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 209. Before making any 76ers vs. Nuggets picks, you need to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from the model at SportsLine.
Beck: Evan Mobley. It’s no small task to revive the moribund Cavaliers, but Mobley’s done it with his enviable combination of size, skill and versatility. He leads all rookies in blocks (1.6 per game), is second in scoring (14.6) and rebounding (8.0) and has helped the Cavs become a top-six defense. That said, Scottie Barnes is just as worthy and will surge to the lead while Mobley misses time with a strained elbow.
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Nadkarni: Evan Mobley. He hasn’t only made the Cavs a decent team, he’s made them fun to watch, two things they haven’t been in years. Scottie Barnes will likely catch up (or remain in front depending on your opinion) with Mobley injured. But I don’t want that to take away from how special Mobley has been, particularly defensively, to start the season.
Coach of the First Month is …
Pina: Wes Unseld Jr. The Wizards had a great offseason, shedding Russell Westbrook’s contract in exchange for several veterans who complement Bradley Beal and are very good on their own. But nobody expected this team to be in first place after a month. Kudos to Unseld. Two years ago, Washington had the second-worst defense in the NBA. Now.
Warriors vs. Sixers odds, line: 2021 NBA picks, Nov. 24 predictions from proven computer model
SportsLine's model just revealed its NBA picks for Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors.The teams split their two meetings last season. Golden State is favored by 10.5 points in the latest Warriors vs. Sixers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 217. Before entering any Sixers vs. Warriors picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
Nadkarni: Erik Spoelstra. The conventional wisdom for the Heat was they would be a better playoff team than regular-season one. So of course they’ve started the season with the third-best net rating in the league. And Miami has done this despite some recent injuries. Spo deserves a lot of credit for somehow having this team top 10 in offense despite their struggles to score in the half court.
Woo: Billy Donovan. The Bulls are persevering without Patrick Williams and Nikola Vučević right now. I'd be lying if I said I expected that. Chicago has figured out how to make the pieces work and have gotten a lot out of a bench that looked thin on paper.
Moss: Erik Spoelstra. As someone who spent all of her 20s in Miami and covered the Heat at one point, I’ve always been a big fan of coach Spo. This season, so far, Miami looks once again like the team no one wants to face and a big chunk of that has to do with how well they’re coached. This team respects coach Spo and it shows. On the other side of that, outside of the constant adjustments and smart schemes, Spo is able to bring the best of his guys individually and collectively.
Beck: Steve Kerr. Yes, it’s easy to coach Steph Curry, but look at what the Warriors are getting out of Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, Gary Payton II, Damion Lee, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Nemanja Bjelica and Otto Porter Jr. Kerr has even found meaningful minutes for rookie Jonathan Kuminga while steering the Warriors to the league’s best record. Honorable mention to Billy Donovan and Wes Unseld Jr.
Bucks vs. Nuggets odds, spread, line: 2021 NBA picks, Nov. 26 predictions, bets from proven computer model
SportsLine's model just revealed its NBA picks and predictions for Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee BucksThe Bucks are favored by 3.5 points in the latest Nuggets vs. Bucks odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 213.5. Before making any Bucks vs. Nuggets picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from the red-hot simulation model at SportsLine.
Name another awards candidate (Sixth Man, DPOY, MIP, Executive) who deserves more attention.
Pina: Buddy Hield, Sixth man. After starting all 71 games he appeared in last season, Hield has been a critical weapon off Sacramento’s bench. Among sixth men, he’s second to only Tyler Herro in scoring (17.6 points per game), hoisting and making more threes than everyone except Steph Curry and sportingin his six-year career.
Moss: Tyler Herro. Sixth Man. Look, Miami flies under a lot of people’s radar for some reason, but if you’ve been paying attention … Tyler Herro is having a moment! In the first seven games of the season he’s had 157 points, the most by a reserve in NBA history. Herro’s been trying to find his groove and his role on this squad since the jump—it’s starting to look like he’s found it … consistently.
Beck: Tommy Sheppard, who was just promoted to president and given an extension with the Wizards. So I guess he’s getting all the credit he deserves. But let’s review, anyway. He flipped Russell Westbrook—overpaid and in decline—in a multiteam deal that brought back Spencer Dinwiddie, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, completely replenishing the Wizards’ rotation and vaulting them to the upper tier of the Eastern Conference. He also hired Wes Unseld Jr., who’s done a fine job of fusing the new group together.
Nadkarni: Tommy Sheppard and Artūras Karnišovas both deserve some love for Executive of the Year. Can they share the award? Sheppard fleeced the Lakers in the Russell Westbrook trade and he’s built a team that Bradley Beal can believe in. Karnišovas landed Lonzo Ball and then stunted on analytics lovers by signing DeMar DeRozan, who went from maligned contract to MVP candidate.
Lakers veteran Jared Dudley recruits Dwight Howard to return
The Lakers could use help at the center position this offseason, and Dudley believes Dwight Howard can provide it. Howard, who will soon be a free agent, shared a video on Instagram recently that showed him working out. He captioned the video “I want a parade!!! Let’s work.” As Lakers Daily pointed out, Dudley commented on the post telling the big man it is “time to come home!” Dudley is also set to become a free agent, but it’s possible he could be planning to sign another one-year minimum deal with the Lakers.Howard helped the Lakers win a title two seasons ago. He averaged 5.8 points and 4.
Woo: Can I toss out Tyrese Maxey as a sneaky most improved candidate? He's been rock-solid for the Sixers, who have been without Ben Simmons (obviously), Tobias Harris and others for most of the month. He won’t win it, but he is … most improved.
Make one bold All-Star prediction...
Nadkarni: Tyler Herro will be an All-Star this season. He is top 20 in scoring and averaging 22/5/4 for one of the top teams in the East. He has been a huge driver of Miami’s success and is arguably the Heat’s best scorer in the half court. Finally taking part in his first relatively normal NBA season, Herro is the best he’s ever been.
Pina: In NBA history,. If Montrezl Harrell can sustain his energy for the next couple of months, he deserves to make it 43. Pound for pound, this might be the most efficient player in basketball. Harrell ranks fourth in PER, third in true shooting percentage, , and the Wizards are significantly better when he’s on the court than off. You wanted bold; here you go!
Moss: The East wins the All-Star Game this year (if they return to the traditional format). Look, this isn’t the Eastern Conference of the past anymore, there’s some serious competition for the West. The reigning champion in Giannis, the best player in the league in Durant, the red-hot young guys in Chicago and New York—whatever the team looks like, it’s not going to be a cakewalk for the west side.
Beck: DeMar DeRozan will make the East roster, for his first All-Star appearance since 2018. Zach LaVine is also a lock, which will give the Bulls two All-Stars for the first time since ’16 (Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol).
Woo: Kyrie Irving gets voted in by the fans. (I hope I didn't just speak that into existence.)
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Jazz vs. Trail Blazers odds, spread, line: 2021 NBA picks, Nov. 29 predictions from proven computer model .
SportsLine's model revealed its NBA picks and best bets for Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah JazzThe Jazz are favored by 7.5 points in the latest Jazz vs. Trail Blazers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 223. Before making any Trail Blazers vs. Jazz picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven simulation model at SportsLine.