Free NBA Prop Picks For Today 2/17/2020
NBA Prop Picks – Odds and Predictions
Mid Season Awards
MVP—Looking at what he has done for the improvement of the LA Lakers the MVP pick is Anthony Davis at +2200. The Lakers sit at 41-12 straight up and have the best record in the competitive Western conference. Davis has brought a professional culture to this team on both tends of the court. He plays hard and it spreads to every teammate. He averages 26.6 points per game and 9.2 rebounds. When on the court the team averages 122 points per 100 possessions. Yes, he plays alongside LeBron James but doesn’t have the depth around him like Giannis Antetokounmpo has. Respect the performance of Giannis but he battles a lot of bad Eastern conference teams. Western conference more demanding. Antetokounmpo averages only 30.9 minutes per game and Davis 34.7%. I look at the play at both ends of the court and look at what a player does to improve the performance of his team and teammates. So that subtracts James Harden from the discussion. Kawhi misses too many regular season games to be considered.
Defensive POY—NBA pick is Anthony Davis at -278 odds. Davis on the court has the best defensive efficiency rating of his Lakers teammates at 101 points per 100 possessions. A solid rim protector and tireless worker. Strong improvement defensively for LA with the addition of Davis. Giannis also has good defensive ratings but the level of competition in the Eastern conference pales that of the Western conference. Playing the likes of the Cavaliers. Hawks, Bulls, Pistons, Hornets, Magic and Knicks on a constant basis makes Davis a clear cut winner. Ben Simmons for Philadelphia is a pretty good on ball defender who sports the second best defensive rating of any 76er at 104 point per 100 possessions while on the court. Joel Embiid misses too many games to be considered. Rudy Gobert has a very good defensive rating of 102 points per 100 possession in a competitive Western conference. Utah has been a streaky team that has some spells of very poor defensive play.
Rookie of Year, Coach of Year—The rookie of the year pick is Ja Morant. The Memphis Grizzlies are positioned in the eighth seed in the West. They hit the All Star Break with a winning record. This is an improved team so Morant record wise in the competitive Western conference. He leads the Grizzlies in scoring at 17.6 points per game and is hitting on 49.3% from the field for a rookie. Zion Williamson has played only 10 of a possible 51 games. He averages 22 points per game in 27 minutes per. A very good shooting performance at 57.4%. Honorable mention will be Kendrick Nunn who is lined at +1600 odds from the Miami Heat. The Heat are a winning team at 35-19. He averages 15.3 points per game but needs to pick up the shooting average which is 43.9% which is near the lowest in the Heat rotation. RJ Barrett has missed ten games but shooting only 38.8% with 31.8% from three.
Most Improved Player—This is a wide open category. NBA Pick is Luka Doncic is amongst the favorites as he is putting up 28.9 points per game which was nearly eight points greater than is rookie season. His offensive rating ballooned to 118 points per 100 possessions an improvement of 11 points. He is still defensively at 109 points per 100 possessions while on the court. His two point shooting is 58% better than 50% as a rookie. Brandon Ingram leads the Pelicans with 24.9 points per game which is six points greater than last year. He is up to 40% from three better than 33% last year. His defensive rating of 112 points per 100 possession is not an improvement. Plus, Ingram will get less scoring opportunities with Zion Williamson healthy for the second half of the season. Honorable mention would be Shai Gileous Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He averages 19.5 points per game which is a nine point improvement from his rookie season. His defensive ratings improved to 109 points per 100 possession and improvement of three points. OKC is a winning team playing in the Western conference.