We’re well into the NBA playoffs and while only two coaches were shown the door during the regular season, sportsbooks are already setting their sights on the next coaching casualty in odds to be the next NBA coach fired.
The best basketball betting sites have listed the latest “Next NBA coach fired” odds with Indiana Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren as the -200 favorite (66.7 percent implied probability) to be given the boot. The Pacers were ousted in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament and while Bjorkgren wasn’t the primary culprit in his first season as head coach, the Indiana brass may be looking elsewhere for leadership on the bench.
While Bjorkgren is the odds-on favorite to be the next NBA coach fired, the next two candidates on the list – Luke Walton of the Sacramento Kings and Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics, both at +275 – are certainly on the hot seat, especially given how their respective team’s seasons concluded.
Both clubs fell way short of expectations for the 2020-21 season and while Walton might seem to be the more logical choice considering the way the Kings move from coach to coach, don’t count out the Celtics making a massive change to shake things up.
Who Will Be the Next NBA Coach to be Fired?
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Why Nate Bjorkgren is Favored in Odds to be the Next NBA Coach Fired
Indiana Pacers head coach Nate Bjorkgren is the favorite in next NBA coach fired odds and although he has spent only one season on the bench, the fact remains that Indiana underachieved given the level of talent on the roster.
To be fair to Bjorkgren, three of his top players – Malcolm Brogdon, Caris LeVert and Myles Turner – missed portions of the season and were banged up. However, that doesn’t excuse the Pacers dropping to 25th in points allowed per game after ranking third in that category the previous year. There’s a disconnect with this team and having marginal players or banged-up stars is something every team deals with.
For a smaller-market team like the Pacers, the margin of error shrinks by the day to be competitive in the super-team NBA landscape we see today. That’s why if management isn’t in love with the coach or the results yielded by his influence, it has to make a change. Well, the Pacers may have felt that the conclusion of the 2021 season was a tough pill to swallow after finishing the regular season at 34-38 SU and then flaming out in the play-in game vs the Wizards.
After the play-in loss, Indiana GM Kevin Pritchard said he wouldn’t commit to Bjorkgren being back next season, putting the former Raptors assistant on the hot seat. Other NBA coaches could be fired before Bjorkgren gets the ax but the writing is certainly on the wall that his tenure in the Hickory State is likely concluding.
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