Monty Williams Now Heavy Betting Favorite to Win Coach of the Year Award

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  • The Phoenix Suns are the first team in the NBA to win 50 games this season.
  • At 50-12, the Suns have the league’s best record with the next closest team with only 43 wins.
  • Head coach Monty Williams is now a heavy -350 betting favorite to win Coach of the Year honors.

The Phoenix Suns entered this season with a mission.

After coming up short in the 2021 NBA Finals, the Suns are out to win the championship this year, with no ifs and buts. Phoenix was two wins away from winning it last season but the Bucks rallied to win the series. This season, the Suns are taking no prisoners and have been laser-sharp since the start of the season.

With 20 games left to play, the Suns are 50-12 and have the best record in the NBA. They are also the first team to hit 50 wins, making head coach Monty Williams a heavy betting favorite to win the Coach of the Year award.

First Team to Hit the 50-Win Mark This Season

With their win over the Blazers, the Suns became the first team to win 50 games in the NBA this season. The other time they accomplished the feat was during the 1992-93 season where they reached the NBA Finals. It’s also the fastest that they’ve reached the 50-win mark in franchise history.

Three games ago, the Suns had the opportunity to become the 12th team in NBA history to win 50 out of their first 60 games. But the Suns uncharacteristically suffered back-to-back losses to the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz which stalled their march to win no. 50. The Suns are now two wins away from cashing the OVER on their regular season win total prop bet which was at 51.5 wins.

The next goal for Phoenix is to hit 60 wins for the 4th time in franchise history. Phoenix last accomplished that feat during the 2006-07 season where they won 61 games but lost in the Conference semifinals. The most wins in team history are 62 which they accomplished in 1992-93 and 2004-05. Of course, the main task is to win the first championship in franchise history. The Suns are the current betting favorites to do so.

Monty Williams Now -350 to Win Coach of the Year

Looking at the team standings, the Suns have separated themselves from the Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, and Miami Heat who are the only teams within 10 games of them in the overall NBA standings. That’s also what Suns head coach Monty Williams is doing in the Coach of the Year betting boards.

With the Suns the first team to win 50 games this season, Williams is now a -350 to win Coach of the Year honors at online sportsbook Bovada after he was listed at -230 at the same online sportsbook last month Cleveland’s J.B. Bickerstaff is second at +230 while Memphis’ Taylor Jenkins is third at +550. Chicago’s Billy Donovan is fourth with his +650 odds.

Williams has also improved to -350 at the DK Sportsbook with Bickerstaff, Jenkins, and Miami’s Erik Spoelstra trailing him at +340, +650, and +700, respectively. Donovan completes the Top 5 at the DK Sportsbook with his +1100 odds. Meanwhile, BetMGM has Williams listed at -300 with Bickerstaff at +375, and Jenkins at +650. Spoelstra and Donovan complete the Top 5 at +750 and +900, respectively.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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