NBA Head Coach Hot Seat: Next Head Coach Fired Odds

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Now that the heart of the league’s postseason is upon us and four teams are left to duke it out for the Larry O’Brien trophy (including the hometown Boston Celtics), it’s worth wondering which head coach could be the next on the firing line in the NBA.  

We’ve already seen the Phoenix Suns move on from head coach Frank Vogel after the team’s first round defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves, with the club hiring former Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer to run things in the Valley.  

That led us at BetMassachusetts.com to wonder which head coach could be the next to join Vogel on the unemployment line, with a host of playoff flameouts and regular season disappointments atop this week’s list.  

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Next NBA Coach to be Fired Odds

Coach 

Odds 

Percent Chance 

J.B. Bickerstaff, Cavs

36.4% 

+175 

Monty Williams, Pistons 

20.0% 

+400 

Billy Donovan, Bulls

12.5% 

+700 

Will Hardy, Jazz

7.4% 

+1250 

Chauncey Billups, Trail Blazers 

7.4% 

+1250 

Tom Thibodeau, Knicks 

4.8% 

+2000 

Tyronn Lue, Clippers 

4.8% 

+2000 

The Field

6.3% 

+1500 

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Bickerstaff In Trouble?

The odds are still in favor of Cleveland Cavaliers’ head coach J.B. Bickerstaff being the next head coach to go, with owner Dan Gilbert reportedly taking a more aggressive role in team decisions and the franchise coming off a five-game rout at the hands of the hometown Celtics in the second round.  

With several members of the team’s rotation (including Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland) reportedly having mixed feelings about their respective futures with the Cavs’, it’s worth keeping an eye on whether Gilbert will pull the trigger on the fifth-year coach of the club.

Bickerstaff has seen high levels of regular season success in Cleveland, leading the club to 99 wins over the last two seasons, but has yet to get the Cavs past the second round of the NBA Playoffs, which could lead to his dismissal in 2024 or shortly thereafter.  

Other leading candidates to get whacked include Monty Williams of the Detroit Pistons, who comes in at +400, while Billy Donovan of the Chicago Bulls is third at +700 and Will Hardy of the Utah Jazz and Chauncey Billups of the Portland Trail Blazers are next up at +1250 apiece.  

Longshot candidates to get canned include Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks and Tyronn Lue of the Los Angeles Clippers, who are listed at +2000 each, though both teams don’t seem likely to make any decisions on their respective coaches during the 2024 league offseason.  

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Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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