Everything you need to know NBA Awards 2018

The annual awards show, introduced just last year, spotlights the top players in the league in various categories. Notably, this year will also feature a performance from rapper Travis Scott, who’s slated to perform his hit songs Goosebumps and Butterfly Effect during the ceremony.

Here’s all you need to know about what the NBA Awards are, when and where they’ll take place, how to watch, who the host is, who the nominees are and who Travis Scott is.

What are the NBA Awards?

The NBA Awards are an annual awards show designed to recognize the NBA’s top players and achievements.

The awards show, first introduced in 2017, is presented by the NBA in partnership with Turner Sports and produced by Dick Clark Productions. Finalists for the awards are announced during the NBA playoffs and revealed during the show itself.

When are the NBA Awards 2018?

The 2018 NBA Awards Show will be held on Monday, June 25 at 9pm EST.

Where are the NBA Awards 2018?

The awards show will be held at the Barker Hangar of the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, California.

How to watch the NBA Awards 2018

The show will be aired live on TNT in the United States and can also be seen on Sportsnet and TSN in Canada.

2018 NBA Awards host

The 2018 NBA Awards will be hosted by actor, comedian and TV personality Anthony Anderson.

Anderson is perhaps best-known for his starring role on the hit TV show Black-ish and for serving as a judge on the Food Network program Iron Chef America. He’s also appeared in TV shows and movies such as Law & Order, The Departed, Transformers, Scream 4 and many others.

2018 NBA Awards nominees

A number of top NBA stars have earned nods for the upcoming 2018 NBA Awards, including LeBron James, Ben Simmons, Joel, Embiid and James Harden.

Harden is widely seen as the frontrunner for the coveted Most Valuable Player Award – good news for Adidas – while the Rookie of the Year Award, Defensive Player of the Year Award and Coach of the Year Award are generally seen as being far less certain.

The nominees for the 2018 NBA Awards are as follows:

Most Valuable Player

  • Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
  • James Harden, Houston Rockets
  • LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

 Defensive Player of the Year

  • Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
  • Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Rookie of the Year

  • Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
  • Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

Sixth Man of the Year

  • Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets
  • Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors
  • Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers

Most Improved Player

  • Clint Capela, Houston Rockets
  • Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets
  • Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers

Coach of the Year

  • Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors
  • Quin Snyder, Utah Jazz
  • Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics

Who is Travis Scott?

Travis Scott is a rapper, songwriter and producer.

He was born as Jacques Webster on April 30, 1991 in Houston, Texas.

He attended the University of Texas but relocated to New York City to pursue a career in music before graduating. In 2012, he signed with Epic Records and Kanye West’s GOOD Music before also signing with Grand Hustle Records the following year.

Scott released two mixtapes, Owl Pharaoh and Days Before Rodeo, in 2013 and 2014 respectively. He released his first studio album Rodeo on September 4, 2015 and later followed up with his sophomore effort Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight on September 2, 2016, which debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. Scott is preparing to release his third album, AstroWorld, later in 2018.

He’s been in a relationship with Kylie Jenner since April 2017 and welcomed a daughter with her, Stormi Webster, on February 1, 2018.

What is Travis Scott’s net worth?

Per Celebrity Net Worth, Travis Scott’s net worth is believed to be about $8 million (£6 million).

2018 NBA Finals: Warriors vs Cavs

Game 1 Tipoff: 6 p.m. Thursday at Oracle Arena. TV: ABC. Radio: KGMZ 95.7 “The Game” in Oakland and San Francisco, KRTY 95.3 in San Jose, KION 1460 and 101.1 in Salinas and Monterey.

REMAINING SERIES SCHEDULE

Game 2: Sunday (June 3) at Golden State, 5 p.m. ABC
Game 3: Wednesday (June 6) at Cleveland, 6 p.m. ABC
Game 4: Friday (June 8) at Cleveland, 6 p.m. ABC
Game 5: Monday (June 11) at Golden State, 6 p.m. ABC
Game 6: Thursday (June 14) at Cleveland, 6 p.m. ABC
Game 7: Sunday (June 17) at Golden State, 5 p.m. ABC

THE REGULAR SEASON

Warriors: 58-24, No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.
Cavaliers: 50-32, No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.

ROAD TO THE FINALS

Warriors: Defeated San Antonio 4-1 in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Defeated New Orleans 4-1 in the Western Conference semifinals. Defeated Houston 4-3 in the Western Conference finals.
Cavaliers: Defeated Indiana 4-3 in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Defeated Toronto 4-0 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Defeated Boston 4-3 in the Eastern Conference finals.

2017-18 REGULAR-SEASON SERIES

Dec. 25 — The Warriors defeated Cleveland 99-92 in a Christmas Day showdown at Oracle Arena. Klay Thompson hit the go-ahead 3-pointer to break a 92-92 tie with 1:33 remaining, then iced it with two free throws with 18.9 seconds left that put Golden State ahead 97-92. In all, Thompson scored 24 points, including the final seven. Kevin Durant had a stellar all-around game with 25 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and five blocked shots. Stephen Curry missed the game because of a sprained right ankle.
Jan. 15 — Golden State swept the season series from the Cavaliers with a 118-108 victory on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Quicken Loans Arena. Behind Green, Thompson, David West, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston — one of the Warriors’ best defensive units all season — Golden State went on a 20-6 run that broke a 93-93 tie and put them ahead 113-99. During part of that stretch the Warriors held the Cavaliers to 2-for-19 shooting. Durant had 32 points, eight assists and three steals, and Green had a near-triple-double with 11 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists.

PLAYOFF HISTORY

This marks the fourth postseason meeting for these franchises.
2015 NBA Finals — The Warriors won their first NBA title since 1975 when they defeated the Cavaliers 4-2. After falling behind 2-1 in the series, Golden State coach Steve Kerr made a major lineup change by inserting sixth man Andre Iguodala for center Andrew Bogut. The move allowed the Warriors to use Iguodala, their best one-on-one defensive player, for longer periods as as the primary defender on LeBron James. In addition to his stellar defense, Iguodala averaged 20.3 points in his three starts and was the NBA Finals MVP.
2016 NBA Finals — The Warriors led 3-1 and appeared to have the series under control until they were forced to play Game 5 without Draymond Green, who was suspended for accumulating too many flagrant foul points during the postseason. Without Green, the Warriors lost Game 5 at home and Game 6 in Cleveland. In Game 7 in Oakland, Kyrie Irving hit a 3-pointer with 53 seconds left to break an 89-89 tie as Cleveland won 93-89. The Warriors, who didn’t score over the final 4:39, became the first team in Finals history to blow a 3-1 lead. The championship was the first for the city of Cleveland since the Browns in 1964.
2017 NBA Finals — Led by new acquisition Kevin Durant, the Warriors won their second NBA championship in three seasons with a 4-1 series victory. For the 2017 playoff run, Golden State was near-perfect, going an NBA-record 16-1 with the only defeat coming in Game 4 of the Finals at Cleveland. Durant was the NBA Finals MVP.

INJURY UPDATE

Iguodala missed the last four games of the Western Conference finals against Houston because of bone bruise suffered when he banged knees with James Harden in Game 3. He has been ruled out for Game 1 tonight and will be re-evaluated before Game 2 on Sunday. … The Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, missed most of Game 6 and all of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals after banging heads with Boston’s Jayson Tatum. He is in the NBA’s concussion protocol and his status might not be known until game time.

MATCHUP TO WATCH

A host of Warriors defenders vs. the Cavaliers’ LeBron James: This must be what they mean by “Strength in Numbers.” The Warriors have more skilled defenders to run at James than most teams, namely Iguodala (when he returns), Green and Durant. But with Golden State’s switch-heavy defense, how hard will the Cavaliers guards work to set screens and get James matched up against Curry?

NBA Playoffs 2018 opening round Sunday

Four more NBA playoff series tip off on Sunday. If you’re feeling bold, SportsLine’s NBA experts have joined together for a four-pick parlay that could return a massive 10-to-1 payout. If you bet $100, it would return $1,000.

Here is what’s on tap for Sunday: Former Vegas bookmaker Micah Roberts has released a strong selection for Jazz vs. Thunder. Roberts is on a 14-4 tear on his last 18 NBA picks, so you’ll want to see what he’s picking.

Next up is NBA senior analyst Larry Hartstein, who has locked in his pick for Bucks-Celtics. He’s on a scorching 14-5 streak with picks involving Milwaukee.

Then there’s data scientist Stephen Oh, who has released a pick for Timberwolves vs. Rockets. Oh is on a 19-9 run on picks for or against Houston.

A fourth pick, Pacers vs. Cavaliers, comes courtesy of SportsLine’s renowned advanced computer model. We’ll give that one away: The computer is backing Indiana, a 6.5-point road underdog, to cover the spread, saying the Pacers do so in 55 percent of simulations. The computer is aware that the Pacers won three of four against the Cavs during the regular season and have covered the spread in seven of their last 10 overall.

Roberts, who has worked in the Las Vegas sportsbook industry for 20 years, has picked up on a crucial trend that is swaying him towards one side of the spread in Thunder-Jazz.

Hartstein, who can spot a bad line a mile away, noticed an intriguing aspect of Milwaukee’s offense that has him strongly backing one side. Considering he’s nailed 14 of his last 19 picks involving the Bucks, it’s a point worth reading.

Oh, the SportsLine data scientist who co-founded AccuScore, is aware of a key component driving Houston that you’re not even considering.

Hearing what these experts have to say could be the difference between a big bonanza and going home with nothing.