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2022 ESPYS predictions, picks and show preview ahead of this year's show. Unfortunately, we couldn't find any ESPYS odds, but we're here to bring you our predictions from ESPN's sports award show.
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2022 ESPYS Predictions and Picks: Which Teams, Players or Moments Will Go Home With The ESPY on Wednesday?

Well, the sports world is almost completely on hold tonight. We ave a little soccer, some WNBA action, but other than that the MLB All-Star Break has brought the sports world to a screeching halt.

But, luckily for us we have The ESPYS tonight. ESPN's sports award show that celebrates the performances, both individual and team in nature, of the past year. There are some really interesting battles for some of these ESPYS. So, we thought it would be good to take a look at our ESPYS picks and predictions for tonight's show.

Will Steph Curry win Male Athelete of the Year? Who will be the Breakout Athlete of the Year? Which team will win Best Team? Find out here with our ESPYS predictions and picks.

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2022 ESPYS Predictions

BEST ATHLETE, MEN’S SPORTS ESPYS Nominees

  • Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
  • Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
  • Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
  • Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

BEST ATHLETE, MEN’S SPORTS ESPYS Pick

The ESPY for Best Male Athlete this past year comes down to two people, in my opinion. I think this one is a toss-up between Steph Curry and Shohei Ohtani. On the one had, Curry got his team ANOTHER championship, earning Finals MVP honors. on the other hand, Ohtani is a baseball talent the likes of which we haven't seen in almost 100 years and is fresh off his own AL MVP. I'm giving the nod to Curry here because he's hosting. But, I would pick Ohtani if I had a vote.

  • PICK: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
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BEST ATHLETE, WOMEN’S SPORTS ESPYS Nominees

  • Oksana Masters, Cross Country Skiing, Road Cycling, Biathlon
  • Sunisa Lee, Gymnastics
  • Katie Ledecky, Swimming
  • Candace Parker, Chicago Sky

BEST ATHLETE, WOMEN’S SPORTS ESPYS Pick

Hand up, I know nothing about Oksana Masters. My watch time on the cross-country skiing circuit has been down this season. Tat's my bad. However, I love the other three contestants here. My pick for Best Women's Athlete at the ESPYS goes to Sunisa Lee. In Olympic years, these awards tend to go to Olympians. Ledecky was good but disappointing compared to her own standards. That leaves Lee, who won the gold in all-around gymnastics this past Olympics and introduced herself to the world.

  • Pick: Sunisa Lee, Gymnastics

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BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE ESPYS Nominees

  • Trinity Rodman, Washington Spirit
  • Eileen Gu, Skier
  • Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts
  • Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE ESPYS Pick

This is a REALLY tough category in the 2022 ESPYS. Trinity Rodman, Eileen Gu, Jonathan Taylor and Ja Morant are all worthy of this award. However, I go back to Olympic years and how important those athletes have been in past ESPYS and I tend to give the nod to Eileen Gu. My personal pick would be Ja Morant, but I tink Morant being a relatively well-known name prior to this year hurts him here. Gu burst on the scene and dominated the past winter Olympics and I think that gives her the edge here.

  • Pick: Eileen Gu, Skier
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BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE ESPYS Nominees

  • Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams – Super Bowl LVI
  • Julianna Peña, UFC 269
  • Max Verstappen, F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
  • Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche – Stanley Cup Finals

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE ESPYS Pick

I have a hard time giving this one to Cooper Kupp or Cale Makar as they play team sports and this is supposed to be the best individual performance. So, that leaves Verstappen and Peña and I'm riding the wave of F1 and taking Verstappen. When an athlete wins his first ever world championship in a sport that is experience a boost in popularity, I think ESPN is almost obligated to take advantage of it.

  • Pick: Max Verstappen, F1

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BEST TEAM ESPYS Nominees

  • Golden State Warriors, NBA
  • Chicago Sky, WNBA
  • Atlanta Braves, MLB
  • Los Angeles Rams, NFL
  • Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA Softball
  • Georgia Bulldogs, NCAA Football
  • Colorado Avalanche, NHL

BEST TEAM ESPYS Pick

So many different ways this could go. The ESPY for Best Team is like the Oscar for Best Picture. It's the one that everyone watches for. In my opinion, there are three options here. The Georgia Bulldogs, the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma Sooners. I think one of those three teams will win best team at the 2022 ESPYS. Here is where what I would pick and what I think ESPN will pick may differ. In my opinion, the Georgia Bulldogs were the best team we saw all season. That National Championship Game against Alabama was an instant classic. That defense was one of the best ever and they got a huge monkey off their backs by beating their rivals to win it all. However, I do think the Oklahoma Sooners were one of the best, if not THE best, college softball teams ever. I don't have a problem with them winning it and I think that ESPN will give them the nod tonight.

  • Pick: Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA Softball
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