NBA odds: Title futures on move after trades, Celtics new favorites

As we always say in these parts, things change quickly Association!

That became evident last week when we saw a large player movement as the second free agency opened, impacting NBA title odds. We’re still waiting for a few more potential moves that can change the entire landscape of the league, um, Kevin Durant.

Now that we have a brief lull in the action, we thought it would be a good time to highlight the three big moves of the past few days and see how the FOX Bet title odds have changed for the teams involved.

The Minnesota Timberwolves +4000 to win the title FOX bet

Minnesota gets: Rudy Gobert
Utah Jazz gets: Malik Beasley, Patrick BeverlyWalter Kessler Jared Vanderbilt, Leandro Balmerofour first-round picks

In the biggest blockbuster trade yet, the Utah Jazz traded center Rudy Gobert to the Timberwolves for a massive catch, returning nine players total — five players and four picks. Giving up nine players for one is always a risky proposition, but Minnesota are doubling down on The Stifle Tower and are finally a contender after an apparent remodeling that has lasted since Kevin Garnett moved to Bean Town.

After the second successful season in the last 17 years, the move adds tremendous defensive presence to a side that already has a top-10 offensive rating. The addition of Rudy Gobert will allow Karl Anthony Towns to play power forward – where he’s more comfortable – and make up for defensive mistakes made by D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards.

Is this enough for Minnesota to win home court in the first round? That remains to be seen. However, it’s clear that the Timberwolves are swinging for the fences on this one.

Timberwolves title odds pre-trade: +6000 at FOX bet
The Timberwolves title odds post-trade: +4000 at FOX bet

Atlanta Hawks +4000 to win the title FOX bet

Getting Atlanta Hawks: Dejounte Murray
Getting San Antonio Spurs: Danilo Gallinari, 2023 first-round pick (via Charlotte), 2025 first-round pick, 2027 first-round pick, future pick swap with Atlanta

In another shocking move, the San Antonio Spurs threw all their chips into the Victor Wembanyama Sweepstakes by trading their top player for Danilo Gallinari and four future picks.

Atlanta is getting a running mate for Trae Young, adding another dynamic presence to a team that desperately needs one. It’s no surprise that the Hawks rely heavily on Young as he is one of the top floor generals in the NBA. However, when he sits, Atlanta’s offensive efficiency drops as sets stagnate and no one can create their own shot.

The addition of Murray will certainly help in that regard, bringing relief when Trae faces tougher playoff defenses like Miami and Milwaukee.

After reaching the Conference Finals in 2021, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Atlanta soar to new heights next season.

Hawks title odds pre-trade: +7000 at FOX bet
Hawks title odds post-trade: +4000 at FOX bet

Boston Celtics +550 to win the title FOX bet

Get Boston Celtics: Malcolm Brogdon
Indiana Pacers get: Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts, Juwan Morgan, Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, 2023 first-round pick

And so the Boston Celtics have become the favorite to win the 2023 NBA championship.

During their 2022 run, one of the biggest issues for the Celtics was the lack of a ground general to steady the offensive ship when Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were cold.

This was never more evident than in the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, where Boston turned the ball around 10,000 times as they tried to survive.

With the addition of Brogdon, they have a knockdown three-point shooter that can spread the ball and is relentless on defense. With Malcolm, the outcome of the NBA Finals could have been drastically different.

Injury worries come naturally for Brogdon as he has never stayed healthy through a full season and has only played nine games so far this calendar year. Still, with his intangibles and pedigree, this is a great addition to a Boston team that just solved its biggest problem.

Celtics’ pre-trade title odds: +600 at FOX bet
Celtics’ post-trade title odds: +550 at FOX bet

So who do you toss some money to win it all? The NBA season will be here before we know it, so stay tuned as we highlight the odds shifts with more free agency moves and trades to come. In the meantime, make sure you place your futures bets at FOX Bet!


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