Hawks’ Tilte Odds Improve After Dejounte Murray Trade

  • The Atlanta Hawks have moved to the Top 15 in the 2023 NBA title odds boards at +5000 odds.
  • Atlanta acquired Dejounte Murray from the San Antonio Spurs in a trade made official on Thursday.
  • Last season, Murray became the first player in NBA history to averag 20+ points, 8+rebounds,9+assists, and 2+steals per game.

The Atlanta Hawks are moving up the championship ladder.

Atlanta made the first big move of the 2022 NBA offseason when they acquired Dejounte Murray from the San Antonio Spurs.

The Hawks sent Danilo Gallinari to San Antonio along with multiple first-round picks to add the 25-year-old guard.

Murray was named to the Western Conference All-Star team for the first time in his career during the 2021-22 NBA season. The former Washington Huskies standout became the first player in NBA history to average 20+ points, 8+ rebounds, 9+assists, and 2+ steals during an entire NBA season.

Hawks Title Odds Movement

After a disappointing season, the Atlanta Hawks opened with a +9000 odds to win the 2023 NBA Title, putting them in the bottom half of the 2023 NBA championship odds boards. Last June 17th, Atlanta was listed at +8500 via the FD Sportsbook. When rumors of Atlanta eyeing Dejounte Murray, the Hawks’ odds improved to +6000. After acquiring Murray, the Hawks improved to +5000 to move inside the Top 15 on the betting boards.

Atlanta is also currently listed at +5000 via Bet365 USA, Barstool Sportsbook, Unibet, and FOXBet. The Hawks are even pegged at a shorter +4000 odds via Caesars Sportsbook, BetMGM, and PointsBet USA. Meanwhile, MyBookie.ag has the longest odds for Atlanta at +5500 while the DKSportsbook’s +3500 is the Hawks’ shortest title odds right now.

While the Hawks have soared in the latest title boards, the Spurs have sunk deeper after giving up their best player. San Antonio went from +35000 at the top NBA sportsbooks to +49000. The Spurs are even priced at +50000 via PointsBet USA and Bet365 USA. The Spurs’ longest odds? +75000 via Caesars Sportsbook, the second-longest title odds among all NBA teams.

The Hawks Might Be A Problem Next Season

Looking at the latest betting boards, it’s clear that Murray makes the Hawks better. In fact, the latest oddsmakers’ lines are saying that the Hawks might be a problem next season. So how does Murray improve the Hawks? Let us count the reasons.

Murray averaged more points per game than anyone on the Hawks’ roster except Trae Young. He also averaged more rebounds per outing than any Hawk except Clint Capela. Murray’s assists average is better than any player on the Hawks’ roster except Trae Young. He made more free throws than any Hawks player except Young and had more steals than anyone in the Atlanta team, including Young. Murray also had more triple-doubles last season than the entire Hawks team combined.

The Hawks made the Eastern Conference Finals two seasons ago. But after finishing 5th in the East during the 2021 campaign, they were just 9tth last season and needed the play-in tournament to make the playoffs where they were easily eliminated by the Miami Heat in the first round. But with the addition of Dejounte Murray, the Hawks will now have one of the best starting backcourts in the NBA. Let’s hope that translates to more wins this coming season.

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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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