Timberwolves Also Move Up in NBA Championship Betting Boards

Rudy Gobert Timberwolves Jazz And What Are The Odds

  • The Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2023 title odds moved from +4000 to +2500 at the BetOnline App.
  • Minnesota acquired three-time Defensive Player of the Year winner Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz on Friday.
  • The Wolves now have the 11th shortest odds to win the 2023 NBA title after the Gobert trade.

Add the Minnesota Timberwolves among the NBA teams to see their title odds improve during the first few days of free agency.

Minnesota opened with a +6600 odds to win the 2023 NBA championship. They improved to +4000 heading to free agency and are now listed at +2500 at the BetOnline App after acquiring Rudy Gobert in a trade.

Timberwolves Shoot Up to +2500 From +4000 in Championship Boards

By shooting up to +2500 at the said sportsbook, Minnesota now has the 11th best odds to win the 2023 NBA title, and they have better title odds than fellow 2022 playoff teams in the Brooklyn Nets (+3300), New Orleans Pelicans (+4000), Atlanta Hawks (+5000), Chicago Bulls (+5000), Portland Trail Blazers (+6000), and Utah Jazz (+8000).

Last season Minnesota finished with a 46-36 SU regular-season record, 7th best in the Western Conference. They defeated the L.A. Clippers in the play-in tournament to earn the right to face the 2nd seeded Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs. The Wolves stunned the Grizzlies in Game 1 and forced a 2-2 tie before Memphis won the last two games of the series to eliminate Minnesota.

Despite the first-round playoff exit, the emergence of Anthony Edwards who averaged 21.3 points per game during the regular season and 25.2 points per game in the playoffs was a huge step forward for the Timberwolves. However, the Timberwolves allowed 114.7 points per game during the playoffs, the second-worst among the 16 playoff teams. They hope that by adding three-time Defensive Player of the Year winner Rudy Gobert, they will have a better chance at contending for the title this year.

Gobert Headed to Minnesota

The Wolves acquired Gobert last Friday, sending Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Jared Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro, no. 22 pick Walter Kesler and four future first-round picks to the Utah Jazz. Minnesota will get unprotected first-round picks in 2023, 2025, and 2027 plus a 2029 Top 5 protected first-rounder.

The 30-year-old Gobert spent his first nine seasons in Utah, developing from a lanky 27th pick of the 2013 Draft to one of the best defensive players to ever set foot in the NBA. A three-time All-Star and four-time member of the All-NBA Team, Cannonier has won three Defensive Player of the Year awards and has been named to six first-team All-Defensive Team honors. Gobert is one of four plates – Dikembe Mutombo, Ben Wallace, and Dwight Howard the others, to win the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award at least three times.

The Stifle Tower led the NBA in rebounds last season at 14.7 boards per game while also averaging 15.6 points and 2.1 blocks per game. However, his three-year reign as the NBA’s top defender ended when he placed third in the 2022 voting won by Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics. The Jazz also had a tumultuous season that ended in a first-round exit. When the season was over, head coach Quinn Snyder resigned and after trading starter Royce O’Neale last Thursday, it was only a matter of time before Danny Ainge made his first big move in Utah.

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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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