NBA betting: Title odds move for Atlanta Hawks after Dejounte Murray trade

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NBA free agency gets underway on Thursday night, but the big moves didn't wait. On Wednesday, the Atlanta Hawks acquired guard Dejounte Murray from the San Antonio Spurs for Danilo Gallinari, three first-round picks and a future pick swap. This obviously won't be the last big move of the offseason, but it's already had an impact on the futures market for the 2023 NBA title.

Murray is a big acquisition

In 2021-22, the Atlanta Hawks finished in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. They won games in the play-in tournament against Cleveland and Charlotte. In the first round of the playoffs, they were quickly eliminated by the Miami Heat in five games. It wasn't a failure of a season, but it was certainly disappointing after Atlanta's run to the conference finals in 2021.

Already featuring one of the game's more dynamic talents in Trae Young, the Hawks bolstered their backcourt even further by acquiring Dejounte Murray from the Spurs. Young and Murray will be the first pair of teammates in NBA history who each averaged over 20 points and 8 assists per game in the previous season, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Last season, Murray averaged 21.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game. He was fourth in the league in assists per game and ranked in the top-30 in both other categories. He had 13 triple-doubles, the second highest mark in the league behind Denver's Nikola Jokic. Murray also led the league in steals.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - MARCH 26:  Dejounte Murray #5 of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court prior to the start of an NBA game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on March 26, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Dejounte Murray was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in a huge move during the NBA offseason. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Murray and Young form a formidable duo for the Hawks, and they have some solid pieces around them. John Collins, De'Andre Hunter and Clint Capela are solid role players. They still probably are a few pieces away from being a real championship contender, but their odds have moved significantly already. Atlanta opened at 66-to-1 to win the NBA title, but after the trade, their odds have moved all the way down to 40-to-1.

Other movement around the league

As the offseason continues on, the odds for the futures market will continue to move. We've already touched on the Lakers being a popular bet and the acquisition of John Wall impacting the Clippers' prospects. What other teams have seen their odds move?