The WNBA has begun and two teams sit a cut above the rest.
The latest: The Las Vegas Aces are favourites to run it back after their 2022 championship, but the New York Liberty are right there after signing Breanna Stewart and trading for Jonquel Jones. The Connecticut Sun are also worth keeping an eye on even with their star centre out the door.
Check out the latest WNBA Championship odds as of May 27.
WNBA Championship odds
Check out the latest odds to win the WNBA Championship. Click linked odds to add selection to betslip.
|Team||Current Odds (May 27)||Preseason odds|
|Las Vegas Aces||+110||+110|
|New York Liberty||+120||+120|
|Los Angeles Sparks||+6,000||+8,000|
WNBA Odds as of 12:50 p.m. on 05/27/2023.
Best odds to win the WNBA Championship
The favourite: Las Vegas Aces (+110)
The Aces were the cut-and-dry best team in the league last season, so it's no surprise to see them back atop the odds board heading into 2023.
Las Vegas won a league-high 26 regular season games and posted an 8-2 playoff record en route to its first WNBA championship. The team averaged the most points (90.4) during the regular season thanks to shooting a stellar 46% from the field.
Most of its core pieces are still intact, except for Dearica Hamby, who was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks. The two-time WNBA sixth-woman of the year and two-time WNBA all-star was an important piece — but the rest of Las Vegas' roster is still stacked.
A'ja Wilson is the reigning MVP while Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young both joined her as All-Star starters. That trio averaged a killer 55.6 points, 17.8 rebounds and 11.1 assists per game.
The Aces routed the Seattle Storm 105-64 in the season opener and then beat the Los Angeles Sparks 94-85. if that's a sign of things to come, the rest of the league is in trouble.
Other WNBA Championship choices
Best value: New York Liberty (+120)
To beat a superteam like the Aces, you're going to have to build a super team. That's exactly what the Liberty did this offseason.
There's a new superteam era in the WNBA 🤩@LVAces | @nyliberty pic.twitter.com/v6lTt5f31Y— espnW (@espnW) February 2, 2023
New York added an immediate scoring threat when it signed Stewart in free agency. The two-time WNBA champion and 2018 MVP led the league in scoring last season (21.8 points/game) and finished seventh in rebounding too (7.6 rebounds/game).
But the acquisition of Jones cannot be overstated either.
Jones averaged the fourth-most rebounds in the WNBA (8.6 RPG) to go along with a solid 14.6 PPG. The 6-foot-6 power forward has made the all-star game in three consecutive seasons and won the MVP in 2021.
Those two will slot in alongside Sabrina Ionescu and Natasha Howard, both of whom made were all-stars last season.
New York lost its opening game to the Washington Mystics 64-80 but bounced back with a convincing 90-73 win over the Indiana Fever. The talent is there but it could take some time for the team to mesh with many new faces.
The Aces rule the West, and a clash with the Liberty coming out of the East feels inevitable.
Team to watch: Connecticut Sun (+2,000)
If we're looking for a third team to make things interesting, the Sun fit the bill nicely. They were +4,000 before the season started and those odds have already halved following a 3-0 start.
Connecticut had the third-best regular season record last year (25-11) and won the Eastern Conference en route to its loss against Las Vegas in the WNBA Finals.
Jones being traded inside the conference hurts, but that doesn't mean the Sun can't make some noise.
Depth shouldn't be a problem considering Connecticut's quartet of players who average double-digit points last year: Brionna Jones (13.8 PPG), DeWanna Bonner (13.5), Alyssa Thomas (13.4) and Courtney Williams (11.1).
Stephanie White takes the reins as head coach following Curt Miller's departure. White has had success in the WNBA before, taking the Indiana Fever to the Finals in 2015.
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