Give me Liberty or give me the Aces to win the WNBA title.
The 2 superteams have clearly separated themselves from the pack within the 12-team league and look like on a collision course for the WNBA Finals this season, which begins Friday.
“You’ve two superteams within the WNBA after which just a few good groups and a whole lot of groups making an attempt to rise up to that standing,” Westgate SuperBook WNBA oddsmaker Jeff Sherman mentioned.
The Aces are even-money favorites on the SuperBook to repeat as WNBA champions, and the New York Liberty are the +110 second alternative, with the Washington Mystics a distant 16-1 third decide.
At Circa Sports activities, the Aces are +110 and the Liberty +115. At Caesars, the Liberty are even-money favorites and the Aces are the +125 second decide.
The Aces return their core 4 from final 12 months’s title staff in reigning and two-time WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson, WNBA Finals MVP Chelsea Grey and fellow All-Stars Kelsey Plum and Jackie Younger. They bolstered their lineup with the additions of two-time league MVP Candace Parker and two-time WNBA champion Alysha Clark.
New York gained the offseason because it added a pair of former league MVPs in Breanna Stewart (2018) and Jonquel Jones (2021) and fellow four-time All-Star Courtney Vandersloot to a staff that already featured All-Stars Sabrina Ionescu and Betnijah Laney.
“One factor the Aces have going for them is chemistry and cohesiveness as a result of they haven’t modified too many elements,” Sherman mentioned. “It’d take the Liberty a bit of time to get that going. That’s the one distinction between the groups proper now. However once we get to the top of the season, the distinction ought to actually be marginal.”
Every staff has three of the highest 12 MVP candidates at Caesars. Stewart is the +275 favourite, adopted by Wilson at +325. Plum is the 6-1 fourth decide, and Ionescu is the 7-1 fifth alternative. Parker is 30-1 and Jones is 35-1.
The Aces and Liberty lead the common season win totals on the Westgate with 30½ apiece within the record-high 40-game schedule.
The Liberty play their season opener on the Mystics on Friday, whereas the Aces open on the Seattle Storm on Saturday.
“I’d have every of these groups as favorites in every sport they play, even highway video games, in the event that they’re not enjoying one another,” Sherman mentioned. “I contemplate Washington the subsequent finest staff, however the Aces and Liberty would each be favored at Washington.”
Caesars additionally has a prop on whether or not the Aces and Liberty will meet within the WNBA Finals. Sure is a -180 favourite.
In a prop to win the title, the Aces or Liberty are -800 over the sphere (+550).
The superteams will meet 4 occasions within the common season: June 29 and Aug. 17 in Las Vegas and Aug. 6 and Aug. 28 at New York.
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