The WNBA All-Star break is scheduled for later this week, making it a perfect time to look at the latest odds for who will win the 2022 WNBA championship. The Sky are looking to repeat as back-to-back champions after defeating the Mercury in the WNBA Finals last season, but they’re not the favorite at the midway point.
Led by first-year coach Becky Hammon, the Aces occupy the top spot on odds boards despite being tied with the Sky for the best record in the league. Below, we’ll break down whether the Aces are a worthwhile bet before identifying two sleepers that might not be on bettors’ radars.
WNBA Championship 2022 odds
All odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook
Who’s the favorite to win the 2022 WNBA championship?
Aces (+150). Las Vegas started the season on fire, going 9-1 in its first 10 games under Hammon. The Aces have gone 6-5 since June 2, but they are still in the driver’s seat to potentially grab a top-two seed.
The Aces currently lead the WNBA in scoring (89.0), pace (81.5), and offensive rating (108.6). Perhaps even more notable is that everyone in their starting lineup is averaging 12 or more points per game. Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young are having career years, and A’ja Wilson looks poised to win her second MVP in the past three seasons. She’s the favorite at -120 odds.
At +150 odds, you can get some value back on the Aces, who have shown in the past that they can make a deep postseason run.
However, keep in mind that the Sky will not go quietly. Chicago is a talented, veteran-led squad that knows what it takes to win a WNBA title. The Sky have the second-best odds to win the championship at +300, which is a tremendous value for the defending champs.
Who are sleepers to win the 2022 WNBA championship?
Storm (+400). When discussing sleepers in sports betting, we are usually referring to teams with odds greater than 10/1 (+1000). However, since we don’t have many title contenders in the WNBA, we’re left with the Storm and Sun being viewed as sleepers to win it all.
Seattle is just 1.5 games behind the Aces for first place in the Western Conference and sitting third in the playoff standings. The Storm made a big move late last month when they signed unrestricted free agent Tina Charles. Charles was with the Mercury for most of this season. However, both sides ultimately agreed to a contract divorce. Charles has been coming off the bench for the Storm but gives them another scorer to go with Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd, Sue Bird, and Ezi Magbegor.
The Storm has already beat the Sky this season and gone 1-1 in two games against Las Vegas. Seattle will likely see the Sky or Aces on their road to the WNBA Finals. It’s not a bad idea to toss a couple of dollars on the Storm, whose odds can only improve in the second half of the season.
Sun (+450). The Sun are looking to get back to the WNBA Finals for the second time in the past four seasons. Connecticut lost in the semifinals to eventual champ Chicago in four games last season. This season, the Sun have the third-best record in the league (14-8), tied with the Storm. Connecticut returned almost the same roster from last season that won 26 games in the regular season.
The Sun are led by 2021 WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones, who is averaging 14.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game this season. Connecticut also has DeWanna Bonner, Brionna Jones, Alyssa Thomas, and Courtney Williams, who are averaging 11-plus points per game. As we said with Seattle, it doesn’t hurt to place a bet on the Sun, whose odds can only improve in the second half of the season. After the All-Star break, Connecticut has two winnable road games against the Dream and Fever before returning home to play the Aces on July 17.