Washington Mystics (+200)
Right now, Washington is running away as the top overall favorite to win the title this season. With so much talent around the league either out indefinitely, or for the season with injuries, the Mystics seem to be the most talented team from top to bottom.
With Elena Delle Donne playing at an MVP level and the Mystics having probably the best guard depth in the league, it’s hard to bet against them.
Las Vegas Aces (+365)
A’ja Wilson’s injury really hurt this team and it has forced the sportsbooks to shorten the Mystics’ championship odds as a result. However, Wilson’s injury came at a time when she will get a week off for the All Star Break, so hopefully she won’t miss too many games.
However, once Wilson comes back, the Aces may be the best bet to knock off the Mystics in an eventual playoff showdown. Wilson and Liz Cambage are a dynamic frontcourt and we were starting to see more of that with every passing game before Wilson’s injury. If the Aces can hold onto their double playoff bye, I love their odds and chances of winning it all.
Connecticut Sun (+375)
Right behind the Aces are the Sun, who are trying to head into All Star weekend with the top overall spot in the playoff standings. Connecticut has been one of the league’s most consistent teams this season and while they may not have the star power that the Aces of Mystics have, Jonquel Jones is a star and the rest of the Sun have been playing outstanding so far this season. They could be a somewhat dark horse come playoff time if they hold on to their double bye.
LA Sparks (+640)
I really start to get intrigued when I look at the Sparks price to win the championship. Before Riquana Williams’ suspension, this team was starting to play at a championship caliber. At +640, it’s one of the best prices I’ve seen on them, so outside of the Aces, the Sparks’ have the best value odds right now to win it all, comparative to their overall talent level. The only problem with them and the Mercury, is they may both face each other in a single elimination game if they can’t move up the standings some more in the second half.
Phoenix Mercury (+780)
I’ve wanted to believe in Phoenix all season. However, they are once again digging themselves a hole that they might have to dig out of in single elimination playoff games. Diana Taurasi is still hurt and her absence has really highlighted the depth problems Phoenix has. Brittany Griner has not looked like herself other than maybe a four or five game stretch a few weeks ago. All in all, I’m not opposed to gambling some on their future odds, but until Taurasi comes back, this team is beatable in a single elimination playoff setting.