The WNBA regular season is in its final stages. Soon, more than half of the league will enter the postseason and begin the WNBA playoffs. These teams will be on the hunt to make it to the WNBA Finals and earn the championship trophy.
The expected contenders have sat atop the standings for a majority of the season. The Chicago Sky lead the Eastern Conference after winning the WNBA Finals last year, while the Las Vegas Aces were the first Western Conference team to reach 20 wins.
But who will make it through the playoffs and come out on top in 2022? Below, we’ll take a look at the current betting odds and provide an outlook for the 2022 WNBA Finals.
WNBA Finals Betting Odds 2022
Caesars Sportsbook provides WNBA lines for the 2022 WNBA Finals winner, which are current as of Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. ET
- Chicago Sky (+180)
- Las Vegas Aces (+190)
- Connecticut Sun (+450)
- Seattle Storm (+650)
- Washington Mystics (+900)
- Dallas Wings (+5000)
- Phoenix Mercury (+10000)
- Minnesota Lynx (+15000)
- New York Liberty (+15000)
- Atlanta Dream (+15000)
- Los Angeles Sparks (+20000)
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2022 WNBA Finals Favorites
Chicago Sky (+180)
The Sky had a relatively rough month of May, going just 5-3, but it’s been smooth sailing ever since. As of this writing, Chicago has lost just two games by more than seven points this season, which speaks volumes about this group’s overall consistency and ability to stay in games.
Of course, it’s hardly a surprise to see this team do this well given the weapons on the roster. Chicago has six players averaging double figures in scoring, highlighted by seven-time All-Star and two-time league MVP Candace Parker. She’s put together another impeccable season, including logging two triple-doubles.
The Sky’s starting group also includes All-Stars Kahleah Copper, Emma Meesseman, and Courtney Vandersloot, plus perhaps the game’s greatest shooter in Allie Quigley. If that’s not enough, Chicago also has two players averaging at least 9.0 points off the bench in Rebekah Gardner and Azura Stevens.
Given this group’s overall depth and prior championship experience, they’ll be an incredibly tough out once the postseason rolls around and are as good a bet as any to win the WNBA Finals.
Las Vegas Aces (+190)
The Aces are all about offense, and so far, their strategy is working. In coach Becky Hammon‘s first year with the team, Las Vegas ranks first in points per game, pace, and offensive rating, while coming in second in overall net rating. The defense hasn’t always been there, but quite frankly, it doesn’t always need to be.
Las Vegas has four players averaging double-digit scoring per game, headlined by Kelsey Plum and 2020 MVP A’ja Wilson. The two are responsible for roughly 45% of the team’s scoring per game, and each is uniquely difficult to defend.
Jackie Young, Chelsea Gray, and Dearica Hamby round out this team’s high-powered starting rotation. Each has at least one All-Star selection under their belt, making this a truly unstoppable unit. So long as they’re hitting from deep — and they often are — it’ll be tough to defeat this team in a playoff series.
2022 WNBA Finals Contenders
Connecticut Sun (+450)
Perhaps this could be the year that the Connecticut Sun finally win a WNBA title. The franchise has been to the Finals three times in its history but has never been able to seal the deal.
With that said, betting on Connecticut could be a savvy choice. There’s an abundance of hungry, experienced stars on this team, including Jonquel Jones, DeWanna Bonner, Brionna Jones, Alyssa Thomas, and Courtney Williams.
Stylistically speaking, the Sun do a little bit of everything well. Connecticut ranks third in offensive rating, second in defensive rating, and first in net rating, highlighting the team’s two-way ability. At (+450) odds, this is certainly worth a gamble.
Seattle Storm (+650)
The Storm are all about defense, and few times do it better than them. Seattle ranks third in defensive rating, second in points allowed per game, first in opponent free-throw attempts, and first in opponent three-point percentage. Not only do they clamp down on that end of the floor, but they do it cleanly as well.
Seattle also rosters perhaps the best two-way player in the league in Breanna Stewart, a four-time All-Star and former MVP. There’s also Jewell Loyd, an efficient shooter who’s averaging nearly 16 points per game this season.
Of course, no discussion about Seattle would be complete without bringing up Sue Bird, who’s in the midst of her final season. The 21-year veteran and WNBA legend is still getting it done for the Storm, averaging an impressive 39.4% clip from three-point range and six assists per game.
A four-time WNBA champion, it would be especially fitting for Bird to cap off her swan song with a fifth and final title. At (+650) odds, there’s great value here in betting on the Storm.
2022 WNBA Finals Sleepers
Washington Mystics (+900)
Don’t let the odds fool you — Washington is hardly a longshot to win the WNBA Finals. While it’s true that the Mystics have been a bit streaky throughout the season, it’s important to understand the context behind some of those losses.
Elena Delle Donne, a superstar forward and two-time MVP, has only appeared in 23 of the team’s 34 games to date in accordance with Washington’s plans to manage her health. The Mystics have been much better with her on the floor, going 16-7 when she’s active and just 4-7 when she sits.
With that said, Washington still has a solid roster outside of Delle Donne, including Natasha Cloud and Ariel Atkins. The Mystics also rank first in defensive rating and prefer to play at a snail’s pace, which could spell trouble for some of the less-efficient offensive teams in the playoffs.
At (+900) odds, the Mystics are a great bet to return to the WNBA Finals and earn their first title since their last trip in 2019.
Dallas Wings (+5000)
Dallas is a longshot to win the WNBA title in 2022, but this team is still worth including on this list for a few reasons — even if Arike Ogunbowale is slated to miss the remainder of the season.
The Wings roster consistent supplementary scorers in Allisha Gray, Teaira McCowan, and Marina Mabrey. We’ve already seen them step up in the absence of Ogunbowale, with McCowan winning Western Conference Player of the Week.
They may not be a great bet to win it all, but look for them to keep things interesting in their first-round playoff matchup.
2022 WNBA Finals Outlook
Chicago Sky (+180)
We’re going for a repeat and looking for the Chicago Sky to win the 2022 WNBA Finals. This may not be the best value at (+180) odds, but given the combined strength, depth and experience that this team has, it’s difficult to see any team defeating them over the course of a series.