Postseason play was altered ahead of this year’s playoffs. Single elimination games were scratched and replaced by best-of-three first-round series, followed by best-of-fives in the semifinals and the championship series.
According to the best basketball betting sites, the Aces sat heavily favored to win the WNBA championship, opening at -110 and shortening drastically to -1600 toward the end.
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Las Vegas Aces Hit Jackpot, Head Home With Trophy
It was no secret that the Aces were a threat all season. They were the No. 1 seed heading into the 2022 WNBA playoffs. They finished the regular season at 26-10, tied with the defending champion Chicago Sky, and earned the top seed based on their 3-1 record in head-to-head meetings with the Sky.
Las Vegas cruised to the finals, sweeping the Phoenix Mercury and taking down the Seattle Storm. The Aces dropped only two games in postseason play to hoist the trophy over their heads and mark the first championship in the history of the Las Vegas franchise.
Aside from the championship trophy, the Aces also took home individual accolades. Head coach Becky Hammon became the first rookie WNBA coach in league history to win the championship in her debut season.
A’ja Wilson became the youngest multi-winner of the WNBA MVP award in 2022. Kelsey Plum had a breakout season, averaging a career-best 20.2 points per game and earning the WNBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player in her first WNBA All-Star Game.
Point guard Chelsea Gray became a two-time champion on Sunday and walked away with the 2022 WNBA Finals MVP title, becoming the first former Duke Blue Devil ever to win a playoff MVP award in professional women’s or men’s play. She led her team with 20 points in the final contest.
It was an exciting run for the team and all of us watching behind the screen as the Aces celebrated a well-deserved championship win.
Up Next: 2023 Season
Next year, the WNBA will be expanding its schedule, with teams playing a record 40 games instead of 36. Not to mention, the girls got a green light to use chartered flights to travel in comfort. You know what they say, a happy team leads to wins.
The Aces will look to defend their title next season, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since the Los Angeles Sparks won back-to-back crowns in 2000 and 2001.
How To Read WNBA Championship Odds
At an online sportsbook that would list WNBA championship odds, they would look similar to this:
The minus sign (-) indicates which team is the favorite. In this case, it’s the Las Vegas Aces at -250. Every other team that’s listed is considered an underdog.
If you believe the Aces will win the WNBA championship and you bet $100 and it happens, you would win $140 – your $100 is returned and you would gain $40 in profit.
Check out our Odds Calculator to see how much you’d win based on the odds and amount wagered.