In a exhilarating Game 4, the Las Vegas Aces officially defend its championship title after a 70-69 win over the New York Liberty. The Aces A'ja Wilson was named the WNBA Finals MVP after pocketing 85-points across the four-game series. Las Vegas is not the first group since 2000 and 2001 to win back-to-back championships.
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Who Is Favored To win the 2023 wNBA Championship?
|Las Vegas Aces||-525|
|New York Liberty||+340|
Odds as of October 17
2023 WNBA Champions Picks & Best Bets
las Vegas Aces (-525)
I mean, duh. It's looking like a replica of last season when Las Vegas cruised to the finals, dropping only two games in postseason play to pocket Las Vegas' first-ever championship -- and they're on pace to do it again. In fact, the Aces haven't dropped a single playoff game this season.
Despite uncertainty after falling to the New York Liberty three times in August, Las Vegas holds a 2-1 lead over them in the championship round. In Game 2, A'ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum, and Jackie Young rallied together to earn over 20 points in the 104-76 victory.
Value Pick: New York Liberty (+340)
If there was anyone making things interesting for the Aces, it's the Liberty (32-8) this season. Especially after watching them defeat the Aces three times in August, including a whopping 82-63 victory. New York has also made history picking up 30 wins, too.
Unlike the Aces, the Liberty have dropped two matchups on their way to the finals. Now, they continue to fall. It's not over until it's over, but New York needs team leaders like Sabrina Ionescu and Breanna Stewart to step up, both of whom only earned 24 points combined in Week 2.
A 2-1 series deficit is a challenge, but it's not too deep a hole for New York to vault out of.
Last 10 WNBA Champions
|2022||Las Vegas Aces||3-1||Connecticut Sun|
|2021||Chicago Sky||3-1||Phoenix Mercury|
|2020||Seattle Storm||3-0||Las Vegas Aces|
|2019||Washington Mystics||3-2||Connecticut Sun|
|2018||Seattle Storm||3-0||Washington Mystics|
|2017||Minnesota Lynx||3-2||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2016||Los Angeles Sparks||3-2||Minnesota Lynx|
|2015||Minnesota Lynx||3-2||Indiana Fever|
|2014||Phoenix Mercury||3-0||Chicago Sky|
|2013||Minnesota Lynx||3-0||Atlanta Dream|
Over 26 seasons, the Minnesota Lynx, Houston Comets, and Seattle Storm each have four championships to tie for the most in the league. Only three other franchises have won the title multiple times: the Los Angeles Sparks (3), Phoenix Mercury (3), and Dallas Wings (3).
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.
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What Is The WNBA Playoff Format?
The postseason play was altered ahead of this last 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.
Who Won The 2022 WNBA Championship?
The Las Vegas Aces won the franchise's first WNBA championship over the Connecticut Sun. The series finished 3-1 in favor of the Aces.