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WNBA power rankings based on opening night WNBA Finals odds

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The odds are stacked against the winner of the 2024 WNBA Finals ahead of the start of the 2024 WNBA season. Getting ahead early is a known contender.

The Las Vegas Aces, back-to-back WNBA champions in 2022 and 2023, are the early favorites to win this year’s WNBA title. Led by A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas became the third franchise in history to win back-to-back titles in the women’s professional basketball league. They will start this year without veteran Candace Parker, who retired after the 2023 season.

Sabrina Ionescu and the New York Liberty aren’t far behind in terms of odds, and 2024 No. 1 pick Caitlin Clark will join the Indiana Fever to help them win their first title since 2012.

Here’s the full list of 2024 WNBA Finals odds for the opening games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, courtesy of BetMGM.

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WNBA power rankings: Odds before opening night

1. Las Vegas Aces (+100)

This competition is the competition of the Aces until another team proves otherwise. Las Vegas set the WNBA record with 34 wins in 40 games last season and lost a combined 16 games over the past two years. The Aces are led by Jackie Wilson, A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum, the No. 1 overall picks in 2019, 2018 and 2017, respectively. Candace Parker was the only major departure for the team and Las Vegas will look to return the team in 2024 for the third year in a row.

2. Freedom of New York (+225)

The Aces got a lot of attention last year, and rightfully so, but the Liberty emerged as real contenders in 2023 after the additions of Breanna Stewart (who later won the WNBA MVP award), Jonquel Jones and Courtney Vandersloot last season. After these three joined 2020 first overall pick Sabrina Ionescu, the Liberty made a WNBA Finals run but fell short to Las Vegas in four games. Given the talent on the roster and last year’s success, New York will certainly continue to give the Aces a run for their money in 2024.

3. Seattle storm (+1000)

Seattle had a rough 2023 season, finishing 11-29 in the first season following the retirement of Sue Bird and the aforementioned departure of Breanna Stewart to New York in free agency. However, Jewell Loyd led the league in scoring last year (24.7 points per game), and the Storm brought in veteran producers Nneka Ogwumike and Skylar Diggins-Smith in free agency. After a bad year, Seattle can certainly return to the playoffs this season.

4. Connecticut Sun (+1200)

The Sun finished in second place in the Eastern Conference last year and reached the semifinals before the Liberty bounced them out of the playoffs. This year they return MVP runner-up Alyssa Thomas, sixth Player of the Year runner-up DiJonai Carrington and their top scorers from 2023: DeWanna Bonner and Brionna Jones, the latter of whom missed most of the season with an Achilles injury. With their top players back and healthy, the Sun are in position to make another deep run.

5. Indiana fever (+2000)

Indiana was one of the worst teams in the WNBA last year, finishing with a 13-27 record and missing the playoffs. They then won the 2024 WNBA Draft lottery and the right to draft Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark. Clark is one of the most touted prospects in WNBA history – if not the the most touted – and will help carry the Fever into what will likely be a more successful season in 2024.

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T-6. Dallas Wings (+3000)

T-6. Chicago Sky (+3000)

8. Phoenix Mercury (+4000)

9. Atlanta Dream (+5000)

T-10. Minnesota lynx (+6000)

T-10. Los Angeles Sparks (+6000)

12. Washington Mystics (+8000)

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