After splashy offseason, two franchises emerge as strong favorites for 2023 WNBA season

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New York Liberty's Kia Nurse, left, defends against Las Vegas Aces' Kayla McBride in the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, June 9, 2019, in White Plains, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The 2023 WNBA season starts next week, and the league’s futures odds show two clear favorites.

The reigning champion Las Vegas Aces and the New York Liberty are clear favorites, priced at +115 and +125 to win the championship respectively at FanDuel Sportsbook. They’ve held that post since the winter when both teams made shocking offseason moves with trades and free-agency pickups.

Three-time champion Candace Parker left the Chicago Sky to join the Aces to form a potent backcourt with A’ja Wilson. But New York made a shocking response by picking up forward Breanna Stewart from the Seattle Storm, point guard Courtney Vandersloot from the Chicago Sky and former Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones.

If one of those teams should slip, there are sleeper teams that may surprise. The Phoenix Mercury welcomes Brittney Griner home to join the legendary Diana Taurasi, and though Skylar Diggins-Smith opened training camp on maternity leave, she may form a trio that can give the Aces trouble.

Here are the complete WNBA title odds from FanDuel Sportsbook:

Las Vegas Aces +115

New York Liberty +125

Washington Mystics +1400

Phoenix Mercury +2500

Dallas Wings +3500

Atlanta Dream +4000

Chicago Sky +4500

Connecticut Sun +4500

Minnesota Lynx +4500

Seattle Storm +5000

Los Angeles Sparks +6000

Indiana Fever +10000

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