As the halfway point in the 2019 WNBA season quickly approaches, the Washington Mystics have separated themselves as the team to beat this year. Thus, it should come as no surprise that they are +170 favorites to win the title this year according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
They are closely followed by the preseason favorite, Las Vegas Aces at +280. The Aces have the best record in the WNBA (10-5) after beating the Indiana Fever on Wednesday.
While it's not completely reflected in their record (9-5), the Mystics have been dominant this year. They lead the league with 85.1 points per game and an 8.9 average point differential.
The Las Vegas Aces are beginning to look just as dominant. After a slow start to the season, Liz Cambage is finally starting to look comfortable after being traded from the Dallas Wings. Look for them to continue to improve as the season progresses.
Due to the number of injuries and young teams in rebuilding mode, it's difficult to make a case for any of the long shots at this point in the season.
However, the Phoenix Mercury do offer some intriguing value at +600. Phoenix is 7-6 and currently in line to make the playoffs, and Diana Taurasi is still yet to play a game for them this year. She should return from her back injury any game now, and would immediately improve a lineup that already features two of the leagues top five scorers in Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner.
While the Aces and Mystics certainly look to have separated themselves as the teams to beat, it would not be surprising if the Mercury found their way into that top-tier by the end of the season.
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