Phoenix Mercury See WNBA Title Odds Hold Strong Despite Rough Start

Phoenix Mercury See WNBA Title Odds Hold Strong Despite Rough Start
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The Phoenix Mercury’s quest for a fourth WNBA championship has gotten off to a bit of a rough start, but Arizona sportsbook apps don’t seem to be fazed by the lag.

The 1-3 Mercury still find themselves with the fifth best title odds on BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona at +3000, ahead of seven other WNBA squads.

That figure is exactly where the club was listed before the opening tip of the 2023 regular season, before Phoenix lost to the L.A. Sparks and Chicago Sky by a combined 29 points to open the year.

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A home split against Minnesota (who Phoenix beat, 90-81) and the Sparks (who they fell to at home, 99-93) didn’t tamper the Mercury’s championship odds — speaking to the good Arizona sports betting will the franchise has now that forward and team cornerstone Brittney Griner is back in the fray.

After missing the entire 2022 WNBA season while being held by the Russian government, Griner has returned to form with vigor — leading the Mercury in points (22.0), rebounds (8.8), blocks (3.2) and steals per game (0.8) this season.

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The league’s all-time leading scorer Diana Taurasi has also been in fine form out of the gate for Phoenix, averaging 18.3 points and 6.5 assists.

Mercury WNBA Title Odds By Site

  • BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona: +3000 (5th of 12) 
  • Caesars Sportsbook Arizona: +3500 (5th) 
  • DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona: +3500 (3rd) 
  • FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona: +3200 (5th)

Where Mercury Goes From Here

A year after failing to advance past the WNBA first round of the postseason for the first time since 2012, the Mercury have a lot to figure out.

Between Griner’s road to getting back into top form and the passing of the torch from veterans like Taurasi to up-and-coming prospects like fourth-year guard Sug Sutton and Sophie Cunningham — there have been plenty of moving parts.

Still, the fact six Mercury players are currently averaging 10 points or more per game, combined with Griner’s fast start, shows the Mercury have plenty of room for growth.

That on-court evolution starts with the team’s road trip against Dallas and Indiana, which begins Wednesday.

From there, Phoenix gets Seattle, Las Vegas, Dallas and Indiana at home in June, while the Mercury hit the road to play Washington, New York and Seattle before the month’s done.

With the league playing a record 40 regular season games in 2023, there’s still plenty of time for the Mercury to get it going as the franchise looks to match the heights they hit in 2021.

That was the last time the Mercury made it to the WNBA Finals, coming a win away from capturing the fourth title in franchise history.

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Christopher Boan is the lead writer at after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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