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Week 7 WNBA Power Rankings: Chicago Sky become the new No. 1

Welcome to Bet For The Win’s WNBA Power Rankings. Each week, we update our list of teams based not solely on wins and losses but also take into account the reasons for the results. Tune in every week for a look at where your favorite team ranks.

There’s a lot going on in the W. Sue Bird announced this will be her final season, the All-Star Game starters were revealed and teams are moving up and down the standings on a nightly basis.

Here is a look at how all of the recent action has shaped this week’s power rankings.

All odds via Tipico Sportsbook.

1
Chicago Sky (11-5)

(AP Photo/John Locher)

Previous Week: 2

Record Since Last Ranking: 2-1

Championship Odds: +400

Every now and again Chicago will have a weird loss to someone like Indiana, but more often than not, the Sky have looked like a top-3 team. They’re 9-3 over their last 12 and it doesn’t seem like they will be slowing down anytime soon.

2
Las Vegas Aces (13-3)

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Previous Week: 1

Record Since Last Ranking: 2-1

Championship Odds: +105

Historically-bad loss to the Chicago Sky aside, the Aces are still playing well. Although, they’ve had some close calls as of late and their lack of depth has become a bit of a concern.

3
Seattle Storm (10-6)

(Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports)

Previous Week: 4

Record Since Last Ranking: 2-1

Championship Odds: +600

Sue Bird announced that this season will be her last. And while that’s sad, it makes for a great motive for the Storm as a whole to put forth some of their best stuff in Bird’s last go-around. For the most part, they are doing exactly that and should continue to. They’ll play what should be a fun game against Washington on Thursday night.

4
Connecticut Sun (12-6)

(AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

Previous Week: 3

Record Since Last Ranking: 2-2

Championship Odds: +380

A little slide? A little one — yes. The Sun aren’t shining quite as brightly as they were to begin the year. Coming off of two straight losses, they’ll have a chance to regroup next week against the Atlanta dream.

5
Washington Mystics (11-8)

(AP Photo/Terrance Williams)

Previous Week: 5

Record Since Last Ranking: 2-2

Championship Odds: +1000

The Mystics are just getting by. They haven’t been dominant and also haven’t been bad, just really steady. And that’s about what should be expected of this team through the regular season.

6
New York Liberty (7-10)

(Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Previous Week: 7

Record Since Last Ranking: 2-1

Championship Odds: +7000

How about the Liberty?! They’re 6-3 over their last nine, including wins over Connecticut and Washington. New York has a pretty light schedule coming up as far as competition goes, so this upward trajectory should carry on.

7
Dallas Wings (8-9)

(Antranik Tavitian/The Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK)

Previous Week: 8

Record Since Last Ranking: 2-2

Championship Odds: +4000

Dallas continues to be about who it was a season ago — mediocre with occasional flashes of being really good. The Wings’ next four games are against these teams in order: Indiana, Phoenix, Minnesota and Los Angeles. That’s a great opportunity to rack up some wins.

8
Atlanta Dream (8-8)

(Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports)

Previous Week: 6

Record Since Last Ranking: 1-2

Championship Odds: +7000

We’re still waiting on a signature win for the Dream this year. Will they get it soon? Atlanta’s upcoming schedule is brutal.

9
Los Angeles Sparks (6-9)

(Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

Previous Week: 10

Record Since Last Ranking: 1-1

Championship Odds: +5000

Los Angeles can earn back-to-back wins and build on a good victory over the Mystics when it hosts Chicago on Thursday. We won’t look farther than that because LA slowly needs to put things back together step by step.

10
Phoenix Mercury (6-11)

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Previous Week: 9

Record Since Last Ranking: 1-3

Championship Odds: +3000

One step forward, a few steps back. Just when it looked like Phoenix was turning the corner and closing in on a .500 record, the Mercury drop three of four. If they can’t get those games back with their upcoming schedule (Minnesota, Dallas, Indiana (twice), the hill might get too steep to climb.

11
Indiana Fever (5-13)

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Previous Week: 11

Record Since Last Ranking: 1-1

Championship Odds: +2000

Hey! The Indiana Fever beat the defending champion Chicago Sky — that’s enough to keep them from being dead last in the power rankings. Jokes aside, this is a season of growth for the Fever and it looks like all of their draft picks from a few months ago are panning out. That’s all they should care about at this point.

12
Minnesota Lynx (4-13)

(AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Previous Week: 12

Record Since Last Ranking: 1-2

Championship Odds: +20000

Well, the good news is Sylvia Fowles is back. Other than that, not much.

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