WNBA 2019 Betting and Odds Preview
The WNBA, which stands short for Women’s National Basketball Association, is the most popular female basketball league in the world. Founded in 1996, the first WNBA season started in 1997 and featured 8 teams. The number was later expanded to the current 12 teams, with the league growing in popularity every year.
The WNBA is similar to the NBA in many regards. It has an All-Star game, with individual prizes awarded to the best players during the season. The season is played from May to September since there are only 12 teams. All the games are divided between regular season games and playoffs. In the playoffs, the first two rounds are a single elimination game, while the conference semi-finals and the WNBA Finals are best-of-five series. All the teams are re-seeded after the second round and semi-finals.
A total of 6 WNBA teams are linked to NBA counterparts. The other 6 teams don’t share arenas with NBA teams, although some share the same market. Most of the teams in the WNBA are independently owned. Since the formation of the league, its popularity in the USA and all over the world has gradually grown. Now featuring 12 teams in its 23rd season, the WNBA is at its peak.
The Seattle Storm are the defending champion this season. Last year, the Seattle team won its third title in its third appearance in the Finals. They are one of only two teams to never lose a Finals series, which is an incredible feat by itself. This year, however, the Storm have been pushed further down the list of favourites at many basketball betting sites. Many offseason trades and retirements have affected the whole league, resulting in shaken up list of outright favourites at most bookies.
Event Date: May 24 – September 8, 2019
Who’s the Biggest Favourite?
With the Minnesota Lynx heading to 6 Finals in the past 8 years, everyone was widely expecting them to be in the running for a new title. However, former league MVP Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen are not in the fold this year, affecting the Lynx’s chances. Moore is taking a sabbatical, while Whalen has decided to retire. Their decisions have sent ripples across the WNBA, affecting the outright favourites as well.
There’s a new leading candidate emerging in the West – the Las Vegas Aces. The Nevada-based team landed Liz Cambage in an offseason trade, also known as the only WNBA player to score 53 points in a single game. Cambage and rising talent A’Ja Wilson have made the Aces big favourites for the 2019 WNBA title.
At the moment, the Aces are sharing the top spot on the list with the Mystics at 5/2 (10bet, BetVision, Ole777, Fun88). They’ve buffed up their chances with the addition of Cambage, with a starting five that now features two back-to-back draft picks (A’Ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum). There’s no question that the Las Vegas Aces will be the team to beat, but not if the Mystics have a say in it.
Can the Mystics Win Their First Title?
Until last year, the Mystics were the only WNBA team without a trip to the Finals. Led by 2015 MVP and one of the best WNBA players Elena Della Donne, the Mystics earned a trip to the 2018 WNBA Finals, where they were swept by the Seattle Storm. Still, they have one of the best players in the league in Delle Donne and a great starting five, which brings a lot of hope to Mystics fans.
With Maya Moore and Lindsey Whalen out of the picture this year, the Mystics have jumped right up to the top of the list of outright favourites. Bookies clearly believe that the Mystics now have what it takes to finally get their first title, but they’ll have to go over the Aces first.
BetVision, 10bet, Fun88, and Ole777 all have the Washington Mystics at 5/2 for the title. Those odds are not bad at all, no matter if you prefer them or the Aces. With Delle Donne in the fold, the Mystics have a lot of fuel in the tank for another trip to the Finals. Hopefully, it will be victorious for them this time.
The Return of the LA Sparks?
The LA Sparks come from a major national market and have always been the league’s darling. A 3-time champion themselves from 5 Finals appearances, the Sparks have been home to legendary players such as Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson. Things haven’t been going great recently, though. The Sparks had their last trip to the finals in 2017, losing to Maya Moore and the Lynx.
However, with Candace Parker in the fold and the slew of retirements this offseason, they’ve emerged as a top-3 title favourite. Currently sitting behind the Aces and Mystics at 9/2 (10bet, Ole777, BetVision, Fun88), leading basketball pundits clearly believe that with a bit of luck, Parker and the LA Sparks can reach the final and win their 4th title.
It won’t come easy, though, as there are teams breathing down their necks such as the Connecticut Sun and even Atlanta Dream. Still, with Candace Parker leading the way, the team can do anything. Especially as there’s no Maya Moore-sized obstacle on the road to the Finals this time around.
What Are Seattle Storm’s Odds?
The Seattle Storm had a great 2018. Trading for Natasha Howards and drafting Jordin Canada, the Storm elevated their status from a mediocre team to a contender. After a strong push in the playoffs, they defeated the Mercury in a tough five-game series in the semi-finals, earning a first Finals berth since 2010 against the Mystics.
Although the Finals were expected to be closer, the Storm swept the Mystics, earning their third title in that many appearances. This year, however, the team is far from a favourite, earning the status of a sleeper instead.
The Storm are currently going for 14/1 at Ole777, Fun88, BetVision, and 10bet, sitting in the middle of the table of favourites. Many leading pundits don’t agree with bookies’ opinion, though. They believe that the Storm should be near the top of the list, especially after last year’s final. Fortunately for punters, though, they’ve been pushed down. At 14/1, a reasonable bet on the Storm could bring you a lot of cash, and if experts are to be believed, their chances at a new title are great.