WNBA Championship Odds: Mystics, Storm & Sparks Tip-Off 2020 As Co-Favorites
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WNBA Championship Odds
|Washington Mystics||+450 [BET NOW]||15.3%|
|Seattle Storm||+450 [BET NOW]||15.3%|
|Los Angeles Sparks||+450 [BET NOW]||15.3%|
|Las Vegas Aces||+500 [BET NOW]||14.1%|
|Connecticut Sun||+600 [BET NOW]||12.1%|
|Phoenix Mercury||+850 [BET NOW]||8.9%|
|Chicago Sky||+1300 [BET NOW]||6.0%|
|New York Liberty||+1300 [BET NOW]||6.0%|
|Minnesota Lynx||+2700 [BET NOW]||3.0%|
|Indiana Fever||+5500 [BET NOW]||1.5%|
|Atlanta Dream||+7000 [BET NOW]||1.2%|
|Dallas Wings||+7000 [BET NOW]||1.2%|
Odds as of July 25 and via FanDuel. If you’re new to betting, +450 odds mean a $100 bet would net $450 with a win. The above implied probabilities are vig-free, so they do not include the cut the sportsbook is taking.
A bubble in south Florida. A 22-game regular season. The same eight-team playoff format.
That’s how the WNBA is moving forward with its 2020 season, which tips off on Saturday.
The league’s reigning MVP, Elena Delle Donne, is one of many high-profile players expected to sit out. But the list of stars returning after missing all or a most of 2019 is substantial: Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart, Diana Taurasi, Seimone Augustus, Skylar Diggins-Smith … you get it. Then, of course, there is rookie sensation Sabrina Ionescu.
Despite EDD’s expected absence as well as Natasha Cloud and LaToya Sanders opting out, the Washington Mystics are still in a three-way tie atop the oddsboard with the Seattle Storm and Los Angeles Sparks at +450 odds, giving each a 15.3% vig-free implied probability of winning the championship. Like the Mystics, the Sparks will also be missing key contributors with Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver both sitting out the campaign.
Of the trio of favorites, the Storm look like the most complete team entering the season with the key returns of Steward and Bird. Their odds have improved from +600 to +450 since we began tracking the market on July 12. The Phoenix Mercury (+1200 to +850) and New York Liberty (+3000 to +1300) have also seen their shorten significantly over that span.
We’ll continue to track how these odds evolve as the season progresses.