2021 WNBA Title Odds: Storm Favored To Repeat As Champions
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- The Storm and Aces have the best 2021 WNBA title odds a year after meeting in the Finals.
- With the 2021 WNBA season set to tip off on Friday, we run through the full championship odds.
2021 WNBA Title Odds
|Las Vegas Aces||+300|
|Los Angeles Sparks||+550|
|New York Liberty||+6000|
|Odds via DraftKings and as of May 11.|
With a quick preseason tune-up ending on Tuesday night, the WNBA regular season will tip off on Friday with the Seattle Storm sitting as the betting favorite to win the title.
Seattle, the defending champions after sweeping the Las Vegas Aces in the 2020 championship, are +175 to repeat in 2021. Las Vegas is close behind at +300 along with the Washington Mystics at +350.
The Storm must replace a few key pieces, but bringing back WNBA Finals MVP Breanna Stewart is a good place to start. Stewart, the 2018 MVP, averaged 19 points per game in 2020, her first season since tearing her Achilles in 2019. Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd are also back, but attention will be on newcomer Katie Lou Samuelson, who was acquired this offseason from Dallas. The team also drafted Kiana Williams out of Stanford in the first round and signed veteran Candice Dupree.
Leading scorer A’ja Wilson is back for the Aces, but Las Vegas caught a tough break when Angel McCoughtry suffered a torn ACL last week. However, returning point guard Kelsey Plum (ACL) and Liz Cambage (opt-out) will be key additions that were missing last season.
The Mystics, the 2019 champion, will go as far as Elena Delle Donne can take them. The two-time MVP has struggled to stay healthy at times and missed the 2020 season due to concerns over COVID-19. She’s back this year, although her status for the opening game is in question.
She won’t have to do it all alone, as Tina Charles will also return after missing the 2020 season. They’ll join breakout star, Myishia Hines-Allen, who averaged 17 points per game last year.
The Sparks have to replace top scorers Candace Parker and Chelsea Gray, but returning Chiney Ogwumike as well as bringing in Erica Wheeler and Amanda Zahui B. can help.
The Chicago Sky and Phoenix Mercury round out the top-five on the oddsboard in a tie at +1000.
The Sky made a huge splash bringing in Naperville, Ill., native Candace Parker to her hometown team, adding championship aspirations to a core already featuring Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley.
Phoenix will feature a Big Three of Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith.