As the NBA season draws close to the end, hoops fans need something to look forward to. The good news is that the 23rd season of the WNBA will begin in earnest this week, with the opening tip of the new season set for May 24th. There is a total of 12 teams vying for the title this season, with everyone looking to knock off the champions from last season, the Seattle Storm.
Rather than breaking it down for all 12, we are instead going to take a look at the 4 WNBA betting favorites heading into the new season, as the feeling is that it will be one of that group who rises to the top.
WNBA Betting Odds & Predictions for 2019 Season
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2019 WNBA Season Info
- Edition: 23
- Regular Season Start Date: May 24
- Regular Season End Date: September 8
- Teams: 12
- Games per Team: 34
- Live Stream: WNBA League Pass
2019 WNBA Betting Favorites
- 2019 WNBA Championship Odds: +185
The Storm outlasted the Washington Mystics last season to nab their 3rd WNBA title and first since 2010. While that makes them a worthy favorite heading into the new season, it is worth remembering that we have not seen a team win it all in back to back seasons for 16 straight years.
The Storm were easily the best team, in the league last year, finishing up the season with a 26-8 record, 3 games up on the chasing pack by the time it was all said and done. Breanna Stewart was the MVP of the WNBA Finals last season and will be looking to lead the way for the champions this season.
- 2019 WNBA Championship Odds: +400
The Mystics somewhat came out of nowhere last season, as their appearance in the WNBA Final was their first ever. They ended up finishing 3rd overall in the league, 4 games behind the Storm at 22-12.
They were among the favorites heading into the postseason, but given their previous lack of success, you always felt that they would come up a little short, which they eventually did in the championship game. This is a team that should bounce right back after gaining some great experience last year. I think they might just win it all this time around.
- 2019 WNBA Championship Odds: +700
Last season was a bit of a return to form for a Sun team that really hadn’t delivered anything in the postseason for quite some time. They ended up as runner-up in consecutive seasons in 2004 and 2005, after which they did not get back to the final.
The Sun closed out the season with a 21-13 regular season record, closing things out with a run of 3-straight wins that didn’t carry over into the postseason. If they can take another step forward this year, there is no reason they can’t make a deep run in the playoffs.
Los Angeles Sparks
- 2019 WNBA Championship Odds: +750
Even people who don’t follow the WNBA all that closely know about the LA Sparks. While they may be the best-known team in the league, they have not had a ton of success in recent seasons. They were the last team to win back to back championships, with those wins coming in 2001 and 2002.
Their last title came in 2016, which they followed up by losing in the final the following year. At 19-15 last season, the Sparks made the postseason but were simply not good enough to win it all. They should be a postseason team again this year, but I would be looking elsewhere for a champion.
Last 10 WNBA Champions
- 2018: Seattle Storm
- 2017: Minnesota Lynx
- 2016: Los Angeles Sparks
- 2015: Minnesota Lynx
- 2014: Phoenix Mercury
- 2013: Minnesota Lynx
- 2012: Indiana Fever
- 2011: Minnesota Lynx
- 2010: Seattle Storm
- 2009: Phoenix Mercury