September 15, 2020
Betting odds place Las Vegas Aces as slight title favorites
Sports Betting Dime released its odds for the 2020 WNBA Playoffs
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Dearica Hamby #5 and A’ja Wilson #22 of the Las Vegas Aces exchange smiles during the game against the Minnesota Lynx on Aug. 13, 2020. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
The 2020 WNBA Playoffs tip-off tonight at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 with the single-elimination first-round games set to take place. In news that is likely to surprise no one, the betting odds have the Las Vegas Aces and Seattle Storm as large favorites to win it all.
According to Sports Betting Dime, the Aces (5/2) and the Seattle Storm (9/5) are the odds-on favorites to win the WNBA championship, while each of their superstars — Breanna Stewart (7/2) or A’ja Wilson (5/1) — are leading the way for MVP honors.
The Aces captured the No. 1 seed on the final day of the season with a victory over the second-place Storm, who were missing Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart due to injury. Both Storm players are expected to be healthy for the playoffs, and many expect a Storm-Aces WNBA Finals.
Minnesota Lynx rookie Crystal Dangerfield (4/5) is this season’s presumptive Rookie of the Year, according to SBD, and Head Coach Cheryl Reeve (1/3) is at the top of the list for Coach of the Year.
Expectations were low for the Lynx coming into the 2020 season, but Reeve and co. looked assured as they earned the No. 4 seed. Dangerfield, the 16th overall pick, entered the “wubble,” and showed maturity and leadership on the court, quickly assuming the starting point guard role. The 5’5 guard averaged 16.2 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.0 rebounds per game this season.
Here are the full list of odds from SBD:
Odds to win WNBA Most Valuable Player:
1. Breanna Stewart, SEA – 7/2
2. A’ja Wilson, LV – 5/1
3. Sue Bird, SEA – 14/1
4. Dearica Hamby, LV – 15/1
5. Diana Taurasi, PHX – 17/1
6. Candace Parker, LA – 21/1
7. Napheesa Collier, MIN – 28/1
8. FIELD – 7/3
Odds to win WNBA Rookie of the Year:
1. Crystal Dangerfield, MIN – 4/5
2. Chennedy Carter, ATL – 5/1
3. Satou Sabally, DAL – 7/1
4. Ezi Magbegor, SEA – 10/1
5. FIELD: – 14/1