Predicting the 2014 WNBA Championship Winner: Odds, Prediction, Pick
The WNBA regular season will begin on Friday, which means now would be a good time to look over some possible future bets. It’s no secret that the Minnesota Lynx are the overwhelming favorites to win the championship once again, but there are a few longshots that may be worth some action. Remember, it’s the WNBA where anything can happen.
If you pay attention, you can make some big money betting on the WNBA. Here’s a quick rundown of the WNBA teams that should have your attention if you’re looking to hit it big this season.
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Atlanta Dream – The Dream were automatic at home last season with a 13-4 record and have one of the best overall scorers in Angel McCoughtry leading the way. McCoughtry won her second straight scoring title and has averaged more than 20 points in her last four seasons. When you have a player like McCoughtry, anything is possible, but don’t forget double-double machine in Erika de Souza or experienced veteran Swim Cash. The Dream have a nice balanced roster with two key playmakers. The Dream have also made the playoffs in five straight seasons and are worth a serious look with odds of +900 at most books.
Los Angeles Sparks – If you’re looking for a more realistic team to win it all other than the Lynx, the Sparks are the team for you. Candace Parker remains one of the best players in the league and is capable of taking over a game at the drop of a hat. Nneka Ogwumike is a much needed second scorer who is shooting above 55 percent in her first two seasons with the Sparks. This is a hungry basketball team that hasn’t won anything since 2002. With Magic Johnson and co. now running the show, the Sparks appear eager to make a run for a title and +400 looks tasty.
Indiana Fever – Despite dealing with multiple injuries last season, the Fever were still good enough to reach the conference finals and finish the season strong. Don’t forget, the Fever just won a championship back in 2012. Now, the Fever are as healthy as ever and still have one of the best duos in the WNBA in Tamika Catchings and Erlana Larkins. With an experienced and battle tested team, you can’t help but throw a few bucks on the Fever, a team that’s getting +2500 odds to win it all. If the Fever needed any added motivation, head coach Lin Dunn will retire at the end of the season and would like to end things on a positive note.
Phoenix Mercury - Brittney Griner and odds of +850. Do I really need to say anymore? Candice Dupree also remains a solid player in the league and is good for 15-plus points every night. That duo has to do a lot to carry the Mercury, but it’s one of the best tandems in all of the WNBA and could surprise some people this season.