Reigning WNBA MVP and champion Breanna Stewart ruptured her achilles and will miss the upcoming season. It’s a massive blow to the league and is sure to shakeup the betting odds in terms of futures. The Seattle Storm were the favorites to repeat, but now things are a little more wide open and there’s some value out there.
Here are three teams to consider backing in the future market before the season begins next month.
Phoenix Mercury, +600 - The Phoenix Mercury are the San Antonio Spurs of the WNBA, a team that never dies and one you should never count out. The Mercury made the semifinals last year and took the Storm to five competitive games. A duo of Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner is still as good as it gets in this league and DeWanna Bonner is one of the more underrated players. The Mercury return nine players from last years squad and got even better with the addition of Essence Carson. If I had to pick one team to hoist the trophy right now, it would be the Mercury. I would lock in this bet while you still have the chance.
Washington Mystics, +400 - The Washington Mystics were the third-best team in the league last season and made it to the WNBA Finals before getting swept by the eventual champions in the Seattle Storm. The Mystics have the perfect combination of talent and experience to get the job done, and they were drastically improved defensively last year, finishing third in points allowed per game. With Stewart out and Maya Moore not participating this season, Elena Delle Donne could very well be the best player in the league right now, and she has an impressive trio to back her up in Kristi Toliver, Ariel Atkins and LaToya Sanders, all double-digit scorers last season. If there’s one team that benefits most from this unfortunate circumstance, it’s the Mystics.
Las Vegas Aces, +900 - The Las Vegas Aces have been on the rise the last couple of years and came close last year to earning the last playoff spot. Las Vegas wasn’t good defensively last season and is an extremely young roster overall, but there’s a massive amount of talent in A'ja Wilson, Kayla McBride, Tamera Young and Kelsey Plum. The Aces return each of their last nine leading scorers from last season and selected guard Jackie Young from Notre Dame in the draft. There’s a lack of experience and it’s going to be tough to go from losing record to champs, but the Las Vegas Aces are going to be a problem once they figure it out. You don’t want to be on the short end once they do.