The 2016 WNBA betting season set forth a new era in women’s professional basketball as it introduced the new playoff format that the league would be adopting. After various complaints were made about a lack of competitiveness in the postseason, the WNBA adopted a new playoff format for the 2016 postseason. Although it had mixed reviews, there’s no doubt that the new system raised the stakes for the coaches, players, and basketball betting lines. In years past, the top 4 seeds from each conference would advance to the playoffs, regardless of their records.
Who would’ve bet on WNBA to rescind their fines on player protests? While the bureaucracies of professional sports are often considered to be arrogant and stubborn, WNBA President Lisa Borders is showing to be the opposite. Borders decided to withdraw the fines that had been issued to both teams and players for being vocal in matters regarding social injustice.
We’re roughly two months into the 2016 WNBA season and the offshore bookmaker odds favorites the Los Angeles Sparks have hit the ground running. The team led by head coach Brian Agler tied the 1998 Houston Comets for the best start in WNBA history before dropping a game to the Atlanta Dream. The Sparks currently stand at 20-2 (0.909%) and have thus already improved on last season’s 14-20 record. Defending champions the Minnesota Lynx are second in the Western Conference with a 19-4 record (0.826%), 1½ games behind the Sparks.
Fans of WNBA betting surely caught the historic moment. On Sunday night the Phoenix Mercury (8-10) traveled to Atlanta to take on the Dream (8-9) at 6pm. It was there where Phoenix center Brittney Griner posted the WNBA’s 6th triple-double in league history. Griner was able to entertain WNBA betting enthusiasts on her way to 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks.
The 2016 WNBA season – and with it, WNBA betting – will begin on May 14th. The favorites to win their respective conferences as well as the championship series include the Phoenix Mercury, the Minnesota Lynx, the Chicago Sky, and the New York Liberty.
The Minnesota Lynx became the first team in the 2015 WNBA season to reach the playoffs. The Lynx did so in just two-thirds of the season. The team got a 18-6 record to start the season and has been especially powerful this year as the team has a +200 favorite line to win the WNBA title this year.Continue Reading
One of the more interesting points about women's sports is that it is never unusual for an athlete to become pregnant and take a year off from her sport to take care of her child. It is a fascinating point and it is one that has directly impacted the Tulsa Shock of the WNBA in the 2015 season.Continue Reading
One of the biggest stories that will impact the 2015 WNBA betting season will come from one player who is not going to compete. The Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi, who won a title with the team last year and was the Finals MVP, has chosen to play in Russia this year instead. Taurasi has spent the last eleven years with the Mercury and has three titles, thus making this move all the more surprising.Continue Reading
The Phoenix Mercury, who went 29-5 in the 2014 WNBA regular season, took on the Chicago Sky, a team that went 15-19, for the WNBA Finals. The Mercury took home its third WNBA title after sweeping the best-of-five series against the Sky.Continue Reading