The 2016 season has seen a surprise team win some games in the early going.
By: Shane Lambert
The Los Angeles Sparks are a perfect 3-0 early on in the WNBA season. With a 7-point road win against New York capping their most recent effort, the Sparks also have two other wins by 30-point margins. With a deep slot of players that can log minutes, Los Angeles appear to be a sleeper team in the WNBA this season.
Currently the Minnesota Lynx, the Phoenix Mercury, and the Dallas Wings are considered bigger favorites in the WNBA’s Western Conference (source: betway). However, that will likely change as I don’t think it’s fluky at all that Los Angeles are off to the kind of start that they are off to. At 14/1 in the league outrights with betway, basketball punters are advised to get something on these Sparks before they shorten (13/2 is available in the conference market). On that note, BetVictor have already shortened the Sparks from 14/1 to 8/1.
For teams that are over-rated, the Mercury certainly fit the bill. They may have an impressive lineup on paper with Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi, but the pressing question with Phoenix is “where are the wins?”. The Mercury are 0-3 on the season and they don’t appear to have anything near the depth that the Sparks have. At 11/4 in outrights for the league, Phoenix appear to be well over-rated while Minnesota, at 100/30, aren’t offering great value either.
The WNBA might not be the most popular basketball league in sports, but, for betting purposes, a hit bet counts as much on a WNBA team as a hit bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers, the OKC Thunder, the Toronto Raptors, or the Golden Golden State Warriors. Value is value and I think at this point in the season the bets should be heading Los Angeles’ way in anticipation of shortening odds and solid play in the weeks to come.
2.5-point bet on the Los Angles Sparks, either to win the conference at 13/2 or to win outright at 14/1