WNBA Betting Guide: How and Where to Bet WNBA Odds
For many bettors, July and August may be a quieter time. With the NBA and NHL seasons in the rearview mirror, some look at that time of year as a time to take a break before the NFL and college football kick off. But in addition to daily MLB action, the WNBA is also in full swing in this period.
Unfamiliar with the WNBA? Currently, there are 12 teams in the league, which has been active since 1997. In 2023, the regular season will be 40 games long, a record for the league.
The 2023 season started on May 19 and will return until September 10. With games taking place most days, you can really beef up your bankroll for NFL betting or college football betting if you familiarize yourself with the WNBA and how to bet on it.
Types of WNBA Bets
Are you familiar with betting on the NBA? You don’t need to be to have success with WNBA betting, but it doesn’t hurt when there are many similarities, most notably with the types of bets available at most sports betting sites.
Moneyline, Spread, and Over/Under (Total) Betting
All three of these types of bets are the same as they are with betting on the NBA, NFL, college football, or college basketball.
The major difference between the NBA and WNBA is game length. While NBA games are 48 minutes long and consist of four 12-minute quarters, WNBA games are 40 minutes long and consist of four 10-minute quarters.
That difference is one to keep in mind for over/under betting and prop betting.
Player prop betting is one of the most popular ways people bet on the NBA.
It is also a very popular way to bet on the WNBA.
You won’t find WNBA player props at every online sportsbook, but Bovada is offers both player and team prop bets for every WNBA game.
Even if they don’t offer player prop odds, most sportsbooks will offer WNBA championship futures odds. WNBA MVP odds are also available at some books.
- Atlanta Dream
- Chicago Sky
- Connecticut Sun
- Indiana Fever
- New York Liberty
- Washington Mystics
- Dallas Wings
- Las Vegas Aces
- Los Angeles Sparks
- Minnesota Lynx
- Phoenix Mercury
- Seattle Storm
Top WNBA Players
A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces): Wilson is a two-time WNBA MVP (2020 and 2022). In 2022, she averaged 19.5 PPG, 9.4 RPG, and 1.9 BPG and led the Aces to their first WNBA title.
Alyssa Thomas (Connecticut Sun): In 2022, Thomas averaged 13.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG, and 6.1 APG and holds the WNBA record for career triple-doubles.
Arike Ogunbowale (Dallas Wings): Ogunbowale is one of the league’s top scorers. She has averaged at least 18.7 PPG each season in her WNBA career.
Breanna Stewart (New York Liberty): Stewart, the 2018 WNBA MVP and a two-time WNBA Finals MVP, is in her first season with the Liberty after six seasons with the Seattle Storm. She entered the 2023 season with career averages of 20.3 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 2.9 APG, and 1.5 BPG.
Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury): Griner missed the 2022 WNBA season due to being imprisoned in Russia, but she has returned for this season after being released in December 2022.
Griner is the WNBA’s all-time leader in blocks per game and entered this season with career averages of 17.7 PPG, 7.6 RPG, and 2.8 BPG.
Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics): Delle Donne, the 2015 and 2019 WNBA MVP, entered this season with career averages of 19.8 PPG and 6.8 RPG. She is also the league’s all-time leader in free throw percentage.
Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks): Ogwumike was named WNBA MVP in 2016, when she averaged 19.7 PPG and 9.1 RPG and shot a blistering 66.5% from the field.
Sabrina Ionescu (New York Liberty): Ionescu averaged 17.4 PPG, 7.1 RPG, and 6.3 APG in 2022.
Skylar Diggins-Smith (Phoenix Mercury): Diggins-Smith is unlikely to play in 2023 after having her second child, and she will be a free agent in the offseason.
After averaging 16.7 PPG and 5.0 APG and being named an All-Star six times in her first nine seasons, she should be in high demand.
WNBA Betting Strategies
The biggest tip when it comes to betting on the WNBA is to familiarize yourself with the teams and top players.
You don’t have to be an expert to be knowledgeable enough to boost your chances of betting success.
But knowing the teams will help with being able to know which spots to pick and where the value is for a given matchup.
Also, knowing who the top players are can really help with betting on props. The top players in any league typically record strong numbers in most games, so that is a great place to start with prop picks.
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