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Best bets for 2021 WNBA Opening Night

The W is back! We’ve got picks and predictions for the 25th anniversary Opening Night.

Betnijah Laney, Sabrina Ionescu and Jazmine Jones of the New York Liberty poses for portrait during WNBA Media Day at the Barclays Center on May 8, 2021 in Brooklyn, New York.  Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images

The 25th season of the WNBA is here! And that means it’s time to start gambling on what should be a terrific summer of women’s basketball.

With only 12 teams in the league, the concentration of talent is at a premium. You’ll be getting great basketball every night this season, and the 34-game sprint to the playoffs starts now. Plus League Pass is just $17 for the season, one of the best bargains in sports, so you can watch and bet on every game easily.

It’s Opening Night, let’s get started on the right foot. Picks!

New York Liberty +2.5 vs. Indiana Fever

As we all know, the only prescription for a Fever is more cowbell. But the only prescription for the Indiana Fever is just showing up, because this team simply doesn’t have enough talent to hurt anyone.

The oddsmakers seem to have undervalued some of the additions the Liberty made, including 2019 Defensive Player of the Year in Natasha Howard. NYL also has the best young player alive in Sabrina Ionescu, and we know she won’t be intimidated in front of what should be an excited (but limited!) home crowd for the first time at Barclays Center.

The Summer of Sabrina on Flatbush starts tonight. And while the Liberty will have to scrap to make the playoffs this season, they should be well-ahead of the Fever early on this year.

Connecticut Sun -3 at Atlanta Dream

Yes the Sun are better team anyway, but the consistency of their roster in the offseason will help them here. The Dream are looking to integrate new players such as Aari McDonald and Odyssey Sims, and that might take some time. They’ll be able to score for sure, but defensively they might really struggle.

While the Dream should improve on their 11th of 12 in offensive efficiency from last season, they didn’t do much to change their 10th of 12 in defensive efficiency. Plus they’re integrating a new coach, GM, and front office after some last-minute turnover this year.

The Sun are one of the most consistent teams in the W. A veteran presence with players like DeWanna Bonner and Jonquel Jones should be a big factor here.

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