With the Summer Olympics break officially now in the books, it is a good time to look at the playoffs standings in the WNBA. The league opened up the second half of the season with 2021 WNBA Commissioner's Cup on Thursday night, which was won by the Seattle Storm in dominating fashion over the Connecticut Sun.
The Storm currently have the best record in the league at 16-5, but both the Las Vegas Aces (15-6), and Sun (14-6) are lurking right behind them. The Aces will get back to action against the Washington Mystics at 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Sun will go on the road to play the Dallas Wings at 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.
The Aces appear right now to be the team who is capable of beating the Storm for the WNBA crown. Below we will look at the latest odds from DraftKings Sportsbook to identify the favorite and sleeper, who could potentially shake things up.
Favorite - Las Vegas Aces (+200)
To no one’s surprise, the Aces have the best odds to win the WNBA Finals. Las Vegas has been close enough in recent years that it feels as if this is their year to get over the jump. The only problem is that they will likely have to go through the Storm to finally get the championship.
Fortunately, the Aces are 2-1 against the Storm this season, which could play a significant role when it comes to playoff seeding. Las Vegas has the best frontcourt in the entire league led by A’ja Wilson and Liz Cambage. Wilson is averaging 19.4 points, 9.0 rebounds (career-high), and 3.1 assists (career-high) per game. Last year’s MVP is also shooting 45.3% from the field and is coming off a tremendous Summer Olympics for Team USA.
Meanwhile, Cambage has been one of the best low-post players in the league, averaging 14.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. When Cambage and Wilson are playing at their best, it is hard to beat the Aces. Additionally, Las Vegas has some great guards in Chelsea Gray, Jackie Young, Kelsey Plum, and Dearcia Hamby on the wing — who can pose problems for any team in the league.
Sleeper - Minnesota Lynx (+750)
I wanted to pick the Sun, who have +500 odds to win the WNBA Finals, but I don’t think they are a true sleeper. However, if you are looking for that sleeper pick, look no further than the Minnesota Lynx at +750 odds. The Lynx went into the All-Star break with a seven-game win streak and are only 3.0 games out of first place.
Minnesota is led by a tremendous frontcourt duo in Napheesa Collier and the veteran Sylvia Fowles. The former sixth overall pick is having a career season in the Twin Cities, averaging 17.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. Fowles is almost putting up a double-double in her 13th season with 15.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
Outside of those two, don’t forget about sharpshooter Kayla McBride, who was a big free-agent signing for the Lynx. In her first season with Minnesota, McBride is averaging 14.1 points per game, while shooting 43.1% from the field and 38.7% shooting from three-point range on 5.6 attempts per game.
2021 WNBA Championship odds
Las Vegas Aces: +200
Seattle Storm: +220
Connecticut Sun: +500
Minnesota Lynx: +750
Chicago Sky: +900
Washington Mystics: +1500
Phoenix Mercury: +2000
Dallas Wings: +2800
New York Liberty: +5000
Los Angeles Sparks: +9000
Atlanta Dream: +10000
Indiana Fever: +30000
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