Look who's back: Best and worst bets in the WNBA
The WNBA is back.
Where did it go you might ask? Most people had no idea the WNBA was on an Olympic break during the 2012 summer games, with its biggest stars battling in London. The season picks up Thursday after more than a month hiatus, with three games on the schedule.
Whether you’ve been waiting patiently for the “Dub” to start back up or are just considering betting on women’s hoops for the first time all summer, here’s a look at the best and worst bets from the first half of the WNBA season.
San Antonio Silver Stars (13-5 SU, 15-3 ATS)
What is it with San Antonio basketball teams making serious coin for bettors this year? The Silver Stars have picked up where the Spurs left off and have cashed in for backers in five straight before the break. Star point guard Becky Hammon helped Russia to a fourth-place finish at London 2012 while Sophia Young continues to dominate inside.
Phoenix Mercury (4-15 SU, 6-13 ATS)
The Mercury have long been one of the stronger sides in the WNBA, but a rash of injuries slowed their start in 2012. Phoenix, however, is probably the one team that benefited from the break the most. Not only did the layoff allow Candice Dupree to rest her ailing knee but it also gave Olympian Diana Taurasi a chance to get in shape after missing the first half of the season. Taurasi was all fired up at the Olympics and could be the spark Phoenix needs.
Minnesota Lynx (15-4, 13-6 over/under)
Offense is the name of the game in the WNBA. The two top teams, Minnesota and San Antonio, are also the best over bets in the league. The Lynx have a surplus of fire power, averaging a WNBA-best 86.7 points per game behind Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson and Lindsay Whalen. Minnesota eclipsed the total in seven of its last eight games before the break.
Seattle Storm (9-10, 6-13 over/under)
Seattle’s stars may be getting up there in age but the defense is still one of the stiffest in the league. The Storm give up only 72.1 points a night – tops in the WNBA – and score just over 70 points for. Veteran center Lauren Jackson led Australia to a bronze at the summer games and is expected to join the team after sitting out the first chunk of the schedule.