Don't discount the WNBA odds: the best bet you'll make all summer

The summer months are shark-infested waters with wiseguys looking to cash in on the WNBA odds.

Posted: Jul 21, 2018 7:32 AM ET Updated: Oct 16, 2020 6:48 PM ET
WNBA Betting Odds Tips
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It’s the middle of summer and any football that matters is more than a month away. For those of you betting on sports, the daily baseball slog can get a bit stale, which makes now the perfect time to try something new: and that something is WNBA odds. 

Sure, WNBA action doesn’t hold the same audience or excitement that it’s NBA brother does, but it sure as hell holds a lot more betting value. Like most small market leagues, the WNBA odds are ripe for the picking simply because it flies under the radar of both books and public bettors. 

Unlike the NBA or NFL, the lines aren’t as carefully crafted by oddsmakers, so there’s a larger margin for error in those numbers. And without the wall-to-wall media coverage and analysis, news and notes don’t bubble up into the spreads and totals like they would in those bigger leagues.

While the casual bettor may turn their nose up to the WNBA and laugh it off as a bad bet – and you did, I heard you. Admit it - the summer months are shark-infested waters with wiseguys looking to cash in on the WNBA. Ask any serious sports bettor, and they’ll tell you women’s hoops can be a gold mine if you know what to look for.

If I’ve peaked your interest in betting on the WNBA odds, here are a few tips and tactics to take with you:

Follow the steam

You’ve never seen line moves like the ones in the WNBA. Sharps hammer the opening numbers, and push the spreads and totals all over the place. And because books know the only guys betting “The Dub” are the ones in the know, they’re aggressive with their adjustments. If you can spot a line on the move, jump on that side and try to get the best number you can before the value is dried up.


Pay attention

Look at boxscores, read some articles, and for god’s sakes, would it kill you to watch a WNBA game every now and then? Since the league gets about one 18th the amount of coverage the NBA receives, what extra info you can get on a team, its players, and coaches it extremely valuable. Often times, key injuries and lineup moves are undervalued by oddsmakers, so doing your homework can really pay off. 

Don’t tread on trends

In smaller market sports, betting trends tend to stick around longer than those leagues under the microscope. That means that if WNBA road teams keep covering or the Over is the hot play, you can go ahead and lean on that trend a little more than you would if it was happening in the NBA, where these patterns have a limited lifespan. 


Just take a look at this season, and how top heavy the WNBA is right now. The top six teams in the league are also the top six bets, going a combined 79-54-2 ATS – that’s a profitable 59 percent winning clip. The bottom six teams in the standings, well, they’re a dismal 56-81 ATS overall – that’s a nasty 41 percent cover rate. So simply put, bet on good teams and fade the bad ones.

For more WNBA betting breakdowns, visit our WNBA scores and matchups page – yep, we’ve got one – and follow us on Twitter @Covers for WNBA odds and insight all summer long. Don’t forget, “Winning Starts Here”.


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