Can likely league MVP Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics cap off their fantastic regular season to win the first WNBA title in franchise history? Could the reigning champion Seattle Storm overcome the injuries that have plagued them all season long to defend the title they won a year ago? Could the talented, but drama-laden Phoenix Mercury cause some damage this postseason after narrowly reaching the playoffs as the eighth seed?
Okay WNBA betting faithful…with the start of the 2019 WNBA playoffs at hand, it’s time to take a look at who’s squaring off in the first round and which teams are looking like value-packed picks to advance to the second round.
Wednesday, No. 5 seed Chicago hosts No. 8 Phoenix, and No. 6 Seattle hosts No. 7 Minnesota. These are both single-elimination games. No. 3 seed Los Angeles and No. 4 Las Vegas await the winners for the single-elimination second round on Sept. 15. No. 1 seed Washington and No. 2 Connecticut both get a double-bye and move into the best-of-five semifinals.
2019 WNBA Playoffs Odds & Betting Preview
Odds to Win the 2019 WNBA Playoffs
- Seattle Storm +5000
- Washington Mystics -110
- Connecticut Sun +350
- Las Vegas Aces +600
- Los Angeles Sparks +450
- Minnesota Lynx +5000
- Phoenix Mercury +2200
- Chicago Sky +2500
Phoenix Mercury (15-19) at Chicago Sky (20-14)
- When: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET
- Where: Wintrust Arena, Chicago, IL
- TV: ESPN2
Despite losing their final four games of the regular season including a 98-89 defeat against Las Vegas on Sunday, the Mercury reached the postseason as the No. 8 seed. Phoenix averages 76.5 points per game but allows 77.6 points per contest defensively. Phoenix is led in scoring by all-star center Brittney Griner (20.7 ppg) while DeWanna Bonner averages 17.2 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game.
Chicago dropped their regular season finale by losing to Washington 100-86 on Sunday. The Sky average 84.6 points per game while allowing 83.3 points per contest defensively. Chicago has four double-digit scorers in Diamond DeShields (16.2 ppg), Allie Quigley (13.8 ppg), Courtney Vandersloot (11.2 ppg) and Jantel Lavender (10.0 ppg). Chicago has gone 12-5 at home this season while Phoenix is an uninspiring 6-11 on the road. The Sky also won all three regular season meetings against the Mercury while going 3-0 ATS. The ‘Over’ went 2-1 in those games and the totals ranged from 165 to 169.5.
Minnesota Lynx (18-16) at Seattle Storm (18-16)
- When: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 10:00 PM ET
- Where: Angel of the Winds Arena, Everett, WA
- TV: ESPN2
Minnesota had their five-game winning streak snapped in their 77-68 regular season finale against Los Angeles on Sunday. The Lynx average 78.4 points per game while allowing 75.9 points per contest defensively. Minnesota has four double-digit scorers in Odyssey Sims (14.5 ppg), Sylvia Fowles (13.6 ppg), Naphessa Collier (13.1 ppg) and Danielle Robinson (10.1 ppg).
Seattle won three of their final four regular season contests including a 78-64 smackdown of Dallas in their finale on Sunday. The Storm average 74.8 points per game while allowing 75.1 points per contest defensively. Seattle has just two double-digit scorers in Natasha Howard (18.1 ppg) and Jewell Lloyd (12.3 ppg), although Jordin Canada (9.8 ppg) and Alysha Clark (9.6 ppg) are just under 10.0 points per game. The Lynx have gone 7-10 on the road this season while Seattle has gone 11-6 on their home floor. The Storm won three straight against the Lynx in the regular season after dropping their first regular season meeting in Minnesota back on May 29 while also going 3-1 ATS in the four meetings. The ‘Over’ went 3-1 in those games and the totals ranged from 148.5 to 152.5.