- Connecticut and Las Vegas enter the playoffs as favorites to win the 2021 WNBA Championship, followed by Seattle and Minnesota
- The WNBA Playoffs begin on Thursday, Sept. 23rd with the first round and will conclude with the WNBA Finals in mid-October
- See the latest championship odds and best bet among the eight teams battling for a league title
With the 2021 WNBA regular season concluding on Sunday for all 12 teams in the league, it’s now officially time to shift the focus to the postseason for eight teams.
An eight-team field will compete starting Thursday, Sept. 23rd to begin the journey of a chase to the WNBA championship in mid-October.
The first two rounds of the playoffs feature single-elimination games, while the semifinal round and WNBA Finals will be best-of-five series. Now with the regular season over and the fight for a league title beginning this week, the WNBA Championship odds have also been updated for the eight teams left standing at the current moment.
2021 WNBA Championship Odds
|Team||Odds at FanDuel|
|Las Vegas Aces||+230|
|New York Liberty||+15000|
Odds as of Sept. 20th
Sun, Aces Top Favorites
The Connecticut Sun and Las Vegas Aces enter postseason play holding the best odds to take home the league championship, and for good reason. The two squads own the top two seeds in the playoffs, earning double-byes to automatically advance to the semifinal round and avoid the first two rounds.
Connecticut holds the best odds of +200 , and is both the best and hottest team in the WNBA right now. The Sun enter the playoffs with a league-best record of 26-6 overall and winners of 14 straight, having claimed the top seed and home court advantage throughout the postseason.
14 GAME WIN STREAK. LISTEN TO THE FUTURE MVP IN THE POST-GAME 🗣 pic.twitter.com/wmSumt6NO1
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) September 19, 2021
Las Vegas comes in right behind Connecticut with odds of +230. The Aces concluded the regular season with a record of 24-8 overall, having earned the second seed to hold home court advantage for at least the semifinal round. Las Vegas enters the playoffs having won four straight games.
— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) September 18, 2021
Storm, Lynx Worth Keeping Eye On
Behind Connecticut and Las Vegas, two other teams that will be worth keeping an eye on in the playoffs are the Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx, who fill out the third and fourth seeds and have received one-round byes to advance right to the single-elimination second round with home court advantage.
Seattle enters the postseason with odds of +400, the third-best odds. The Storm clinched the fourth seed in the playoffs behind a 21-11 regular season, but have struggled a bit as of late while going 5-5 in their last 10 contests.
🗣️ 𝐋𝐄𝐓'𝐒 𝐆𝐎𝐎𝐎𝐎𝐎 ‼️
First round bye in the #WNBA Playoffs 𝐒𝐄𝐂𝐔𝐑𝐄𝐃! ✅
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) September 18, 2021
Minnesota comes into the playoffs with odds of +800. The Lynx finished the regular season at 22-10 overall, winning four straight to finish the year and claim the third seed.
Got the W and the first-round bye. 🔒
Syl – 21 pts. / 10 reb. / 2 stl.
Phee – 17 pts. / 7. reb. / 3 ast.
Crystal – 15 pts. / 3 ast. / 2 reb. pic.twitter.com/1zzLPUhIgD
— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) September 18, 2021
Biggest Jump, Biggest Step Back
The teams that have made the biggest jump in the betting odds compared to odds coming out of the Olympic break in mid-August are Connecticut and Phoenix.
The Sun, who improved from +600 post-break to move to favorites at +200, have been the hottest team in the WNBA and as a result bolted to the top of the standings to finish the regular season. Playing its best basketball at the best time of the year, Connecticut should at least be able to reach the WNBA Finals for a shot at taking home the league title.
The #WNBAPlayoffs bracket is set ✅
— WNBA (@WNBA) September 19, 2021
The Mercury, who improved from +2000 post-break to sit at +1000 going into the playoffs, have been playing well to round of the year and have won seven of their last 10 games to claim the fifth seed for the postseason.
Teams who have made the biggest jump back are Dallas and New York. The Wings moved from +3000 post-break to +10000 and enter the playoffs as the seventh seed, while the Liberty moved from +5500 post-break to +15000 and are the eighth seed in the postseason.
Now with the odds list down from 12 teams to eight as the postseason begins, we’re getting a better idea who oddsmakers are viewing as favorites to take home the hardware in October.
Although it’s hard to go against the Connecticut at +200, when it comes to the best bet, let’s make a pick outside of the favorite and look at third-seeded Minnesota. The Lynx could make some noise in the postseason, having played well in the second half of the year, and that +800 line is an intriguing outsider bet to place.
- The Pick: Minnesota +800