- The WNBA season starts in July at the IMG Academy in Florida and win totals for each club have been released
- Several big name players have decided to sit out the 2020 season, citing a number of different reasons
- See odds and over/unders as well as some early leans within the story below
The 2020 WNBA season, like the vast majority of major sports leagues across the planet, has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A shortened regular season, of just 22 games per team, will take place at the IMG Academy in Florida before a standard playoff format.
Health, of course, is the top priority as the league restarts. All teams will be housed in Florida, take part in training camps and get the league underway on July 24th. As with other leagues, there will be no fans in attendance.
With players opting out (who will still receive 100% of their salary), the league is trickier to predict than it might have been in more normal circumstances. Win totals are now available for the 22-game regular season slate, as are detailed in the table below.
WNBA 2020 Season Win Totals and Odds
|Team||Win Total O/U Odds|
|Atlanta Dream||6.5 (-115o/-115u)|
|Chicago Sky||11.5 (-115o/-115u)|
|Connecticut Sun||11.5 (-115o/-115u)|
|Dallas Wings||6.5 (-115o/-115u)|
|Indiana Fever||8.5 (-115o/-115u)|
|Las Vegas Aces||14 (-115o/-115u)|
|Los Angeles Sparks||13.5 (+100o/-130u)|
|Minnesota Lynx||9.5 (-115o/-115u)|
|New York Liberty||10 (+100o/-130u)|
|Phoenix Mercury||10.5 (-115o/-115u)|
|Seattle Storm||14.5 (-115o/-115u)|
|Washington Mystics||15.5 (-115o/-115u)|
Odds taken Jul. 2nd
The Los Angeles Sparks were atop the Western Conference in 2019, going 22-12 in the regular season before a disappointing playoff loss to the Connecticut Sun. Their win total of 13.5 looks fair considering that regular season effort. There’s reason to be interested in the ‘under’ here, though.
Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver have opted to sit out the season. Ogwumike had concerns about her body. Injuries have plagued her career, and the shortened preparation time after a long period without competitive basketball was deemed too great a risk.
She has spoken positively of her team’s chances in Florida, however, and the Sparks shouldn’t be written off. They have added Reshanda Gray and Te’a Cooper to join the roster for training camp later this month.
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Toliver was concerned about increasing case numbers after re-signing for the Sparks following a three-year stint with Washington. On the back of career highs in field goal percentage and assists last year, Toliver was an exciting addition for the Sparks – her decision to sit out the 2020 season significantly harms their chances.
Still in contention in the WNBA 2020 Championship odds, the Sparks were elite at both ends of the floor last season. They ranked fifth in points per game, and third in points allowed. Without Ogwumike and Toliver, though, they look a good bet to win fewer than 13.5
Pick: Under 13.5 wins (-130)
The reigning champion Washington Mystics have two major names missing from their Florida roster in Natasha Cloud and LaToya Sanders. Cloud scored 13.1 per game last season and led the team in assists, Sanders was useful off the bench and her experience will be sorely missed.
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Per Michelle Voepel’s ESPN report on June 29th, it remains uncertain whether 2019 league MVP Elena Delle Donne will take part in Florida. Delle Donne had offseason back surgery and has a history of Lyme disease.
Additions have already been made to attempt to compensate for losing important pieces in the Mystics’ winning machine. Alaina Coates and Shey Peddy were signed to provide depth at center and guard respectively, joining Essence Carson, who signed on Friday. Carson is a veteran, a former All-Star and shot 34.1% from three for Phoenix last season.
The Mystics’ win total would have been much higher with a full strength roster. It is admittedly hard to call, but like with the Sparks, the ‘under’ looks like the better pick here. Their margin for error has decreased and their depth has taken a hit as a result.
Pick: Under 15.5 wins (-115)
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The Atlanta Dream had a 2019 to forget on the court. Their 8-26 record was the worst in the league, they struggled terribly at both ends of the floor. It’s hard to argue with the 6.5 line.
As would be expected following such a poor season, Atlanta had an active offseason. Courtney Williams, Shekinna Stricklen both had solid seasons in 2019, and were both signed in the offseason.
Chennedy Carter, a star over three years at Texas A&M who put up north of 22 per contest, was drafted with the fourth overall selection. Glory Johnson, a two-time All-Star, brings rebounding in the front court.
Kalani Brown brings upside to the center position a year after being drafted seventh overall by the Sparks. Brown was the 2018 Big 12 Player of the Year and scored 15.8 per game at college while shooting over 60% from the field.
With Tiffany Hayes and Renee Montgomery opting out of the 2020 season, it’s easy to be down on the Dream. They’re not going to be title contenders, but they could pick up a few surprise wins.
Pick: Over 6.5 wins (-115)
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