With the 2018 season quickly approaching, WNBA betting enthusiasts and fans everywhere are gearing up for what promises to be one of the most exciting seasons in WNBA history.
The Phoenix Mercury and Dallas Wings will kick off the 2018 campaign at on Friday night at 10 PM ET. The 22nd season in WNBA history will feature a matchup between the Chicago Sky and Indiana Fever one day later and then, all 12 teams will be in action on Sunday to round out opening weekend.
Now, based on the latest odds to win it all and some other details, let’s get to some of my 2018 WNBA predictions.
Expert WNBA Betting Predictions for 2018 Season
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MVP: Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics)
Delle Donne is a flat-out scoring machine that will be even more comfortable in her second season with the Washington Mystics than she was a year ago. The Delaware native averaged 19.7 points per game last season while shooting a career-high 49.4 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from three-point distance. The Mystics went 18-16 last season to finish tied with Phoenix for the fifth-best record in the league, so they’re clearly not as far off from championship contention as you might mistakenly believe.
The 2015 league MVP should see her scoring average increase with forward Emma Meesseman sitting out this coming WNBA season. If she can put the Mystics on her back and carry them into the postseason, it could very easily happen that she wins the MVP award!
Rookie of the Year: A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces)
After a 15-year run in San Antonio, the franchise is now being called the Las Vegas Aces and I see absolutely no reason why the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, A’ja Wilson won’t win the WNBA Rookie of the Year award. The 6-5 Wilson possesses a rare combination of size, power, athleticism, and shooting ability that is as rare a four-leaf clover.
The former South Carolina star and NCAA Player of the Year have superstardom written all over her bright future. Wilson will also be playing for one of the best coaches in WNBA history in Bill Laimbeer.
Defensive Player of the Year: Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury)
This pick is an absolute no-brainer. Brittney Griner is hands-down the best defensive player in the league and the only player that can affect the outcome of games with her defense along.
Her four blocks per game in 2015 are a WNBA record, and so too are the 3.3 blocks she averages for her career. Hell, forget about Defensive Player of the Year, Griner could win that and the league MVP award as well.
- 1. Los Angeles Sparks
- 2. Minnesota Lynx
- 3. Phoenix Mercury
- 4. Connecticut Sun
- 5. Atlanta Dream
- 6. New York Liberty
- 7. Washington Mystics
- 8. Dallas Wings
- 9. Seattle Storm
- 10. Chicago Sky
- 11. Las Vegas Aces
- 12. Indiana Fever
Finals WNBA Betting Prediction: Lynx Over Mercury in 4
I like Phoenix to end the Lynx vs. Sparks Finals matchups we’ve seen the last two season, but I am still expecting Maya Moore and company to go back-to-back by beating the Phoenix Mercury in four games.
The Lynx are loaded with talent, plus they have experience and great leadership, which will be more than enough to get past Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner.