2022 WNBA Basketball Betting Odds

2022 WNBA Betting

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The 2022 WNBA regular season begins on Friday, May 6, 2022 with the Chicago Sky the defending champion. This will be the 26th season of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The 2022 WNBA season will feature an expansion in terms of the number of games, as each team will play 36 games, the most in WNBA history. The 2022 season will mark a return to the all-series playoff format. That format has no more single-elimination games, as there will be early round best-of-three series while the semifinals and finals are best-of-five. The top two teams to begin the 2022 WNBA season are both from the Eastern Conference, the defending champion Chicago Sky and the Connecticut Sun.

The top team to start the season from the Western Conference is the Seattle Storm.

WNBA 2022 Season Preview

The Chicago Sky are the defending WNBA champions and they look to be very good once again. Chicago has their core of Candace Parker, Courtney Vandersloot, Kahleah Copper and Emma Meesseman. They also have Julie Allemand, Allie Quigley and Azurá Stevens. There is no denying that Chicago probably has the best group of seven players in the league. Connecticut may have a better starting five, but they are not as deep.

The Connecticut Sun are led by reigning MVP Jonquel Jones. The Sun have a very good core of six former All-Stars in Jones, Alyssa Thomas, Courtney Williams, DeWanna Bonner, Jasmine Thomas and Brionna Jones.

The Seattle Storm still have Sue Bird, but she is now 41-years old. The Storm do have Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd so they are capable of winning the Western Conference once again in 2022.

The Las Vegas Aces lost Bill Laimbeer and Liz Cambage but they have A’ja Wilson and Chelsea Gray. The new head coach in Vegas will be Becky Hammon.

The Phoenix Mercury were close to winning the WNBA title last season but a lot has changed since then. The team won’t have Brittney Griner so they are hoping Tina Charles is the answer. Phoenix still has Diana Taurasi so they are going to be good.

The Minnesota Lynx will be without Napheesa Collier early in the season as her baby is due on May 31. The Lynx still have a good core and perhaps Angel McCoughtry still has something left.

The Washington Mystics lost Tina Charles to Phoenix and they lost Emma Meesseman to Chicago, but they still have Elena Delle Donne and that means they can contend.

The New York Liberty have their big three of Betnijah Laney, Natasha Howard and Sabrina Ionescu, so perhaps they can make some noise in the East.

The Los Angeles Sparks feature Liz Cambage and Nneka Ogwumike.

The Dallas Wings have Arike Ogunbowale, Satou Sabally and Marina Mabrey so they could be a surprise team this season.

The Atlanta Dream have a young team led by No. 1 overall pick Rhyne Howard, while the Indiana Fever feature Kelsey Mitchell and Bria Hartley.

WNBA Champions

TEAM TITLES (YEARS)
Seattle Storm 4 (2004, 2010, 2018, 2020)
Minnesota Lynx 4 (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
Houston Comets 4 (1997-2000)
Los Angeles Sparks 3 (2001, 2002, 2016)
Phoenix Mercury 3 (2007, 2009, 2014)
Detroit Shock 3 (2003, 2006, 2008)
Chicago Sky 1 (2021)
Indiana Fever 1 (2012)
Sacramento Monarchs 1 (2005)
Washington Mystics 1 (2019)

The Houston Comets were the first dynasty in the WNBA. Houston won the league’s first four titles with a Big Three of Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes, and Tina Thompson, but they fell into decline after Cooper retired following the 2000 season. Swoopes was injured soon after, and the franchise was never the same, eventually folding in 2008.

The Lynx were the preeminent team of the 2010s, starting their own dynasty with six Western Conference titles in the span of seven seasons. Minnesota went on to claim the WNBA championship four times, but a one-point loss to the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 5 of the 2016 WNBA Finals kept this team from becoming the most successful franchise in the history of the league.

Seattle became the third team to join the four-title club in 2020. The Storm and Las Vegas Aces were the two best teams in the regular season, so it was only fitting they met in the WNBA Finals. The Storm swept the Aces in convincing fashion, winning all three games by at least 13 points.

The Western Conference has had a choke hold on the WNBA title, but Chicago finally broke through in 2021 to give the East a champion. Current Eastern Conference teams have a combined record of 3-14 in the WNBA Finals with the New York Liberty, Atlanta Dream, and Connecticut Sun combining to lose all 10 of their appearances.

Eastern Conference Teams

TEAM LOCATION ARENA
Atlanta Dream College Park, Georgia Gateway Center Arena
Chicago Sky Chicago, Illinois Wintrust Arena
Connecticut Sun Uncasville, Connecticut Mohegan Sun Arena
Indiana Fever Indianapolis, Indiana Hinkle Fieldhouse
New York Liberty Brooklyn, New York Barclays Center
Washington Mystics Washington, D.C. Entertainment and Sports Arena

Western Conference Teams

TEAM LOCATION ARENA
Dallas Wings Arlington, Texas College Park Center
Las Vegas Aces Paradise, Nevada Michelob Ultra Arena
Los Angeles Sparks Los Angeles, California Staples Center
Minnesota Lynx Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center
Phoenix Mercury Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix Suns Arena
Seattle Storm Seattle, Washington Alaska Airlines Arena
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