A new WNBA season begins tonight with four games and handicappers are behind the 8-ball a little more than normal this season. Last year saw all neutral court games, along with a number of players who elected to sit out the season due to COVID-19. So instead of using last year’s home and away stats as a starting point, you have to use overall stats and then make minor adjustments to account for home and away performances.
For futures wagers, I took the Las Vegas Aces at +300 at William Hill as the primary wager, along with a smaller stab on the Phoenix Mercury at +1000 for a longshot. There was a big move on the Chicago Sky, who moved from +1000 to +700 in the last day. The Seattle Storm are the favorites at +180, which makes sense but doesn’t really offer any value.
Totals have yet to be posted at 11 a.m. and we’ve seen late totals in previous seasons, so it will be something to keep an eye on this season. It could be due to it being opening night of the season or it may be something that occurs all season.
Connecticut at Atlanta Betting Odds
For tonight’s game we’ll look at the Connecticut Sun at the Atlanta Dream, where William Hill has the Sun favored by 3 and no total.
The Sun were dealt a bit of a blow due to the loss of Alyssa Thomas to an injury, but they will welcome back Jonquel Jones, who elected to sit out the season a year ago. Jones led the league in rebounding in 2019 and tied for first in blocks.
Connecticut does return DeWanna Bonner and Brionna Jones and big things are expected from Bonner this season. She averaged 19.7 points per game last year and now has help in the middle with Jonquel Jones returning, which will make the Sun tough to play against.
The Dream had a decent offseason in terms of replacing a couple of players the team lost, with Cheyenne Parker a solid addition from Chicago and Tiana Hankins averaged 8.5 for the Mystics last season. But it remains to be seen if those two will make up for the loss of Betnijah Laney, who averaged 17 points a game last year.
Atlanta added Aari McDonald with the No. 3 pick in the draft and she’ll add to the Dream’s decent backcourt. But the Dream were bad last season and don’t think they’ve done enough to correct that.
Connecticut Sun vs Atlanta Dream Pick:
The big players of Connecticut should be able to control the action and think Connecticut -3 is the way to go in this one.