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2021 WNBA Championship Odds: Storm Favored to Repeat

Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm are favored for 2021 WNBA Championship odds.

The 2021 WNBA season is just around the corner with the opening tip on May 15 and it’s the Seattle Storm again at the top of the board in WNBA championship odds.

According to the best basketball betting sites, Seattle sits at +200 to repeat as WNBA champion after storming through the playoffs in 2020 and emerging as the last team standing in the bubble. Seattle returns former league MVP Breanna Stewart to the fold, with Stewart trying to win her third championship with the Storm since entering the league in 2016.

Following the Storm on the oddsboard are the Washington Mystics (+325), who are led by superstar Elena Delle Donne and won the title in 2019. Delle Donne opted out of the 2020 season due to health concerns and while the Mystics still made the playoffs, they finished the shortened season at 9-13 SU in 22 games.

The third team on the list in WNBA championship odds, the Las Vegas Aces at +375, may be the most intriguing given their wealth of frontcourt talent. The Aces have two dominant centers in A’ja Wilson and Liz Cambage, with Wilson winning MVP in 2020. Vegas is looking for redemption in 2021 after getting swept by the Storm in the WNBA Finals.

If you’ve never bet on WNBA basketball before, be sure to check out our How To Bet WNBA guide to get you up to speed.

Who Will Win the 2021 WNBA Championship?

Odds To Win 2021 WNBA Championship
TeamOdds
Seattle Storm+200
Washington Mystics+325
Las Vegas Aces+375
Los Angeles Sparks+650
Chicago Sky+1000
Connecticut Sun+1000
Phoenix Mercury+1000
Minnesota Lynx+1600
New York Liberty+5000
Atlanta Dream+6600
Dallas Wings+6600
Indiana Fever+7500

Odds as of May 12 at BetOnline

Why the Seattle Storm are Favored in WNBA Championship Odds

Certain players are able to elevate their teams to heights that can sometimes make them unbeatable and when the Seattle Storm drafted Breanna Stewart with the top pick in 2016, they knew they had a generational player to lead them to WNBA championships.

To paraphrase T-Pain in describing Breanna Stewart, “all she do is win.” The fifth-year player has won two WNBA championships in her career and impressively was able to lead the Storm to a title after tearing her Achilles tendon in 2019 and missing the entire season. And that’s after arguably the greatest run in women’s college basketball we’ve ever seen, winning four straight championships with the UConn Huskies.

Stewart makes Seattle go, with career averages of 19.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists, and is considered one of the best two-way players in WNBA basketball. The Storm will go as far as she can take them.

Pairing up with Stewart is floor general Sue Bird, who is entering her 18th season in the WNBA but continues to play high-quality basketball while providing stable leadership for this team. Then there’s Jewell Loyd, who quietly was the second-leading scorer for the Storm with 15.5 points per game while shooting 39 percent from behind the arc.

The fact remains the Storm are loaded and barring injury to those three all-stars, Seattle should at least make it to the WNBA Finals in 2021. So their +200 odds may provide decent value in WNBA futures odds before the season tips off on May 15.

Bettors Should Consider the Aces in Odds to Win WNBA Championship

Having a dominant center in the WNBA can be the difference between making a deep postseason run or missing the playoffs altogether. When you have two frontcourt players worthy of MVP discussion in A’ja Wilson and Liz Cambage, the Aces are going to be a problem for whomever they face during the WNBA season and playoffs.

Cambage opted out of the 2020 WNBA season due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19 but is expected back for 2021 and the fact the Aces made the WNBA Finals without her shows just how deep this Las Vegas team is. Wilson is obviously the catalyst that makes this team go and is coming off a WNBA MVP campaign that saw her put up a stat line of 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.2 steals per game while leading the Aces to a share of the best record in the league with the Storm.

The Aces have a balanced offensive attack with four players averaging double-digit points last season and are now getting back Cambage, who put up 15.8 points and 8.1 rebounds in 2019. It remains to be seen how the Aces will deal with certain players like Breanna Stewart when it gets to playoff time but for now, they have a roster that should at least make it to the Western Conference final.  

Past WNBA Champions

One of the more fascinating aspects of WNBA basketball is that there isn’t a dominant franchise that would be considered a dynasty. Sure, the Houston Comets claimed the first four championships when the league debuted in 1997 but since then, only one team has won back-to-back championships and that was the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001 and 2002.

The WNBA has seen a different champion crowned in each of the last six seasons, which shows that the futures market may have some great spots for you to jump on and grab a team that could climb the mountain.

For reference, here are the past five WNBA champions and their WNBA Finals opponents:

WNBA Champions - Last Six Years
YearWinnerOpponent
2020Seattle StormLas Vegas Aces
2019Washington MysticsConnecticut Sun
2018Seattle StormWashington Mystics
2017Minnesota LynxLos Angeles Sparks
2016Los Angeles SparksMinnesota Lynx
2015Minnesota LynxIndiana Fever

How To Read WNBA Championship Odds

At an online sportsbook that would list WNBA championship odds, they would look similar to this:

  • Seattle Storm +155
  • Las Vegas Aces +425
  • Los Angeles Sparks +450
  • Phoenix Mercury +800

Since there is no minus sign (-) on any of the options, the team with the lowest odds would be considered the favorite. In this case, it’s the Seattle Storm at +155. Every other team that’s listed is considered an underdog.

If you believe the Storm will win the WNBA championship and you bet $100 and it happens, you would win $255 – your $100 is returned and you would gain $155 in profit.

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