WNBA Weekend Betting Primer

The WNBA often goes overlooked by bettors and books alike. Astute bettors are able to find plenty of soft lines and can pad their bank accounts by paying just the slightest bit of attention to the WNBA.

With that in mind, we will collect the best betting stats and trends heading into the busy weekends of the WNBA season to hopefully find you easy angles to build that bankroll.

Weekend of June 9-11

Mystics Have Special Powers Over Lynx

The marquee WNBA matchup of the weekend pits the best team in the East against the best of the West, as the Washington Mystics host the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night. Though the Lynx have been the dominant powerhouse of the WNBA for years, they have struggled for bettors against the Mystics.

Washington went 1-2 SU and a perfect 3-0 ATS against the Lynx last season, which includes a shocking 24-point victory at the Verizon Center. The Mystics entered all three of those games as underdogs of at least 7.5 points, which isn’t likely to be the case this season.

The Mystics enter this contest on a five-game winning streak that has seen them post an average scoring margin of plus-nine points per game. Washington has been doing a ton of damage from the charity stripe, with the team shooting 87.6 percent while averaging 24.2 free-throw attempts per game during their current winning streak. That being said, Minnesota plays a disciplined style of basketball that has seen the Lynx allow just 17 FTs per game, the third-fewest in the league.

The Dream Offense More Of A Nightmare

The Atlanta Dream find themselves entering the weekend above .500 somehow. The Dream own the worst offense in the WNBA with the team averaging 75.4 ppg while shooting an abysmal 38.9 percent from the floor and 20.7 percent from deep. This has made them the most profitable UNDER play in the entire league, with the Dream and their opposition failing to top the closing total in six of seven games this year.

The Dream have gotten even worse during their two most recent games with the squad averaging 66.5 points while shooting 31.6 percent. The overreliance on the starting five has been an oddity in that span, with none of the Atlanta starters posting a positive plus/minus in the past two.

Atlanta’s one game this weekend comes against the Connecticut Sun, a team that has gone UNDER in five of its seven games this season.

Points Hard To Come By In The Desert

The Phoenix Mercury have excelled on the defensive end of the court this season, ranking in the top three in the WNBA in points allowed, shooting percentage and forced turnovers. In six of the Mercury’s eight games this season. they have held the opposition to 72 points or less.

This defensive attitude isn’t new for the Mercury, which has been a big reason why the UNDER is 12-1 in the past 13 games at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The one OVER did come in the most recent Mercury home game, but Phoenix went off for 107 points against a pitiful Dallas Wings defense.

The Mercury play their one game this weekend at home against the Los Angeles Sparks, the owners of the best offense in the WNBA. Five separate Sparks players have averaged double-digit points this season, including the dominant Nneka Ogwumike. If the Mercury frontcourt can contain their counterparts, the UNDER will likely hit once again. That is easier said than done, though.