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Every league has their dynasty teams – for a number of years the Golden State Warriors were virtually unbeatable in the NBA, and the same with the New England Patriots in the NFL. It is expected that we’re seeing a dynasty in the making with the Seattle Storm of the WNBA. The team is gaining recognition, being the most decorated professional team out of Seattle after winning their fourth WNBA title last week.
They seemed to coast through the WNBA Finals series with ease, sweeping the Las Vegas Aces – and finishing them off with a whopping 92-59 final score in the deciding game. WNBA Finals MVP Breanna Stewart racked up 85 points throughout the series. Seattle managed to make winning look impeccably easy during the 2020 WNBA Finals, and we expect that they’re just getting started.
They made it look easy, and sportsbooks knew they would. The Seattle Storm’s betting odds were 1/100 going into the WNBA Finals, and they truly showed up for those who chose to bet on them (though they likely would have had to bet a significant amount to win any profits).
With a deep bench, including Stewart and veteran WNBA star Sue Bird (who happens to have been on the team for all four franchise championships), the Storm are well on their way to building an unbeatable team that has potential to win another championship next season.
And that’s not to say they came to be successful easily, throughout the past few years, they’ve had struggles – including Breanna Stewart sitting out last season with a torn Achilles, Sue Bird’s 2019 knee surgery, and head coach Dan Hughes battling cancer much of the last year. COVID-19 caused him to sit out the 2020 season due to his illness making him high risk, handing the reins over to Gary Kloppenburg for the season.
In addition to what seems like curse-worthy medical issues, they spent the 2018-19 season splitting their time between the University of Washington and Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. Then COVID-19 hit and they spent their whole season in the ‘wubble’ in Florida.
The team hasn’t had a venue to call home for a few years now, since the KeyArena (now called the Climate Pledge Arena) underwent renovations in preparation of the NHL’s newest team, the Seattle Kraken. The arena won’t be ready until approximately Fall 2021, meaning they will again start a season without a home arena ready for them (if there isnt a second WNBA ‘wubble’.)
But still, overcoming all of those obstacles makes the victory so well deserved and so much sweeter.
Sportsbook oddsmakers have yet to release the odds to win the 2021 WNBA Finals, but we expect that the Seattle Storm will be at the top of that list, with a pretty significant lead on the rest of the pack. If you’re a believer in this talented group of ladies, and believe that they can stay healthy and pull off back to back wins, you should keep tabs on the oddsboard.
Betting on the WNBA is easy and as the sport grows, there will be more and more betting options available. You don’t have to be a basketball betting expert, you just need to have great resources available to you to help you understand WNBA betting a little bit better.
The WNBA is growing in popularity as they typically have their season during off-seasons for other professional sports. The WNBA season runs alongside the MLB, through the summer months and many bettors flock to those two sports waiting for the autumn and winter sports to start back up.