The Los Angeles Sparks figure to be one of the premier teams in the league once again, with most people believing its a two-horse race between Minnesota and Los Angeles again. I'm already on record saying I like the Sparks to win it all this year, as I think they're little tweaks will help the team more than what the Lynx did in the offseason.
The first full day of WNBA games takes place today, with the big one naturally Los Angeles at Minnesota in a rematch of the past few WNBA Championship series. The first few weeks of the WNBA season are always a little tricky, as many teams are missing players who are winding up with overseas commitments.
The Las Vegas Aces are a little bit of a mystery entering the 2018 season. Last year, as the San Antonio Stars, the team was a league-worst 8-26, but brought in Bill Laimbeer, who has elbowed his way to two WNBA Coach of the Year awards and three championships, to run the team.
There's little question the Indiana Fever are going to be a bad basketball team once again this season. The question is how bad will Indiana be?
The Connecticut Sun are coming off a solid season, which saw then go 21-13 straight-up and finish second in the East, just a game behind the New York Liberty. Still, the Sun aren't be given much chance to duplicate that feat, as they're at 30-to-1 to win the WNBA title and ranked third among teams in the East.
The Dallas Wings will be an interesting team to watch in 2018. The fast-paced squad added a big-time performer in Liz Cambage, the former No. 2 player taken in the 2011 draft.
The Chicago Sky weren't a very good basketball team a year ago and are unlikely to be a very good basketball team in 2018 either. While they do return the Big 3 of Allie Quigley, Stefanie Dolson and Courtney Vandersloot, they did lose their No. 4 and No. 5 scorers to free agency.
The Atlanta Dream figure to be a better team than they were a year ago, when they finished with a 12-22 record and were nearly as bad against the spread, going a dismal 13-21 ATS and 17-17 in totals. The Dream will be excited to see the return of Angel McCoughtry, who signed a new contract with the team after sitting out the 2017 season to rest.
WNBA preseason camps opened on Sunday and the first exhibition games begin this weekend, with the regular season less than three weeks away. So it's time to gear up for the start of another WNBA season. This article here is opening power ratings for all 12 teams, based on last season's stats, with some adjustments made for personnel changes.
The question entering the 2018 WNBA season is if anybody can catch up to the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angles Sparks. The logical answer is “probably not” and that's reflected in the odds to win the WNBA championship, which we'll use odds from 5Dimes.