Online sports gambling fans fell in love with the Mercury last year as they were the most profitable sports gambling commodity on the board en route to their league title.
Phoenix finished with a record of 23-11 straight up and 23-11 with the WNBA odds as they made a lot of money for their backers in 2009. It was quite a turnaround season for the Mercury last year as they were coming off a 16-18 straight up mark from the 2008 season.
Phoenix will be a popular choice with gamblers, at least at the start of the 2010 season, but that may also serve to drive down their board value. The Mercury swept the final two games of the WNBA Finals last year against the Indiana Fever after falling behind two games to one.
Diana Taurasi led the Mercury last year with 20.4 points per game and an even better 22.3 points per game in the playoffs. Phoenix was also a strong over team last year as they went above the number in 22 out of 34 games for 2009.
Indiana will again be a popular WNBA sports betting commodity as they finished last year with a record of 22-12 straight up and 19-15 against the spread. Katie Douglas was the main spark for Indiana last year as she averaged a team best 17.6 points per game.
The Seattle Storm has been one of the better teams in the WNBA the past two online sports gambling seasons. Last year Seattle was 20-14 straight up and 15-17-1 against the spread as their well earned reputation for excellence became a drag on their board value as the public flocked to them.
Seattle was led by Lauren Jackson’s 19.2 points per game last year as it was her fourth consecutive season with an average of at least 19.0 points per game.
The Los Angeles Sparks are another popular team with those who bet the WNBA lines. The Sparks have had only one losing season since their inception in 2003. Lisa Leslie is one of the stars of the WNBA and led LA in scoring last year with 15.4 points per game.