Action On WNBA Draft Betting Markets Begins With The Second Overall Pick

Posted By Derek Helling on April 13, 2020 - Last Updated on April 17, 2020

The 2020 WNBA Draft starts with a foregone conclusion but intrigue builds from that point forward. Legal online sportsbook operators expect the teams that hold one of the first four picks to go chalk, but that means some opportunities for contrarian plays.

BetMGM, BetRivers/Sugarhouse, FanDuel Sportsbook, PointsBet Sportsbook and William Hill Sportsbook all currently offer action on the event depending on your location. The Draft takes place Friday, April 17 and there is some variety between their markets once you get past the first overall selection.

WNBA draft odds 2020

No. 1 Pick
No. 2 Pick
No. 3 Pick
No. 4 Pick

Sabrina Ionescu
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-20000
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-5000
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-2000
Satou Sabally
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+1000
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+1400
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+650
Lauren Cox
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+1000
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+1400
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+1200
Chennedy Carter
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+2000
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+2500
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+2000
Megan Walker
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+3000
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+8000
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+5000
Ruthy Hebard
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+3000
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+8000
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+10000
Tyasha Harris
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+3000
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+8000
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+5000
Beatrice Mompremier
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+5000
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+10000
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N/A
Crystal Dangerfield
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+5000
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+10000
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+2000

Satou Sabally
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-125
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+120
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-182
Lauren Cox
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-105
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-132
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+155
Chennedy Carter
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+1200
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+2500
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+2000
Sabrina Ionescu
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+1200
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+1800
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N/A
Megan Walker
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+5000
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+4000
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+2400
Tyasha Harris
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+5000
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+4000
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+2400
Ruthy Hebard
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+5000
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+4000
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+4000
Beatrice Mompremier
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+7500
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+5000
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N/A
Crystal Dangerfield
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+7500
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+5000
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+10000

Game
04/17/2020
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Lauren Cox
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-125
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+120
Satou Sabally
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-105
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-132
Chennedy Carter
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+500
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+1200
Megan Walker
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+2500
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+3000
Ruthy Hebard
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+2500
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+3000
Tyasha Harris
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+2500
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+3000
Beatrice Mompremier
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+5000
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+4000
Crystal Dangerfield
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+5000
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+4000
Kiah Gillespie
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+5000
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N/A

Game
04/17/2020
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Chennedy Carter
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-182
Satou Sabally
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+700
Lauren Cox
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+800
Megan Walker
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+1100
Ruthy Hebard
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+1100
Tyasha Harris
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+1200
Beatrice Mompremier
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+1600
Crystal Dangerfield
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+1600
Sabrina Ionescu
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+2500

How and where can I bet on the WNBA Draft in my state?

Your options of where you can place your bets on the fates of these selections vary based on which state you’re placing your wagers from. As of Friday morning, your options by state are:

Indiana

  • BetRivers
  • FanDuel
  • PointsBet

Nevada

  • BetMGM

New Jersey

  • FanDuel
  • PointsBet
  • Sugarhouse
  • William Hill

Unfortunately, there are currently no WNBA Draft markets in Iowa, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania or West Virginia. Operators there either punted on the event, didn’t receive regulatory approval in time or such markets aren’t allowable by law.

The WNBA Draft won’t really begin until the second overall pick

While the New York Liberty haven’t formally announced how they will spend the first overall pick on Friday, it’s a done deal. If they don’t spend that pick on guard Sabrina Ionescu, it will be among the biggest surprises in WNBA Draft history.

Ionescu is the only player, female or male, in NCAA DI basketball history to score 2,000 points, grab 1,000 rebounds and make 1,000 assists. She also compiled more triple-doubles than any other D1 basketball player ever, female or male.

She also might be the most marketable rookie in WNBA history. For all these reasons, New York will select her first overall. The odds reflect that and this is such a lock that William Hill doesn’t have a market for the first overall pick.

Lauren Cox (pictured) and one of Ionescu’s former Oregon teammates, Satou Sabally, have the next shortest odds on the markets for the top pick. They are also among the favorites to go second overall.

Will Dallas go with the best available or appeal to its fans at No. 2?

Sabally forewent her final year of eligibility with the Ducks to enter the draft this year. When she did so, it made her the second-best prospect in this class.

Sabally’s decision might alter Cox’s fate. She still seems a natural fit for the Dallas Wings, however. Cox grew up in Flower Mound, Texas and won a national championship at Baylor.

Cox, a 6’4″ power forward, also represents a greater need for Dallas position-wise. Filling a need with a local product would be a great nod to a fan base that has seen its favorite team trade away All-Stars Liz Cambage and Skylar-Diggins Smith over the past two offseasons.

Sabally’s talent might simply be too tempting for the Wings to pass up, however. So far, Dallas has been pretty mum about what it plans to do with the second overall pick and it’s still a possibility that the Wings may trade down. Any team that would make a deal with Dallas would likely be moving up to take Sabally, however.

While BetRivers/Sugarhouse ends its markets with the second overall pick, the other operators go a bit deeper. Cox’s name comes up again in the markets for the third and fourth overall selections.

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The Fever and the Dream are on the clock for bettors at picks 3 and 4

BetMGM, FanDuel, PointsBet and William Hill all have lines on the third overall selection, owned by the Indiana Fever. Those books expect Indiana to go with the best player available.

If the Wings pass on their local hero, expect Indiana to rush to draft Cox. That would set up the Atlanta Dream to take Chennedy Carter with the fourth overall pick.

The markets on these first four picks all expect the teams to simply go with the best prospect available at the time. While that creates less than desirable lines on the favorites, it also could mean a nice payout for bettors willing to take some risks if one of these four teams defies the chalk.

FanDuel and William Hill give IN and NJ bettors a few more options beyond just the markets on the first four picks. Both of those operators offer some intriguing prop bets.

Prop bets on the WNBA Draft at FanDuel and William Hill for IN and NJ

Among FanDuel’s prop bets for Friday night are specials on Oregon teammates and a third Ogwumike sister in the league. William Hill treats NJ bettors to several prop wagers as well.

Erica Ogwumike, the younger sister of All-Star sisters Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike, is part of this year’s draft class. FanDuel has set a prop bet on whether any team drafts her Friday with a line of +190 on teams passing on her.

FanDuel’s other prop has an over/under of 2.5 on the number of former Ducks taken with the first three picks. The line is much better on the over at +300 but it’s an unlikely scenario as after Ionescu and Sabally, the consensus next-best prospect that played with them is Ruthy Hebard. Most analysts expect Hebard to go later in the first round.

Hebard is one of six players that William Hill has draft position markets for. The other five, in alphabetical order by last name, are:

  • Te’a Cooper
  • Crystal Dangerfield
  • Tyasha Harris
  • Beatrice Mompremier
  • Megan Walker

Right now, the best line in those markets is on Walker falling past the fifth overall pick at +160. The odds on Harris going later than sixth overall and Hebard hearing her name called at No. 8 or earlier both sit at +100.

Most of these props sit well in line with the majority of reputable mock drafts on the web. Like with the markets for the first four picks, however, there are some great opportunities if you’re willing to take some risk and the teams surprise the experts.

On Friday, the lives of 36 women will change forever. From that point forward, they will always be able to say that they were drafted by a WNBA team.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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