The league’s odds did not shuffle after Friday’s draft, with Las Vegas still leading the pack, followed by the defending champion Washington Mystics.
The Gaming Control Board OK’d betting Thursday, but it was unclear whether sportsbooks would have wagers available before the draft begins Friday.
A star Las Vegas Aces player believes she contracted the coronavirus in January while playing in China.
Las Vegas, which lost in the semifinals last season, leads a clear division between the top six teams in the league and the bottom six.
This was the seventh series in league history that had gone to a deciding Game 5, and the home team has won five of them.
The title will be decided Thursday night in Washington with a first-time champion crowned.
Washington would take its first WNBA championship no matter where it happens. But the Mystics want to win it in Connecticut on Tuesday in part for their coach.
The WNBA is expanding its reach in video games as its players will appear in NBA 2K20.
The Aces returned to practice Monday for the first time since the All-Star break, and are focused on building on the positives of the first half of the season — and improving some of the negatives.
The Las Vegas Aces and Washington Mystics on Aug. 5 will complete their game that was suspended at halftime because of an earthquake earlier this month, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.