The Las Vegas Aces will be without center Liz Cambage for the WNBA season in Florida. Cambage is opting out because of health concerns.
Aces wing Angel McCougthry last week released images on her Instagram page of jerseys with the names of victims of police brutality.
Kelsey Plum, a fourth-year guard and former No. 1 overall WNBA draft pick, averaged 15.2 points, 7.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds for the Aces in last season’s playoffs.
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.