WNBA Fantasy and Betting Tips for Sunday

WNBA Fantasy and Betting Tips for Sunday

Each day of the WNBA season, our team of fantasy and betting experts breaks down every game on the roster, taking note of everything from injuries and lineup changes to recent trends and more.

All possibilities are provided by Caesars Sportsbook. The times are Eastern time.

Here’s what to look for during today’s menu:

Chicago Sky at New York Liberty
2 p.m., Barclays Center, Brooklyn

Line: Sky (-7)
money line: Sky (-320), Liberty (+250)
the total: 159 points
BPI % win: Sky (61.9%)

exclude: Didi Richards (hamstring)

Fiction needs to know: Sky defeated The Liberty the last time these two teams met on May 11. Chicago entered the match with an 8-4 record, taking a big win over the Connecticut Sun. Sky was ranked sixth in the offensive rating (101.9), fourth in the PPG (81.8) and sixth in the RPG (34.8). Liberty (5-8) won two games in a row and the attack looks very good in each one led by Sabrina Ionescu. Ionescu is one of four WNBA players to lead their team in PPG and APG. Candace Parker, Emma Meesseman, Courtney Vandersloot, and Kahleah Copper are fantastical must-haves options for Sky. Rebekah Gardner (95% available) and Azura Stevens (50.5% available) are excellent options for streaming. Gardner has averaged 18 fantasy points per game over her past four games, while Stevens has averaged 15.6 fantasy points per game over her past three games. Ionescu and Natasha Howard are Liberty’s top fantasy choices. Han Xu (77.9% available) is one of my favorite streaming channels from Liberty. Xu has scored 20 or more Fantasy Points in each of the last two matches. – Eric Moody

Best Bet: Sky (-7.0). Although Liberty has played well lately, they are still ranked 11th in the offensive rating (94.4) this season. Their defense allowed 81.7 PPG and they might struggle against the sky. — Moody

Seattle Storm at Dallas Suites
4 p.m., College Park Centre, Arlington

Line: storm (-4)
money line: Storm (-180), Wings (+155)
the total: 159 points
BPI % win: wings (50.5%)

exclude: Marina Mabry

Fiction needs to know: These two teams played last Friday and the two wingers outscored the Storm 29-23 in the fourth quarter, but lost by a point. Dallas (6-6) has lost two games in a row and is ranked third in the offensive classification (102.2) and eighth in the defensive classification (101.6). The wings also play at one of the slowest paces in the WNBA.

The Storm (7-5) won the previous two games, lifting the Atlanta Dream to 60 points in a 12-point win last Tuesday. Storm ranked eighth in the offensive rating (96.9) and second in the defensive rating (94.7).

Ricky Ogunpoel, Alicia Gray, Isabel Harrison, Sato Sabali and Kayla Thornton (76% available) should be included in the fantasy suites lineup, while Brianna Stewart, Joel Lloyd, Izzie Magbegor and Sue Bird should start the storm.

Stewart was dominant all season and averaged 40.2 fantasy points per game. Gabe Williams is an excellent live streamer who has averaged 18.2 fantasy points per game over the past five games. — Moody

Best Bet: Over 159 Points. The first game did not feature defensive play, and the same is true in this game. The total was 177 on Friday and should be higher this time. The wingers realize that their defense is not strong enough to contain the storm, so they are more likely to force a high-scoring game. — Moody

Phoenix Mercury at Washington Mystics
6 p.m., Sports and Entertainment Arena, Washington, DC

Line: Mystics (-7.5)
money line: Mystics (-380), Mercury (+300)
the total: 160.5 points
BPI % win: Sophia (60.3%)

Doubtful: Elena Delle Donne

exclude: Sophie Cunningham (attached)

Fiction needs to know: All five Mercury starters are on rosters at least 85% of leagues and play big minutes, limiting the chances of broadcasting from the roster. Shey Peddy (94.1% available) is the top streaming option on the team, with a double-digit scoring effort under her belt. She could see the minutes increase with Cunningham out, and Peddy showed during the early part of the season that she could consistently produce when given starting minutes. In her first five matches, she made four starts and averaged 10.8 PPG, 3.8 APG, 2.2 RPG, 1.4 SPG and 1.2 3PG at 24.0 MPG.

Elena Delle Donne has missed two of the past three games with back pain. While it is listed as a possibility for Sunday, it is unclear if it will play the usual minutes. Myisha Hines-Allen (19.9% ‚Äč‚Äčavailable) started the two games that sat Delle Donne this week, averaging 15.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG and 2.0 APG at 21.5 MPG. If Delle Donne returns, Hines-Allen could see a drop in minutes, with Alysha Clark (67.9% available) and starter Shakira Austin holding two more starting slots. – Andre Snellings

Best Bet: Over 160.5 points. Mercury has rediscovered his scoring touch recently, averaging 87.7 PPG in the last three rounds. Mystics averaged 80.3 PPG in the last three. The two teams have combined with their opponents to score over 160 points in two of their last three games including matches against three of the best defensive teams in the WNBA (Dream, Sky and Sun). – snoring

Indiana Fever in Minnesota Linux
7 p.m., Target Center, Minneapolis

Line: Lynx (-2)
money line: Lynx (-130), fever (+110)
the total: 165 points
BPI % win: Lynx (77.7%)

Doubtful: Emily Engstler (rib), Kayla McBride (feet)

exclude: Sylvia Fowles (knee)

Fiction needs to know: Emily Engstler (60.4% available) is listed as Sunday’s playtime decision. The fever is thin in the anterior region and veteran Emma Cannon recently signed up to add depth. If Engstler is unable to play, it could lead to more minutes for NaLyssa Smith and Victoria Vivians (30.5% available). The Fever could also decide to rely more on their backyard, going with groups of three guards to get Destanni Henderson, Bria Hartley and Tiffany Mitchell. Kayla McBride is also a game time decision. If McBride sits down, it could provide opportunities for Moriah Jefferson (81.8% available) and Rachel Banham (98.5% available) to get more playing time. Benham averaged 8.0 PPG, 4.3 APG, 2.7 RPG and 1.3 3PG in their three starts instead of Jefferson last week. Damiris Dantas (64.8% available) made her season debut on Friday, starting with Sylvia Fowles. She was understandably rusty, but she scored nine points, which is indicative of her ability to move forward. – snoring

Best bet: fever +2.0. Fowles’ absence is massive. In Lynx’s last two games, including the one Fowls left early and the first game she missed, Lynx have lost to Liberty and the Mystics by 36 points. The Fever is a rebuilding team that has been competitive this season, earning significant contributions from their four first-round picks and from their young front yard. They must have an advantage in this game. – snoring

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