WNBA Fantasy and Betting Tips for Thursday

Every 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:

Phoenix Mercury in Connecticut Sun
7:00 p.m., Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT

Line: Sun (-11.5)
money line: Sun (-700), Mercury (+500)
the total: 164.5 points
BPI % win: Shams (78.2%)

Doubtful: Diana Taurasi (quad)

exclude: Kia nurse (knee), Bria Hartley (knee)

Fiction needs to know: This will be the second game between these two teams in the last two days, as they played at Mohegan Sun on Tuesday and the sun blew Mercury 87-63. This was Mercury’s second consecutive loss of 20 points or more. The Sun have already grabbed a playoff point and have a 99.4% chance, according to ESPN BPI, of finishing in the top four in the regular season standings giving them a home ground advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Mercury is currently ranked seventh, but is closely followed by four other teams in match one of them. This would be a high-impact game for Phoenix who currently has a 62.7% chance of making the playoffs.

Let’s take a look at Phoenix first, they’ve been using the same starting lineup since June 25 when the team parted Tina Charles. Sophie Cunningham She took Charles’ place and has been fantastic since being included in the starting line-up (available in 32.8% of leagues). In her last 13 games, all starts, she played the most minutes on the team and averaged 16.3 PPG and 5.0 RPG and made more than three throws per game. If you have the opportunity to add her to your team, do so now.

something in my hand It would be the biggest steal if you could get it, it’s widely available in most leagues even though it’s a starter (available in 68.6% of leagues). She has earned 20 Fantasy Points or more in each of her last nine matches. And it’s not just that she’s been a scoring threat, but she’s a great rebounding goalkeeper over the last nine matches (11.1 PPG and 6.1 RPG). It also contributed to facilitation and defense during that period by adding 3.0 APG and 2.2 SPG.

Another player to watch for this game is Diamond DeShields (available in 27.6% of journals). If she’s on your list and she’s in IR, consider putting her in the lineup because there’s a chance she’ll play today as she’s no longer on the injury report before today’s game (missed the last 5 matches due to a thigh injury). She’s the team’s third top scorer with 12.5 PPG and 3.9 RPG, both her best runs since 2019.

The Connecticut Sun Four of five starters are in 90% or more leagues now (Jonquil JonesAnd the Alyssa ThomasAnd the Bonner’s officeAnd the Courtney Williams). But the only beginner who is not listed by many leagues is Natisha Hedman It caught fire recently (available in 84.3% of periodicals). I got out of Tuesday’s game scoring 16 points and going 4-6 out of a 3-point range. Since the start of July, Hiedeman has gone in 11 games in a row scoring a 3-pointer and shooting 47% from outside the arc, the second-best player in the league during that time.

Best bet: The Sun (-11.5)

Mercury this season is 1-5 against the spread when the underdogs have eight points or more, 0-6 straight, and all six of those games have been on the road. They’ve been terrible on the road this season with a 4-13 record, the second worst in the league. Mercury lost over the last two games averaging 22.0 PPG.

Las Vegas Aces in Dallas Suites
8:00 p.m., College Park Center, Arlington, Texas

Line: wings (-8.5)
money line: Aces (-440), wings (+335)
the total: 171 points
BPI % win: Aces (57%)

Doubtful: Eric Ogunpoel (ankle)

exclude: Sato Sabali (ankle)

Fiction needs to know: This game will be the fourth of a five-game road trip. They have already snatched a place in a playoff game but are currently second in the standings and are hoping to steal the top seed from the sky.. Dallas is in a good position too and is currently sitting in sixth place, while the Wings haven’t had a playoff point yet but ESPN’s BPI It gives them a 96.7% chance of making the playoffs.

Nothing much has changed for the Aces, they’re still pretty heavy with starters, so there’s not much to choose from (the five starting list is set in 88% or more of the leagues). But if you have any of these newbies on your team, definitely turn them on anytime because they’ll get big fancy points. They don’t have a lot of bench to pick players from because this season’s average bench is just 13.2 PPG off the bench which is the lowest in the league. Wings definitely have more players to choose from, specifically Kayla Thornton (available in 55.1% of journals) and Veronica Burton (available in 98.2% of journals). Thornton has started in 29 of the 30 teams this season with an average of 7.2 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.8 APG and 1.1 SPG. She’s been on a tear lately, averaging 23.6 fantasy points in the game over her last seven games.

Veronica Burton hasn’t been great this season, but with Eric Ogunpoel Missing the team’s last game due to an ankle injury, Burton started in place and made the start with 8 points, 9 assists, 3 steals and a save. If Ogunbowale misses today’s game, Burton will likely start back in place again. I expect you’ll get more playing time too even if Ogunbowale gets back into the squad.

Best bet: under 171

I’m picking less because in recent weeks coach Becky Hammon has said that defense is their main focus at the moment. And in their last eight games, they’ve shown they can play a closing defense, conceding only 77.0 PPG to their opponents, the second lowest in the league during that time. They’ve also reached the bottom in seven straight games. What helps is that the wings are playing at the second slowest pace in the league and will likely try to slow the pace of staying with the Aces so that bodes well for this game.

Best bet: Aces 1h-4

This is all about talent scheduling and talent disparity. The wings upset the sky in their last match, even without their best player, Eric OgunpoelSo I expect a steady start from a team that is still going high to win. In addition, Ogunbowale is expected to sit out again due to an ankle injury and Dallas will also miss Sato Sabali. Meanwhile, the Pots are arguably the best team in the league and just lost to the Mystics. The playoffs are approaching and Las Vegas is vying for the top seed, so I expect a focused and determined performance right from the start. Aces should dominate this game and end the sweeping season. – Doug Cizrian

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