WNBA Fantasy & Betting Tips for Tuesday

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

All odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook.

Here’s what to look for during Tuesday’s list:

Minnesota Lynx in New York Liberty

8 p.m. ET, Barclays Center, Brooklyn

Line: Freedom (-2.5)
money line: Lynx (+125), Liberty (-145)
Total: 159 points

Doubtful: Moriah Jefferson (quadruple)

Discarded: Betnijah Laney (knee), DiDi Richards (hamstring), Natalie Achonwa (hamstring), Damiris Dantas (foot)

Fantasy needs to know: Rachel Banham (available in 97.1% of leagues) has started the last two games for the Lynx in place of Moriah Jefferson, who is out indefinitely with a quad injury. Banham has been solid in both games, but he was especially effective Sunday in the first half of this back-to-back game with the Liberty, posting 11 points with six rebounds, four assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

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Han Xu (available in 83.2% of leagues) has been a huge contributor off the bench this season. In his last six games, he’s averaged 9.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.2 BPT and 0.7 SPG at 20.0 MPG. He has at least two steals and blocks combined in four straight games.

Best bet: Lynx +2.5 points. While these teams have the same record, the Lynx have performed better overall. The Lynx have the best scoring margin of the season (-5.5 PPG for the Lynx, WNBA-worst -9.9 for the Liberty). Lately, the gap is bigger, with the Lynx winning three of their last seven games with a -2.3 scoring margin versus the 2-5 Liberty with a -9.2 PPG margin over the same stretch. Importantly, two of those seven games were against each other, and this season the Lynx won both matchups with the Liberty by six points (at Minnesota) and seven points (Sunday, at New York). –Andre Snellings

Atlanta Dream in Seattle Storm

10:00 p.m. ET, Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle

Line: Storm (-7)
money line: Sleep (+240), Storm (-300)
Total: 152 points

Discarded: Tiffany Hayes (knee)

Fantasy needs to know: Aari McDonald (available in 81.3% of leagues) has been making the most of her sixth female role off the bench. She has scored in double figures in four of her last five games and six of her last nine, averaging 10.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.2 SPG, 2.1 APG and 1.7 3PG at 25.3 MPG over that span.

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Ezi Magbegor should be on the universal roster, but he’s still available in 17.8% of leagues. Magbegor returned from a three game absence due to COVID-19, and in his first game back he put up 19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks and a 3-pointer in 29 minutes against Sun’s strong front line. .

Best Bet: Sleep +7. The Dream has outperformed the Storm this season, with a better record and scoring margin. The Storm came in having won four of their last five games with a +6.2 PPG scoring margin during that span, but the Dream have won three of four with a +9.0 PPG scoring margin. The Storm are at home, which could give them some advantage, but seven points is too many to give to the team that has been playing better overall. I keep the Dream and the points. –Snellings

Source: www.espn.com