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 Wednesday’s list:
Indiana Fever in the Connecticut Sun
7:00 p.m. ET, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut.
Line: Sun (-15.5)
money line: Fever (+850), Sun (-1600)
Total: 165.5 points
Fantasy needs to know: When the Sun play the Fever at home on Wednesday night, Jonquel Jones will be looking to have his fourth straight game with 20 or more points. During that time, he averaged 38 fantasy points per game, including 48 against the Seattle Storm on Sunday. At 9-3, the Sun have won five of their last six games and boast the second-best record in the league with 87.7 PPG and 48.1 FG%.
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Meanwhile, the Fever have the worst record in the league and have lost three games in a row. Kelsey Mitchell continues to meet fantasy managers. In eight of his 13 games, he has scored 20 points or more. Indiana ranks ninth in offensive rating (96.3) and defensive rating (105.1). The Sun have beaten the Fever twice this season, winning 94-85 at home on May 20 and 92-70 away from home on May 22.
Consider using DiJonai Carrington if you need a streamer. It is available in 94.3% of the leagues. As Jasmine Thomas is out for the season with a torn ACL, Carrington’s role has increased. Mitchell, NaLyssa Smith, Victoria Vivians, Queen Egbo, and Emily Engstler are your top fantasy picks for Fever. It is surprising that Engstler is still available in 55.4% of the leagues.
Best Bet: Fever +15.5. The Fever may have the worst record in the league, but they are also one of the youngest teams. They’re also 3-3 against the spread on the road. The Fever are going through a culture change under interim head coach Carlos Knox, and I think they’ll play hard enough to cover the spread. –Eric Moody
Chicago Sky at Washington Mystics
8:00 p.m. ET, Sports and Entertainment Stadium, Washington, DC
Line: Mystics (-3.5)
money line: Sky (+140), Mystics (-160)
Total: 156 points
Discarded: Julie Allemand (suspension)
Fantasy needs to know: Chicago is riding a three-game winning streak, the team’s longest this season. They also had two other two-game winning streaks. As a team, they rank sixth in offensive rating (100.7) and eighth in pace (95.7). They are very balanced, with five players scoring at least 11.1 points per game. In terms of fantasy points per game, Candace Parker leads this season with 31.3. The Sky is in third place with a defensive rating of 94.8.
As for the Mystics, they have lost two straight and have an overall record of 7-5. A loss to the New York Liberty two games ago was probably the worst of the season. Mystics scored just 70 points, trailing by four points. With an offensive rating of 101.3, Washington ranks fifth for the season. The Mystics rank fourth in defensive rating (95.8). Parker, Courtney Vandersloot, Emma Meesseman and Kahleah Copper are Sky’s top fantasy picks. Consider Rebekah Gardner, who is available in 95% of the leagues if she needs a streamer. In the last three games, she played 22 or more minutes per game, averaging 18 fantasy points.
For the Mystics, Elena Delle Donne, Ariel Atkins and Natasha Cloud are the most reliable fantasy options. After two seasons of being sidelined with a back injury, Delle Donne continues to receive sporadic rest. To identify streaming opportunities, fantasy managers need to keep this in mind. Tianna Hawkins, who is available in 98% of the leagues, thrived on Sunday when Delle Donne was unavailable. She had 29 fantasy points, a season high.
Best bet: Mystics -3.5. After losing two of the first three games against Sky this season, Wednesday’s game is crucial for the Mystics. Washington is 3-2 against the spread in its last five games. Both Sky and Mystics are in the Eastern Conference, so this is an important game for both teams. — Grumpy