Each day of the WNBA season, our team of fantasy and betting experts breaks down every game on the slate, making note of everything from injuries and lineup changes to recent trends and more.
All odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook.
Here’s what to look for during today’s slate:
Line: Aces (-2.5)
Total: 168.5 points
Ruled Out: Julie Allemand (Suspension)
Fantasy need to know: Before the season began, new Aces head coach Becky Hammon vowed that Las Vegas would shoot more triples this year. Last season, the Aces made 162 three-pointers. So far this season, Las Vegas has made 85. The Aces average nearly 26 triples per game this season after averaging only 13.5 attempts last season. With a 7-1 record, Las Vegas ranks first in offensive rating (112.5) and fifth in defensive rating (97.1). All five starters are averaging 10 or more PPG. Among A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young, Dearica Hamby and Chelsea Gray, all of them are must-start options in fantasy.
The defending champion Sky boast a 3-2 record and just welcomed back WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player Kahleah Copper after a superb overseas season. Having Chicago’s full roster back together, the Sky should be able to win more games. The team ranks third in offensive rating (103.7) and fourth in defensive rating (96.3). Candace Parker, Courtney Vandersloot, Emma Meesseman and Copper are must starts. Averaging 14.3 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 5.2 APG, 1.2 SPG and 1.3 BPG, Parker has been an outstanding performer so far this season. Three of her five games have seen her score 40 or more fantasy points. Parker is also only four rebounds away from surpassing Candice Dupree for sixth all-time on the WNBA rebounding list. Azura Stevens, even in a reserve role with Copper back, is still a good streamer. Stevens is available in 44.7% of leagues.
The two teams will meet for the first time this season. It was the Aces who won two of three games last year against the Sky. Due to both teams ranking in the top three in terms of PPG, APG, FG percentage, and assist-to-turnover ratio, we can expect a fast paced game
Best bet: Over 168.5
Through their first eight games of the season, the Aces have scored 746 points (93.3 PPG). It’s the most points by any team in league history through eight games. Through six games of the season, the Sky have scored 504 points (84 PPG), which is tied for the third most points through six games in franchise history. It will be a high-scoring game with Copper back in the fold for the Sky.
Line: Sun (-10)
Total: 156.5 points
Fantasy need to know: With Elena Delle Donne (rest) and Alysha Clark (illness) out tonight, Tianna Hawkins should be your go-to streamer. From a fantasy perspective, both Ariel Atkins and Natasha Cloud remain must starts. The Sun are 5-2 and rank second in offensive rating (110.3) and defensive rating (92.9). Connecticut will attempt to rebound from a loss to Dallas on Thursday night. Jonquel Jones is one of the top fantasy options for the Sun. Her 59th career double double came against Dallas. Jones is one double double away from becoming only the 18th player in league history to reach 60 double doubles. The following players continue to be must-starts: Alyssa Thomas, DeWanna Bonner, Brionna Jones and Jonquel Jones. One player who is likely to elevate herself into that group is Natisha Hiedeman. Her first start of the season came in the absence of Jasmine Thomas, who is expected to miss the remainder of the season after tearing her ACL. Hiedeman scored a season-high 36 fantasy points in her new role. She’s still available in 89% of leagues. In a showdown between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, the Mystics, who have won three of their last four games, will be heavily reliant on Atkins when they visit the Sun tonight.
Best bet: Sun -9.5
In the absence of Delle Donne and Alysha Clark, the Mystics are faced with additional challenges tonight on the road against the Sun. Against the spread, Connecticut is 4-2 in its last six games. The Sun should cover.