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. Times are ET.
Here’s what to look for during today’s slate:
Indiana Fever at Dallas Wings
8:00 p.m., College Park Center, Arlington, TX
Line: Wings (-12.5)
Money line: Wings (-800), Fever (+550)
Total: 163 points
BPI Win%: Dream (80%)
Questionable: Arike Ogunbowale
Ruled Out: Satou Sabally (ankle), Nia Coffey (knee), Kelsey Mitchell (foot)
Fantasy Need to Know: With 15 consecutive losses, the Fever is the only team eliminated from playoff contention in the league. To make matter worse, Indiana has lost 12 games by at least 10 points, the most double-digit losses in a season in league history. In addition, Kelsey Mitchell, who averaged 29.1 fantasy points per game, will miss the remainder of the season due to a foot injury. NaLyssa Smith is the most reliable fantasy option. If you are looking for a streamer, consider Queen Egbo (available in 45.3% of leagues) and Victoria Vivians (57.1%).
In terms of fantasy points per game, Arike Ogunbowale has been phenomenal for managers so far this season, averaging 32.9 per game. Her ankle injury has kept her out of the last two games at the worst possible moment, since it’s fantasy playoff season. Ogunbowale is considered probable to return tonight. She belongs in your lineups along with Allisha Gray, Marina Mabrey, Kayla Thornton (51.6%), and Teaira McCowan.
Best bet: Wings -12.5
The Wings rank fourth in offensive rating (103.1) and eighth in defensive rating (103.3), while the Fever rank last in both of these advanced metrics. With Ogunbowale back, Dallas is the superior team.
New York Liberty at Phoenix Mercury
10:00 p.m., Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
Line: Liberty (-2)
Money line: Liberty (-130), Mercury (+110)
Total: 163 points
BPI Win%: Mercury (67.2%)
Questionable: Diana Taurasi (quad)
Fantasy Need to Know: A matchup between two teams trying to secure playoff positions should be interesting. In the last three games, the Mercury have lost three straight, while the Liberty have won three in a row. Throughout the season, Sabrina Ionescu has been one of the top fantasy players, as only A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart have scored more fantasy points than her. Ionescu and Natasha Howard should be in your lineups. Your most reliable streamers are Stefanie Dolson (available in 76% of leagues) and Marine Johannes (90%).
Skylar Diggins-Smith has averaged 35.6 fantasy points per game this season and belongs in lineups alongside Diana Taurasi, Sophie Cunningham, Diamond DeShields, Shey Peddy (66.8%) and Brianna Turner. If Diggins-Smith receives another technical foul this season, she will be fined $800 and suspended for one game. This is something fantasy managers should keep in mind. With a quad injury, Taurasi is questionable for tonight’s game. DeShields would be given more minutes if she was inactive.
Best bet: Mercury +2
This season, the Mercury have played better at home than on the road. Phoenix is 9-5 at home and average 86 points per game. Due to the fact that five seeds are now clinched and the remaining three are bound by the Wings, Liberty and Dream, this is a game the Mercury must win. Phoenix should cover.
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