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 Tuesday’s slate:
Line: Sun (-8.5)
Money line: Wings (+320), Sun (-420)
Total: 159 points
Out: Jasmine Thomas (knee)
Fantasy need to know: The Wings have a crowded frontcourt, with presumed starters Teaira McCowan and Satou Sabally back from their overseas commitment but still coming off the bench. In their absences, Isabelle Harrison (available in 54% of leagues) and Kayla Thornton (available in 73.8% of leagues) have both produced fantasy starter-caliber numbers. It isn’t clear who will eventually end up starting, but in the short term Harrison and Thorton have been the more productive halves of their respective potential platoons.
With Jasmine Thomas (knee) out, both DiJonai Carrington and Natisha Hiedeman could be in for larger roles. Carrington started the first couple games when Courtney Williams was suspended, but Hiedeman has been the more productive in recent games, averaging 11.3 PPG, 4.0 APG, 2.7 SPG, 2.3 3PG and 2.0 RPG in 22.7 MPG off the bench in her last three outings.
Best bet: Under 159.0 points. The Sun are favored to win, and in both of the Wings’ losses this season they’ve struggled to put points on the board (59 points against the Dream, 68 against the Mystics). The Sun have the best defensive rating in the league by a large margin while playing the fifth-slowest pace in the league, and the Wings play the third-lowest pace in the league. Seems like a recipe for a low-scoring game. — André Snellings
Line: Mystics (-8.5)
Money line: Dream (+320), Mystics (-420)
Total: 158.5 points
Fantasy need to know: Nia Coffey (available in 72.0% of leagues) had a double-double on Friday against this same Mystics squad, and over her last three games is averaging 11.3 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.3 3PG and 1.0 SPG in 27.3 MPG. Kristy Wallace (available in 98.2% of leagues) has been starting while Tiffany Hayes gets reacclimated with the team following her overseas commitment. It’s not clear when Hayes will make her season debut, but in her absence Wallace has been playing solid ball of late. The rookie has had career-best efforts in assists and points, respectively, in back-to-back games and is averaging 10.5 PPG, 3.0 APG, 2.5 RPG, 1.5 SPG and 1.5 3PG in those two contests.
For the Mystics, rookie Shakira Austin (available in 73.1% of leagues) has taken advantage of opportunities afforded her due to load management from Elena Delle Donne, a nagging injury to Myisha Hines-Allen and Elizabeth WIlliams reacclimating following her overseas commitment. Austin has started the last two games, and in her last three outings she’s averaged 14.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.7 SPG and 1.3 BPG in 25.7 MPG.
Best bet: Under 161 points. The Mystics play at the second-slowest pace in the league, and have the fourth-lowest team defensive rating. The Dream have the third-lowest team defensive rating. They’ve played at the third-fastest pace in the league, but some of that may be influenced by the fact that three of their six games have been against the two teams that play the fastest pace in the league (the Aces and the Fever). The Mystics and their opponents have combined for under 161 points in five of seven games, with one of the two exceptions against the Aces. The Dream have combined with their opponents to go under 161 points in three of six, with all three overs against the Aces or Fever. — Snellings
Line: Sky (-13.5)
Money line: Fever (+700), Sky (-1100)
Total: 162.5 points
Ruled out: Bria Hartley (hamstring)
Fantasy need to know: The Fever lost by a score of 92-70 to the Connecticut Sun last Friday. From an advanced stats perspective, Indiana (2-6) ranks 11th in offensive rating (94.8) and 10th in defensive rating (104.9). NaLyssa Smith and Kelsey Mitchell continue to be the Fever’s best fantasy options. Due to an ankle injury, Smith has missed the last three games. Check her status before tonight’s game. Emily Engstler will fill in for Smith if she is not available. Engstler has averaged 19.6 fantasy points per game over the last three games. Queen Egbo remains one of the best streaming options. The rookie has averaged 21.6 fantasy points per game and is still available in 50% of leagues. You can also consider Victoria Vivians. She has scored 20 or more fantasy points in three straight games and is available in 79% of leagues.
When we last saw the Sky, they beat the Washington Mystics. With 37 rebounds and eight steals, Chicago shot 54% from the field. Candace Parker scored 16 points, dished out 10 assists and grabbed 13 rebounds. It was her second career triple-double. In the regular season, Parker became the only player in league history with multiple triple-doubles. In fantasy, she averages 32 points per game and is a must-start. The Sky rank fifth in offensive rating (102.3) and second in defensive rating (94). Emma Meesseman and Courtney Vandersloot can also be viewed as must starts. Meesseman is averaging 12.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.6 APG and 2.4 SPG. Additionally, Vandersloot can also produce full stat lines. She’s averaged 25.8 fantasy points per game. Two other players to consider from a streaming perspective are Azura Stevens and Rebekah Gardner. Stevens averages 21 fantasy points per game and is available in 42.3% of leagues. Gardner, who is available in 96% of leagues, has scored 20 fantasy points or more in three of four games this season. — Eric Moody
Best bet: Sky -13.5. The Sky is 6-1 against the spread in its last seven games at home. In their last four games, the Fever have given up at least 85 points. The Sky can capitalize on this with the talent they have. Bet on Chicago to cover the spread. — Moody
Line: Lynx (-5)
Money line: Liberty (+175), Lynx (-210)
Total: 160.5 points
Questionable: Natalie Achonwa (hamstring)
Fantasy need to know: Both the Liberty (1-4) and Lynx (1-6) have not had the start they anticipated. When we last saw New York, they were humiliated by the Connecticut Sun in a 92-65 loss. With 32 turnovers and 44 points allowed as a result of turnovers, the Liberty broke league records. The Liberty rank last in offensive rating (86.1) and ninth in defensive rating (104.9). Sandy Brondello’s team hasn’t clicked under the new scheme. The Liberty’s top fantasy options are Sabrina Ionescu, Betnijah Laney, and Natasha Howard. Michaela Onyenwere, who is available in 90% of leagues, is expected to play additional minutes with Laney out. Additionally, fantasy managers should consider Rebecca Allen, who is available in 88% of leagues. She played 23 minutes in her season debut back on May 17, and with DiDi Richards and Jocelyn Willoughby both out, she may surpass that total. Do not overlook Stefanie Dolson, who has averaged 18.6 fantasy points during the past three games.
The Lynx rank seventh with an offensive rating of 98 and last in the league with a defensive rating 108.7. However, Minnesota ranks third with 35.7 RPG. Sylvia Fowles, Jessica Shepard, Moriah Jefferson, Aerial Powers and Kayla McBride are your top fantasy options for the Lynx. Jefferson is available in 77.7% of leagues, surprisingly, even after she has averaged 29.5 fantasy points per game since she was acquired from Dallas. — Moody
Best bet: Lynx -6.0. The Liberty has been the worse of these two teams. Three of New York’s four losses have been by 10 points or more. The Lynx are 3-2 in their last 5 games against the spread. As a result of the injuries the Liberty are dealing with, Minnesota has the edge in this game and should cover. — Moody