Every day of the WNBA season, our team of fantasy and betting experts breaks down every game on the slate, noting everything from injuries and roster changes to recent trends and more.
All odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.
Here’s what to look for during Sunday’s slate:
Connecticut sun to Indiana fever
2 p.m. ET, Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Double: Sun (-12)
Money line: Sun (-700), Fever (+475)
Total: 161.5 points
Questionable: NaLyssa Smith (ankle)
Excluded: Bria Hartley (hamstrings)
Fantasy needs to know: While Courtney Williams and Jasmine Thomas start in the backcourt for the Sun, it was DiJonai Carrington (93.2% available) and Natisha Hiedeman (93.9% available) who provided the punch from the backcourt for the last two games. Carrington, who started during Williams’ suspension to start the season, averaged 9.5 PPG, 3.5 APG, 1.5 SPG and 1.0 3PG in his two games off the bench. Hiedeman, meanwhile, is coming off back-to-back double-digit efforts with monster defensive effort as well, averaging 12.5 PPG, 3.5 SPG, 3.5 APG, 2.0 RPG, and 2.0 3PG. on his last two outings.
For the fever, NaLyssa Smith is listed as doubtful to play after missing the last two games with an ankle injury. In his absence, fellow rookie Emily Engstler (available in 79.6% of leagues) entered the starting lineup and averaged 8.0 RPG, 7.5 PPG, 2.0 APG, 0.5 SPG , 0.5 BPG and 0.5 3PG. Victoria Vivians (available in 81.3% of leagues) replaced Destanni Henderson in the starting lineup four games ago, and his production has exploded. She has scored in double figures in three of those four matches and is averaging 14.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.5 3PG, and 1.0 SPT during that streak.
Best bet: Over 161.5 points
The Fever has one of the worst defensive teams in the league, especially on the inside. They allow 40.6 PPG in the paint, the WNBA’s worst rating. The Sun, on the other hand, have one of the dominant front lines in the league and should be able to score points. Additionally, the Fever also play the fastest pace in the league while the Sun play the fourth fastest, so both teams will get out and run. The Fever and their opponents have surpassed 160 points in four straight games and five of their last six, including their recent game with the Sun in which 179 total points were scored. — Snelling
Chicago Sky at Washington Mystics
3:00 p.m. ET, Entertainment & Sports Arena, Washington, DC
Double: Mystics (-1.5)
Money line: Sky (+105), Mystics (-125)
Total: 159 dots
Excluded: Alysha Clark (foot)
Fantasy needs to know: With reigning Finals MVP Kahleah Copper likely to make her season debut today, Azura Stevens (available in 42.1% of leagues) could move into a role off the bench. That said, it’s unclear how much Copper will play as she returns to the team after completing her overseas commitment. Stevens has been very productive as a starter (averaging 13.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.3 BPG and 1.3 3PG in four starts) and has the potential to retain enough minutes to remain productive even if she leaves the bench.
The Mystics will have Elena Delle Donne back after sitting out the last game for load management, but Alysha Clark will sit out to deal with a lingering foot injury. With Myeisha Hines-Allen still playing with a leg injury that has limited her to 14.3 MPG in her last three outings and Elizabeth Williams still making her way after making her season debut on Friday, the stage could be set for rookie Shakira Austin (available in 77.6% of leagues) to have another productive outing. Austin has started both games this season that Delle Donne has played this season, including Friday, and also earned Tuesday’s 29-minute win over the Dream. In her three appearances where she has played at least 25 minutes, Austin has averaged 14.3 PPG, 8.3 RPG and 2.7 steals and blocks combined per game.
Best bet: Mystics -1.5
The Mystics have been one of the best teams in the league so far, going 5-1 by a +8.7 PPG margin. They are 3-1 in their last four games against the Aces, Wings (twice) and Dream, three teams with a combined 13-2 record in games not against the Mystics. The Sky are off to a good start, but their two wins are against teams with a combined 2-8 record against teams other than themselves, and they’ve also lost to two teams that both hover around .500. Copper’s return should give Sky a boost in the long run, but Delle Donne’s availability on Sunday is the most impactful addition, and with the way they’ve been playing this season, the Mystics are in a strong position to win. this game by more than one. indicate. — Snelling