While the WNBA regular season is slowly coming to a conclusion, there are still plenty of enticing basketball betting options.
A couple of those options involve two of the league’s three games on today’s slate that handicappers can parlay into a nice profit with the Indiana Fever facing the Atlanta Dream and the Minnesota Lynx taking on the Seattle Storm.
Indiana Fever vs. Atlanta Dream
The 2022 season can’t end fast enough for a young Fever squad that is on pace to endure the worst season in the franchise’s history.
Indiana has not reached the postseason since 2016 and needs one win over its next four outings to match its fewest victory total. Their minus -11.2 scoring margin is also the worst mark in their history.
Indiana (5-27) enters today’s game against Atlanta on a club-record 14-game losing streak, getting outscored by over 15 points a game during this stretch.
The Fever, the worst shooting team in the league, are averaging 74.1 points on 39.9% shooting from the field and 32.2% from the 3-point line during this winless stretch.
They have been just as bad defensively during the losing streak, permitting 89.5 points on 48.3% shooting from the floor.
Overall, Indiana ranks last in the league in offensive and defensive efficiency. The Fever don’t shoot a lot of 3-pointers, averaging 6.6 treys on 20.5 attempts a game, and they do a good job on the offensive glass. Turnovers, defensive rebounding, and defensive transition are also issues for the Fever.
On a positive note, rookie Nalyssa Smith has been fantastic. Smith has produced eight double-doubles and averages 13.5 points along with 8.3 rebounds while shooting 42.6% from the field and 37.5% from deep.
However, the Fever won’t have the services of leading scorer Kelsey Mitchell (plantar fascia) for the remainder of the year.
Similarly, the Dream (12-18) are not in good form, having lost four straight and 10 of 14 overall. Still, Atlanta is just one-half game out of the final playoff spot.
They will be without the services of:
- AD Durr
- Tiffany Hayes
- Nia Coffey,
- Monica Billings
Due to injuries. Atlanta is coming off an 81-68 home setback to Dallas on Saturday as the Wings opened and closed the game better than the Dream.
Rookie of the Year Candidate
Rookie of the Year candidate Rhyne Howard led the way for Atlanta with 22 points, marking her 24th double-figure game of the season, but more importantly, Hayes suffered an ankle in the game.
Hayes, who missed the first 19 games of the season due to injury, has led Dream in scoring since returning and is having her best season of her career.
Without an entirely healthy squad recently, Atlanta has struggled to put the ball in the hoop. The Dream are averaging 77.4 points on 41.3% shooting from the field and 35.1% from deep over the last 14 games.
Defensively, they have allowed 83.5 points on 45.8% shooting from the field and 8.6 triples at a 35% clip during this stretch.
WNBA Pick: Under 158.5 (-110)
Minnesota Lynx vs. Seattle Storm
Minnesota (12-19) is in a position to extend its playoff streak to 12 straight seasons, which is quite remarkable since the Lynx lost 13 of 16 games to begin the campaign.
The Lynx have thrived on the offensive end over the last 15 games, averaging 87.8 points on 47. 4% shooting from the field and 38.3% from the 3-point line.
Defensively, the Lynx have given up 82.8 points a game though they have held their opponents to 41.7% from the field and 32.6% from beyond the arc during this stretch.
Minnesota, on a two-game winning streak, goes nine deep and is fairly well-balanced. Sylvia Fowles (14.9 PPG, 9.9 RPG) leads the way for the Lynx though Aerial Powers and Rachel Banham have been playing exceptionally well of late.
Powers has scored in double-figures in 10 of her last 15 contests, topping the 20-point mark five times. Meanwhile, Banham has really shot the ball extremely well, making 29 of her last 58 (50%) 3-point attempts while scoring in double-figures in seven of 11 contests.
Not only are the Lynx rolling offensively, but they are also an excellent rebounding team and protect the paint well. However, they do struggle with turnovers.
Seattle (19-12) is playoff bound for the seventh consecutive year. The Storm sits fifth in the league, one-half game behind fourth-place Washington. The Storm fell to Washington 78-75 the last time, marking their fourth loss in the previous six games.
Seattle is one of the best defensive teams in the league and has stepped up its offensive production over the last 15 games. The Storm is averaging 82.5 points on 44.5% shooting from the field, along with 8.2 treys at a 33.9% clip over this stretch.
In the same token, the Storm has held their last 15 opponents to 76.6 points on 41.2% shooting from the field and 32% from beyond the arc.
While defense is the Storm’s calling card, they are an excellent passing team that doesn’t turnover the ball much. The Storm love to shoot the three, and they do a great job turning their defense into points, producing a league-high 17.2 points off 16.2 turnovers. Seattle doesn’t foul much, but they have trouble defending the paint.
MVP candidate Breanna Stewart (21.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2.7 APG) and Jewell Lloyd (15.8 PPG, 3.6 APG, 2.7) are a dangerous duo.
Meanwhile, Stewart, Tina Charles (12.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG), and Ezi Magbegor (10.3, 5.9 RPG) give the Storm the biggest frontcourt in the league.
WNBA Pick: Storm -6.5 (-110)
WNBA Parlay Pick
- Under 158.5 (-110)
- Storm -6.5 (-110)
WNBA Pick: Two-Legged Parlay (+264)