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WNBA Parlay: Seattle Storm vs. Chicago Sky

Women’s basketball is growing in popularity, and that means gambling is picking up. The WNBA has a competitive product, especially featuring top teams like Seattle Storm and Chicago Sky, who represent the lone game tipping off at noon ET on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, basketball betting doesn’t have great same-game parlay opportunities because there aren’t a lot of player props. There are, however, team props worth exploring.

WNBA Odds for Today

WNBA odds show the Sky (19-6) are favored by 2.5 points with an over/under of 161. Though this is one of the closer moneyline spreads the WNBA has to offer with the Sky at -135 and the Storm at +115.

Seattle (17-8) won a 74-71 matchup on May 18, but reigning WNBA Finals MVP Kahleah Copper was not yet available for the defending champions. 

Still, the Storm are the third-best team in the league this season and are pushing for one of the top two seeds in the playoffs.

Potential Finals Series

As it stands, this would be a potential Finals series, given the eight-team playoff will be seeded regardless of the conference and based on record only.

In that previous meeting, the Storm covered a -0.5 spread, and the under of 162 hits with a combined total of 145.

There were a combined 33 turnovers in the game, which limited opportunities yet provided more for each other. So it’s hard to glean any information from that.

Seattle Storm vs. Chicago Sky Betting Preview

The Storm are 12-13 against the spread and 13-12 on over/under this season. In July, they are 5-1 straight up, 4-2 against the spread, and the over/under is split at 3-3.

The Sky are 13-12 against the spread and 13-11-1 on over/under this season. For the month, they are 5-1 straight up, 4-2 against the spread, and 3-3 on over/under, so oddsmakers clearly know what they’re doing to balance these out.

After Season’s Start Betting Trends

After a 4-3 start to the season, the Sky are 15-3 since and enter this meeting on a four-game winning streak. WNBA picks show public bettors favor the Sky, with 69% betting on them to cover 2.5 points and 75% on the over.

Betting trends show, however, that the Storm are 6-2 against the spread in the last eight meetings in Chicago. Storm betting trends have been showing that over is 15-7-1 in the last 23 meetings.

Seattle Storm Analysis

Storm is the second-best defensive team in the league. They also force teams to convert 42.4% of field goal opportunities, ranking second, and 31.7% on 3-pointers, the best mark in the league.

They allow the most rebounds per game, though, at 37.4 per contest.

Some of that will be mitigated with the addition of Tina Charles alongside Breanna Stewart and Ezi Magbegor, who was the starter. Similarly, they rank 10th in grabbing 33.4 boards per game.

Storm’s Offense

Offensively, the team ranks eighth in scoring 80.8 points per game. They convert 43.3% of field goal opportunities at 43.3% – ranking seventh – and 35.4% of 3-point opportunities, which is fourth. They also have the third-best free throw percentage at 81.8%.

Barring a playoff meeting, it will be Sue Bird’s final game in Chicago, and it will be interesting to see what she receives as a parting gift after Sylvia Fowles was gifted a recliner by the Sky.

Bird is averaging 14.0 points and 6.0 assists per game. Stewart, at 21.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, leads the team, with Jewel Loyd equally important at 16.2 points and 3.8 assists per contest.

Chicago Sky Analysis

The Sky are the most efficient offense in the league. Their 86.0 points per game rank second, but they hold the best shooting percentages.

They convert 47.9% of field goal attempts, 36.4% of 3-point attempts, and 83.5% of free throw attempts, which are all the best in the league.

Their rebounding is third, pulling in 36.0 points per game and allowing 33.3 per contest. Defensively, again, they are a top team.

They rank fourth in allowing 79.5 points per game with an opposing field goal percentage of 42.6%, which is third.

Sky’s Defense

Their perimeter defense is a little shaky, allowing teams to convert 34.0% from 3-point range, ranking sixth.

Balanced scoring has been the name of the game for Chicago all season, with six players averaging double figures. Copper leads the way with 14.7 points per game, followed by:

  • Candace Parker (13.4 ppg)
  • Emma Meesseman (12.7 ppg
  • Allie Quigley (11.0 ppg)
  • Courtney Vandersloot (10.8 ppg)
  • Azura Stevens (10.5 ppg)

Sky’s Main Concern

The one concern for the Sky is Vandersloot’s health. She is listed as out with a concussion. If you can find a player prop, Dana Evans figures to see the biggest minutes bump, which would lead to higher scoring opportunities.

WNBA Parlay Verdict

The two teams are fairly balanced, and the key to watch is Chicago’s offense against Seattle’s defense. They are the second-best units on their respective ends.

But the fact the teams went under in the first meeting, and they’ve each added a player (Copper back for Chicago and Charles to Seattle) should be enough to see the under hit again.

From there, it is figuring out who wins the game. Losing Vandersloot is a big key for the Sky. She’s one of the best point guards in the game and leaves Bird with an opportunity to take advantage.

Before we get to the parlay, here are player props to consider, if you can find them:

  • Chicago Sky’s Dana Evans O8 points would be a comfortable range.
  • Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird O10 points would be something we’re comfortable with.

WNBA Parlay Pick

  • Storm +2.5 (-110)
  • Under (-161)
  • 1H Under 80 (-110)

WNBA Pick: Three-Legged Parlay (+491)

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