Fantasy women’s basketball tips and WNBA betting picks for Thursday

Eric Moody, ESPNJul 6, 2023, 11:55 AM ET

CloseFormer manager at a Fortune 100 financial services company, now living my dream creating fantasy and sports betting content about the NFL, NBA, and WNBA for ESPN.

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:

Seattle Storm at Connecticut Sun
7 p.m. ET, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

Line: Sun -10
Money line: Storm (+430), Sun (-600)
Total: 165.5 points

BPI prediction:
Sun: 82.3% chance to win.
Projected margin of victory: 10.5 points

Injury report
Storm: Gabby Williams (Out)
Sun: Brionna Jones (Out) DiJonai Carrington (Out)

Fantasy streamer: Olivia Nelson-Ododa (8.7%) is firmly on the streaming radar with Brionna Jones out for the season due to an Achilles injury and deserves to remain on fantasy rosters until the end of the season. DiJonai Carrington had stepped up and scored 28 or more fantasy points in three of her past four games and is worth adding to your roster for the rest of the season, but she will miss Thursday’s game with an illness, so Nelson-Ododa, who had scored 18 or more fantasy points in three of her past four games herself, could be in for even more run. The Sun is a team you should want exposure to in fantasy hoops. Connecticut ranks third in offensive rating behind the Las Vegas Aces and New York Liberty.

Best bet: Sun -10. The Storm’s defense has been a liability all season. Seattle gives up 86 points per game on 46.7% shooting. The Sun average 83.9 points per game, but have really shined defensively; Connecticut ranks third in defensive rating. It’s hard to have confidence in a Storm team that is 1-4 in their last five games against the spread. You can count on the Sun to cover.

[Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this file recommended DiJonai Carrington as a streamer but she has since been ruled out for tonight’s game.]

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