WNBA bets and fantasy picks – Caitlin Clark shining as a playmaker

Each night 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.

Thursday’s fantasy stream team

Maddy Siegrist, Dallas Wings (available in 44.8% of ESPN leagues)

Siegrist just made a leap in roster percentage and is now available in just under half of ESPN leagues. Siegrist continues to blossom in her sophomore WNBA season and has scored double digits in seven straight games. During that stretch, Siegrist has averaged 16.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.9 3PG, 0.7 SPG and 0.4 BPG in 37.6 MPG.

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Tiffany Hayes, Las Vegas Aces (available in 84.9% of leagues)

Hayes came out of retirement to sign with the Aces and has played well in her role off the bench. In four games, Hayes has averaged 10.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.0 3PG and 1.0 SPG in 23.5 MPG. She’s getting very consistent minutes with Chelsea Gray still sidelined.

Picks, projections and injury reports

Basketball Power Index by ESPN Analytics. Injury aggregation by Rotowire.com. All odds are provided by ESPN BET.

Atlanta Dream at Indiana Fever
7 p.m. ET, Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Line: Dream -2.5
Money line: Dream (-150), Fever (+120)
Total: 164.5 points

BPI prediction:
Dream: 55% chance to win.
Projected margin of victory: 1.4 points

Injury report
Dream: Jordin Canada (Out)
Fever: Damiris Dantas (Out)

Best bet: Caitlin Clark over 5.5 assists (-160)

Clark has averaged 6.0 APG so far this season, good for fourth in the WNBA. She has been able to generate significant assists against all but the elite defenses she has faced. Clark has been held under six assists only four times — three times by the Connecticut Sun and once on the road against the New York Liberty. The Dream are not elite defensively, so Clark has a good chance to go over her assists prop again on Thursday night.

Seattle Storm at Dallas Wings
7 p.m. ET, College Park Center, Arlington

Line: Storm -6.5
Money line: Storm (-310), Wings (+240)
Total: 160.5 points

BPI prediction:
Storm: 54.4% chance to win.
Projected margin of victory: 1.2 points

Injury report
Storm: No injuries reported
Wings: Natasha Howard (Out), Satou Sabally (Out), Jaelyn Brown (Out)

Best bet: Ezi Magbegor over 8.5 rebounds (-130)

Magbegor has averaged 9.4 RPG and has at least nine boards in three of her past four and four of her past six games. She leads the team in offensive rebounds with 3.1 per game and faces a Wings squad on Thursday that ranks last in defensive rebound percentage.

Las Vegas Aces at Phoenix Mercury
10 p.m. ET, Footprint Center, Phoenix

Line: Aces -5.5
Money line: Aces (-260), Mercury (+210)
Total: 170.5 points

BPI prediction:
Aces: 72.4% chance to win.
Projected margin of victory: 6.6 points

Injury report
Aces: Kierstan Bell (Out), Chelsea Gray (Out)
Mercury: No injuries reported

Best bet: A’ja Wilson over 26.5 points (-130)

Wilson has been the one constant on an Aces team that has been surprisingly inconsistent of late. She has scored at least 28 points in seven straight games and has averaged 30.0 PPG on 53.1 FG% during that stretch. Her last game under 26.5 points did come against this same Mercury squad, when she only scored 21, but Wilson traditionally puts up big numbers against Phoenix. She averaged 29.8 PPG with at least 27 points in three of the four games she played against the Mercury last season.

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