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WNBA FULL COURT PRESS
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Washington Mystics @ Atlanta Dream
The red-hot Mystics travel to Atlanta to take on the Dream. Elena Delle Donne is the focal point of this team and she’ll be relied on tonight. Kristi Toliver has been fantastic recently as has been Natasha Cloud. Both will be called upon in this game, with Toliver’s scoring ability and Cloud’s ability to drop dimes relied upon. Ariel Atkins had a fantastic game in the first meeting and given her form this season, it’s a good bet she’ll once more take full advantage of this excellent matchup. LaToya Sanders and Tianna Hawkins round up the list of players of interest in this game. Sanders has a tough matchup but exploitable, while Hawkins will get around 20 minutes off the bench making her a nice value option.
This is a tough game for the Dream, facing arguably the best team in the league. Tiffany Hayes has finally found her form this season and is playing at the high levels we expect for her. This is a game in which her full skill set will be required. Brittney Sykes and Renee Montgomery round up the Dream guard rotation. Both have recently shown their upside, but this is a tough matchup for them, so you want to tread carefully. On the forward side, Jessica Breland and Elizabeth Williams will be called into action in what is an extremely tough matchup making it difficult to recommend them. Monique Billings could find herself getting some run off the bench in this game, but once again the matchup is a tough one.
5-Star Play: Elena Delle Donne, Tiffany Hayes
4-Star Play: Kristi Tolliver, Natasha Cloud, Jessica Breland, Ariel Atkins, Jessica Breland
Deep Value: Aerial Powers
GPP Sleeper: Tianna Hawkins
Connecticut Sun @ Chicago Sky
The Sun continue to roll through the WNBA this season and next in their path is the Sky. Jonquel Jones has been on a tear, making a solid claim to being MVP this season. She makes for a formidable play on this slate, with no one of the Sky team able to stop her. Alyssa Thomas continues to be a walking triple-double machine. Her upside is tremendous every time she steps on the court and even more so in an excellent matchup against the Sky. Jasmine Thomas is still working to find her form permanently this season, but there’s not much better than a matchup against the Sky to help in that area, something Courtney Williams will be closely looking at as well. Williams has been in a slump and this is her opportunity to come out. Shekinna Stricklen continues to put up big game after big game, making her a great GPP option whenever she’s on a slate.
This is a tough game all around for the Sky. It’s hard to be confident in Sky players in what is an extremely difficult matchup. Diamond DeShields stands out as a solid option here in what is a tough but beatable matchup for her. The Sky will need her versatility if they plan on keeping this game close. Stefanie Dolson and Jantel lavender will be required to show up by the Sky. Dolson has been playing some inspired basketball of late, while Lavender continues to get 25+ MPG and uses it wisely. Both women can perform here tonight. Cheyenne Parker cuts an interesting figure, as a player with immense upside even in the limited minutes she usually gets. Finally, Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley get the toughest matchups here and it is hard to recommend any of them.
5-Star Play: Jonquel Jones, Alyssa Thomas, Jasmine Thomas
4-Star Play: Diamond DeShields, Stefanie Dolson, Courtney Williams, Shekinna Stricklen
Deep Value: Cheyenne Parker
GPP Sleeper: Courtney Vandersloot
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Los Angeles Sparks @ Phoenix Mercury
The Sparks take on the Mercury in what should be a fun and intense game to watch. The return of Candace Parker has thrown some uncertainty into the Sparks rotations, and they are struggling to get it right. This is perhaps the hardest team to figure out on this slate, mainly because we have no idea what they’ll do. That said, Chelsea Gray had a phenomenal game the first time out, and she’ll look to repeat that effort tonight. Candace Parker has a rich and fruitful history against the Mercury. She has been horrendous in her two games back, but at some point, those shots will have to start falling for her. It’s best to buy low. I’m not wild on the outlook for either Nneka Ogwumike or Chiney Ogwumike. They’ll have to spend quite some time dealing with Brittney Griner. That said, Nneka probably carries the higher upside. With the team in flux, it’s hard to trust anyone off the bench here, but Riquna Williams showed some upside in the first meeting and makes for a nice value option.
For the Mercury, it all begins is DeWanna Bonner and Brittney Griner. Bonner was limited, by her standards, in the first meeting. That said, she has been playing at an MVP level this season and will look to power her team to a victory here. The matchup is excellent for Brittney Griner. She can dominate in this position. The problem with Griner this season is she has spent chunks of time looking lost out on the court. If she can get locked into the game early, watch out! Essence Carson gets another opportunity to play against her former team. She didn’t take advantage of the first meeting, but she gets a second chance here. The main problem, however, is that Alana Beard is back and could make things complicated. With Yvonne Turner gone, the Mercury are a little shorthanded on the guard front, so you could see a lot of Leilani Mitchell and Briann January in this game. Finally, perhaps this is the game Sancho Lyttle finally breaks out, but I’m not holding my breath on that.
5-Star Play: DeWanna Bonner, Brittney Griner, Chelsea Gray
4-Star Play: Candace Parker, Nneka Ogwumike
Deep Value: Riquna Williams
GPP Sleeper: Sancho Lyttle
Indiana Fever @ Seattle Storm
The Fever travel to the Pacific North West to face the Storm. Since stepping in for the injured Natalie Achonwa, Teaira McCowan has been nothing short of excellent. She gets an exploitable matchup here tonight and makes for a solid option for the Fever. Candice Dupree has been carrying the load for this team recently and there’s nothing to suggest that will change any time soon. She is an excellent option here. On the guard front, it is a fluid situation. It’s hard to tell which of the three main guards will show up on any given night. Kelsey Mitchell, Erica Wheeler, and Tiffany Mitchell are all viable options in this matchup. Hitting on the right one could be extremely important in determining how this slate turns out.
For the Storm, it all begins up top with Natasha Howard. The Storm have faced so much adversity this season, that bruised ribs for Howard probably won’t stop her from playing tonight. They need her in this game. Howard has an excellent matchup here, one in which she dominated during their first meeting. However, we’ll need to watch out for whether her ribs injury could slow her down. With the injury to Canada, Jewell Loyd has stepped up big time for her team. She’s playing at an extremely high level and will be counted on to deliver a home victory. She makes for an excellent play tonight. Mercedes Russell gets an interesting matchup against McCowan. It’s an exploitable spot for Russell and one she can turn into a ceiling-type game. Sami Whitcomb played well in the first meeting and will be relied upon here tonight. Shavonte Zellous will also get good run tonight as well. Finally, Alysha Clark gets a tough matchup and it is hard to see her doing much in this spot.
5-Star Play: Natasha Howard, Jewell Loyd, Candice Dupree
4-Star Play: Teaira McCowan, Mercedes Russell, Kelsey Mitchell, Erica Wheeler, Sami Whitcomb
Deep Value: Tiffany Mitchell
GPP Sleeper: Shavonte Zellous
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