Connecticut Sun vs Indiana Fever Odds, Picks | WNBA Betting Preview (May 19)
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Sun vs. Fever Odds
-108 / -112
-108 / -112
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The Aliyah Boston Era gets underway in Indiana on Friday, as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft makes her official WNBA debut.
There’s a lot to be excited for with this young and hungry Fever team, even beyond Boston. Kelsey Mitchell has proven herself an excellent offensive player, even on recent iterations of this Fever team that have struggled greatly. NaLyssa Smith had a stellar rookie season and then shined even brighter in the offseason.
The pairing of Smith’s offense and Boston’s defense in the post could give teams serious issues when they reach their potential.
However, the Fever are still a very young and very unproven team.
The Sun are on the exact opposite end of the spectrum. They have a roster that has been together for several seasons, with a couple key changes this offseason, but a core that has done plenty of winning together. The Sun lost Jonquel Jones and Courtney Williams in the offseason, but in Brionna Jones (in-house) and Tiffany Hayes (from Atlanta), they have a pretty impressive duo ready and waiting to step up to fill those gaps.
Their new head coach, Stephanie White, is looking to overhaul the team philosophy in a manner similar to how Becky Hammon came in and modernized the Aces offense.
Along those lines, I like a look at the over here. But I am going to be targeted with it and look to the first quarter. This Sun team still has one of the best starting fives in the W, and this Fever team really liked to push the pace last season. I see these two coming out of the gate firing, and as such am looking at over 40.5 -115 in the first quarter.
I also will be looking at Alyssa Thomas player props when they are released, as I project her for an increase in both rebounds and assists this season.
The Picks: First quarter over 40.5; Alyssa Thomas over rebounds + assists
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