The WNBA wasted no time wrapping up its All-Star weekend in Chicago and getting the rest of the season underway. In total, 17 games will be played from Tuesday through Sunday and many have playoff implications with a loaded field in the middle of the league table.
The Chicago Sky (16-6) have a two game lead on the Connecticut Sun (14-8) in the Eastern Conference. The Las Vegas Aces (15-7) have a half game lead on the Seattle Storm in the Western Conference.
Four teams have at least 14 wins while four teams also have 10 wins, and another with nine and another with eight. They all compete for eight playoff spots, causing a muddied up middle of the pack that could be thinned out by week’s end.
Here’s a look at some of the top games worth following and betting on this week. Let’s get right to it so you can place your bets against their WNBA Odds.
Top 2022 WNBA Games Worth Betting This Week (July 12th – 17th)
Atlanta Dream at Chicago Sky, Tuesday
The Chicago Sky have covered both regular season matchups against the Atlanta Dream this season, including a 106-100 overtime win last time out. It’s an interesting strength on strength battle with the Sky’s second best offense in the league against Atlanta’s defense, which is fourth best and forces teams to convert 41.2% of shots, the toughest rate in the league.
Atlanta (10-12) has the worst offense in the league though, scoring 77.7 points per game and has the second worst shooting percentage at 41.6%.
Las Vegas Aces at New York Liberty, Tuesday or Thursday
Tuesday’s game is the second meeting between the Aces and Liberty (9-13) of three in a week’s time. That includes a game on Thursday that may be the best to bet because of two recent games to show better trends.
Sabrina Ionescu had the first 30 point triple double in the Liberty’s 116-107 win in the desert last Wednesday. Han Xu scored 18 points off the bench going 11 for 12 from the field to aid efforts.
The Aces started the year 13-2 and since have struggled with a 2-5 mark before the needed All-Star break. It’ll be a tough test for first year coach Becky Hammon to get a strong second half start.
Washington Mystics at Phoenix Mercury, Thursday
The Mercury (10-14) have struggled more than some may think. The weight of not having star center Brittney Griner home yet after being detained in Russia in February has to be heavy. Their advocacy is noticeable.
One can’t make the correlation between the two other than her absence on the court is noticeable. Phoenix played in last year’s WNBA Finals and has great guard play but is lacking around the paint.
They Mystics (14-10) have had a great season and have benefitted from Elena Delle Donne’s presence. The 6 foot 5 forward is averaging 16.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
Connecticut Sun at Atlanta Dream, Friday
The Sun (14-8) hope to threaten the defending champs the rest of the season. Connecticut features five women in double figures, led by Jonquel Jones at 14.6 points per game. She was the league’s Most Valuable Player last season. Truly any person can beat opponents on a given night, and they match up with a Dream team hoping to continue their playoff push.
Las Vegas Aces at Connecticut Sun, Sunday
It isn’t an easy turnaround for the Sun, who at least get the benefit of being home. The Aces have the top scoring offense in the league and have a big three that averages at least 17 points per game. They are: Kelsey Plum, who just won All-Star Game MVP, at 19.9 ppg, A’ja Wilson at 18.5 ppg and Jackie Young at 17.1 ppg.
Atlanta Dream at Phoenix Mercury, Sunday
This is an important game for two teams jockeying for playoff position. A young Dream team is led by rookie Rhyne Howard, who averages 15.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. She’s one of five scorers in double figures, though Tiffany Hayes has played three games and Asia Durr 10. Some may remember Aari McDonald from Arizona’s Final Four team two years ago. She’s scoring 11.1 points per game.
The Mercury’s guards and wings have been great. Skylar Diggins-Smith leads the way at 18.9 points, 5.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. Diana Taurasi, one of the best to play in the league, is still going strong at 15.8 points and 4.1 assists per game. Newcomer Diamond DeShields and emotional leader Sophie Cunningham also average double figures.
Those are the top games to watch and bet on this week. Enjoy the action!
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