Can Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks extend their winning ways as the hottest team in the league this coming week? Can the defending champion Washington Mystics pick up a much-needed victory when they battle the lowly Atlanta Dream? Last, but certainly not least, will the similarly red-hot Chicago Sky take care of business when they take on Breanna Stewart and the top-ranked Seattle Storm in their nationally-televised showdown on Saturday? With the 2020 WNBA regular season now past the midway point of its shortened 22-game campaign, it’s time to take a look at the top games on the docket for the coming week so you can put your bets against their WNBA odds.
WNBA Top Games of the Week to Bet On (August 25th – 30th)
Indiana Fever (5-8) at Seattle (11-3)
Indiana has dropped three of their last four heading into the new week, including an 87-76 loss against Chicago on Saturday. Candice Dupree led Indiana with 18 points, Kelsey Mitchell scored 16, and Natalie Achonwa 15, but the Fever never led. Seattle sits atop the WNBA standings, but the Storm have dropped two straight, including a 82-74 loss against Las Vegas on Saturday. Breanna Stewart scored a game-high 29 points, but Seattle wasn’t able to overcome a 16-point halftime deficit. Still, though, the Storm are the easy pick in this one as they will be highly motivated to get back in the win column.
- Pick: Seattle 86 Indiana 81
- When: Tuesday, August 25 at 10:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN2
Washington Mystics (4-9) at Atlanta Dream (3-11)
The defending champion Mystics have dropped two straight heading into the new week including a heartbreaking 88-87 loss against Phoenix on Sunday as Diana Taurasi scored a game-high 34 points. Atlanta snapped a nine-game losing streak by getting past Minnesota 78-75 on Sunday as Betnijah Laney had 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to lead the way to victory. I like the Dream in this one, seeing as how they’ve put up a great effort in each of their last three games.
- Pick: Atlanta 86 Washington 81
- When: Wednesday, August 26 at 7:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN2
Chicago Sky (10-4) at Indiana Fever (5-8)
Chicago is riding the wave of a four-game winning streak into the new week including their 87-76 win over Indy on Saturday. As previously stated, Indiana will look to bounce back in this meeting after falling to the Sky on Saturday. While the Fever are deemed the ‘home’ team in this matchup, it really won’t matter as Chicago is the much better defensive team in this affair. Expect another nearly identical win for the red-hot Sky in this one.
- Pick: Chicago 85 Indiana 79
- When: Thursday, August 27 at 7:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN2
Los Angeles Sparks (10-3) at Connecticut Sun (6-8)
Los Angeles has won seven straight including a thrilling 84-81 win over Dallas on Sunday as Candace Parker scored 22 points and added 14 rebounds and six assists to lead the way to victory. Connecticut has won five of their last seven including a convincing 82-65 smackdown of New York on Saturday as Alyssa Thomas scored a team-high 25 points and DeWanna Bonner added 14 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. While the Sun are playing well right now, L.A. is the better statistical team at both ends of the floor and will take care of business in their latest test.
- Pick: Los Angeles 86 Connecticut 79
- When: Friday, August 28 at 8:00 PM ET
- TV: CBSSN
Seattle Storm (11-3) at Chicago Sky (10-4)
Despite dropping two straight, Seattle has won eight of their last 10 and leads the league in scoring differential at +12.2 points per game. Chicago has won four straight and ranks second in the league to Las Vegas in scoring (87.1 ppg). With the Sky going a nearly perfect 6-1 at home this season and Seattle being a modest 4-3 on the road, I like Chicago to get the win in an absolute thriller.
- Pick: Chicago 83 Seattle 80
- When: Saturday, August 29 at 2:00 PM ET
- TV: ABC
Phoenix Mercury (7-7) at Minnesota Lynx (9-4)
Phoenix has gone 5-5 over their last 10 and comes into the new week fresh off a narrow 88-87 win over Washington on Sunday. Minnesota has won seven of their last 10 despite being on the wrong end of a narrow 78-75 loss against lowly Atlanta on Sunday. While the Mercury have the bigger ‘name’ players like Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner, in this matchup Minnesota is by far, the better defensive team. I like the Lynx to make a big statement in this one that they are indeed, legitimate title contenders.
- Pick: Minnesota 86 Phoenix 82
- When: Sunday, August 30 at 6:00 PM ET