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3 WNBA Prop Bets to Target for Friday 5/31/24

Aidan Cotter
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3 WNBA Prop Bets to Target for Friday 5/31/24

The WNBA season is rolling along, and FanDuel Sportsbook's WNBA odds offer a slew of ways to get in on the action via point spreads, totals, moneylines and player props.

In this article, we'll focus on the day's top prop bets. Let's dig in.

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WNBA Prop Bets

Tyasha Harris Over 9.5 Points (-108)

The Dallas Wings are allowing the third-most points per game this season in large part thanks to their league-leading pace.

That bodes well for some Connecticut Sun points props, leading me to Tyasha Harris.

Harris has played well in a starting role for the Sun this season, averaging 10.3 points and 3.2 assists per game. She's shooting a career-best 44.2% from the field despite coming off her worst game of the season. In Connecticut's most recent win, Harris managed just three points on 1-of-4 shooting.

That marked the third time in six games she was held to single-digit points, but she notched at least 15 in the other three outings.

The Sun do have several options to turn to on offense, but Harris has been one of their key players thus far. She currently ranks fourth on the team in minutes (29.6) and fifth in field-goal attempts (8.7) per game. Her 1.8 three-points per game and 45.8% mark from beyond the arc both lead the team.

Tonight, Harris has +102 odds for 2-plus made threes, something she did in all three of her double-digit scoring games. That's another way to play her in an advantageous matchup, though we could also look to dive into the alternative points market. She has +560 odds to score 15+ points.

Tina Charles Over 8.5 Rebounds (-102)

Atlanta Dream forward Tina Charles hasn't missed a beat in her return to action after missing the entire 2023 season.

Five games in, Charles is averaging 14.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game on 50.8% shooting.

Despite that high rebounding average, Charles' production has been a bit sporadic. She's grabbed at least 11 rebounds three times, including a 15-board night in their most recent outing, but failed to reach five rebounds in the other two games. Notably, those three big rebounding performances came in the three games she saw at least 30 minutes of action.

But the Dream will square off with the Las Vegas Aces tonight in a game where I'd expect Charles to see all the run she can handle. That makes her rebounds prop of 8.5 uber-appealing, especially with -102 odds toward the over.

The two-time defending champs are off to a strong, 4-1 start, but that hasn't stopped opponents from racking up big rebounding totals against them. Despite ranking fifth in total rebound rate, the Aces' third-ranked pace has caused them to let up the fourth-most rebounds per game.

We've also seen Charles have success on the glass against Vegas before. She last faced the Aces in the 2022 playoffs, during which she averaged 10.4 rebounds per game and snagged at least nine boards in three of four games.

Having already recorded 14 and 15-rebound games, I'd certainly be interested in digging into some of the alternate markets, too. Charles has +150 odds to record 10+ rebounds, +375 odds to record 12+ rebounds, and +870 odds to record 14+ rebounds.

Diana Taurasi Under 2.5 Assists (-114)

Through seven games, Diana Taurasi is averaging just 1.1 assists per game for the Phoenix Mercury.

She's failed to crack three assists in all seven outings and has only recorded two dimes three times.

So, with her assists prop set at 2.5 for tonight's road date with the Minnesota Lynx, I'm happy to fade the 41-year-old's playmaking.

Part of that is how assists-averse she's been this season, but most of it has to do with the matchup. The Lynx have been one of the biggest surprises early on as they currently sit in fourth place with a 4-2 record. With a top-three defense and offense, the Mercury could be hard-pressed to keep things competitive. As of Friday afternoon, Phoenix is a 7.0-point underdog in a game with a measly 164.0-point total.

Minnesota has given up the third-fewest assists per game, and they've played at the second-slowest pace. There just haven't been many opportunities for opposing guards to rack up dimes against the Lynx, especially given Taurasi's downtick in usage.

Her current 23.4% usage rate still ranks second on the Mercury, but it's on pace to be the lowest of her career. With Kahleah Copper (32.6%) and Natasha Cloud (19.9%) also handling on the perimeter, Taurasi faces an uphill battle racking up assists on such a guard-heavy active roster.

At -114 odds, I'll happily grab Diana Taurasi under 2.5 assists -- a line she has yet to go over in 2024.


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