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WNBA Betting Picks and Player Props to Target for Tuesday 5/28/24

Aidan Cotter
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WNBA Betting Picks and Player Props to Target for Tuesday 5/28/24

The WNBA is back, and fans and bettors alike can get into the action on FanDuel Sportsbook.

The W's 40-game season offers a wide variety of betting options, including point spreads, moneylines, and totals. While there's a lot to sift through, advanced stats from the WNBA can help us find an edge in the betting market.

Let's dive into the WNBA odds on FanDuel Sportsbook and find today's best bets.

Please note lines are subject to change throughout the day after this article is published.

WNBA Best Bets

Los Angeles Sparks at Indiana Fever

Dearica Hamby Over 10.5 Rebounds (-114)

The Dearica Hamby revenge tour is on, and it is glorious.

After averaging just 8.9 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Los Angeles Sparks in 2023, Hamby has thrived as a full-time starter this season. She's put up 20.6 points and a league-best 13.2 rebounds a night through five games, starting all five and playing 36.4 minutes per game.

Hamby has grabbed at least 12 rebounds in four of five games thus far, including 12 in last Friday's matchup with the Indiana Fever.

But, for tonight's rematch, Hamby's rebounds prop is down at 10.5 on FanDuel Sportsbook. At -114 odds, that's a line I'm all over tonight.

Hamby has always been a strong rebounder; she just hasn't always gotten the playing time to rack up monster numbers. But she's averaged at least 9.0 rebounds per 36 minutes in six of the last seven seasons. Now that she's getting the opportunity to play big minutes for the rebuilding Sparks, her per-game numbers have skyrocketed.

We've already seen her go over this line against Indiana, and nothing about their side should deter her from doing so again tonight.

The Fever have the third-worst total rebound rate in the W, but they also have the third-worst offensive rebound rate. That bodes especially well for Hamby's chances of securing at least 11 boards considering 11.4 of her 13.2 rebounds per game come on the defensive end. Her 30.3% defensive rebound rate leads all players averaging at least 10 minutes per game.

On top of that, Indiana is in the bottom half of the league in field goal percentage. The Sparks held them to 42% shooting last week, so there should be ample missed shots for Hamby to gobble up.

While Dearica Hamby's rebounds prop has been trending up, it still doesn't reflect how productive she's been on the glass. In an advantageous matchup, look for her to continue dominating the interior, going over this 10.5-rebound prop in the process.

Seattle Storm at Chicago Sky

Sky 1st Half Winner (+118)

The Chicago Sky have been one of the bigger surprises of the early WNBA season. Chicago is 2-2 thus far, but they've already picked up a road win against the New York Liberty and hung tough against the Connecticut Sun. They have the fifth-best net rating in the W despite playing three of their first four games on the road.

The Seattle Storm are also up there for biggest surprise, albeit for the wrong reasons. After acquiring Nneka Ogwumike and Skylar Diggins-Smith in the offseason, the Storm had high expectations for 2024. They started off on a rough note by dropping three of their first four games but have since rattled off a pair of wins -- the most recent coming by 32 points.

Still, those two wins came against the Fever and Washington Mystics, teams currently in second-to-last and last place. The chemistry just hasn't been there for the Storm, particularly on the offensive end.

Seattle has the fourth-highest turnover rate and the worst effective field goal percentage thus far, culminating in a measly 96.7 offensive rating. They're one of just four teams averaging fewer than 100 points per 100 possessions.

The Sky, meanwhile, are one of just five teams allowing fewer than 100 points per 100 possessions. While the offense hasn't been as good, they did drop 90 and 82 points on New York and Connecticut -- teams ranked third and fourth in defensive rating.

In short, the Sky look friskier than expected, and the Storm haven't quite gelled yet.

That certainly makes Sky moneyline an intriguing wager at +116 odds, but I think we're getting a bit more value with the Sky to win the first half at +118.

Chicago has held the halftime lead in three of their first four games, and they have the fourth-best first half net rating in the W. Notably, they've held opponents to a 38.4% field goal percentage in the first half, second in the W. But in the second half, the Sky have allowed opponents to shoot 48.5%, second-to-last.

The Storm have led at half in three of their six games, but their offensive rating is over 5.0 points worse in the first half compared to the second.

After jumping out to early leads against the Sun and Liberty, the Sky are well-positioned to head into the break with yet another lead tonight against the Storm.


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