Friday WNBA Picks of The Day

Friday, August 23, 2019 3:43 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 3:43 PM UTC

With playoff position up for grabs on Friday in Connecticut and Chicago, it’s a huge Thursday night of WNBA. Let’s get a run started to close out the W regular season with some more profitable picks!
<div><p style="text-align:right"><em>Jordan’s WNBA Picks 46-43-3</em></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Las Vegas Aces at Connecticut Sun</strong></h2><p>Big time playoff implications are on the line <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Friday night in Connecticut, as the Aces come cross-country for what could be a playoff preview</a>. As win for the Aces would vault them into second place and a double bye in the playoffs next month, while a win for the Sun would allow them to stay in that spot, and potentially move up if the Sky upset the Mystics (more on that in a minute).</p><p>These two split their first two meetings of the season, but this is the first game they have played on the East Coast, and the Sun have played a lot better at home this season than they have at times on the road.</p><p>For instance, they allowed Vegas 89 points in their last game against one another, but at home this season, the Sun are allowing only 91.4 points per 100 possessions, which ranks second-best in the league.</p><p>Not only that, but the Aces are the league’s best road defense this season, giving up just 92.2 points per 100 possessions. While pace could increase, it might also go down if the Sun have their way.</p><p>Vegas likes to play fast, but in their win against Vegas way back on June 2, the Sun limited the Aces to only 64 shot attempts and forced 21 turnovers.</p><p>Granted, Liz Cambage was still coming off the bench at that point in the season, but with her in the starting lineup now, there is going to be a war tonight between these two team’s frontcourts. I expect both teams to clog the paint up on defense and play risky on the perimeter with plenty of stopping power behind them.</p><p>With playoff positioning on the line, I expect this game to played more like a playoff game. It will be intense, emotions will be high, and it could get physical as well. All this will lead to less points if the refs swallow their whistles and let them play it like a postseason game.</p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";book=Heritage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>My Pick: UNDER @ Heritage</strong></a></p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Washington Mystics at Chicago Sky</strong></h2><p>I was all set to pound the over on this game until the line opened at 173.5 and now I have to reconsider. However, undoubtedly this game will still be high scoring, but with Kristi Toliver still sitting out for the Mystics, the chances for a backdoor cover and/or upset of the <a href="" target="_blank">Mystics is a little too high for my liking</a>.</p><p>However, that doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of a soft line that’s being hung on this game. Both times these two faced one another earlier in the season, the first quarter was by far the fastest and highest scoring parts of the game for both teams.</p><p>They scored a combined 52 and 49 points respectfully in their first two first quarters, and I see no reason why it won’t happen again.</p><p>Chicago is allowing 105 points per 100 possessions in the first quarter of their games this season, while the Mystics are averaging 119.2, which is the best in the league.</p><p>Chicago is also scoring over 105 points per 100 possessions in the first quarter this season. Add in Washington’s increased first-quarter pace on the road and a defensive rating of 98.6 in 14 road first quarters this season and the over is looking juicy.</p><p>In their two matchups this season they played at a pace over 100 in the first quarter, while Chicago had a first-quarter defensive rating of 126.2.</p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>My Pick: OVER 1Q @ 5Dimes</strong></a></p></div>
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