Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut plays host to the 2015 edition of the WNBA All-Star Game. Can we exploit the basketball betting odds for Saturday's exhibition?
There are a number of different numbers out there for the taking when it comes to the WNBA odds for the All-Star Game. Some sites have the line at a pick'em, while others have the West favored by either a point or two points. Sort through the lines yourself and get the best number you can by using SBRodds.com.
Just like the NBA All-Star Game, we can expect little to no defense to be played, which is why the total for Saturday's game is all the way up at 225 points.
The East team is highlighted by Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne, who has been totally dominating the WNBA all season long. Delle Donne was a no-brainer pick and finished with more votes than any other player. She currently leads the league in scoring and is ranked second in rebounding, and she'll be the favorite to take home the MVP honors in the All-Star Game.
Rounding out the starting five for the Eastern Conference will be Shoni Schimmel, Tamika Catchings, Angel McCoughtry and Tina Charles.
Schimmel was the MVP of last year's All-Star Game and will get the nod again, despite a forgettable first half of the season for the Dream in which she averaged just 5.0 points per game. Her teammate, McCoughtry, is the one who carried the load for Atlanta, averaging 20.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG and 3.5 APG over the first half.
For Indiana, Catchings has been an instrumental part of the team's early success, having put up a team-best 12.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest. And, as for Charles, she'll be making her fourth straight All-Star appearance and is another slam dunk choice for the starting five. She's been the heart and soul of a New York squad that's raced out to a 12-5 start.
The East will also feature the likes of Cappie Pondexter, as well as Washington duo Stefanie Dolson and Emma Meesseman.
Two of the West's five starters will be unavailable due to injury, those being Tulsa's Skylar Diggins and Minnesota's Seimone Augustus. Diggins was the leading vote-getter within the Western Conference despite only playing nine games before suffering her season-ending injury.
The other three starters are Maya Moore, Brittney Griner and Candice Dupree, all of whom are more than deserving of their sports.
Moore ranks third in the WNBA in scoring (20.7 PPG) but has been doing a little bit of everything, averaging 7.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists a game. She's had to take on even more responsibility now that teammate Seimone Augustus is out injured, and she's been doing just fine in that regard.
That Phoenix tandem, meanwhile, has been hard at work as well. Griner had to sit out to start the season, but she's returned emphatically and has been a huge part of the Mercury's recent success. Dupree meanwhile has averaged 14.5 points per game, forming a big three in Phoenix alongside DeWanna Bonner.
Other notable players on the West squad include Nneka Ogwumike, Jantel Lavender and Sue Bird, along with the aforementioned Bonner.
After some careful consideration, we've opted to stake our claim on the West's side for Saturday.
Delle Done, McCoughtry and Charles is a tough trio to contend with, but the Western Conference appear to have more depth, and they've got some star quality in the form of Moore and Griner too. That one-two punch is going to be mighty difficult to stop.
It's obviously never easy picking out the best spots when it comes to All-Star games, but we like the look of the West's roster and will therefore back them with our WNBA picks.
WNBA Pick: Western Conference -160 at 5Dimes