The Sky just got dominated by Minnesota two days ago, so they'll be eager to get back on track when they host Chicago this evening. The WNBA odds show them as huge favorites.
The Sky are favored by a massive margin for tonight's matchup with San Antonio. They're laying as many as 11 points across the board at the top sportsbooks, which is easily the highest number on the board for Sunday. There are a couple of books that have a number of 11.5 available, for those daring to take a chance on the Stars.
SBR's WNBA Odds page currently has the O/U trading at 156.5 points. It's an interesting clash of styles here, as Chicago has been the league's most prolific offensive team, whereas San Antonio has been the worst. Then again, both teams have struggled (ranking eighth and 12th respectively) defensively.
Chicago's four-game winning streak came to a crashing end when the team lost in a big way to Minnesota on the road two nights ago. The Sky shot 35.6 percent from the floor overall and hit just 2-of-16 (12.5 percent) from beyond the arc. However, it was defensively where Chicago really came up short, as they allowed the Stars to shoot 44.6 percent on their way to 84 points.
Elena Delle Donne finished with 14 points (5-of-15 shooting), nine rebounds and three blocks, while Jessica Breland and Clarrisa Dos Santos combined for 25 points and 24 rebounds, yet it still wasn't enough. Having averaged 86.5 points per game for the season, Chicago's 66 points were very disappointing.
As it stands, the Sky remain one game back of New York for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. They could stand to find a little more balance and improve defensively, but their sheer offensive output is going to keep them competitive more often than not. Delle Donne should have a field day against the Stars tonight and is likely to be the catalyst for a blowout win.
San Antonio Stars
The Stars were able to grab their fourth win of the season two nights ago, at home against Tulsa. It was a solid all-around effort from San Antonio, especially on the defensive end of the court.
Three different members of the Stars reached double figures in the victory. Sophia Young-Malcolm recorded 18 points, seven rebounds, two steals and an assist, Danielle Robinson had 16 points, seven boards and three dimes (and seven turnovers), and Danielle Adams came off the bench to put up 10 points and five rebounds.
It was a rare bright spot in what's turning out to be a rough season for the Stars, who finished 16-18 last season. San Antonio really hasn't been doing much of anything well, ranking 11th in team scoring and eighth in scoring defense, and they've been in the bottom half of the league in many of the other major statistical categories too.
Of course we're a little hesitant to lay so many points, but at the end of the day, the Sky have the firepower in place to cover this type of number. And, we don't really have any faith at all in San Antonio.
The Stars may have been able to win their last time out, but they have still yet to win a single game on the road this season. That's right: eight road games, eight defeats. Needless to say, we feel good about staying far away from San Antonio for the forseeable future, no matter how many points they get as a head start.
So, with our WNBA picks, we're going to be adding Chicago, as we think Delle Donne and the Sky will have little trouble bouncing back from the loss to the Lynx and dismantling the Stars.
Free Pick: Chicago Sky -11