WNBA Picks: Sun vs. Fever

Steven Suarez

Thursday, May 29, 2014 2:50 PM GMT

Thursday, May. 29, 2014 2:50 PM GMT

It hasn't been a good start for either the Fever or Sun, with both teams standing at 1-3 on the season. Indiana will check in as the WNBA betting favorites on their home floor – will they show up and pull off the cover for backers?

Odds Overview
Right now the Fever are favored by either 4.5 or 5 points, dependent on the sportsbook you utilize. There's been quite a bit of movement, as the opening lines were mostly at 5.5, with Pinnacle even starting their spread out at 7.5.

The total is currently trading at 141.

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Connecticut Sun
After four games, the Sun have only one win to their name, with that coming in their most recent appearance at home versus Seattle.

Before that, Connecticut had lost three straight, falling to New York (54-75) at home and then Minnesota (87-90 in overtime) and Chicago (68-78) on the road.

In the recent 71-59 victory over the Storm though, the Sun put it all together. Despite not having the most efficient game offensively, they were terrific defensively, holding Seattle to 37.3 percent shooting. They also dominated on the glass, out-rebounding their opponents 36-26 and out-scoring them 46-22 in the paint.

Rookie Chimey Ogwumike paced the team with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting and added seven rebounds and two steals. Allison Hightower, Alysssa Thomas and Kelsey Bone (off the bench) also scored in double figures for Connecticut.

The Sun have to be pleased with the production they're getting out of Ogwumike, who was the number one overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft. She's averaging 18.5 PPG and 7.5 RPG through the first four games of the season. Can she lead Connecticut to a win in Indiana tonight?


Indiana Fever
Just like the Sun, the Fever opened with three consecutive losses before finally getting their first victory this past weekend.

They opened with losses to Chicago (71-74) on the road and Atlanta (88-90) and Washington (63-79) at home, but they got their revenge against the Dream by beating them 82-77 in overtime on Sunday.

It was the Erlana Larkins show in the win. The forward had 13 points, 22 rebounds, six steals and four assists in what was one of the most dominant all-around performances we've seen in the WNBA so far this season.

Larkins was helped out by Briann January, who had 16 points and seven dimes, while Natasha Howard (12/4/2 with three steals) and Sydney Carter (14 points and four assists) also played their part in the much-needed win.

Could this be the confidence booster Indiana was looking for? It certainly helps that Larkins has been an absolute monster, averaging 11.3 PPG and 13.8 RPG (along with three steals and just over a block a game too) thus far. She should prove to be a handful for the Sun this evening.


WNBA Pick
Though Ogwumike immediately makes the Sun a much better team on both ends of the floor, we have to go with the Fever with our sports picks tonight.

Indiana should be able to build off their recent win, in which they showcased their toughness and grit in overtime against Atlanta. Whereas Connecticut has primarily been reliant on Ogwumike, the Fever can turn to a few different options to get them going, including Howard, January and Larkins.

With that being said, we feel as if Indiana is the right side. Take the home team to cover the 4.5 points for tonight's WNBA action.

WNBA Pick: Fever -4.5

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