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Jenni LaCroix 55d

WNBA Betting and Fantasy Tips for Monday


Each day of the WNBA season, our team of fantasy and betting experts breaks down every game on the slate, making note of everything from injuries and lineup changes to recent trends and more.

All odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook. Times are ET.

Here's what to look for Monday's slate:

New York Liberty at Dallas Wings

8 p.m. ET, College Park Center, Arlington, Texas

Line: Wings -4
Money line: Wings (-165); Liberty (+140)
Total: 160.5 points
BPI chance to win: Wings 68.8%

Ruled out: Arike Ogunbowale (hip); Satou Sabally (ankle)

Dallas and New York currently are in the sixth and seventh spots in the standings. The Wings have a 99.6% chance to make the playoffs and will clinch a playoff spot with a win. But they are struggling with some injuries with two of their top four remaining scorers out for this matchup (Ogunbowale and Sabally). The Liberty have turned it around recently, winning four of their last six games after a five game losing streak.

When looking at the Wings, I would say the best pickup is Kayla Thornton, if available (available in 47.5% of leagues). With Sabally out for this game (she has missed the last nine games), Thornton will get more touches. This season when Sabally doesn't play, Thornton's scoring numbers definitely increase; she averages 9.8 PPG without Sabally (4.8 with her). Since Satou missed her first game July 14, Thornton has been on a tear, averaging 12.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.2 APG and 1.1 SPG (averaging 24.8 fantasy points per game during that span).

On the Liberty side, I would pick up center Stefanie Dolson (available in 74.2% of leagues). She's not going to score a ton of points, but she will fill up the box score in fantasy. She has scored 15 or more fantasy points in five of her last six games and has had multiple assists in five of her last six games as well.

Best bet: Wings -165. Analysis.

I'm picking Dallas to win outright. Some might question my though process here because they will be missing leading scorer Arike Ogunbowale, but the team has proven it can win without her. The Wings are 2-0 without her this season (Aug. 2-4) and they beat the top two teams in the league in those two games without her (Aces and Sky). This is also a potential playoff-clinching game for them, so I think there is extra motivation to make sure they make the postseason. Also, the Liberty are one of the worst teams on the road; they are 5-10, tied for the third-worst record in the league. The Wings have also won five straight home games against the Liberty and haven't lost a home game to New York since September of 2017.

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