WNBA DFS Breakdown: Thursday

WNBA DFS Breakdown: Thursday

DraftKings and FanDuel Price Differences

Top 5 FanDuel

PLAYERPOSTEAMFanDuel Price% of BudgetDraftKings Price% of BudgetDifference
Dearica HambyFLVA600015.0%970019.40%-4.4%
Candace ParkerFLA640016.0%1000020.00%-4.0%
Nneka OgwumikeFLA830020.8%1170023.40%-2.7%
Kelsey PlumGLVA460011.5%700014.00%-2.5%
Brittney GrinerFPHO820020.5%1130022.60%-2.1%

Top 5 DraftKings

PLAYERPOSTEAMFanDuel Price% of BudgetDraftKings Price% of BudgetDifference
Amanda Zahui BFNY700017.5%690013.80%3.7%
Brianna TurnerFPHO400010.0%37007.40%2.6%
Sydney ColsonGLVA480012.0%49009.80%2.2%
Glory JohnsonFDAL670016.8%730014.60%2.2%
Reshanda GrayFNY550013.8%580011.60%2.2%

2019 Team Stats

2019 Advanced Team Offense Stats

2019 Advanced Team Defense Stats

2019 Advanced Opposition Scoring

Data from WNBA.com

Phoenix Mercury at Connecticut Sun

Injuries

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Phoenix

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Diana TaurasiGBackOUT8/4/2019
Sancho LyttleCKneeOUT8/8/2019
Essence CarsonGCalfOUT8/29/2019

Connecticut

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Layshia ClarendonGAnkleOUT9/8/2019

Vegas Odds: Connecticut -7.5 (Open: Connecticut -6.5)   Over/Under: 153.5 (Open: 151.5)

2019 Player Stats

Phoenix

PLAYERGGSMPGPPGOREBDREBRPGAPGSPGBPGFG%3P%FT%TOPF

Brittney Griner

191934.519.71.75.67.32.20.72.153.00.082.22.83.1

DeWanna Bonner

DraftKings and FanDuel Price Differences

Top 5 FanDuel

PLAYERPOSTEAMFanDuel Price% of BudgetDraftKings Price% of BudgetDifference
Dearica HambyFLVA600015.0%970019.40%-4.4%
Candace ParkerFLA640016.0%1000020.00%-4.0%
Nneka OgwumikeFLA830020.8%1170023.40%-2.7%
Kelsey PlumGLVA460011.5%700014.00%-2.5%
Brittney GrinerFPHO820020.5%1130022.60%-2.1%

Top 5 DraftKings

PLAYERPOSTEAMFanDuel Price% of BudgetDraftKings Price% of BudgetDifference
Amanda Zahui BFNY700017.5%690013.80%3.7%
Brianna TurnerFPHO400010.0%37007.40%2.6%
Sydney ColsonGLVA480012.0%49009.80%2.2%
Glory JohnsonFDAL670016.8%730014.60%2.2%
Reshanda GrayFNY550013.8%580011.60%2.2%

2019 Team Stats

2019 Advanced Team Offense Stats

2019 Advanced Team Defense Stats

2019 Advanced Opposition Scoring

Data from WNBA.com

Phoenix Mercury at Connecticut Sun

Injuries

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Phoenix

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Diana TaurasiGBackOUT8/4/2019
Sancho LyttleCKneeOUT8/8/2019
Essence CarsonGCalfOUT8/29/2019

Connecticut

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Layshia ClarendonGAnkleOUT9/8/2019

Vegas Odds: Connecticut -7.5 (Open: Connecticut -6.5)   Over/Under: 153.5 (Open: 151.5)

2019 Player Stats

Phoenix

PLAYERGGSMPGPPGOREBDREBRPGAPGSPGBPGFG%3P%FT%TOPF

Brittney Griner

191934.519.71.75.67.32.20.72.153.00.082.22.83.1

DeWanna Bonner

191933.919.11.26.17.32.71.40.539.731.993.81.41.3

Leilani Mitchell

171229.611.90.42.93.24.30.60.243.244.879.21.52.4

Briann January

191929.96.50.31.21.53.71.10.137.334.790.51.62.1

Essence Carson

171320.96.20.52.12.61.60.60.433.930.388.00.61.1

Yvonne Turner

14719.85.20.42.32.62.20.70.135.132.391.71.81.1

Diana Taurasi

1116.05.00.03.03.04.00.00.00.00.083.31.02.0

Sancho Lyttle

13215.13.70.92.43.30.40.60.241.225.062.50.51.7

Camille Little

14012.43.40.61.72.40.70.10.450.042.972.20.81.1

Sophie Cunningham

17312.13.00.21.51.70.80.40.235.930.488.90.61.7

Brianna Turner

1405.01.10.60.91.50.40.10.153.30.00.00.20.9

Alanna Smith

1707.51.10.61.42.10.20.30.321.111.850.00.51.1

Connecticut

PLAYERGGSMPGPPGOREBDREBRPGAPGSPGBPGFG%3P%FT%TOPF

Jonquel Jones

202029.715.93.27.110.31.41.22.447.030.476.32.22.7

Jasmine Thomas

202029.912.10.62.63.25.61.50.140.939.781.82.61.7

Alyssa Thomas

202030.311.22.75.07.63.22.00.549.50.057.61.92.6

Courtney Williams

202028.111.11.34.45.63.31.00.438.247.475.61.41.5

Shekinna Stricklen

202023.08.70.21.71.81.21.00.339.638.178.60.92.5

Layshia Clarendon

9015.36.20.81.72.42.10.30.041.910085.70.90.8

Bria Holmes

20014.25.40.41.11.50.90.60.341.428.660.70.81.1

Rachel Banham

20012.64.20.01.21.21.00.30.133.331.560.01.01.2

Morgan Tuck

1909.73.40.51.11.50.80.30.238.738.153.30.81.2

Natisha Hiedeman

709.13.10.40.91.31.00.40.140.044.41001.00.9

Brionna Jones

1607.72.81.40.82.20.30.20.341.00.054.50.61.2

Kristine Anigwe

1507.42.20.91.01.90.20.30.331.40.073.30.71.1

The Skinny

The Sun (14-6) have been playing out of this world, winning five straight games and maintaining the best record in the league. During Connecticut's most recent win over the Aces, Jonquel Jones dropped 27 points and 11 rebounds. She's the Sun's leading scorer (15.9 PPG) and the league's leading rebounder (10.3 RPG). Jasmine Thomas also played well Tuesday, posting 18 points. She's the team's leading passer, dropping 5.6 dimes per contest.

The Mercury (10-9) will look to overcome a status as 7.5-point underdogs in this matchup. Phoenix's most recent matchup was a loss to Washington, though there were some impressive individual efforts. The Mercury's leading scorer and rebounder on the season, Brittney Griner (19.7 PPG, 7.3 RPG), dropped 30 points, while DeWanna Bonner added 25 herself. Leilani Mitchell made the most noise, however. The Mercury's leading passer (4.3 APG) tied a WNBA record with eight three-pointers made, racking up a career-high 28 points in the process.

New York Liberty at Dallas Wings

Injuries

Note: All return dates are just estimates

New York

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Kiah StokesCPersonalOUT10/1/2019

Dallas

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Skylar Diggins-SmithGPersonalOUT8/10/2019
Moriah JeffersonGNot Injury RelatedOUT8/10/2019
Azura StevensFFootOUT8/22/2019
Tayler HillGKneeOUT5/2/2020

Vegas Odds: Dallas -1.5 (Open: Dallas -1)    Over/Under: 151 (Open: 152.5)

2019 Player Stats

New York

PLAYERGGSMPGPPGOREBDREBRPGAPGSPGBPGFG%3P%FT%TOPF

Tina Charles

191931.417.21.85.87.61.90.80.635.918.278.72.62.7

Kia Nurse

191931.515.40.61.92.52.10.90.240.735.589.71.71.7

Asia Durr

151328.210.40.21.31.51.70.70.546.331.180.01.32.1

Amanda Zahui B

131325.59.51.26.27.30.61.02.045.836.483.31.73.3

Marine Johannes

4016.39.00.31.82.01.30.50.572.263.61001.81.5

Bria Hartley

9523.48.91.12.83.94.01.10.031.030.480.61.91.7

Brittany Boyd

191722.86.20.53.13.65.31.70.239.726.777.32.72.1

Reshanda Gray

19618.16.12.54.26.70.80.80.349.510054.30.93.4

Rebecca Allen

9116.25.70.71.72.30.80.40.936.539.11000.62.2

Tanisha Wright

16218.04.80.62.02.63.71.20.341.236.476.51.91.7

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe

13011.53.21.51.22.70.40.20.251.450.057.10.81.3

Han Xu

908.03.00.10.91.00.20.20.248.040.050.00.00.4

Dallas

PLAYERGGSMPGPPGOREBDREBRPGAPGSPGBPGFG%3P%FT%TOPF

Arike Ogunbowale

191429.014.20.71.92.62.40.90.133.928.481.41.42.2

Kayla Thornton

201830.610.82.23.85.91.91.00.334.125.393.51.72.0

Allisha Gray

201528.89.11.53.14.62.41.00.543.921.683.91.42.7

Glory Johnson

14824.18.11.35.16.41.11.50.441.841.337.51.21.9

Isabelle Harrison

171524.17.41.92.94.81.40.81.143.60.071.41.82.2

Kaela Davis

20818.06.40.61.62.12.10.40.235.440.088.22.32.1

Theresa Plaisance

201017.66.21.13.64.61.70.30.836.233.885.01.32.4

Azurá Stevens

9116.04.81.71.93.60.60.61.135.811.180.01.01.3

Imani McGee-Stafford

20611.03.91.52.33.80.40.60.546.850.050.01.31.7

Megan Gustafson

1108.33.60.81.92.70.50.20.162.50.083.30.50.3

Tayler Hill

4212.33.30.50.81.30.80.30.030.816.780.00.01.0

Brooke McCarty-Williams

20314.92.60.31.11.42.40.50.126.232.485.70.91.2

Skylar Diggins-Smith

000.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

Moriah Jefferson

000.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

The Skinny

New York's Tina Charles enters the contest sporting the highest usage rate (31.1) in the league for any player that has played more than one game. She bounced back from a down stretch to notch her fourth double-double of the season last Thursday, collecting 13 points and 11 boards to go along with four assists and three blocks. Charles, Kia Nurse and Bria Hartley all top four free-throw attempts per contest, which may play up against a Wings club that sends the opposition to the stripe 19 times per game. Nurse may also be able to take advantage of the Wings' troubles guarding the deep shot, with the opposition converting at a 35.8 percent rate. Marine Johannes could be a sleeper candidate to provide some scoring from deep off the bench.

New York is equally poor on the defensive end of the floor and allows slate-worst marks for opponent points off turnovers (17.5), second chance points (12.7) and points in the paint (33.4). The team's struggles on the glass should open the door for Glory Johnson and Kayla Thornton to take advantage inside. Johnson didn't play the last time these two clubs met, but Thornton collected a season-high 20 points and added nine boards for one of her better outings of the year. 

Las Vegas Aces at Los Angeles Spark

Injuries

Note: All return dates are just estimates

Las Vegas

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
A'ja WilsonCAnkleOUT8/10/2019
Lindsay AllenGKneeOUT5/1/2020

Los Angeles

NamePosInjuryStatusReturn
Alana BeardGHamstringGTD8/1/2019
Candace ParkerFAnkleGTD8/1/2019
Alexis JonesGKneeGTD8/1/2019
Maria VadeevaCKneeGTD8/1/2019
Riquna WilliamsGSuspensionSUSP8/22/2019

Vegas Odds: Los Angeles -1.5 (Open: Even)     Over/Under: 154.5 (Open: 156)

2019 Player Stats

Las Vegas

PLAYERGGSMPGPPGOREBDREBRPGAPGSPGBPGFG%3P%FT%TOPF

A'ja Wilson

171728.415.81.45.26.62.20.61.548.80.078.02.31.9

Liz Cambage

191724.715.31.86.68.42.40.71.747.618.278.41.92.3

Kayla McBride

202029.214.80.73.74.32.51.30.147.447.492.11.91.2

Dearica Hamby

20321.510.92.04.96.91.61.10.553.440.070.81.92.1

Kelsey Plum

202026.27.90.52.73.13.21.10.234.633.390.51.82.4

Jackie Young

202022.15.50.62.43.04.41.00.332.330.471.01.41.6

Tamera Young

20017.05.11.12.13.21.50.80.137.040.063.91.31.5

Sydney Colson

19012.53.80.10.70.72.31.30.248.958.380.01.31.1

Sugar Rodgers

20013.23.50.21.71.91.30.30.434.233.350.00.91.1

Carolyn Swords

1837.72.20.51.41.90.40.30.241.00.087.50.80.9

JiSu Park

1507.70.90.51.01.50.50.30.221.40.028.60.30.7

Los Angeles

PLAYERGGSMPGPPGOREBDREBRPGAPGSPGBPGFG%3P%FT%TOPF

Maria Vadeeva

1124.024.01.04.05.01.02.03.055.050.00.03.03.0

Nneka Ogwumike

181830.116.62.66.89.42.01.80.647.241.783.92.33.3

Chelsea Gray

191931.413.20.53.64.15.51.20.140.035.994.72.71.5

Chiney Ogwumike

191326.511.73.43.97.41.21.21.047.933.381.61.33.5

Riquna Williams

15625.411.50.52.12.71.71.30.137.740.088.91.32.3

Candace Parker

7723.48.00.95.66.42.71.00.631.727.876.53.01.0

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

191825.67.30.71.92.72.20.60.839.841.780.81.02.4

Kalani Brown

18015.35.21.42.53.90.60.30.844.90.080.01.31.8

Alexis Jones

7115.04.70.01.11.12.40.10.138.738.580.01.31.7

Marina Mabrey

19013.74.60.31.11.41.30.70.332.326.891.70.90.8

Sydney Wiese

17918.54.50.21.21.41.20.60.434.634.61001.20.8

Alana Beard

7316.63.60.11.41.62.01.00.138.50.083.30.61.1

The Skinny

The highest expected scoring game on the slate, the Aces enter the contest having won eight of their last nine games. Road games typically result in much closer contests for the club and things have changed a lot since the two teams met in the season opener. For one, the Aces will be without star forward A'ja Wilson yet again as she continues to recover from an ankle injury. That has led the club to run its offense through Liz Cambage, who continues to rack up massive numbers on a nightly basis. The Sparks aren't particularly strong on the offensive glass, so Thursday could be another opportunity for her to rack up boards. Dearica Hamby has seen the biggest jump in minutes in the three games without Wilson and presents a significantly larger value on FanDuel than DraftKings for Thursday's slate.

Los Angeles figures to get back a number of key pieces back and they will likely need against an Aces defense that paints the charts above red on the defensive end of the floor. The Aces opponents typically shoot a large volume of deep shots, which has resulted in a slate-high 7.3 three-point makes per contest. Maria Vadeeva is listed as probable to return to action this season and knocked down two of her four three-point attempts in her only other contest this season. She could have a good shot to improve on that number Thursday. Nneka Ogwumike also fits into the category and also adds the her defensive skill set in the passing lanes, which may be able to take advantage of the Aces struggles with turnovers on the offensive end of the floor, leading to a slate-high 8.9 opponent steals per game.

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