Mercury center Brittney Griner is the second-leading scorer in the league at 20.5 points per game and Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale finished fifth in scoring at 18.7 points per game. Last season, Ogunbowale earned the honor of scoring champion.
In two games this season against their first-round opponent, the Liberty, Griner tallied 55 points on 21-of-33 shooting. As great of a defender as Natasha Howard is, the seven inches of height are impossible to overcome. BG is *that* good — and at 6-foot-9, she’s lapping the entire league in dunks made!
The spread is set for the Mercury at -10.5, meaning Phoenix needs to win the game by 11 points or more to cover the spread. The more enticing bet may be on a game prop for what the score will be at halftime. Phoenix is favored at -5.5, meaning they’d need to lead by six or more points to cover the spread. Griner, whose over/under for points is set at 25.5, can get them there in a hurry.
If you’re feeling uneasy at the idea of wagering against Sabrina Lonescu and Betnijah Laney, maybe you’ll like siding with debatably the most clutch hooper in the world. Ogunbowale, who hit the NCAA championship and Final Four’s game-winning shots in the same weekend for Notre Dame in 2018, is competing in her first-ever playoff game. This could be FUN (for Dallas fans)!
Ogunbowale’s over/under for points is set at 18.5, and at the rate she’s expected to fire up shots, that could be too low. That’s why the Wings-Sky halftime prop at Chicago -2 is so appealing. Dallas can cover the spread if it leads at halftime or is losing by just one point.
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A relentless scorer can take a game by herself in a win-or-go-home setting, and Ogunbowale and Griner are going to establish their offense early. A game prop for their teams leading at halftime could be the smart choice. .