Sky vs. Storm WNBA Odds, Preview and Pick

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The last two WNBA champions are set to face off on Wednesday and while the Chicago Sky are at relatively full strength, the Seattle Storm could once again be without their best player and MVP on Wednesday. Keep reading for this WNBA matchup preview, odds, and a winning betting pick!

Chicago Sky vs. Seattle Storm

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – 10:00 PM EDT at Climate Pledge Arena

Seattle Storm Injury Report Updates

COVID-19 is still with us around the world and it’s becoming more evident by the day. A growing surge is once again claiming victims in the professional sports world and last week Breanna Stewart entered health and safety protocols. Today, Breanna Stewart was upgraded to questionable

Stewart has missed the last two games for the Storm, who have been dealing with a rash of early-season COVID-19 and injury absences.  

However, after lambasting the WNBA over notably horrible travel plans on commercial planes with a little masking, Breanna Stewart has a chance to come back tonight. Will it change WNBA travel plans? Probably not. It will, however, improve the Storm’s chances tonight a ton if she is able to play.  

Stewart to Contribute to Storm's Win

If Stewart is able to test negative and re-join her teammates tonight, it will be a welcome addition to this thinner and more top-heavy Strom roster. Jewel Lloyd has been carrying them through Stewart’s absence and with Epiphanny Prince back from protocols as well, the Storm as home underdogs are looking pretty nice if Stewart plays.  

That being said, there is also a chance Stewart sits out again tonight, which is where the sportsbooks seem to be putting these WNBA odds in the morning hours before the game.  

I would love to bet the Storm here as home dogs if I could guarantee Stewart will be back. That being said, I think the safe bet is on the total here for a couple of reasons other than Stewart’s status being up in the air.  

These two teams are two of the better defensive units in the WNBA this season and if Stewart sits again, I think the 'under' is in play. We’re already seeing some steam in that direction.  

Sky vs. Storm Betting Pick

Through three games, the Sky are second only to the Connecticut Sun in defensive rating and if the Storm don’t have Breanna Stewart in the lineup, the Sky won’t have a very hard time coming up with a sound defensive strategy to employ on the road here.  

Chicago is already playing very slow this season with a pace of 77.4 possessions per 40 minutes. Both of these teams are also comfortable playing slow, especially early in games. At least for the first half, I could see these two trying to grind each other down defensively in hopes of building a lead at the half.  

Both Chicago and Seattle play in the bottom third of the league in first-half pace this season across three and four games respectfully. It’s a small sample size, but it could also be an emerging trend.  

If the latter is the case, the first half under seems like a great play here. I’m expecting scoring to get off to a slow start and not recover until later in the game. Look for a first-half where only one of these teams reaches 40 points at the half, especially if Stewart sits out a third straight. 

WNBA Pick: Under 80 1st Half (-110) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review

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