WNBA fantasy and betting tips for Sunday

Victoria Vivians has played well since entering the starting lineup. Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images

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.

Here's what to look for during Sunday's slate:


Connecticut Sun at Indiana Fever
2 p.m. ET, Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis


Line: Sun (-12)
Money line: Sun (-700), Fever (+475)
Total: 161.5 points

Questionable: NaLyssa Smith (ankle)

Ruled out: Bria Hartley (hamstring)

Fantasy need to know: While Courtney WIlliams and Jasmine Thomas start in the backcourt for the Sun, it's been DiJonai Carrington (available in 93.2% of leagues) and Natisha Hiedeman (93.9% available) that have provided the scoring punch from the backcourt for the last couple games. Carrington, who had started during Williams' suspension to start the season, has averaged 9.5 PPG, 3.5 APG, 1.5 SPG and 1.0 3PG in her two games off the bench. Hiedeman, meanwhile, is coming off consecutive double-digit scoring efforts with monster defensive effort as well, averaging 12.5 PPG, 3.5 SPG, 3.5 APG, 2.0 RPG and 2.0 3PG in her last two outings.

For the Fever, NaLyssa Smith is listed as doubtful to play after missing the last two games with an ankle injury. In her absence, fellow rookie Emily Engstler (available in 79.6% of leagues) has moved into the starting lineup and averaged 8.0 RPG, 7.5 PPG, 2.0 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG and 0.5 3PG. Victoria Vivians (available in 81.3% of leagues) replaced Destanni Henderson in the starting lineup four games ago, and her production has popped. She's scored double-digits in three of those four games, and is averaging 14.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.5 3PG and 1.0 SPT during that stretch.

Best bet: Over 161.5 points

The Fever have one of the worst defensive teams in the league, particularly in the interior. They are allowing 40.6 PPG in the paint, the worst mark in the WNBA. The Sun, on the other hand, have one of the dominant frontlines in the league and should be able to put points on the board. In addition, the Fever also play the fastest pace in the league while the Sun play the fourth-fastest, so both teams will get out and run. The Fever and their opponents have gone over 160 points in four straight games and five of their last six, including their recent game with the Sun in which 179 total points were scored. -- Andre Snellings


Chicago Sky at Washington Mystics
3 p.m. ET, Entertainment & Sports Arena, Washington


Line: Mystics (-1.5)
Money line: Sky (+105), Mystics (-125)
Total: 159 points

Ruled out: Alysha Clark (foot)

Fantasy need to know: With reigning Finals MVP Kahleah Copper likely to make her season debut today, Azura Stevens (available in 42.1% of leagues) may move to a role off the bench. WIth that said, it's unclear how much Copper will play as she transitions back to the team after finishing her commitment overseas. Stevens was very productive as a starter (averaging 13.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.3 BPG and 1.3 3PG in four starts), and has the potential to retain enough minutes to remain productive even if she comes off the bench.

The Mystics will have Elena Delle Donne back after she sat last game for load management, but Alysha Clark will sit to manage a lingering foot injury. With Myisha Hines-Allen still playing through a leg injury that has limited her to 14.3 MPG in her last three outings and Elizabeth WIlliams still working her way into playing form after making her season debut on Friday, the stage could be set for rookie Shakira Austin (available in 77.6% of leagues) to have another productive outing. Austin has started both games this season that Delle Donne sat this season, including on Friday, and also earned 29 minutes Tuesday's win over the Dream. In her three appearances where she's played at least 25 minutes, Austin has averaged 14.3 PPG, 8.3 RPG and 2.7 combined steals and blocks per game.

Best bet: Mystics -1.5

The Mystics have been one of the best teams in the league thus far, going 5-1 with a scoring margin of +8.7 PPG. They've gone 3-1 in their last four games against the Aces, Wings (twice) and Dream, three teams with a combined record of 13-2 in games not against the Mystics. The Sky are off to a solid start, but their two wins are against teams with a combined 2-8 record against teams other than them, and they've also lost to two teams that are both hovering around .500. Copper's return should give the Sky a boost in the long run, but Delle Donne's availability on Sunday is the more impactful addition, and with the way they've played this season the Mystics are in a strong position to win this game by more than one point. -- Snellings