After some wheeling and dealing on draft day, the rosters are set and the 2022 WNBA is set to tip off Sunday afternoon in Chicago. Team captains Breanna Stweart and A'ja Wilson made two trades following the team selections, including a blockbuster where they swapped retiring WNBA legends. Stewart acquired Seattle Storm teammate Sue Bird, sending Minnesota's Sylvia Fowles to Team WIlson. After a low-scoring matchup last year with the WNBA stars taking on Team USA in the lead-up to the Olympics, this one should be back to the fast-paced nature that basketball showcases are known for. The league also has instituted some rules to encourage scoring, with two circles at the top of each three-point line offering a chance for four points. There also will be a 20-second shot clock, and free throws will be automatic points until the final two minutes.
Tipoff in Chicago is set for 1 p.m. ET. Team Stewart is a 1.5-point favorite in the latest 2022 WNBA All-Star Game odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under for total points scored is 258.5. Before making any 2022 WNBA All-Star Game picks, you need to see what women's basketball experts Calvin Wetzel and Aaron Barzilai are saying.
Barzilai is a Ph.D. from Stanford who served as Director of Basketball Analytics for the Philadelphia 76ers. Five years ago, he founded HerHoopStats.com -- a groundbreaking website that unlocks insights about the women's game. Wetzel, the site's lead betting writer, incorporates his mathematical background and strong knowledge of women's hoops to turn the site's prediction model into picks.
Now, Barzilai and Wetzel have turned their attention to the WNBA after going 590-430 overall (+127.40 units, +13.6 percent) during the 2021-22 women's college basketball season. Anyone who has followed them has seen huge returns.
The experts have broken down the Team Stewart vs. Team Wilson WNBA All-Star Game matchup from all angles. You can head to SportsLine to see their picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Team Stewart vs. Team Wilson:
- Team Wilson vs. Team Stewart spread: Stewart -1.5
- Team Wilson vs. Team Stewart over-under: 258.5 points
- Team Wilson vs. Team Stewart money line: Wilson +105, Stewart -125
- Team Wilson: Only four of 11 players have played in more than two All-Star Games.
- Team Stewart: The players on its roster have a combined 51 All-Star appearances.
- Team Wilson vs. Team Stewart picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Team Stewart can cover
Stewart is the league's top scorer, and she has surrounded herself with players who can get buckets. The Storm are the third-best 3-point shooting team in the league, so she grabbed Bird and fellow Storm player Jewell Loyd to shoot from outside. Both shoot better than 38 percent from long range and combine for 4.5 made 3-pointers per game. Stewart averages 21 points, and if she feels the need to play defense, she averages almost two steals and more than one blocked shot per game.
She has two more of the WNBA's top five scorers in guards Arike Ogunbowale and the Mercury's Skylar Diggins-Smith. Ogunbowale is third in the league at 19.5 points, and Diggins-Smith is fifth at 18.9. No. 2 Kelsey Plum is on the opposite team, but No. 4 Kelsey Mitchell was left out of the game, so Team Stewart should have the scoring edge. Sun teammates Jonquel Jones (8.9 rebounds per game) and Alyssa Thomas (7.7) should be able to mostly match their opponents on the boards.
Why Team Wilson can cover
Wilson chose Candace Parker with her top pick, likely having a feeling that the Sky star will want to put on a show for the home fans. She is part of a squad that should dominate in cleaning up missed shots. Wilson leads the WNBA in rebounding (10.1 per game), while Sylvia Fowles is second (9.2) and Parker is fourth (8.6). The squad also features the league's top 3-point shooter in Kelsey Plum of Las Vegas, who is shooting 42 percent on almost eight attempts per game.
Plum is second in the league in scoring (19.9 points per game), and the Aces star is likely to take up the challenge of the 4-point shot. Chicago's Courtney Vandersloot and the Liberty's Sabrina Ionescu should put Team Wilson's shooters in great position. They are No. 2 and 3 in assists, with Vandersloot at 6.4 per game and Ionescu at 6.3. Ionescu also averages 2.5 made 3-pointers, and Atlanta's Rhyne Howard hits 2.3, so Team Wilson should have the edge from long range.
How to make 2022 WNBA All-Star Game picks
Barzilai and Wetzel have broken down this matchup and revealed their betting advice. You can see their WNBA picks and best bets only at SportsLine.
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