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The Seattle Storm will travel to take on the Connecticut Sun on Thursday night in an intriguing clash. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. ET from the Mohegan Sun Arena. Coverage will be nationally televised on NBA TV.
The Storm most recently defeated the visiting Atlanta Dream 82-72 to snap a two-game losing streak. Tina Charles guided the Storm with 27 points and 15 rebounds. In the victory, Charles became the fourth player to eclipse 7,000 career points. Charles is now only behind active Diana Taurasi (9,651), as well as Tina Thompson (7,488) and Tamika Catchings (7,380).
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The Sun extended its winning streak to three games with an 86-79 victory vs. host Minnesota Lynx. Natisha Hiedeman paced the Sun with 19 points along with five assists. Brionna Jones tallied 18 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Alyssa Thomas recorded a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
The Storm (18-10) have the second best record in the Western Conference. They’re two games behind the conference best Las Vegas Aces. The Storm is 12-4 at home and 6-6 on the road. Their point differential is fifth in the WNBA (+4.2).
The Sun (19-9) have the second best record in the Eastern Conference and sit two games behind the Chicago Sky. The Sun lead the WNBA in point differential at +7.0. The Sun is 9-4 at home and 10-5 on the road.
The well-balanced Storm offense features five players that average double digits in points. Breanna Stewart leads the Storm in points (21.3), rebounds (7.4), and steals (1.8). Ezi Magbegor averages 10.7 points while being first in blocks (2.2) and second in rebounds (6.2) and steals (1.1). Jewell Loyd is second in points (15.9). Legend Sue Bird is tops in assists (5.8) and second in steals (1.1).
The Storm rank fourth in three-point percentage (34.9), eighth in field goal percentage (42.9), and eighth in points per game (80.5). The Storm have the second best defensive rating in the WNBA (94.8) and are No. 1 in fast break points allowed (7.9). Defensively, they also rank second in points off turnovers (13.3)
The Sun have five players averaging double digits in points, led by reigning WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones (14.8) who is shooting 50 percent from the floor and 34.7 percent from the 3-point line. Jones also leads the Sun with 8.8 rebounds per game. Alyssa Thomas tallies 13 points per game and is tops for the Sun with 5.8 assists and 1.6 steals.
The high-powered Sun offense is second in the league in field goal percentage (46.1) and third in points per game (84.8) and 3-point percentage (35.4). Defensively, the Sun is first in steals (8.9), second in fastbreak points (8.2), and third in defensive rating (96.6).
The Sun (+500) and the Storm (+650) currently have the third and fourth best odds respectively to win the WNBA title via Fubo Sportsbook.
The Storm will defeat the Sun for its first road victory since routing the Los Angeles Sparks on July 7.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.