Fever vs Sky Prediction
The Indiana Fever and the Chicago Sky will both look to get back on track when they meet for a pair of Fever vs Sky matchups this week in the WNBA.
HISTORY: Over the previous two seasons, Chicago has won four of the five matchups, including the last three.
Indiana Needs Answers
It’s been a rough season for Indiana (1-9) so far. The Fever have lost their last five by 15 points or more, and they need answers sooner rather than later.
Indiana is led by the inside-outside pairing of Kelsey Mitchell and Teaira McCowan. Mitchell leads the team in scoring at 14.1 points per game, but she’s only shooting 37% from the field. McCowan scores 10.7 ppg, and she’s grown into one of the best rebounders in the league, ranking fourth with 9.1 rpg. She’s recorded four double-doubles so far this season.
Tiffany Mitchell averages 9.9 ppg, while Danielle Robinson scores 9.1 ppg and leads the Fever in assists (3.5). They have a good chance to steal a victory tonight if these three can get the offense going. Veteran forward Jessica Breland joins McCowan up front, and she’s recorded a pair of double-doubles this season.
Sky Could Stop Skid
After winning their first two games of the season, Chicago (2-7) will look to stop a seven-game skid. An early injury to newcomer Candace Parker has altered how the Sky have been able to operate, as it has left them with only eight players available. The reigning WNBA Defensive Player of the Year set the tone in the season-opening win over the Washington Mystics, but with her missing, the Sky have struggled to stop anyone during this stretch.
Parker leads the team with 16.1 points per game, and they’ve stayed afloat offensively during her absence, as their last three losses have been by five points or less. Sixth-year guard Kahleah Cooper is averaging 14.6 ppg, and fellow guard Diamond DeShields is scoring 13.2 ppg.
Lead guard Courtney Vandersloot looks set to lead the WNBA in assists for a fifth straight season. She averages 11.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, and an impressive 7.9 apg. Astou Ndour-Fall and Ruthy Hebard will start up front, and the pairing has been formidable so far. Ndour-Fall averages 11.2 ppg and leads the team in rebounding (8.7). Hebard scores 10.9 ppg and grabs 7.7 rpg.
Players to Watch
The third-year center has been one of the few bright spots for Indiana this season. If she avoids foul trouble, she can impact this game on both sides of the ball. She’s recorded four double-doubles so far this season.
She’s orchestrated the offense so well for so long in Chicago. Fatigue has been a factor for the Sky’s rotation, but the eleventh-year guard is still pushing strong. If she can dictate the flow of this game, Chicago should get back in the win column.
Indiana Fever vs. Chicago Sky Prediction & Pick
This is where the Chicago Sky should get back on track. The Fever have struggled all season at full strength, while the Sky have remained competitive, despite missing their new piece and arguably best player. A home game against Indiana is just what Chicago needs right now. All signs point to a Sky victory, so bet on Chicago this Wednesday, and take the over.