CHI vs IND Dream11: I love the WNBA, it has a lot of talent to offer. Tough jumpers, brilliant floaters, runners, low-post, high-post moves, great defense, and much more to offer on a nightly basis. No matter what the popular narratives surrounding the league say, it is must-watch basketball for those who want to learn the game. And you will have a lot to learn if you tune into the game between the Chicago Sky and the Indiana Fever.
The Sky have won three of the five games and the team has done well to start the title race as their full strength unit is finally in full flow. The Sky had an amazing second half in the last game leading to an 82-73 win behind a triple-double by Candace Parker. On the other hand, Indiana Fever has lost six of the eight games and their last game was against the Sun, losing 70:92 in another tough game. Can the Fever get something going or is it going to be another long and hard season?
Host: Chicago Sky
Visitors: Indiana Fever
Match Timing: 25 May, @ 05:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Wintrust Arena
Sky is strong, Fever needs a lot of work
The return of Kahleah Copper brings back the scoring balance for the Sky. With Copper back, the Guard position, the Forward position, and the middle are all in great shape. Parker nabbed a triple-double in the last game, Messeman is amazing at shot-selection, Copper is an incredible scorer whereas Vandersloot knows how to set up her teammates. Azure Stevens, Rebekah Gardner, Dana Evans, and Allie Quigley round off really a deep team. Sky’s defense will be tough too with Copper’s return.
The Fever has had a tough start to the season, and the off-guard position hasn’t given them much. The team is again overly dependent upon Kelsey Mitchell, and when she has a cold night, her team is off-the-radar. NaLyssa Smith is badly needed by the squad as she was continuously raising her offensive game and had improved her shooting, while her defense and rebounding are also huge. At this point, the team may need to give Destanni Henderson an extended run while Queen Egbo will need to do more alongside Emily Engstler.
Highest scorer: Kelsey Mitchell: 24
Highest rebounder: Candace Parker: 9
Top assists maker: Courtney Vandersloot: 8
Score Prediction: Sky 86 Fever 76
Indiana Fever Team News
Fever Expected Starting Five
Two-Way Forward: PF: Nalyssa Smith
Inside Presence: C: Queen Egbo
Slashing Guard: SG: Victoria Vivians
Driving Guard: SG: Danielle Robinson
Primary Ball-Handler: SG: Kelsey Mitchell
BENCH: Alanna Smith, Emily Engstler, Destanni Henderson, Lexie Hull, Alaina Coates, Tiffany Mitchell.
Chicago Sky News
Sky Expected Starting Five
All-Around Forward: F: Candace Parker
All-Around Forward: F: Emma Messeman
Isolation two-way Guard: SG: Kahleah Copper
Leading Playmaker: PG: Courtney Vandersloot
Sharpshooting Guard: SG: Allie Quigley
BENCH: Kaela Davis, Azura Stevens, Dana Evans, Rebekah Gardner, Ruthy Hebard, Anneli Maley, Tina Krajisnik, Sparkle Taylor.
Courtney didn’t play many minutes in the last game but she is an incredible playmaker when she is on song. I believe she will be in 8-14 points, 6-9 assists, and 3-6 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-31
Mitchell only made two of her 12 shots in the last game but her ability to score in variety of ways is what defines the Fever’s effort. I believe she will be in 17-24 points and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-34
Forward Candace made 7 of her 13 shots in the last game but it was her triple-double that highlighted Sky’s win and she keeps on contributing to this game. I believe she will be in 11-16 points, 8-12 rebounds, and 4-7 assists range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-40
Forward Emily is an incredible defender and rebounder and she can develop into a formidable two-way Forward in the long run. I believe she will be in 8-13 points and 5-8 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 13-22
Emma made five of her seven shots in the last game and her footwork is one of the best in the league. I believe she will be in 12-17 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 1-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 19-29
Vivians has a strong shooting and driving game but she can be a bit erratic from the field at times. I believe she will be in 12-18 points and 1-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-28
PG: C Vandersloot, K Mitchell(PP), D Robinson, R Gardner
SG: A Quigley
SF: E Messeman
PF: C Parker(SP)
C: Q Egbo
PG: C Vandersloot(SP), R Gardner
SG: D Henderson
SF: V Vivians, E Messeman
PF: N Smith(PP)
C: A Stevens, Q Egbo
Wouldn’t it be fun to see Kelsey Mitchell go up against Candace Parker? You can catch this game on the WNBA League Pass while you can also watch this game on the Facebook page of Indiana Fever. To learn the scores, news, and stats, visit the official website of the WNBA.