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Indiana Fever vs. Connecticut Sun: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props for Caitlin Clark WNBA debut

The Indiana Fever look to end seven years of playoff-less frustration with No. 1 pick and college basketball phenom Caitlin Clark joining the fold.

She joins last year’s Rookie of the Year Aliyah Boston, as well as Kelsey Mitchell, NaLyssa Smith and co. as the Fever open a promising 2024 campaign on the road against the 2023 MVP runner-up Alyssa Thomas and the Connecticut Sun, who went 27-13 and reached the semifinals last year.  

Read below to see our experts’ picks and predictions for this game.

Indiana Fever vs. Connecticut Sun betting picks and predictions 

Connecticut Sun -5.5 (-110)

The teams are different from last season, which is a good thing, because Connecticut swept the season series from the Fever, winning four games by an average of 11.5 points.

The Fever will have all the headlines, press coverage, impressive ticket sales and viewership numbers, but it’s the Sun that have the legitimate WNBA title aspirations this season.

Alyssa Thomas was first-team All-WNBA last season, averaging 15.5 points a game while leading the league in rebounds at 9.9 per game. She was also second in the league in assists at 7.9 and finished second to the New York Liberty’s Breanna Stewart for league MVP.

WNBA Coach of the Year Stephanie White also has five-time all-star DeWanna Bonner (team-high 17.4 ppg) returning, as well as  Brionna Jones (15.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg), who missed most of last season with an achilles injury.

All this is to say that Clark, Boston, Mitchell, and Smith will give Fever fans hope for the season and the long-term future, but the Sun will be playoff-ready in this season opener. Look for Connecticut to cover the 5.5-point spread.

Alyssa Thomas Over 14.5 points (-115)

Opening night, at home, against an already-overhyped Indiana Fever squad? Expect Alyssa Thomas to show everyone who the best player on the floor is early and often in this season opener. 

Thomas averaged close to 15 points and over 12 rebounds a game in four wins over Indiana last season and she should post similar or better stats in a season opener that will be supercharged with all the fervor surrounding the new season.

Caitlin Clark Over 21.5 points (-115)

Clark has as much pressure and hype surrounding her WNBA debut as perhaps any player ever to enter the league.

After her legendary college career at Iowa, Clark comes into the 2024 season with massive expectations for the Fever.

She has not shied away from the spotlight, scoring 21 points in a 79-76 loss to the Dallas Wings in her preseason debut. She followed that performance with 12 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in an 83-80 victory over the Atlanta Dream.

She only shot 37% (10-for-27) from the field in those two games, but those numbers should improve as her rookie season progresses. Clark will not want her first ever regular season WNBA game to be a clunker, so she will shoot and attack as much as possible. 

Although the Fever are not expected to win the game, Clark should go over 21.5 points.  

Indiana Fever vs. Connecticut Sun odds

Indiana Fever

+195 ML

Connecticut Sun

-240 ML

Spread

CON Sun -5.5

Total Points

O/U 170.5

Caitlin Clark WNBA debut player props

Points

O/U 21.5

Threes

O/U 3.5

Rebounds

O/U 4.5

Assists

O/U 6.5

PTS + AST + REB

O/U 33.5

Double-Double?

Yes +175

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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