WNBA bets and fantasy picks: Sun set to shine on Friday night

DiJonai Carrington was efficient in her season debut against the Indiana Fever and could have a repeat performance against the Mystics Friday night. Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

Each night, our team of fantasy and betting experts will break down every game on the WNBA slate, making note of everything from injuries and lineup changes to recent trends and more.

Here's what to look for tonight:

Friday night in the WNBA features four teams in action including the Connecticut Sun and Seattle Storm. The Sun enter tonight's game against the Washington Mystics fresh off a victory over Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever their last time out.

Meanwhile the Storm will matchup against the Minnesota Lynx for the second time this week. Seattle was shut down by the Minnesota in the second half of Tuesday night's matchup and it will be interesting to see how the team responds tonight.

Friday's Fantasy Stream Team

DiJonai Carrington, G, Connecticut Sun (rostered in 30.7% of ESPN leagues)

Carrington was primed to have an expanded role this season with Natisha Hiedeman, Rebecca Allen and Tiffany Hayes no longer on the roster and we got a glimpse of that on Tuesday night. Carrington finished with 27 fantasy points in 31 minutes in her season debut against the Indiana Fever. You should start her with confidence against the Mystics Friday night.

Picks, Projections and Injury Reports

Basketball Power Index by ESPN Analytics. Injury aggregation by Rotowire.com. All odds are provided by ESPN BET.

Washington Mystics at Connecticut Sun
7:30 p.m. ET, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.

Line: Sun -9.5
Money line: Mystics (+360), Sun (-500)
Total: 157.5 points

BPI prediction:
Sun: 66.5% chance to win.
Projected margin of victory: 4.7 points

Injury report
Mystics: Shakira Austin (Day-To-Day)
Sun: Olivia Nelson-Ododa (Day-To-Day), Moriah Jefferson (Day-To-Day)

Best bet: Sun (-9.5).

The Sun, anchored by DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas, excel both offensively and defensively. Connecticut dominated Washington last season, going 4-0 SU and 3-0-1 ATS. With a solid home court advantage, expect the Sun to handle business on Friday night.

Seattle Storm at Minnesota Lynx
9:30 p.m. ET, Target Center, Minneapolis

Line: Storm -1.5
Money line: Storm (-130), Lynx (+105)
Total: 164.5 points

BPI prediction:
Lynx: 59.3% chance to win.
Projected margin of victory: 2.6 points

Injury report
Storm: Nika Muhl (Day-To-Day)
Lynx: Dorka Juhasz (Out)

Best bet: Courtney Williams under 23.5 points, rebounds, and assists.

Williams exceeded this line against the Storm in the season opener Tuesday, playing just 29 minutes. However, it will be tough to recreate that performance against a Seattle team that is likely to step up defensively on Friday night.

Best bet: Seattle Storm ML (-130).

Seattle is poised to bounce back from Tuesday's lackluster performance against the Lynx. With stars like Jewell Loyd, Skylar Diggins-Smith, and Nneka Ogwumike, it's unlikely that Minnesota pulls off another upset. Expect a stronger defensive effort from the Storm to contain Williams, Napheesa Collier and Alanna Smith, solidifying their status as a title contender this season.