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Free WNBA/NBA Picks Today: Thursday, May 16

Top WNBA Bets for Thursday, May 16

Now that each team has played at least one game, the WNBA season rolls on Thursday with just one game, a matchup between the Liberty and Fever in Indiana. The Fever fell to the Sun by 21 points on Opening Night, while the Liberty eked out a five-point win over the rebuilding Mystics to begin the year.

WNBA Best Bets for Thursday, May 16

Courtney Vandersloot Under 21.5 Points + Rebounds + Assists (-115) at Indiana Fever

DraftKings Sportsbook, 2:00 p.m. CT

The Liberty have gotten off to a relatively slow start to the year despite their win on Opening Night. They looked sluggish during preseason play and during Tuesday's regular-season opener, and Vandersloot has struggled to generate much production. I expect the team to turn things around at some point, but I think that Vandersloot will struggle to reach this combo line during Thursday's matchup, a mark she fell short of 29 times last season, including playoff action. Those looking to bet on Vandersloot under 21.5 points + rebounds + assists can use a

Jonquel Jones Over 1.5 Threes Made (+138) at Indiana Fever

FanDuel Sportsbook, 12:35 p.m. CT

Jones came out aggressive from three in the opener, going 4-for-8 from distance despite averaging only 2.3 attempts last season. With her prop still fairly low and significant plus money, I think there's value to be had. The Fever also don't project to be a formidable opponent tonight, with the Liberty as 8.5-point favorites. Those looking to bet on Jones over 1.5 threes made can use a FanDuel promo code.

NBA Best Bets

Rudy Gobert over 13.5 points + assists (+100) vs. Nuggets

BetMGM, 1:27 PM CT

I expect the Nuggets to continue swarming Anthony Edwards on defense, doubling and trapping him. Karl-Anthony Towns may get a similar treatment here and there. Either way, there were plenty of opportunities for the Timberwolves to use Gobert as a release valve in the middle of the paint during Game 5. They weren't throwing it to him as much as they could have, and he finished with 18 points and three assists.

Anthony Edwards O29.5 PTS  vs. Nuggets (-102)

DraftKings Sportsbook, Noon CT

While I do think the Nuggets have a good chance to close this series out on the road, I fully expect Edwards to go down swinging and come out much more aggressively than he did in Game 5. The Wolves may again be without Mike Conley, and history dictates that they can't expect to rely on Karl-Anthony Towns night-to-night. For the Wolves to have a chance, this has to be a 30-plus-point night for Edwards.

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