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O'Sullivan's Thursday NBA Picks: Sky vs Fever, Liberty vs Mercury, Storm vs Sparks – as All-Star break looms

Chicago Sky at Indiana Fever, 7 pm Eastern, New York Liberty at Phoenix Mercury, 10 pm, Seattle Storm at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 pm.

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Seattle O’Sullivan 2022 WNBA Season so far: 81-59, +$135.58

(Yesterday: 0-3, -$22.50)

(Standing Caveat: The universe is chaotic. Life is unpredictable. Things happen. Like injuries. And COVID protocols. In following Seattle O’Sullivan’s betting advice, be advised that you should always monitor your bets during the day to make certain unforeseen things have not occurred which might change your wagering opinion. Thank you.)

Chicago Sky at Indiana Fever, 7 pm Eastern

The Pick: Chicago -9 (-113), bet $5 to win $4.45

Chicago lost a close game to a team they’re better than last night, and now they’re on the second game of a road back-to-back. I’m picking them anyway, because Indiana has lost their last five games by an average of 19.4 points and they lost every one of them by double-digits. The Fever are going to have to prove themselves plucky again before I renew my faith…

New York Liberty at Phoenix Mercury, 10 pm Eastern

The Pick: New York +5.5 (-113), bet $5 to win $4.45

The sportsbooks are begging you to take Phoenix and hoping you go with the theory that New York is on the second road game of a back-to-back and just upset Las Vegas. I’m taking the points, because I’m starting to suspect that the Liberty, while not a true contender for the WNBA Finals, are frisky enough to play spoiler. That role includes a pesky follow-up performance tonight against a Mercury team distracted (legitimately so) by the wrongful detainment of their star center Brittney Griner in Russia. The Mercury certainly shouldn’t have it as a distraction, and it’s an outrage that the situation hasn’t been resolved by now. But it is a distraction, and Griner’s absence still leaves a huge hole in the middle of Phoenix’s frontcourt. New York is playing well and starting to feel confident - confident enough to make tonight a game.

Seattle Storm at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 pm Eastern

The Pick: Seattle -230, bet $9.20 to win $4

True, several stars for Seattle - Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart, and Jewel Loyd - are playing in Sunday’s All-Star Game so the thought could be they’re looking past tonight. But the Storm lost to the Sparks just last week, so I don’t think so. I’ll pay a hefty price to take the moneyline for Seattle to make up for that weak performance.

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