Jonquel Jones, in headband, is a tough matchup down low for the Sky.
Jonquel Jones, in headband, is a tough matchup down low for the Sky.@WNBA on Twitter

O'Sullivan's Thursday WNBA Playoffs Pick: Sun vs Sky in Game 5 – Sun rebounding edge could decide series

Connecticut Sun at Chicago Sky, 8 pm Eastern.

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Seattle O’Sullivan 2022 WNBA Regular Season/Playoffs: 144-99-2, +$236.72

Seattle O’Sullivan 2022 WNBA Playoffs so far: 9-9, +$7.02

(Sunday: 2-0, +$13.20)

(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.)

Connecticut Sun at Chicago Sky, 8 pm Eastern

The Pick: Connecticut +4.5 (-114), bet $7.50 to win $6.58

For a moment, I considered taking the Chicago moneyline here to hedge against my bet that Connecticut would win the series. Then I realized, I’m not a coward. So I’m sticking to my guns here, and banking on the Sun fighting tooth and nail in these semi-finals to make up for last year’s disappointing loss to the Sky in last year’s semi-finals. On Tuesday, Connecticut smoked Chicago, 104-80, in a game that was over by halftime. Sure, you can argue that Chicago knew it had a Game Five at home (in fact, I kinda did argue that) but the fact of the matter is, these teams are not that far apart in terms of…well, anything. Hmm, except rebounding - in Game Four, once again the Sun pounded the Sky on the glass. They won that battle 39-23. I think that advantage on the boards, with stars Jonquel Jones, Dewanna Bonner, and Alyssa Thomas holding a clear edge over Chicago’s frontcourt, will at the very least keep the game close tonight. Anything can happen in a deciding playoff game, and I expect Connecticut to fight. I expect them to win too - but I’ve already made that bet.

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