Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson
|Date & Time||Saturday July 27, 2019, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
Mandalay Bay Events Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Line: Team Wilson +1.5 -- Over/Under: 236.5
Team Delle Donne and Team Wilson meet Saturday in the WNBA All-Star Game at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Team Delle Donne will be led by Las Vegas Aces coach Bill Laimbeer, and he has an experienced team with four different players making at least their sixth all-star appearance. Elena Delle Donne, Tina Charles, Brittney Griner and Nneka Ogwumike are the usual faces on this squad, and they bring size to the table that could be key when it comes to controlling the glass. Kristi Toliver is probably going to be the difference maker off the bench for Team Delle Donne, as she’s one of those players who can get hot in a hurry and takeover a quarter. And while defense usually isn’t what you watch an all-star game for, DeWanna Bonner could very well set the tone and lead this team to a victory down the stretch. Kia Nurse is the only player on Team Delle Donne making her first all-star appearance.
Team Wilson will be led by Washington Mystics Mike Thibault, and his team has five first time selections, which usually results in a hungry team of players who are excited to be here. Natasha Howard, Diamond DeShields, Odyssey Sims, Erica Wheeler and Napheesa Collier are all first-time sections in the all-star game. Team Wilson will certainly have the crowd on their side with Kayla McBride and Liz Cambage suiting up for the host city of Las Vegas. It would have been three Aces in the starting lineup for Team Wilson, but A'ja Wilson was forced to pull out of the event due to an ankle injury. Regardless, Team Wilson is loaded with guard play and should attempt a ton of outside shots. Candice Dupree and Sylvia Fowles provide the experience off the bench for such a young squad, as they’ve now combined for 13 all-star appearances.
I usually side with the free points in an all-star game, as defense is an afterthought and the talent on both sides makes the game a complete coin flip. Team Wilson has a lot of first time selections and that can be key with those being the players who usually play harder and take th game a little more seriously. Team Wilson will also have the crowd on its side with two Vegas players on its roster. As long as Team Wilson can make some outside shots with its guard depth, it should be able to come away with a victory.