- The WNBA Playoffs continue on Wednesday, August 31st
- The Sky faces the Sun, while the Storm battle the Aces
- The odds, preview, and picks for both games can be found below
WNBA betting is full of value on Wednesday, August 31st, as we have both playoff semifinals on the schedule. In the first, the Connecticut Sun visits the Chicago Sky, currently holding a 1-0 series lead. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 PM ET. In the West, the Seattle Storm, who is also up by a game, remain in Sin City to face the Las Vegas Aces at 10 PM ET. Keep reading for the WNBA playoffs picks.
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Sun vs. Sky Odds & Prediction
|Sun||+165||+4.5 (-110)||Ov 163.5 (-110)|
|Sky||-190||-4.5 (-110)||Un 163.5 (-110)|
The Sun will be looking to take a 2-0 stranglehold on Wednesday against the defending champs. Connecticut finished just behind Chicago in the Eastern Conference with a 25-11 record, and they showed their brilliance on Sunday in the 68-63 victory. DeWanna Bonner led the charge with a team-high 15 points, nine rebounds, and five assists while also notching three steals. Three other scorers also finished with 12 points apiece. The battle on the boards proved to be a difference-maker for the Sun, outrebounding the Sky 47-36 and 12-7 on offensive boards. They also imposed their will inside, outscoring their opponents by 10 points in the paint. While no one player erupted offensively, it was a solid all-around effort. Connecticut will need that again here.
Chi-Town didn’t look great in the series opener by any means. Aside from Candace Parker balling out for 19 points and 18 rebounds, the rotation looked lifeless. Only two others registered double-digits in scoring, and James Wade’s squad shot a putrid 27% from downtown while draining a mere 35% of their field goals, too. Nevertheless, it was still a relatively close contest, and the Sky even had the lead late in the fourth until Jonquel Jones came up with a key basket. Chicago also went ice cold when it mattered most, missing their last four shots. The first unit has to be better here and give Parker some support. That especially includes star Kahleah Copper, who had a very quiet night. If she gets going and sets the tone early, it will put the Sky in a good position.
I truly believe Chicago will bounce back here in the WNBA playoffs picks. They play very well at home, and Game 1 just wasn’t a typical performance. Take them to cover.
Storm vs. Aces Odds & Prediction
|Storm||+5 (-105)||+195||Ov 169.5 (-110)|
|Aces||-5 (-115)||-225||Un 169.5 (-110)|
Seattle managed to pull off a Game 1 win over the Aces, and they’ll be looking to do so again. It ended 76-73, and Jewell Lloyd had a massive part of doing with the outcome, pouring in 26 points while scoring her team’s final six points in the final period. She also scored 10 of the Storm’s 16 in the fourth. The definition of clutch. All-Star Breanna Stewart also had an absolute night, scoring 24 points and grabbing six rebounds. The duo scored more than half of Seattle’s points. The Storm killed Las Vegas in transition, outscoring them 19-0, and also capitalized off the Aces’ 11 turnovers, which turned into 19 points. Noelle Quinn’s group looked great and even managed to shut down A’ja Wilson, who scored just eight points.
Vegas is a title favorite, but they didn’t play like it on Sunday. As mentioned, their best player, Wilson, struggled to get going and didn’t even reach double-digits. Kelsey Plum and Chelsea Gray combined for 41 points, but that was where most of the production came from. Las Vegas is typically one of the better three-point shooting teams in the WNBA, but it shot only 26% from deep in this contest. Becky Hammon’s team essentially played catch-up the entire night, grabbing their first lead in the fourth quarter. An atrocious 5 for 18 shooting performance in the opening period was hard to overcome, and they never really found themselves. The Aces must bounce back here with a dub to avoid going on the road down two games. That’s simply a recipe for disaster, especially against a team like Seattle, which is full of experience.
Vegas is simply too good not to respond here and even the series up. With the moneyline relatively steep, let’s take them to cover the spread and win comfortably in the WNBA playoffs picks.