- The second-seed Chicago Sky and the third-seed Connecticut Sun face off in Game 3 of the semifinal round of the WNBA Playoffs at 1:00pm ET on Sunday, Sept. 4th
- Chicago and Connecticut tied at 1-1 in the best-of-five series with a trip to the WNBA Finals on the line
- See below for the latest Sky vs Sun picks, odds analysis and best bet
In what started out as a best-of-five semifinals series, the Chicago Sky and Connecticut Sun are down to a best-of-three battle in the WNBA Playoffs while fighting to advance to the WNBA Finals. On Sunday, Sept. 4th, both teams will try and take a series lead in Game 3 of the semifinals in Connecticut at 1pm ET on ESPN2.
With the series tied 1-1, the winner of Game 3 between Chicago and Connecticut will result in one team inching one game closer to advancing and clinching a spot in the league’s championship round.
Sky vs Sun Game 3 WNBA Playoffs odds
|Chicago Sky||+1.0 (-110)||+100||Over 163.5 (-110)|
|Connecticut Sun||-1.0 (-110)||-120||Under 163.5 (-110)|
Coming into the game, the Sun are listed as one-point favorites over the Sky.
Sky vs Sun WNBA Playoffs Head-to-Head
|74.0||Points Per Game||72.5|
|42.7%||Field Goal Percentage||41.4%|
Sun Jumped Out in Game 1
To begin the series on Aug. 28th, Connecticut jumped out to a surprisingly early lead over the defending champions, taking Game 1 68-63 on the road in Chicago.
The Sun pulled away in the third quarter thanks to a strong showing out of halftime, holding off the Sky for the remainder of the game to take a 1-0 series advantage. Both teams struggled shooting from the field in the game, showcasing the defensive capabilities of both squads.
Caught up with @DEEBONNER24 postgame 👏
— WNBA (@WNBA) August 29, 2022
Connecticut saw a big lift from its trio of DeWwanna Bonner, Alyssa Thomas and Jonquel Jones in the victory, along with Sixth Player of the Year Brionna Jones reaching double-figures off the bench. For Chicago, Candace Parker and Kahleah Copper did all they could to help a struggling Sky overcome shooting woes, but couldn’t do enough to complete a comeback.
Sky Bounced Back in Game 2
In Game 2 on Wednesday, Chicago needed a big bounce-back performance to avoid dropping two straight games at home while falling behind 2-0 in the best-of-five series. The Sky saw just that, getting out to an early lead over the Sun and not looking back.
With the victory, Chicago evened the series up at 1-1 with the series now shifting to Connecticut for Games 3 and 4. Connecticut might have the advantage moving forward, with two of the possible three remaining games of the series occurring in Connecticut.
In the Game 2 win, the Sky rebounded from a poor shooting performance in Game 1 by shooting 50.8 percent from the floor while holding the Sun to just 38.5 percent from the field. All five Chicago starters finished in double figures, led by Parker with her first 20-point outing of the postseason. Connecticut wasn’t able to do much offensively, although Jonquel Jones shined with 23 points and Natisha Hiedeman adding 14 points in the starting lineup.
What to Watch For
Heading into Game 3, one thing to watch for is which team starts the game off fast and continues that at the beginning of each half. Whichever team has done that in the first two games has come out on top in the end, meaning a fast start could be crucial once again Sunday.
— Chicago Sky (@chicagosky) September 2, 2022
It will also be worth keeping an eye on how teams are performing offensively in Game 3, mainly which team is able to overcome early-series shooting issues while hurting the opposition from the floor and from three. That could be enough to take a 2-1 series lead entering Game 4.
Sky vs Sun Picks
If the first two games of the series are any indication of the type of game that will occur Sunday in Game 3, it will be a back-and-forth battle between the two teams tied with the second-best odds in the 2022 WNBA Championship Odds. Both teams will be on a mission to take a commanding 2-1 series lead and move one game closer to advancing to the WNBA Finals.
In the end, the defending champion Sky will likely flex their muscles to recover from a Game 1 loss at home by stealing the first game on the road of the series. Go with Chicago taking a 2-1 lead in the series following Sunday’s battle.
For the best bet of the game, take a look at the spread of one-point listed in favor of the Sun. Not only is that an attractive line to bet on, but Connecticut is the favorite over Chicago at home. If the Sky are able to come out on top, they would obviously cover that spread.
- The Pick: Sky +1.0 (-110)