- The top-seed Las Vegas Aces and the third-seed Connecticut Sun face off in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals at 9:00 pm ET on Tuesday, September 13th in Las Vegas
- Las Vegas holds a 1-0 advantage over Connecticut in the best-of-five championship series
- See below for the latest Sun vs Aces picks, odds analysis and best bet
After a back-and-forth Game 1 of the WNBA Finals over the weekend, the Las Vegas Aces and the Connecticut Sun return to the court in Game 2 of the championship series at 9:00 pm ET on Tuesday, September 13th at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
The Aces hold a 1-0 series advantage following a 67-64 victory in the first game Sunday, looking to take a commanding 2-0 series lead while the Sun attempt to even things up at 1-1 before returning home to Connecticut in Game 3.
Sun vs Aces WNBA Finals Game 2 Odds
|Over 163.5 (-110)
|Las Vegas Aces
|Under 163.5 (-110)
Entering the game, Las Vegas is listed as 4.5-point favorites over Connecticut.
Aces Try to Continue Game 2 Dominance
Las Vegas, the favorites in the WNBA Championship odds with odds of -260, has been dominant all postseason while entering Tuesday’s Game 2 with a playoff record of 6-1. In Game 2 contests, however, the Aces are a perfect 2-0 while winning both of those games by an average 21 points. Connecticut, on the other hand, is 0-2 in Game 2 showdowns in the playoffs.
Las Vegas hopes to continue that trend of success in the second game of the series, but it will require an improvement offensively from what we saw in Game 1 in order to do that. The Aces have featured one of the top offenses all season long, averaging 88.7 points per game which is the highest of any team this postseason. But in Game 2, Las Vegas posted 67 points while shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 20.8 percent from three.
Game 1 secured 🎥@_ajawilson22: 24 PTS // 11 REB // 4 BLK // 2 STL // 54.5% FG@cgray209: 21 PTS // 3 AST // 52.9% FG@JackieYoung3: 11 PTS // 3 REB // 41.7% FG#RaiseTheStakes // #WNBAFinals pic.twitter.com/keaJWARbEb
— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) September 11, 2022
A’ja Wilson and Chelsea Gray were stellar in Game 1, with the duo combining for 43 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks and three assists. The rest of the starting lineup of Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young and Kiah Stokes combined for just 17 points while shooting 27.2 percent from the floor. In order to come away with a 2-0 series lead on Tuesday, Las Vegas will need more of a complete contribution to move within one game of a league title.
Sun Have Shown Ability to Bounce Back
Although Connecticut is 0-2 in Game 2’s so far in the playoffs, the Sun have shown the ability to bounce back in a series after suffering defeats or falling behind. In the first round against Dallas, Connecticut didn’t give up a lead in the series but dealt with the Wings evening the series with a Game 2 win while pushing the series to a full three games. In the semifinal round, the Sun fell behind Chicago 2-1 in the best-of-five series, but bounced back to extend that series to a full five games.
On Tuesday, Connecticut attempts to once again bounce back strong to try and take a game on the road in a series after being able to do just that in the first two series of the postseason. In wins following losses in the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Sun have won by an average margin of 17 points. One of those two victories occurred on the road and one came at home.
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) September 11, 2022
Connecticut did enough defensively in Sunday’s Game 1, holding Las Vegas to less than 70 points and below the 40 percent mark shooting, but still wasn’t able to steal the road game to begin the series. Part of the reason for that was the poor shooting performance by the Sun, who shot just 37.8 percent from the field while attempting only five free throws. Outside of Alyssa Thomas, Jonquel Jones and Brionna Jones, who combined to score 46 points with 21 rebounds, seven assists and four blocks, the rest of Connecticut’s roster accounted for just 18 points.
If the Sun wants to even the series and take a game on the road before things shift back to Connecticut for Games 3 and 4, they will have to return to form offensively like we saw when they averaged the third-most points per game (85.8) of any WNBA team.
Sun vs Aces Picks
Sunday’s Game 1 was a fairly even battle between two teams who surprisingly stepped up defensively rather than offensively like we’ve been accustomed to seeing most of the season. In the second game of the series Tuesday, expect both teams to bounce back and showcase some of their offensive units which ranked top three in the WNBA in scoring during the regular season. It’s hard to keep talent in check two games in a row, meaning there will likely be at least one player who struggled in Game 1 that will improve in Game 2.
For who will ultimately come out on top, expect Las Vegas to feature more of a complete attack than what was showcased in Game 1 to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in the Finals. The Aces’ offense will be awfully tough to lock down again like the Sun managed to do in the first game, which could result in a breakout performance before hitting the road.
For the best bet of the game, go with the under on the over/under listed of 163.5 points. In the first game over the weekend, these two teams combined for just 131 points. Although there should be more scoring in Game 2, the total will still come in under 164 points.
- The Pick: Under 163.5 (-110)