- The WNBA kicks off a new week on Tuesday, Aug. 24th with four games airing on ESPN networks
- All four games feature teams trying to fight for playoff positioning with about 10 regular season games remaining
- See below for the latest odds, analysis and the best bets for Aug. 24th
The WNBA begins a new week and the last full week of August with a quartet of games throughout the league on Tuesday, Aug. 24th airing on ESPN’s family of networks.
Featured on the schedule is the Seattle Storm traveling to play the Minnesota Lynx at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2, the Chicago Sky taking on the Atlanta Dream at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3, the Las Vegas Aces playing the Connecticut Sun at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3, and the Los Angeles Sparks facing the Washington Mystics at 7 p.m. ET.
August 24th WNBA Odds
|SEA vs MIN||Spread||Moneyline||Total|
|Seattle Storm||-4.5 (-105)||-188||Over 161.5 (-110)|
|Minnesota Lynx||+4.5 (-115)||+152||Under 161.5 (-110)|
|CHI vs ATL||Spread||Moneyline||Total|
|Chicago Sky||-5.5 (-105)||-225||Over 166.5 (-108)|
|Atlanta Dream||+5.5 (-115)||+180||Under 166.5 (-112)|
|LV vs CON||Spread||Moneyline||Total|
|Las Vegas Aces||+1.5 (-120)||-106||Over 157.5 (-105)|
|Connecticut Sun||-1.5 (-102)||-114||Under 157.5 (-115)|
|LA vs WAS||Spread||Moneyline||Total|
|Los Angeles Sparks||+2.5 (-118)||+112||Over 159.5 (-115)|
|Washington Mystics||-2.5 (-104)||-138||Over 159.5 (-105)|
Odds as of Aug. 24th at FanDuel
Playoff Seeding on the Line
In all four games on the schedule, they all include have important playoff seeding implications on the line now with around 10 games left to play before the playoffs tip off in late September.
Seattle, Las Vegas and Connecticut, three teams tied atop the league standings, are trying to fight for not only the top spot in the standings, but also the two seeds in the postseason. The top two seeds in the playoffs receive a double-bye to advance right to the semifinals, while the third and fourth seeds only get a first-round bye into the single-elimination second round.
With about 10 #WNBA regular season games left, the current playoff picture:
1. CONN (17-6, -)
2. LV (17-6, -)
3. SEA (18-7, -)
4. MN (14-9, 3 GB)
5. PHX (13-10, 4 GB)
6. CHI (11-12, 6 GB)
7. NY (11-14, 7 GB)
8. LA (10-13, 7 GB)
9. DAL (10-14, 7.5 GB)
10. WAS (8-14, 8.5 GB)
— Mitchell Hansen (@M_Hansen13) August 23, 2021
Outside of those three teams, Minnesota, Chicago and Los Angeles are currently in playoff positioning, although they are all still trying to battle for the best possible seeds in a tight race. For Washington and Atlanta, they are both on the outside of the playoffs looking in, but are trying to put together a late-season run to inch towards a lower seed in the postseason.
There is plenty yet to play out for the rest of the regular season, and Tuesday’s slate of games is another important day for all eight teams playing in regards to their playoff hopes and positioning.
Key Games to Watch
All four games on Tuesday’s schedule will be entertaining to tune in to, but there are a few that stand out from the rest.
The first game is the contest between Seattle and Minnesota at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 in Minneapolis. The Storm come into the game at 18-7 overall and winners of two in a row, while the Lynx enter at 14-9 on the year and winners of eight of the last 10 games.
Seattle has owned the season series against Minnesota thus far, winning a pair of games in May. With both teams back to full strength and still fighting for the best possible playoff seed and likely a top four seed, there will be a lot riding on the game at Target Center.
In their last @targetcentermn matchup against the Storm, Sylvia Fowles became the WNBA’s all-time defensive rebound leader.
— Lynx PR (@Lynx_PR) August 23, 2021
The second game to watch for is the battle of two of the top teams in the league when Las Vegas faces Connecticut at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3. The Aces and Sun are tied atop the WNBA standings with identical league-best records of 17-6 overall.
With Tuesday’s game being the third and final matchup between what could be a preview of the WNBA Finals, Connecticut owns a 2-0 season series advantage over the Aces to this point in the year.
As both teams try and get into the drivers seat for the top spot in the WNBA while putting themselves in a good spot to claim a top two seed, this game will be important for both sides.
Prediction and Best Bet
Not only will Tuesday’s slate of games be fun to follow based on what’s riding on the line of each game for all eight teams playing, but it offers a lot of intriguing betting options along the way as well.
When it comes to predictions for who might come out on top in each game, don’t be surprised to see Seattle, Chicago, Connecticut and Los Angeles come away with wins on the night.
For the best bet, take a look at the game between Los Angeles and Washington, where the Mystics are 2.5-point favorites at home. This will be a close game, but the Sparks have been one of the hottest teams in the league winning four straight, so they should be able to cover that spread.
- The Pick: Los Angeles +2.5 (-118)