- The WNBA Playoffs resume September 6th with two Game 4 contests airing on ESPN2
- The top-seed Las Vegas Aces and second-seed Chicago Sky are looking to take the best-of-five series, while the fourth-seed Seattle Storm and third-seed Connecticut Sun are aiming to force a Game 5
- See below for the latest odds, analysis and the best bet for the WNBA playoffs
The semifinal round of the WNBA Playoffs continues on Tuesday, September 6th with a pair of Game 4 battles with a trip to the WNBA Finals on the line. In a doubleheader airing on ESPN2, the second-seed Chicago Sky face the third-seed Connecticut Sun at 8:00 pm ET in Connecticut while the top-seed Las Vegas Aces visit the fourth-seed Seattle Storm at 10:00 pm ET in Seattle.
Going into Tuesday, Chicago and Las Vegas hold 2-1 advantages in the best-of-five series, meaning both teams are just one win shy of advancing to the championship series. Meanwhile, Connecticut and Seattle are aiming to defend home court to force a winner-take-all Game 5 which would occur Thursday.
Ahead of the action beginning Tuesday night, both Game 4 contests are expected to be close according to oddsmakers. Connecticut is a narrow one-point favorite over Chicago to win and force a Game 5, while the Las Vegas and Seattle battle is a toss-up in the betting odds.
Sky vs Sun Odds
|Chicago Sky||+1.0 (-110)||-105||Over 161.5 (-110)|
|Connecticut Sun||-1.0 (-110)||-115||Under 161.5 (-110)|
Can Sky Return or Sun Bounce Back?
To kick off the ESPN2 doubleheader Tuesday, Chicago and Connecticut take the court at 8:00 pm ET at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. The Sky are attempting to ride the high of a Game 3 victory to make it two in a row and take the series 3-1. The Sun are aiming to bounce back to even the series and force a Game 5 on Thursday in Chicago.
The series has been a back-and-forth battle to this point, with the road team taking the first and third games. Chicago responded with a Game 2 win at home, which is what Connecticut now needs to do to even the series back up at 2-2.
Despite a poor offensive performance while shooting 37.1 percent from the field, the Sky held off the Sun in Game 3 on Sunday to take a one-game lead in the series. Four players finished in double figures for Chicago, with Candace Parker continuing her dominance to lead the way with 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Kahleah Copper added 15 points and five rebounds, while Emma Meesseman pitched in with 13 points and five steals.
16 PTS | 11 REB | 4 AST | 3 BLK's 🙌 pic.twitter.com/vr4sLZ34hL
— WNBA (@WNBA) September 4, 2022
One thing that helped Chicago was Connecticut also struggling offensively, with the Sun shooting 36.8 percent from the floor. DeWanna Bonner paced Connecticut with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Natisha Hiedeman posted 14 points. Jonquel Jones and her struggles with just six points and eight rebounds was another big factor in the Sun dropping Game 3 on Sunday.
Sky vs Sun Best Bet
For who will ultimately come out on top let’s go with Chicago entering Connecticut to finish the job on the road to win that series. Chicago is a one-point underdog, but if it ultimately does come out on top in Game 4, the Sky would cover that spread.
- The Pick: Chicago +1.0 (-110)
Aces vs Storm Odds
|Las Vegas Aces||PICK (-110)||-110||Over 167.5 (-110)|
|Seattle Storm||PICK (-110)||-110||Under 167.5 (-110)|
Will Storm Hold Off Aces?
In the best series of the WNBA Playoffs thus far, Las Vegas and Seattle take the floor yet again at 10:00 pm ET at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. The Aces are on the brink of claiming the series with a win, while the Storm will hope to force a winner-take-all contest on Thursday in Las Vegas.
This series has been about as even as things could get thus far, with each game coming down to the wire and being decided by either single-digits or in overtime in all three games. The first and second games were decided in the final few minutes, while Game 3 on Sunday needed overtime to decide the winner which eventually was Las Vegas.
The starting five for the Aces, who hold the best odds of +210 in the WNBA Championship odds, shined en route to a big Game 3 victory on the road Sunday, with five players finishing in double figures along with shooting 52.4 percent as a team with 12 threes. A’ja Wilson was dominate with 34 points and 11 rebounds, while Chelsea Gray shined with 29 points, 12 assists and five rebounds and Kelsey Plum added 16 points, seven assists and seven rebounds for Las Vegas.
"High level basketball" 🗣️
— WNBA (@WNBA) September 5, 2022
For Seattle, it had a balanced attack in the loss and shot 48.1 percent from the field with 10 threes, but just couldn’t do enough to hold off the late-game push from Las Vegas. Breanna Stewart had 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Storm, while Jewell Loyd and Sue Bird each posted 17 points.
Aces vs Storm Best Bet
If the two semifinals series through three games are any indication, the pair of Game 4 contests Tuesday night will once again be thrilling games. The urgency of Seattle and Connecticut to keep their seasons alive will be apparent, while the determination of Las Vegas and Chicago to move on to the WNBA Finals will be present in each game.
We’ll back Seattle defending home court to force a Game 5 against Las Vegas. But as the odds show, each of these games could go either way on Tuesday.
- The Pick: Seattle PICK (-110)