WNBA Betting Preview: Las Vegas Aces vs Chicago Sky
Aces and Sky Battle for the Commissioners Cup Championship
The second annual WNBA Commissioners Cup Championship features the Las Vegas Aces vs Chicago Sky. In what could be a preview of this year’s WNBA finals, the two teams meet for the third time this season with the series tied 1-1. Las Vegas took the first meeting of the season while the Sky won the most recent meeting back in late June.
- Game: Las Vegas Aces (20-8) at Chicago Sky (21-7)
- Location: Wintrust Arena
The Commissioner’s Cup is an in-season competition that debuted last season. Throughout the first half of the season, select games are deemed Commissioner’s Cup games and the two teams with the best record from each conference play each other for the championship. This year’s matchup between the Las Vegas Aces vs Chicago Sky not only features the two teams with the best “Cup games” record, but also the two best overall records.
Each player on the winning team will receive up to $30k while each player on the losing team receives up to $10k. This is a lot of money for some WNBA players because $30k is roughly half of the minimum salary for a player with 0-2 years of experience. So it’s safe to say this is going to be an ultra-competitive game with more implications than just bragging rights.
The Las Vegas Aces vs Chicago Sky match up really well against each other. They both have All-Star point guards in the backcourt and All-Star bigs in the frontcourt. The Sky’s floor general Courtney Vandersloot will return after missing the last four games in concussion protocol. She’s been the leading scorer in both of the previous two meetings between these teams, however, the Aces have two of the league’s top-5 leading scorers in Kelsey Plum and A’ja Wilson. Las Vegas also leads the WNBA in offensive rating and points per game, averaging 90.4 ppg.
WNBA betting odds have this game priced at Sky -3, but as a WNBA betting tip, we like the Aces to cover in this one. In the last outing between the Las Vegas Aces vs Chicago Sky, the Aces got off to an early 28-point lead before the Sky mounted the largest comeback in WNBA history. Chicago cut the deficit to 11 going into halftime and went on an 18-0 run in the 3rd quarter to lead heading into the 4th. Chicago then went on to win 104-95.
We see this as a great revenge spot for the Aces after that embarrassing loss. And while Las Vegas doesn’t have nearly the same amount of depth that Chicago does, the Sky are coming off a tough travel schedule and could come into this one a bit fatigued. One other spot where the Aces have the upper hand is in three-point shooting. Vegas leads the league in that category, shooting 35.9% from deep, and has numerous threats that can go off at any time.
This one may even be worth a little sprinkle on the Aces Moneyline at +135. Regardless of the outcome though, this has the making of one of the best games we’ve seen all season.Follow us on Twitter