After getting blown out in Game 2, the Connecticut Sun returned home to Mohegan Sun Arena and put up a dominant performance over the Las Vegas Aces in Game 3. They got out to a slow start but turned things around midway through the first quarter and never let off the gas, beating Las Vegas 105-76 for their first win of the series. The total score soared over the total for the first time in the series and Connecticut covered as 1.5-point favorites with ease. The best-of-five series will stay on the East Coast for Game 4 where the books have the Suns vs Aces Final Betting Odds priced at Aces -1 for a payout of +100. The total ticked up two points from the previous game and opened at 162.5. Let’s see where we can find an edge.
- Game: Connecticut Sun (25-11) at Chicago Sky (26-10)
- Location: Mohegan Sun Arena
- Day/Time: Sunday, 4:00 p.m. ET
With their backs against the wall, the Connecticut Sun came up with a monstrous performance that not many people expected. And not that some people didn’t expect the Sun to be able to win that game, but to do it in the way that they did.
Connecticut guard Alyssa Thomas was phenomenal, posting the first triple-double in WNBA Finals history with 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists. There is a reason her teammates call her “the Machine.” The rest of the Sun’s starters also all scored in double-figures while shooting just under 56% from the field and 53% from three-point range. They out-rebounded the Aces, had more assists, and seven fewer turnovers than their opponent. All-in-all, it was a nearly perfect game for Curt Miller’s team.
Will that happen again? We don’t think so. Becky Hammon won Coach of the Year for a reason and positioned her team to be the best team in the WNBA all season. She knows how to make adjustments and respond to bad losses similar to Game 3.
Hammon made it known that she didn’t like the way her team played in Game 1 of this series and the Aces came out in Game 2 and put a beatdown on the Sun. We don’t necessarily expect a beatdown in Game 4, but with the Suns vs Aces final betting odds at Las Vegas -1 for plus money (+100), we like those odds.
A lot of what led to success for Connecticut in this game was obviously their shooting, but some intangible elements played a major factor too. The Sun out hustled and outworked Las Vegas on the defensive end. They were stronger mentally and more locked in.
The Aces got out to an early lead and then looked like they completely let off the gas as if they thought they had this game in the bag. You can’t do that against a team as feisty as Connecticut. If Las Vegas can change their mentality, which we’re sure they can, Game 4 is going to be a whole lot closer.
Curt Miller also made an adjustment to put player DeWanna Bonner on Chelsea Gray who has been on fire for this entire series. That move worked because Bonner held Gray to just 11 points, which is her lowest scoring output this entire postseason. The playoffs are all about making adjustments and we expect Hammon to make a few of her own and figure out how to get Gray more open looks.
The total finally finished where the books initially thought they should at the beginning of the series. That’s in large part to the pace that Connecticut played at on Thursday, which is different from how they’ve played for the majority of the postseason.
With such drastic styles of play from Game 1 to Game 3, we don’t have an official play on the total but would lean to the over knowing the type of offensive firepower that both of these teams are capable of. In terms of the WNBA final point spread, we like the Aces to cover and win their first WNBA Championship.Follow us on Twitter