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Defending Champion Las Vegas Is Double-Digit Favorite in Series Opener

Teams Meet In the Playoffs for the First Time Since 2008

Dallas Is Heavy Underdog To Take Down the Aces

The defending WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces lost once at home during one of the most dominating regular seasons in WNBA history. There were no issues in the two games against Chicago in the first round of the playoffs and now Las Vegas is a double-digit favorite according to the WNBA predictions for the third straight playoff game heading into the Sept. 23 series opener.

The last time these franchises met in the postseason was in 2008 when the Aces played in San Antonio and the Wings called Detroit home. Detroit swept all three games to win the WNBA championship series.

Defending Champion Las Vegas Is Double-Digit Favorite in Series Opener

The only statistical category where Dallas has the edge is in offensive rebounding so keep that in mind when making WNBA betting picks.

Dallas had lost 9 of its last 10 playoff games before topping Atlanta twice in the first round with both games going over the total.

The sportsbook has Las Vegas listed as the favorite for the 15th straight meeting with Dallas.

According to the WNBA betting lines, Las Vegas is priced at -150 in the odds to win the WNBA title with Dallas coming in at +2500 in the championship odds.

Post Players Come Through for Dallas

Dallas shot 50.7% from the field in the two wins over Atlanta in the first round of the playoffs after connecting on 44.3% during the regular season.

Post players Teaira McCowan, Awak Kuier and Kalani Brown combined to make 24 of 31 shots in the two victories as they provided offensive support for the duo of Satou Sabally and Arike Ogunbowale.

The offense is not typically the issue as the Wings struggle on the defensive end of the floor. Dallas allowed at least 90 points in each of the last eight games the Wings lost this season.

Dallas has won its last three playoff games that finished over the WNBA over/under picks.

Defending Champs Look Tough To Beat

It was hard to find much fault with anything that transpired in the first-round series as the Aces eliminated Chicago with 28 and 22-point wins.

A’ja Wilson led the way averaging 26 points on 60% shooting to go with 12 rebounds and four blocked shots per game. Guards Jackie Young and Chelsea Gray had 28 assists and just five turnovers. They were among the five double-digit scorers in the series for the Aces. Keep that in mind when it comes to the WNBA player props for Sept. 23.

The Aces never trailed in the two games. Las Vegas was +10 in rebounding and outscored Chicago 37-19 at the foul line.

Las Vegas has been the favorite in all but one game this season and is 23-19 against the spread in those games as the Aces look to become the first team to win back-to-back WNBA titles since the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001 and 2002.

Wings vs Aces Head-To-Head

Dallas had covered in six straight games versus the Aces and that included the first two matchups this season. The Aces covered in the last two meetings winning by 13 points at home on July 30 and by 20 points on the road less than two weeks later.

A’ja Wilson had 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Aces in the most recent matchup.

The Aces won three of the four matchups this season. In the lone win for Dallas, Natasha Howard hit a pair of free throws with less than a second remaining.

Wings vs Aces Game Information

• Game: Wings (22-18 in the regular season, 2-0 in the playoffs) vs Aces (34-6, 2-0 in the playoffs)
• Location: Michelob ULTRA Arena, Las Vegas, NV
• Day/Time: Sunday, Sept. 24, 5 p.m. ET
• Wings vs Aces Live Stream: WNBA.com

Wings vs Aces Betting Lines

Wings vs Aces Best Bet

Five of the last six playoff games by the Aces have finished under the total with both games in the Chicago series having totals over 170.

Las Vegas has won its last five home games in the postseason and covered in the last three.

The Aces have lost just twice against Western Conference teams this season.

Las Vegas has covered in 15 of 23 home games this season. Dallas is 10-10 ATS on the road.

Expect Dallas to put up more of a fight than Chicago. However, until somebody challenges the reigning champions, it is hard to pick against the Aces. Both teams had seven players who averaged more than 10 minutes per game in the first-round series. The challenge for Dallas will be to have the starters hold up against the Las Vegas starters even with Candace Parker still sidelined.

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