Storm Hoping to Extend Series
What a semifinal series this has been. With Tina Charles joining a team that already has Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd and Sue Bird, the Seattle Storm was not going to be your average No. 4 seed and they have pushed the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces to the limit.
When Bird hit a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds to play in Game 3, it looked as if the Storm would be going into Game 4 with the 2-1 lead. However, Las Vegas’ Jackie Young scored with 0.2 seconds left to force overtime. Chelsea Gray’s eight points in the extra session put Las Vegas a win away from a second WNBA championship series in the last three years,
The game being a pick’em speaks volumes about what the Storm have shown in the first three games of the series.
Las Vegas has the best odds at -140 to win the WNBA championship according to the WNBA playoff odds. Seattle’s odds come in at +1200. Before Game 1, the odds for the odds were -110 compared to +425 for the Storm.
The series price for Las Vegas to reach the WNBA finals moved from -160 to -650 while Seattle’s odds went from +200 to +475 since the start of the series.
Wilson’s 30-30 Vision Leads Aces
One game with 30 points and 10 rebounds in the playoffs is a remarkable achievement. To do it in back-to-back games is not just impressive, it is historic. Las Vegas star Wilson became the first player in WNBA history with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in consecutive playoff games.
Players in @WNBA history to drop back-to-back Playoff games with 30+ PTS and 10+ REB?
Just one 👇 pic.twitter.com/SZUytyVTmS
— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) September 5, 2022
The Aces have needed all of the brilliant play from Wilson to avoid being pushed to the brink of elimination by Seattle.
Wilson, who is averaging 25 points, 12 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots in the series, isn’t doing it alone. Chelsea Gray is contributing 23 points, 4.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists while Kelsey Plum is putting up 19 points per game.
Las Vegas got forward Dearica Hamby back in Game 3, although she played just four minutes.
Something to consider for those who bet online: The total has gone under in 12 of the last 18 games for Las Vegas.
Can Stewart, Storm Force Game 5?
The postseason is the time when the best players are expected to play like the best players. Seattle’s Breanna Stewart has certainly done that. She is averaging 25.3 points on 50.8% shooting to go with 9.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 blocked shots per game.
She will be looking for another big game with Seattle trying to send the series back to Las Vegas for Game 5.
Loyd (17 points, 3.3 assists) and Charles (15.3 points, 10.7 rebounds) have also had starring roles in the series.
Seattle got some good news in Game 3 with Gabby Williams returning after missing the first two games with a concussion. She played 24 points and finished with six points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The WNBA betting lines total has gone over in each of Seattle’s last five home games.
Aces vs Storm Game Information
- Game: Aces 26-10 (4-1 in the playoffs) vs Storm 22-14 (3-2 in the playoffs)
- Location: Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Sept. 6, 10 p.m. ET
- Aces vs Storm Live Stream: WNBA.com
Aces vs Storm Betting Lines
|Las Vegas Aces||pk -110||167½ -110o||84½-115o
|Seattle Storm||pk -110||167½ -110u||83½-115o
Aces vs Storm Prediction
With the exception of Seattle reserve post player Mercedes Russell being out for the season due to recurring headaches, the teams are as healthy as they have been entering Game 4. It will be worth watching to see how much time Hamby sees for the Aces. After missing the first two games of the series, she only saw limited action in her return to the court.
Both teams got scoring help from the bench in Game 3. Riquna Williams had 14 points in 27 minutes for Las Vegas while Stephanie Talbot and Ezi Magbegor combined for 22 points in 39 minutes for the Storm. The production from the bench could be crucial in Game 4.
Las Vegas has covered in six of its last eight road games and is 7-2 straight up in the last nine games away from home.
Seattle has won eight of its last 10 home games. The Storm has covered in just three of the last nine games against Las Vegas.
First-year coach Becky Hammon has made all the right moves as she took over a talented Las Vegas team and got her star players to raise the level of their play. She will be relying on them once again as Las Vegas looks to secure a spot in the WNBA championship series.
The line shifted one point over the last 24 hours. This game figures to come right down to the wire once again and it should be something to watch.The 167½ total is six points higher than the other WNBA game on Tuesday so don’t be looking for a defensive battle — not with the two teams having a combined seven former No. 1 overall WNBA draft picks.