The Wings, Sky, and the Race for the Final WNBA Playoff Spot
The Dallas Wings and Chicago Sky battle with the final WNBA playoff spot hanging in the balance. The Sky sit atop the WNBA’s standings, while the Wings are currently ranked sixth in the WNBA and hold a 1.5-game lead over the final postseason position.
A loss will have the Wings sliding backward deeper into the six-team battle for the final three playoff spots in 2022, with five teams separated by 1.5 games for the final two playoff spots.
This WNBA betting preview will review the Wings and the Sky’s first two head-to-head battles in 2022 and their recent performances to give you insight and an edge for successful online sports betting.
The Wings Are Playing Average Basketball, Good Enough for a Playoff Spot
The Dallas Wings are currently holding onto the final playoff position for the WNBA’s postseason, holding a 1.5-game lead and having a record of 13-16 (.448 winning percentage).
In their last five games, the Wings are 2-3, averaging 83.6 offensive points per game while giving up an average of 83.8 points per game. In the 2022 season, the Wings have averaged 81.9 points per game and given up an average of 85.5 points per game.
Simply put, the Wings are playing average basketball, which should be good enough to make the playoffs but will average be enough to defeat the best team in the WNBA? WNBA betting odds tell the story.
The Sky Aiming for Back-to-Back Championships
The Chicago Sky are currently the top-ranked team in the WNBA with a record of 23-7 (.767 winning percentage). The Sky will be looking to maintain their league-leading performance, carry it into the postseason, and in pursuit of back-to-back titles.
In their last five games, the Sky have a record of 3-2, with their offense averaging 87.2 points per game, while their defense gave up 86.4 points across the same five games. The Sky’s offense has averaged 86.0 points per game in 2022, while the defense has averaged 80.0 points against. The Sky’s offense ranks second in overall offense and fourth in total defense.
Wings vs Sky Head-to-Head
When they last met, the Chicago Sky defeated the Dallas Wings 89-83. Arike Ogunbowale, Isabelle Harrison, and Teaira McCowan combined for 61 of the Sky’s 89 points, leading the Sky to victory back in July. In their first meeting, the Sky shot 50.7% from the field and 30.4% from behind the three-point line.
For their part, the Wings had the better field goal percentage (51.5%), free throw percentage (100% compared to the Sky’s 70.6%), and defensive rebounds (28-23). Yet, despite having more defensive rebounds (28-23), the Wings were offensively out-rebounded (7-2), matching the Sky with 30 total rebounds.
In their first matchup on July 16, the Sky defeated the Wings 89-81. Emma Meesseman and Kahleah Copper led the way for the Sky, scoring 46 of the Sky’s 89 points.
The Sky had the better field goal percentage (47.3% to 39.4%) and rebounds (40-24) while having a horrible three-point % (21.7% to 43.8%). The Sky were powered by a trio of guards who combined for 51 of the Wings’ 81 points: Marina Mabrey, Arike Ogunbowale, and Allisha Gray.
Wings vs Sky Game Information
- Game: Wings (13-16) vs Sky (23-7)
- Location: Wintrust Arena
- Day/Time: Tuesday, August 2, 8:00 p.m. EDT
- Wings vs Sky Live Stream: WNBA.com
Wings vs Sky Betting Lines
|Team||Run line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
|Dallas Wings||+8 -110||+270||169½ -110o||81 -115o
|Chicago Sky||-8 -110||-330||169½ -110u||89 -115o
Wings vs Sky Game Prediction
From this WNBA betting Preview, it’s hard to find a metric that suggests picking the Wings to defeat the Sky on Tuesday night. Now, it’s a matter of finding the best value for picking the Chicago Sky.
It seems likely that the Sky and Wings will combine to come close to the over/under, currently set at 168, as these teams surpassed 168 points in their previous two matchups. The Sky are a large favorite on the money line, listed at -320, while the point spread is set at 8. The Sky defeated the wings by 6 and 8 points in their previous meetings, so choosing a bet on the point spread isn’t a sure thing in any way.
After analyzing their recent scores and odds, this Sky team is the best team in the WNBA and looking for back-to-back championships for a reason. We’re picking the Chicago Sky to win on the Moneyline at -320.