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The Las Vegas Aces will travel to Texas to take on the Dallas Wings on Thursday night. Tip off is slated for 8 p.m. ET from College Park Center. Coverage will be televised on ESPN3. 

The Aces were defeated by the host Washington Mystics 83-73 to snap a four-game winning streak. A’ja Wilson led the Aces with a double-double of 22 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks. Chelsea Gray scored 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field. The Aces dished out nine fewer assists than the Mystics. 

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The Wings went into the Windy City and knocked off the defending WNBA champion Sky 84-78 for their second straight victory. Marina Mabley contributed a season-high 26 points along with three steals for the Wings. Teaira McCowan racked up a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. The Wings forced the Sky to commit 16 turnovers and shoot just 28 percent from the 3-point line.

Prior to the action on Aug. 3, the Aces (22-9) had the best record in the Western Conference. The Aces are 10-5 at home and 12-4 on the road. Their point differential (+6.4) ranks second in the WNBA. 

Before the games on Aug. 3, the Wings (14-16) had the third-best record in the Western Conference. The Wings are 5-9 at home and 9-7 on the road. The Wings have the sixth-best point differential in the WNBA (-0.2).

The explosive Aces have four players averaging double digits in points. Kelsey Plum is second in the WNBA at 20.2 points per game. Wilson is fifth in the league in points (19.4), second in rebounds (9.5) and tied for first in blocks (2.0). Gray is fifth in the WNBA with 6.0 assists and also tied for second in steals (1.7). 

Before the contests on Aug. 3, the high-powered Aces led the league in points per game (90.1) and three-point percentage (35.8), and were third in field goal percentage (45.6). Defensively, the Aces are first in defensive rebounds (28.9), points off turnovers (13.2), and second-chance points (8.4), as well as sixth in defensive rating (100.8).

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The Wings have four players averaging double digits in points. Arike Ogunbowale is third in the league in points per game (19.9) and third in 3-pointers made per game (2.8). Ogunbowale also leads the Wings in assists (3.7) and steals (1.5). Awak Kuier averages a team-best 0.8 blocks. Kayla Thornton is tops for the Wings in rebounds (6.1). Allisha Gray is second on the Wings in points (13.3) and steals (1.2) while being third in rebounds (4.9). 

The Wings rank sixth in points per game (82.0), ninth in 3-point percentage (33.4) and 10th in field goal percentage (42.8). Defensively, the Wings are seventh in blocks (3.7), eighth in defensive rating (103.0), and ninth in second chance points (11.3) and points off turnovers (16.8). 

The Aces defeated the Wings in the first two meetings this season. Both victories were under double digits. Las Vegas should ratchet up the defense to beat the Wings again for another close win to sweep the season series. 

Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert. 

 

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