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The two best teams in the Western Conference will clash when the Las Vegas Aces head to the Seattle Storm on Sunday afternoon. Tip off is slated for 3 p.m. ET from Climate Pledge Arena. Coverage will be nationally televised on ABC.
The Aces are looking to snap a two-game skid. The Aces were edged 82-80 by the host Dallas Wings on Aug. 4. The Wings won the game on a layup from Teaira McCowan with 11.4 left. Chelsea Gray paced the Aces with 28 points along with five assists. Kelsey Plum added 15 points and seven assists.
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The Storm most recently topped the visiting Minnesota Lynx 89-77 on Aug. 3. Breanna Stewart amassed a season-high 33 points plus eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block. Jewell Loyd registered 17 points and five assists. The Storm drained 11 3-pointers while forcing the Lynx to shoot just 27.3 percent from beyond the arc on their 22 attempts.
The Aces are atop the Western Conference with a 22-10 record. The Aces are 10-5 at home and 12-5 on the road. Their point differential is second best in the WNBA (+6.1).
The Storm (20-12) are two games back of the Aces in the standings. The Storm are 13-4 at home and 7-8 on the road. Their point differential ranks fifth in the league (+4.0).
The explosive Aces have four players averaging double digits in points. Plum is second in the WNBA at 20.0 points per game. A’ja Wilson is fifth in the league in points (19.2), second in rebounds (9.5) and first in blocks (2.1). Gray is fifth in the WNBA with 6.0 assists and also tied for second in steals (1.7).
Before the contests on Aug. 6, the high-powered Aces led the league in points per game (89.8) and three-point percentage (35.6), and were third in field goal percentage (45.6). Defensively, the Aces are first in defensive rebounds (28.8), points off turnovers (13.2), and second-chance points (8.7), as well as sixth in defensive rating (101.2).
The well-balanced Storm offense features five players that average double digits in points. Stewart leads the WNBA in points (21.5) and is tied for second in the league in steals (1.7). Stewart also leads the Storm in rebounds (7.1). Ezi Magbegor averages 10.1 points while being second in the league in blocks (1.9). Loyd is second in points (15.9) on the Storm. Legend Sue Bird is tops in assists (5.9) and averages 1.1 steals.
The Storm rank fourth in three-point percentage (35.1), and seventh in field goal percentage (43.3), and points per game (80.7). The Storm lead the WNBA in defensive rating (95.5) and fast break points allowed (7.9). They also rank second in points off turnovers (13.3).
The teams have split the first two meetings this season. The Aces beat the Storm 85-74 in Las Vegas on May 8. The Storm then defeated the Aces 88-78 on June 29 in Seattle. The final regular season meeting will be on Aug. 14 in Las Vegas.
Look for the Aces to use terrific performances from Wilson and Plum to add to their lead on the Storm in the conference.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.