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The Dallas Wings will travel to take on the defending WNBA champion Chicago Sky on Tuesday night. Tip off is slated for 9 p.m. ET from Wintrust Arena. Coverage will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.
The Wings are coming off an 81-68 victory vs. the host Atlanta Dream. Arike Ogunbowale and Kayla Thornton each led the Wings with 21 points. Ogunbowale also tallied eight assists and five steals. Thornton added seven rebounds and two steals.
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The Sky edged the host Connecticut Sun 95-92 in overtime on Saturday. The Sky used a 9-0 run in overtime to seal the victory, capped with Allie Quiqley’s basket with 8.1 remaining. Kahleah Copper paced the Sky with 27 points. Courtney Vandersloot recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 assists. Vandersloot passed Lindsay Whalen to become third all-time in assists in league history.
The Wings (13-16) have the third-best record in the Western Conference. The Wings are 5-9 at home and 8-7 on the road. The Wings have the sixth-best point differential in the WNBA (-0.4).
The Sky (23-7) have the best record in the WNBA. The Sky is 12-2 at home and 11-5 on the road. The Sky has the third-best point differential in the WNBA (+6.0).
The Wings have four players averaging double digits in points. Ogunbowale is fourth 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. Thornton is tops for the Wings in rebounds (6.0). Allisha Gray is second on the Wings in points (13.5) and steals (1.3) while being third in rebounds (5.0).
The Wings rank sixth in points per game (81.9), ninth in 3-point percentage (33.6) and 10th in field goal percentage (42.8). Defensively, the Wings are seventh in defensive rating (103.0) and blocks (3.8), ninth in second chance points (11.1) and tenth in points off turnovers (16.9).
The potent Sky offense has six players that average double digits in points. Copper leads the Sky with 15.3 points along with 5.9 rebounds. Future Hall of Fame member Candace Parker is second in points (13.6) and tops in rebounds (8.9) and blocks (1.0). Vandersloot averages 11.5 points and a team-best 6.5 assists. Rebekah Gardner leads the Sky with 1.5 steals per game.
The Sky leads the league in field goal percentage (47.7) while being second in points (86.0) and sixth in three-point percentage (34.9). Defensively, the Sky rank second in blocks (4.4), as well as fourth in defensive rating (98.0) and fifth in fastbreak points (9.2).
The Sky is favored by eight points over the Wings. The over/under is set for 168 points.
The Sky defeated the Wings in both previous meetings this season. The Sky beat the Wings 89-81 in Dallas on July 16. Copper tallied a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds. The Sky then knocked off the Wings 89-83 in Chicago six days later. Parker recorded a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals.
The Sky should cover the spread and prevail in this contest to sweep the season series, while adding to their league-best mark.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.