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The defending WNBA champion Chicago Sky will travel to take on the Las Vegas Aces in a clash of the top two teams in the league. Tip off is slated for 10 p.m. ET from Michelob Ultra Arena.
This is a rematch of the Commissioner’s Cup game on July 29 in which the Aces defeated the Sky 93-83. Kelsey Plum paced the Aces with 24 points. A’ja Wilson recorded 17 points, 17 rebounds, and six blocks. Chelsea Gray was named MVP with 19 points, five assists, and four rebounds.
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The Sky has the best record in the WNBA by a game over the Aces. The Sky is two games ahead of the Connecticut Sun in the Eastern Conference. The Sky is 14-4 at home and 11-5 on the road. Their point differential is third in the WNBA (+5.2).
The Aces have a three-game lead on the Seattle Storm in the Western Conference. The Aces are 11-5 at home and 13-5 on the road. The Aces rank No. 2 in the league in point differential (+6.1).
The potent Sky offense has six players that average double digits in points. Kahleah Copper leads the Sky with 15.5 points along with 5.8 rebounds. Future Hall of Fame member Candace Parker is second on the Sky in points (13.4) and fourth in the WNBA in rebounds (8.6), along with averaging 1.0 blocks. Courtney Vandersloot averages 12.2 points and is second in the WNBA with 6.6 assists. Rebekah Gardner leads the Sky with 1.4 steals per game.
Prior to the contests on Aug. 10, the Sky led the league in field goal percentage (48.3) while being second in points (86.6) and fifth in three-point percentage (34.8). Defensively, the Sky rank second in blocks (4.4), as well as fourth in fast break points (9.1) and fifth in defensive rating (100.0).
The explosive Aces have four players averaging double digits in points. Plum is second in the WNBA at 19.9 points per game. Wilson is fifth in the league in points (19.6), second in rebounds (9.5) and first in blocks (2.0). Gray is fourth in the WNBA with 6.1 assists and also tied for fourth in steals (1.6).
Before the games on Aug. 10, the high-powered Aces led the league in points per game (89.9) and three-point percentage (35.8), and were third in field goal percentage (45.7). Defensively, the Aces are first in defensive rebounds (28.6), points off turnovers (13.1), and second-chance points (8.8), as well as sixth in defensive rating (101.7).
The Sky most recently lost to the visiting Storm 111-100 on Aug. 9. The Storm set a WNBA record with 37 assists. Vandersloot scored a game-high 28 points along with seven assists. Copper added 17 points.
The Aces defeated the Atlanta Dream 97-90 in their last game. The Aces had an extremely balanced offensive performance with four players that scored at least 20 points. Wilson tallied 24 points and 14 rebounds. Gray recorded 22 points and six assists. Plum totaled 22 points and dished out eight assists. Jackie Young scored 20 points with four 3-pointers.
The Sky should exact revenge and top the Aces thanks to a vintage performance from Parker.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.