After a mostly wild and crazy weekend of WNBA playoff action was capped off by Dearica Hamby’s insane game-winning shot that propelled the Las Vegas Aces into the semifinal round, it’s time to take a look at what lies ahead in what has been one of the most competitive WNBA seasons ever.
Can the Aces get past the top-seeded Washington Mystics in their best-of-five semifinal series and can third-seeded Los Angeles pull off their own upset over second-seeded Connecticut? Let’s find out everything you need to know with the semifinals set to get underway on Tuesday night.
The Nos. 1 and 2 seeds will host Games 1, 2 and 5, if necessary and the lower-seeded teams will host Games 3 and 4 in their respective semifinal series. Let’s take a closer look at the matchups and the latest 2019 WNBA Championship odds.
2019 WNBA Semifinals Betting Preview & Predictions
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
Odds to Win the 2019 WNBA Championship
- Washington Mystics +100
- Connecticut Sun +330
- Las Vegas Aces +350
- Los Angeles Sparks +400
No. 1 Washington Mystics vs. No. 4 Las Vegas Aces
- Game 1: Las Vegas at Washington: Tuesday, September 17 at 8:30 PM ET
- Game 2: Las Vegas at Washington: Thursday, September 19 at 8:30 PM ET
- Game 3 Washington at Las Vegas: Sunday, September 22 at 5:00 PM ET
- Game 4: (If Necessary)Washington at Las Vegas: Tuesday, September 24 at TBD
- Game 5: (If Necessary) Las Vegas at Washington: Thursday, September 26 at TBD
Washington (26-8) finished first in the WNBA standings this season by three games over second place Connecticut, thanks to the phenomenal campaign of likely league MVP Elena Delle Donne (19.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg) first and foremost. The Mystics led the league in scoring (89.3 ppg) and scoring differential by outscoring their opponents by a whopping 12.0 points per game on average. Washington went 14-3 at home and a stellar 12-5 on the road.
Las Vegas advanced to the semis in stunning fashion, but this isn’t a team that ‘got lucky’ all season long to get where they are right now. The Aces finished fourth in the league standings (21-13) while averaging 82.2 points per game and allowing 78.8 points per contest defensively. Las Vegas went 13-4 at home this season, but an uninspiring 8-9 on the road. Still Washington has a couple of elite stars in their own right in A’ja Wilson and Liz Cambage.
Here is a look at the regular season series between the two.
Season Series (WAS 2, LVA 1)
- June 20: WAS 95, LVA 72
- July 13: LVA 85, WAS 81
- 5: WAS 99, LVA 70
No. 2 Connecticut Sun vs. No. 3 Los Angeles Sparks
- Game 1: Los Angeles at Connecticut: Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30 PM ET
- Game 2: Los Angeles at Connecticut: Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 PM ET
- Game 3: Connecticut at Los Angeles: Sunday, September 22 at 7:00 PM ET
- Game 4: (If Necessary) Connecticut at Los Angeles: Tuesday, September 24 at TBD
- Game 5: (If Necessary) Los Angeles at Connecticut: Thursday, September 26 at TBD
Connecticut finished the regular season second to Washington by going 23-11 during the regular season. While the Sun went a stellar 15-2 at home during the regular season, they also went an uninspiring 8-9 on the road. Connecticut averaged 80.8 points per game while allowing 77.9 points per contest defensively.
Los Angeles finished third in the WNBA standings (22-12) while going a fantastic 15-2 at home, but just 7-10 on the road. The Sparks put up 80.1 points per game while allowing 77.2 points per contest defensively.
L.A. won the regular season series over Connecticut this season, with the home team winning all three games. The Sparks have won 15 straight games at Staples Center, but must get one win on the road to get past Connecticut in order to get back to the Finals for the third time in four years. Connecticut is looking for its first Finals berth since 2005.
Season Series (LAS 2, CON 1)
- May 31: LAS 77, CON 70
- June 6: CON 89, LAS 77
- 25: LAS 84, CON 72