Sunday afternoon, the Chicago Sky (14-14) hosts the Las Vegas Aces (20-7) in a repeat of their power play Thursday night, where the Aces won 90-83. This is the first game of the day, as every Aces / Sky game has been a must-see TV since the competition increased in 2019 with the famous Hamby Heave.
This match is not just one with a budding rivalry. Both teams have a lot to play for as the Aces try to score a top-two seed and a double bee in the playoffs while the Sky tries to retain the sixth seed. The Sky will have to win the rebound battle and keep turnover low if they want to win the rematch. The Aces were excellently attacking on Thursday and will try to repeat the performance. If the ace can delay Candace Parker, it’s ideal for them. She was absolutely dominant on Thursday, with 30 points and 14 rebounds. She brings the Sky back from a 19-point deficit and makes the game a back-and-forth affair in the fourth.
We’ll see who wins in this new chapter of the Aces / Sky saga.
The second game on Sunday presents the Dallas Wings (12-15) to secure their place in the playoffs as they tackle the Atlanta Dream (6-20). This match is also a repeat of a match played on Thursday. The match was competitive, but the Dream could not end the match and lost by a narrow margin, 72-68.
The Dream struggled all year to close out matches. In their ten games decided by five points or less, they are 3-7. If they could only take a handful of the matches, they would still have a realistic chance of making the playoffs.
The Dream was there, with a chance to win Thursday, so it’s not an automatic win for Dallas. The Wings will have to shoot much better and can not get an offensive standstill as in the third quarter where they scored only 11 points. The Dream will have to get another set of fantastic performances from Courtney Williams and Monique Billings to win. Matches are always difficult for the winner because it is so difficult to win rugby matches against the same opponent. We’ll see if the dream can win and finish the finish line of 11 games they are currently playing.
Las Vegas Aces (20-7) vs Chicago Sky (14-14)
When: Sunday 5 September at 15:00 ET
Where: Wintrust Arena, Chicago, IL
How to watch: ABC
Air Injury Report: Astou Ndour-Fall (doubtful; foot)
Asbestos report: Dearica Hamby (off; left ankle sprain), Angel McCoughtry (off; right ACL), Liz Cambage (off; health and safety protocols)
Keys to the match: The Sky must win the setback and keep turnover to a minimum. They should also try to limit the Aces’ attacking firepower. In Thursday’s game, it looked like Las Vegas could make a basket whenever they wanted. The Sky must stop if they want to win the rematch. The Aces should try to contain Candace Parker. She was clearly the best player on the field during the first encounter and almost scored a comeback victory. If the Aces Parker can make them look like a star instead of a superstar, they could win in Chicago.
Atlanta Dream (6-20) vs. Dallas Wings (12-15)
When: Sunday 5 September at 16:00 ET
Where: College Park Center, Arlington, TX
How to watch: CBS Sports Network, BSSW +,
Key to matching: The Wings need to shoot better. They knocked 36% off the field on Thursday and struggled to score in the second half, which almost cost them the game. The Dream must win the rebound battle and will have to rely on their star Courtney Williams to be the dynamic scorer and leader she has been all season.
Dream Injury Report: Tiffany Hayes (probably; right knee), Candice Dupree (probably; back), Tianna Hawkins (out; right foot), Crystal Bradford (out; left foot) Chennedy Carter (out; suspended), Cheyenne Parker (out of season; personal))
Meat Injury Report: Satou Sabally (out; Achilles), Isabelle Harrison (out; health and safety protocols)