Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson shoots against the Seattle Storm in the first half of a WNBA basketball game Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
- The Aces and Wings kick off a rare five-game slate of WNBA games on July 11th at 1pm ET on ABC
- Sunday’s contests will be the final regular season games of the first half of the year, with the WNBA resuming on Aug. 15th
- See game odds, preview and the best bet for the game below
It’s hard to believe, but the WNBA has already reached the midway point in the 2021 season with the final games of the first half of the regular season schedule taking place league-wide on Sunday, July 11th.
To begin a rare five-game schedule in the league on Sunday will be a matchup on national television between the Las Vegas Aces and Dallas Wings at 1pm ET on ABC from College Park Center in Texas.
Aces vs Wings Odds
|Team||Spread at FanDuel||Moneyline||Total|
|Las Vegas Aces||-3.5 (-104)||-160||Over 171.5 (-110)|
|Dallas Wings||+3.5 (-118)||+130||Under 171.5 (-110)|
Odds as of July 11th
Las Vegas Hope to End First Half Strong
Las Vegas comes into the contest in second place in the league standings, sitting at 14-6 overall and a game behind first-place Seattle. The Aces have hit a bit of a rough patch, having lost two in a row while now having gone 7-3 in their last 10 games.
Las Vegas most recently fell at home to the red-hot Minnesota Lynx on July 9th in a 77-67 game that pushed the Lynx winning streak to six in a row.
So far this year, the Aces have featured one of the best offenses in the WNBA, averaging a league-best 90.5 points per game along with shooting a league-high 46.5% from the field and 36.2% from three (tied for third-best). On defense, Las Vegas has given up an average of 81 points to opposing teams, which is the fifth-best mark in the WNBA.
Leading the Aces once again in 2021 has been the post duo of A’ja Wilson and Liz Cambage, with Wilson averaging 19.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 blocks a game, and Cambage adding 14.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.4 assists. Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young have filled in nicely behind those two, with Plum averaging 13.4 points and 3.6 assists and Young tallying 12.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Block Partea at The House.@_ajawilson22 // #ALLIN ♦️♠️ pic.twitter.com/0WDA5KQsif
— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) July 10, 2021
With Cambage likely out for this game as well, as she missed the game on July 9th while already joining her national team in preparation for the Olympics, Las Vegas will have a tough task of trying to win without her but still should be able to come out on top in this one.
Wings Hope to End Losing Skid
Dallas enters the game in the eighth slot in the WNBA standings, holding an overall record of 9-11 overall. The Wings have struggled a bit as of late, having lost two straight while going 4-6 in their last 10 games.
Dallas most recently fell on the road to Minnesota on Wednesday, July 7th in an 85-79 contest, blowing a late-game lead to the Lynx to move the losing streak to two in a row.
This season, the Wings have featured a talented offensive group that has averaged 85.5 points per game to rank third-best in the league. Dallas is also shooting 43% from the field (6th in WNBA) and 36.4% from three (4th in WNBA) thus far. On defense though, the Wings have given up 83.1 points per game (8th in WNBA) which has contributed to their recent slide.
Arike Ogunbowale has been stellar all year long to lead the way for the Wings, averaging 19.4 points, 3.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Marina Mabrey has averaged 14.6 points and 4.7 rebounds, followed by Satou Sabally with 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
In good company🐐@MooreMaya 🤝 @Arike_O pic.twitter.com/DkQ5u2OQ4F
— Dallas Wings (@DallasWings) July 8, 2021
Dallas hopes to end its losing ways and get back into the win column on the final day of the first half on Sunday, but the Wings will have their hands full against the Aces.
Prediction and Best Bet
Sunday’s game will be the second of three contests between these two teams in 2021, with the Aces taking the first game 85-78 back on June 13th in Las Vegas.
With the game changing locations to Arlington for the second battle, we might see an even closer game on the Wings’ home court, but Las Vegas is still a tough team to face regardless of where the game is being played. When you have as talented an offense as the Aces, things become much easier in each game.
Gonna be a full house😏
Get your 🎟️ while they last!
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— Dallas Wings (@DallasWings) July 6, 2021
With that said, expect the Aces to be the team who has their losing streak end on Sunday, rounding out the first half of the regular season with a win to remain in second place going into the Olympic Break.
As far as the best bet for the game, this contest features two potent offenses, but the over/under of 171.5 is still a high total. Especially without Cambage for Las Vegas, let’s go with the under in the game.
- The Pick: Under 171.5 (-110)
Mitchell has over seven years of experience in journalism, marketing, communications and digital fields, having covered sports teams and leagues on all levels. He has spent more than five years covering the WNBA and NBA, among other sports. You can follow him on Twitter @M_Hansen13.