Connecticut Sun vs Chicago Sky Prediction, 9/8/2022 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Connecticut Sun vs Chicago Sky
Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022
Location: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Connecticut (+4.5)
The Chicago Sky (26-10) play the Connecticut Sun (25-11) at Wintrust Arena on Thursday in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The series is tied 2-2. Connecticut opens this contest as 4.5 point dogs. The over/under is set at 161.5.
The Sun notched a win by a score of 104-80 in Game 4. Connecticut wrapped up the contest having earned a 56.9% FG percentage (41 out of 72) and converted 6 of 15 three-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Sun converted 16 of 20 tries for a rate of 80.0%. In reference to rebounding, they earned 39 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 22 dimes for the matchup while forcing 15 turnovers and getting 10 steals. In reference to the defense, Connecticut allowed 47.6% from the field on 30 out of 63 shooting. Chicago recorded 23 dimes and had 8 steals for this game. In addition, Chicago totaled 23 boards (3 offensive, 20 defensive) and got 3 blocks. Chicago shot 75.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 12 of 16 tries. They also knocked down 8 of their 21 attempts from beyond the arc.
DeWanna Bonner is a player who had an impact in this game. She totaled 19 points on 7 out of 13 shooting. She played for 36 mins and collected 6 rebounds. Bonner walked away from this one shooting 53.8% from the field and also distributed 4 assists.
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Connecticut comes into this game with a mark of 25-11 this season. They are turning it over 14.4 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 17.1 fouls per game. As a unit, Connecticut is collecting 37.1 boards per contest and is sitting with 759 assists so far this year, which is 3rd in the WNBA in terms of passing the ball. The Sun are hitting 35.4% on 3-point shots (230 of 649) and 78.9% from the charity stripe. They average 85.8 points per game (3rd in the WNBA) while going 46.2% from the field. When they are on defense, the Sun are able to force 15.5 turnovers per game while drawing 18.9 fouls. They are 3rd in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 696 conceded on the campaign. The Sun defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 43.9% (557 of 680) and they concede 29.0 rebounds per game as a team. They relinquish 32.8% on 3-pointers and they rank 2nd in the WNBA in opponents PPG (77.8).
In Game 4, the Sky pulled down 20 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive boards for a total of 23 for this contest. They also turned the ball over 15 times, while earning 8 steals for the matchup. The Sun were called for 21 personal fouls for this game which took the Sky to the charity stripe for a total of 16 shots. They were able to make 12 of the free throw tries for a rate of 75.0%. When it comes to shots from downtown, Chicago made 8 of 21 attempts (38.1%). Overall, the Sky ended up going 30 for 63 from the floor which gave them a rate of 47.6%. The Sky allowed the Sun to make 41 out of 72 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 56.9% for this game. They went 40.0% from three-point range by shooting 6 out of 15 and finished the game at 16 out of 20 at the charity stripe (80.0%). With respect to rebounds, Chicago allowed Connecticut to collect 39 in all (9 on the offensive side).
Emma Meesseman was important for the Sky in the game. She knocked down 7 of 11 for this contest giving her a rate of 63.6%, and accumulated 2 rebounds. Meesseman tallied 14 points in her 32 minutes of playing time and accumulated 6 dimes for this contest.
Chicago has a win-loss record of 26-10 on the year. Chicago has totaled 3,105 pts for the season (86.3 per game) and they grab 34.8 rebounds per game. The Sky commit 16.2 fouls per contest and they shoot 82.3% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offense, the Sky are hitting on 48.1% from the field, which is ranked 1st in basketball. They are getting an assist 24.3 times per contest (1st in the WNBA) and they are turning it over 13.8 times per contest. The Sky on the defensive end are ranked 4th in the league in points per game surrendered with 81.3. The Chicago defense gives up 34.0% on shots from 3-point land (233 of 686) and their opposition knocks down 78.9% of their foul shots. They allow 20.9 assists and 33.2 rebounds per game, which is 8th and 5th in the league. They are forcing 13.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.8% from the floor (6th in the league).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Connecticut (+4.5)
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