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Dallas Wings vs. Connecticut Sun Pick & Prediction AUGUST 21st 2022

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OPENNER
-11.5

162.5o -110
CURRENT
-9.5 -146

+550
MONEYLINE
-750

89
SCORE
79

The Connecticut Sun don't necessarily need the type of dominance they displayed in their playoff opener.

But an encore against the Dallas Wings would be nice as the Sun look to close out the best-of-three first-round series in Game 2 on Sunday afternoon in Uncasville, Conn.

"We got to get back to work. I have great respect for Dallas and their coaching staff," Sun coach Curt Miller said. "We had a big margin of victory in one game (vs. the Wings) this year, but they won the regular-season series. So it doesn't matter how much you win by, this is a series."

Thursday night's 93-68 final became a showcase for the Sun.

In the Game 1 romp, five Connecticut players scored in double figures, while Alyssa Thomas had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

"When we're best, I think is when we have great balance," Miller said. "We didn't get stuck playing through one action or one person."

Even guard Odyssey Sims going to the bench with an ailment didn't seem to be a major concern for the Sun.

"She just became sick to her stomach," Miller said.

The Wings went 5-2 in August to close the regular season, but the postseason opener was jarring.

"The first thing I told my team is ‘I don't recognize my team,'" Dallas coach Vickie Johnson said.

Allisha Gray racked up 17 points in Game 1 for the Wings, but it was mostly an uneven and disconnected performance for Dallas.

"We went back to our old habits, complaining, not taking accountability, and looking at ourselves first. So, we have to change that," Johnson said. "If we think we can do it individually and beat Connecticut, it's not going to happen."

Miller said the key was holding the Dallas trio of Gray, Marina Mabrey and Teaira McCowan to a total of 35 points.

The Wings had forward Satou Sabally available for the series after she missed time with injuries. She hadn't played since July 12 because of an ankle injury until suiting up for Game 1, when she posted 10 points in 15 minutes off the bench.

"It's hard to battle through injuries," Sabally said. "Lows have to be taken in account just as the highs are. I think mentally I'm in a good place now."

Dallas won two of three meetings in the regular season against the Sun.

--Field Level Media
PREDICTION
Dallas Wings
76
86
Connecticut Sun

Dallas Wings vs. Connecticut Sun

The Connecticut Sun overcame a double-digit deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Dallas Wings 70-66 in Bradenton, Fla., on Wednesday.

After the Wings (3-6) cut the lead to 68-66 with 31.1 seconds to play, DeWanna Bonner blew past a Dallas defender and hit a layup with 10.8 seconds to play to seal the victory for the Sun (3-6). Bonner had 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting for the Sun, who have won three of their last four.

Arike Ogunbowale had a game-high 19 points on 50 percent shooting for the Wings.

Despite featuring two of the top five scorers in the league in Dallas' Ogunbowale (20.2 ppg) and Connecticut's Bonner (18.7), both teams struggled shooting the basketball.

Connecticut made only nine of their 33 shots in the first half, while Dallas tried to offset individual struggles by spreading the ball around (eight different players scored in the first half.

In the third quarter, the Sun started chipping away at the Wings' lead. Connecticut went to the foul line 11 times and hit nine free throws in the quarter, Bonner leading the way with eight points.

Though the Sun brought the score back to within one basket with 3.5 minutes left in the third, Ogunbowale heated up after a quiet first half. She scored 11 of the Wings' 15 third-quarter points to help Dallas hold 49-46 lead heading into the final 10 minutes.

The Sun finally took the lead on Bria Holmes' a 3-pointer from 24 feet out with 7:51 left to make it 53-52. It was Holmes' first basket of the game. Once Connecticut got the lead, it didn't let it go, and pushed it to 63-57 on another Holmes 3-pointer with 4:58 left in the game.

Dallas got as close as 63-62 with 2:28 to play, and then within two before Bonner's clinching bucket.

For the Sun, Alyssa Thomas had 17 points and seven rebounds.

Allisha Gray dropped 15 points, and Tyasha Harris scored 13 points off the bench, for the Wings.

--Field Level Media
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