Connecticut Sun Vs. Chicago Sky WNBA Semifinals Series Game 1 Betting Preview

Written By Derek Helling on September 28, 2021 - Last Updated on September 29, 2021

The Sun meets the Sky tonight, and bettors will get to see if riding with Chicago will continue to be a winning bet in Illinois. Many of the oddsmakers say that isn’t the case for the first Chicago Sky WNBA semifinals game in five years.

The first game of the best-of-five series tips at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 in Uncasville, CT. While online sportsbooks in Illinois favor the Connecticut Sun heavily, there’s some reason to believe Chicago could get its necessary road win tonight.

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Sizing up the opponent: Chicago Sky WNBA semifinals Game 1

The Sun enters the postseason with the shortest futures odds on Illinois sports betting apps, and for a good reason. In addition to winning 26 of their 32 regular-season games outright, Connecticut also covered 22 of those contests.

They played most of that schedule without two-time All-Star and member of the WNBA’s 2,000 point/1,000 rebound/500 assist club, Alyssa Thomas. Thomas recovered from a torn ACL in nearly unbelievable time to return just before the regular season ended.

She hasn’t played since Sept. 19, and should have fresh legs. For all the regular-season success the Sun had, their performances against Chicago could be the exception to that. There’s a most valuable caveat to that statement, however.

Chicago’s success against the Sun in 2021

During the regular season, the Sky handed Connecticut a third of its defeats. While Chicago won the season series, the Sun prevailed in the lone matchup on their home court. It’s also been over three months since these two teams last played.

Perhaps the most important thing to note, however, is that MVP Jonquel Jones did not play in any of the meetings. Thus, every time Chicago saw Connecticut this season, they were missing both Jones and Thomas.

At the same time, Chicago seems to have completely forgotten about the regular season. For example, the Sky had the worst cumulative performance against the spread in the league during the regular season, averaging nearly four points under the lines.

Against both the Dallas Wings on Thursday and the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday, Chicago covered comfortably. They’ll need to keep that momentum going and hope that the break led to more rust than rest to steal Game 1 on Tuesday.

Chicago Sky odds for tonight’s game, series

Right now, PointsBet Sportsbook is the only IL sportsbook with a market for the entire series. Chicago is +325 to get three wins against the Sun over the next five games. Other books do have lines available for tonight’s contest, however.

SportsbookSpreadTotalMoneyline
BetRivers SportsbookChicago +7 -110
Connecticut -7 -115
Over 152.5 -112
Under 152.5 -114
Chicago +230
Connecticut -305
Caesars at William HillChicago +7 -110
Connecticut -7 -110
Over 152.5 -110
Under 152.5 -110
Chicago +260
Connecticut -330
DraftKings SportsbookChicago +7.5 -110
Connecticut -7.5 -110
Over 151.5 -120
Under 151.5 +100
Chicago +260
Connecticut -335
FanDuel SportsbookChicago +7.5 -110
Connecticut -7.5 -110
Over 152.5 -110
Under 152.5 -110
Chicago +265
Connecticut -350
PointsBet SportsbookChicago +7.5 -110
Connecticut -7.5 -110
Over 152.5 -110
Under 152.5 -110
Chicago +250
Connecticut -320

Other markets available for tonight’s game include the margin of victory props, team totals and parlays combining elements of the moneyline, spread and total. For example, BetRivers Sportsbook has +155 odds on Connecticut to win and under 152.5 points.

Caesars at William Hill offers +225 on either team winning by less than five points. Bettors can find –105 odds on DraftKings Sportsbook on the Sun, holding the Sky under 71.5 points. At FanDuel Sportsbook, adventurous bettors can get +1800 odds on a tie at the end of the first half.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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