Seattle Storm vs Las Vegas Aces 10/2/20 - WNBA Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 09/30/2020 at 11:17 AM ET

Seattle Storm vs Las Vegas Aces 10/2/20 - WNBA Picks & Predictions

On Friday, the Seattle Storm play the Los Vegas Aces in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals best of five series. Seattle reached the finals after sweeping the Minnesota Lynx in three consecutive games in their semifinal series. The matchup in the WNBA finals will feature the top two seeds in the playoffs and both Seattle and Las Vegas ended the regular season with identical 18-4 records. Seattle's top player Breanna Smith was the WNBA MVP and the WNBA Finals MVP in 2018.

Stewart has been the leading scorer and rebounder for Seattle during the postseason with averages of 23.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Stewart has also played a big role in the passing game and is second for Seattle in assists with an average of 5.7 per game. The leader in assists is Sue Bird with an average of 7.3 per game. Jewell Loyd is the second leading scorer for Seattle with an average of 17.3 points per game.

Las Vegas was pushed to the limit in their semifinals series with Connecticut winning the deciding Game 5 by the score of 66-63. A'ja Wilson, who is the reigning WNBA MVP, was the leading scorer for Las Vegas in the Game 5 victory with 22 points. During the regular season Las Vegas swept Seattle in the two head to head meetings. However, Seattle's veteran guard Sue Bird did not play in either of the two games and Stewart sat out the second one.

During the postseason just like during the regular season A’ja Wilson is the leading scorer and rebounder for Las Vegas with averages of 21.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. The second leading scorer and co-leader in assists for Las Vegas is Angel McCoughtry with averages of 15.0 points and 3.8 assists per game. Jackie Young is the other co-leader in assists with the same average of 3.8 per game. Las Vegas has three players averaging double-figures in scoring.

Las Vegas swept the season series against Seattle , but the Storm did not have veteran guard Sue Bird for either of the two games and high scorer and rebounder Breanna Stewart did not play the second game. A'ja Wilson and Angel McCoughtry have become a difficult pair to guard for opposing defenses and will be a handful for Seattle in this series. Las Vegas will open the WNBA Finals series Friday with a narrow victory and cover against Seattle. Final Score Prediction, Las Vegas Aces win and cover ATS 86-80.

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