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Betting Odds and Schedule for 2023 WNBA Playoffs –

With the 2023 common season full, the WNBA playoffs will start on Wednesday, September 13. Eight groups, 4 which symbolize the East and Western Convention, will compete for the WNBA Championship. The First-Spherical Playoff matchups will embrace one of the best of three video games performed.  Adopted by the primary spherical are the semi-finals, after which the Finals. Right here, you will see that the WNBA betting odds, strains, matchups, and brackets for the WNBA First-Spherical playoffs between the Connecticut Solar and the Minnesota Lynx.

Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook

(3) Connecticut Solar (27-13) vs. (6) Minnesota Lynx (19-21)

(Photograph by Brian Babineau/NBAE through Getty Photographs)

Recreation 1: Sept. 13, Minnesota at Connecticut, 8 p.m. ET/ ESPN2

Recreation 2: Sept. 17, Minnesota at Connecticut, 1 p.m. ET/ ESPN

Recreation 3: Sept. 20, Connecticut at Minnesota TBD/ESPN (If needed)

Season Matchups

*Connecticut gained the sequence 3-1*

Recreation 1: Connecticut 89, Minnesota 84 (Minnesota +6, over 159.5)
Recreation 2: Connecticut 89, Minnesota 68 (Connecticut -4, beneath 158)
Recreation 3: Minnesota 87, Connecticut 83 (Minnesota +12.5, over 161)
Recreation 4: Connecticut 79, Minnesota 69 (Minnesota +11.5, beneath 164)

Connecticut Solar

  • Tiffany Hayes, guard: Possible (knee)
  • DiJonai Carrington, guard: Questionable (foot)
  • Bernadett Határ, heart: Questionable (knee)

Minnesota Lynx

  • Jessica Shepard, ahead: OUT (ankle)
  • Lindsay Allen, guard, OUT: (thumb)
  • Natalie Achonwa, ahead: OUT (maternity depart)


The Connecticut Solar appeared doomed after they misplaced Jonquel Jones, Jasmine Thomas, and head coach, Curt Miller within the offseason. A 12 months faraway from the WNBA Finals; the Connecticut Solar discover themselves proper again in playoff rivalry. A month into the 2023 season, Connecticut misplaced their star ahead Brionna Jones for the remainder of the season with an Achilles damage. Led by All-Stars Alyssa Thomas and DeWanna Bonner, the Connecticut Solar prevailed and shocked many this season.

Of all groups, the Solar led the league in opponent factors per sport (79) and three-point share (31.1). With the best items surrounding Bonner and Thomas, the Solar had been capable of compete by way of 40 video games as a defensive juggernaut. The Solar, led by Stephanie White, completed 27-13, which was third finest within the WNBA. 4th general in offensive score, and third in defensive score, the Solar managed to remain afloat. Though the Solar dropped to fifth in offensive score put up all-star break (102.2), they managed to remain a prime defensive workforce.

Because the All-Star break, Connecticut ranked third in rebounding (50.5) and assists share (67.5), and fourth in web score (100) and steals (8.0). Via the backend of the season, the Solar dropped from 84.8 factors per sport, to 80.6. Connecticut is 13-7 at dwelling, and can face the Lynx, who’re .500 on the street, and beat them as soon as at Mohegan Solar Enviornment. The Solar are 3-2 of their final 5, by which they suffered twin losses to New York. Tiffany Hayes, DiJonai Carrington, and Bernadett Határ are all both possible or questionable for Wednesday’s matchup. The lack of all three, or only one, might very a lot affect the sequence.


The Lynx managed to maintain their playoff hopes alive and seize the No.6 seed after an 0-6 begin to the season. Following the retirement of Sylvia Fowles, the torch was handed to former Husky, Napheesa Collier. Each draft picks Diamond Miller and Dorka Juhasz have been distinction makers within the lineups, particularly within the absence of Collier or different accidents. The Lynx, led by Cheryl Reeve will compete for a title, after lacking the 2022 playoffs. Via 40 video games, Minnesota ranks eighth in offensive score (99.8), and tenth in defensive score (105.7). Total, they rank tenth in web score, which measures Minnesota’s level differential. Defensively, this workforce permits opponents to attain 85 factors a sport, which is second highest subsequent to Indiana.

With Jessica Shepard again from damage, together with Napheesa Collier, the Lynx did not see a lot change put up All-Star break. Within the second half of the season, their -4.5 web score ranks ninth within the league, forward of the Fever, Storm, and Mercury. As soon as a championship dynasty within the 2010s, Minnesota will look to construct round Collier, and Kayla McBride, who just lately signed a multi-year extension with the Lynx. Though the matchup might be troublesome, the Lynx beat the Solar on their dwelling court docket, and might be with out Jessica Shepard for sport 1. With Shepard out, search for Juhasz and Miller to see important enjoying time. The Lynx dropped 4 of their final six video games, together with losses in opposition to New York, Washington, Chicago, and Indiana.

Season Matchups

Connecticut leads the season sequence 3-1, by which their solely loss got here on their dwelling court docket July 30. The Solar head into the playoffs with a 32-point differential over the 4 matchups, by which they outrebounded the Lynx by a complete of 5 rebounds. In 4 video games, the Solar shot 46.3 p.c from the sphere, and 29 p.c from the three. Minnesota completed the sequence capturing 43 p.c from the sphere, and 30 p.c from downtown.

Minnesota coated the unfold in all matchups, and the Connecticut Solar gained the MoneyLine in 75 p.c of the conferences. The Solar put up 85 factors a sport, three greater than their common, and the Lynx with 77. It is necessary to notice, Connecticut was with out Brionna Jones for 3 of the 4 matchups in opposition to Minnesota. Stephanie White, AP Coach of the 12 months may have dwelling court docket benefit the primary two playoff matchups.

Solar Key Gamers

Ahead Alyssa Thomas has been an MVP candidate all season and elevated her sport to new heights. In probably the most beneficial participant race with Breanna Stewart and A’ja Wilson, Thomas was named to the AP First Group All-League. All through the season, Thomas recorded probably the most assists in a single season (316), six triple doubles, and 28 double-doubles, all WNBA information. Via 40 video games, No. 25 is the primary participant ever to steer the league in assists and rebounds, have a 20-20-10 sport, and have back-to-back triple doubles. She’s the primary WNBA participant to have 600 factors, 300 rebounds, and 300 assists. It is secure to say, with out Thomas, the Connecticut Solar would not be the place they’re this season.

DeWanna Bonner, in her 14th 12 months within the WNBA, set a franchise single-game file with 41 factors again on June 8. Averaging over 17 factors a sport, Bonner has been lighting it up all season lengthy. In her fourth 12 months with the Solar, Bonner is a pressure on each side of the ball, together with Thomas.

A dominant duo

Mixed, No. 24 and 25 common a mixed 32.9 factors per sport, 15.5 rebounds, 10.1 assists, and a pair of.9 steals. In 4 video games in opposition to the Lynx, Bonner and Thomas mixed for 139 factors (34 ppg), 62 rebounds (15.5 rpg), and 49 assists (12.2 apg). In sport 2, Thomas dished out 16 assists alone, together with scoring 16 factors. The play of Natisha Hiedeman, Rebecca Allen, and Tiffany Hayes might be very important, offering Hayes might be wholesome. Mixed, the three-guard accounted for 22 factors of their 79-69 win in opposition to the Lynx. Tyasha Harris, acquired within the offseason from Dallas, might be a big x-factor off the bench. DiJonai Carrington, coming off an damage needs to be a key reserve for this Solar workforce. Well being and guard manufacturing might be key right here for Connecticut.

Lynx Key Gamers

After lacking practically all of 2022 because of the delivery of her first baby, Napheesa Collier was named Comeback Participant of the 12 months. 2023 draft picks Diamond Miller and Dorka Juhasz had been named to the All-Rookie workforce. With Kayla McBride signing her multi-year extension, the group is actually constructing round her and Collier. With some accidents, got here inconsistencies for the Minnesota Lynx. Collier and McBride account for 35.8 factors a sport, adopted by Diamond Miller with 12. The Lynx might be with out Jessica Shepard and Lindsay Allen, each attributable to accidents. With these losses, count on Juhasz to fill that beginning position, which is able to command a major quantity of stress, particularly from a rookie. Minnesota ranks fifth in bench factors per sport (19.3), which might be thinner with accidents.


Each groups have questionable and particular accidents on each side for Wednesday. With out Jessica Shepard, that leaves Minnesota with no selection however to start out a rookie (Juhasz) in a important sport. Given the primary spherical is barely two video games, I do assume Minnesota will put up a battle right here. Having stolen one sport from Connecticut of their dwelling area, the Lynx are .500 on the street, and can matchup in opposition to of one of the best defensive models within the playoffs. If Minnesota can step up their protection, and play constant on each side of the ball, they could have a standing likelihood. With Connecticut, it will probably at all times be a raffle, nevertheless, they’ve a imply protection, and one of many prime duos in all the league.

My prediction for the WNBA Playoffs First-Spherical: Connecticut in three

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