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    Preview: Lynx (2-0) at Storm (1-1)
    Date: May 22, 2016 7:00 PM EDT

    Jewell Loyd gave the Seattle Storm a major boost ahead of No. 1 draft pick Breanna Stewart's home debut for the team.


    Earning a win in that highly anticipated game will likely prove challenging for the Storm, given the way Minnesota's title defense has started.


    The Lynx will seek to improve to 3-0 while registering another decisive victory Sunday.


    Loyd scored a career-high 30 points, 10 in the final 3:14, and banked in her final shot with 2.9 seconds left to deliver an 81-80 victory over Phoenix on Friday. Stewart registered her first double-double - 14 points and 13 rebounds - after tallying 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting in her pro debut, a 96-66 defeat to Los Angeles last Sunday.


    Stewart and the Storm (1-1) will next face a team that's won its first two games by a combined 36 points.


    Sylvia Fowles had 24 points and 13 rebounds in a 97-80 win at Chicago on Wednesday, her first matchup against her former team. Maya Moore chipped in 22 points after tallying 27 in a 95-76 win over Phoenix on May 14.


    Minnesota (2-0) has shot a combined 52.8 percent from the field and 32 of 37 from the free-throw line. The Lynx registered 27 assists in their latest win, topping their best performance from 2015 by two, and had 24 versus Phoenix.


    "We've kind of gotten back to the way we have played in past years, which is sharing the ball," coach Cheryl Reeve told the team's official website. "We've got good players all over the place, and if we just make the easy play, that leads to that big number in assists."


    The Storm snapped a six-game skid to Minnesota in their final matchup in 2015, claiming a 78-64 home victory Sept. 11. The Lynx, however, were resting Moore, Seimone Augustus (foot) and Lindsay Whalen (Achilles) before their playoff run.


    Minnesota, though, has lost three of its past four visits to Seattle. The Storm were 8-9 at home last season during their 10-24 campaign.




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    MIN 73 Under: 140
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    MIN 82 Cover: 12.5
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    MIN 76 Over: 149
    SEA 73 Cover: 7.5
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    5/21 - YESTERDAY'S RESULTS: 2 - 4
    OVERALL : 18 - 13



    SUNDAY, MAY 22


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    CHI at ATL 03:00 PM

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    Armadillo: Tuesday's six-pack


    -- Giants win 1-0 for second consecutive day, first time they've won consecutive games 1-0 since August, 1980.


    -- Padres lost in 17 innings Sunday, then on a messed-up pop-up Monday, wasting lot of good pitching by starters Rea, Pomeranz.


    -- Sharks 6, Blues 3-- San Jose is one game away from Stanley Cup finals.


    -- Royals lost Alex Gordon for 4-6 weeks with a broken hand.


    -- Draymond Green will play tonight; he got fined but the league backed off on his suspension- the league prefers good TV ratings to actual justice.


    -- Atlanta Braves have five of the first 80 picks in the June 9 amateur draft.


    **********


    Armadillo: Tuesday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but........


    13) Major league baseball teams aren't allowed to play more than 20 days in a row, so players on Colorado/Pittsburgh had to vote to play Monday, after Sunday's game was rained out in the second inning.


    Pirates will now take the field 34 days in a row, Colorado 27, but playing yesterday was better than the Rockies flying in for one day later this season.


    12) With Lucas Duda out for an extended time bith back issues, would the Mets trade for a 3B, move David Wright to first? He has been struggling with throws, anyway, this could be the time to put him at first base.


    11) Interesting matchup in Chicago tonight: Indians are 7-0 when Josh Tomlin starts on the mound, White Sox are 9-0 when Chris Sale pitches.


    10) White Sox announcer Steve Stone was talking about former Braves' slugger Rico Carty (.299 career BA, 204 HRs). Apparently Carty wasn't a trusting soul-- he kept his wallet in hsi uniform pants while he was playing. Seriously.


    9) On the Pirate game yesterday afternoon, Colorado announcers were saying that when he played for the Bronx Bombers, New York coaches tried to get Dominic Cervelli to quit and become a minor league coach, like Crash Davis in Bull Durham.


    Cervelli just signed a three-year, $31M extension; hope he sends a copy of his checks to New York, so they can see how wrong they were.


    8) I've spent a lot of time keeping score at baseball games, was even an official scorer in the minor leagues for two years, but if I started keeping score again, I'd have to change the way I kept score, because of shifting defenses.


    A good scorecard is something you can look at six months later and tell what went on in that game, even if you never saw the game. Jotting down "5-3" is no longer enough, because the 3B ("5") might have shifted to the right side of the infield. Now you need to take notes and be more descriptive, in order to be more accurate.


    7) Raptors 105, Cavaliers 99- Why do teams play so much better at home?


    6) Trevon Blueitt is going back to Xavier; the Musketeers have their top four guys on the perimeter back and are a top 25 team.


    5) Drivers in this year's Indianapolis 500 represent 11 different countries.


    4) In his last 1,001 innings pitched, Clayton Kershaw's ERA is 1.995.


    3) Players who have come to bat with most men on base this season:
    Rizzo 150, Polanco 147, Pujols 143, Abreu 137.


    2) Players with 100+ PA who have driven in the highest %age of baserunners:
    Bruce 26.7%, Betts 24.2%, Markakis 24.2%, Bradley Jr 23.4%


    1) Players with 100+ PA who have driven in the lowest %age of baserunners
    Gennett 1-64, MTaylor 2-68, Norris 3-85.
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    WNBA Betting Recap: 5/18-5/22
    May 23, 2016


    League Betting Notes (Wednesday, May 18 through Sunday, May 22)


    -- Favorites went 7-5 straight up (SU)


    -- Underdogs went 7-5 against the spread (ATS)


    -- Home teams posted a 4-8 SU record


    -- Road teams posted a 7-5 ATS record


    -- The 'over' went 7-5


    Team Betting Notes


    After two weeks of action, Los Angeles (3-0) and Minnesota (3-0) are the only teams to remain unbeaten.


    The Sparks are also unbeaten against the spread (3-0) and lead the league in scoring defense, holding opponents to 68.3 points per game. Phoenix (0-3) and San Antonio (0-3) are still searching for their first win of the season.


    The Mercury haven’t been able to stop anybody this season, allowing a league-worst 91 PPG. Phoenix dropped its home opener on Friday to Seattle (81-80) as an 11 -point underdog.


    The Storm cashed money-line tickets as high as plus-550 (Bet $100 to win $550) over the Mercury and followed up that win with a great effort versus Minnesota on Sunday. The Storm lost 78-71 but easily covered the 9 -point spread.


    Indiana is one of three teams averaging 90 PPG or more this season. The Fever have seen the ‘over’ cash in all three of their games.


    Washington is another club that owns a perfect ‘over’ mark this season. The Mystics have allowed 86.8 PPG, which has helped the high side cash in all four of their contests.
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    Tuesday, May 24




    Atlanta @ New York


    Game 651-652
    May 24, 2016 @ 11:00 am


    Dunkel Rating:
    Atlanta
    112.188
    New York
    116.158
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    New York
    by 4
    160
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    New York
    by 7 1/2
    154
    Dunkel Pick:
    Atlanta
    (+7 1/2); Over


    Los Angeles @ Chicago


    Game 653-654
    May 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Los Angeles
    114.137
    Chicago
    115.627
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Chicago
    by 1 1/2
    161
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 1
    167
    Dunkel Pick:
    Chicago
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    Tuesday, May 24


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    11:00 AM
    ATLANTA vs. NEW YORK
    Atlanta is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing New York
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Atlanta's last 13 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New York's last 10 games at home
    New York is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games at home


    7:00 PM
    LOS ANGELES vs. CHICAGO
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    Chicago is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing at home against Los Angeles


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    Tuesday, May 24


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    ATLANTA (15 - 19) at NEW YORK (26 - 14) - 5/24/2016, 11:00 AM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NEW YORK is 27-15 ATS (+10.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    NEW YORK is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    ATLANTA is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    ATLANTA is 16-7 ATS (+8.3 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    NEW YORK is 6-3 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    NEW YORK is 7-2 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


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    LOS ANGELES (15 - 22) at CHICAGO (22 - 15) - 5/24/2016, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LOS ANGELES is 155-194 ATS (-58.4 Units) after scoring 75 points or more since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 123-162 ATS (-55.2 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1997.
    CHICAGO is 11-24 ATS (-15.4 Units) in home games on Tuesday since 1997.
    CHICAGO is 9-19 ATS (-11.9 Units) against Western conference opponents over the last 3 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 9-19 ATS (-11.9 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 16-32 ATS (-19.2 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) after scoring 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    LOS ANGELES is 3-1 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    LOS ANGELES is 3-1 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    Moving on up: Unbeaten Sparks 2nd in AP WNBA power poll
    May 24, 2016


    NEW YORK (AP) What a difference a year makes.


    Los Angeles is 3-0 for the first time since 2003. The Sparks didn't win their third game last season until July 21.


    After rallying from an eight-point deficit in the final 80 seconds on Saturday against the New York Liberty to win in overtime, L.A. moved up four spots in The Associated Press power poll . They are second, behind only Minnesota.


    Two big reasons for their early success has been the play of Nneka Ogwumike and having Candace Parker in training camp this year. Ogwumike had 25 points and 15 rebounds in the overtime win over the Liberty.


    Parker usually has been playing overseas in the winter and would show up to Sparks training camp right before the season began. This year she was with the team from Day 1.


    ''I definitely feel comfortable out there,'' Parker said. ''I feel fresh and think we're playing well so far although it's early. This is my first go round being at training camp from the start; it's been great helping set expectations. I was really excited and anxious to get the season going. A lot of the players got in earlier. Culture is huge. This is the best I've been part of since I've been here.''


    She sat out the first half of the season last year to rest her body.


    ''You can tell she looks fresh out there,'' Sparks coach Brian Agler said. ''Having her early has helped us.''


    The Sparks continue their four-game road trip in Chicago on Tuesday and Connecticut on Thursday.


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    POWER POLL:
    Los Angeles is playing well, but not well enough to overtake the reigning WNBA champion Lynx. A look at the first regular season WNBA poll.


    1. Minnesota (3-0): The defending champions have looked every bit the part early on.


    2. Los Angeles (3-0): On the road or at home, the Sparks have won


    3. New York (2-1): A hiccup late in the game against the Sparks cost them first 3-0 start since 2007


    4. Dallas (3-1): Looked good without Skylar Diggins and now have their star guard back


    5. Indiana (2-1): Tamika Catchings' last season has gotten off to a good start.


    6. Atlanta (2-1): The Dream surprised Chicago at home and are off to strong start, jumping five spots in poll.


    7. Chicago (1-2): Elena Delle Donne missed the opener with illness the Sky won, she played the next two and they lost - go figure.


    8. Phoenix (0-3): Biggest drop in poll, was second in preseason. The talent is there, albeit many players reported late because of overseas commitments.


    9. Seattle (1-2): Looked overmatched against the Sparks before beating Phoenix on last-second shot and playing Minnesota tough.


    10. Washington (1-3): Just trying to get everyone healthy.


    11. Connecticut (1-2): New coach, new attitude, trying to get more wins.


    12. San Antonio (0-3): Tough losses to Connecticut and Dallas. Dan Hughes' final season on bench could be a long one.


    ---


    GAME OF THE WEEK: Los Angeles is involved in two family type games this week. Candace Parker has a homecoming Tuesday night in Chicago where she grew up. Nneka Ogwumike will play her sister Chiney for the first time this season when the Sparks visit Connecticut on Thursday. ''It's always fun playing against'' Chiney, Nneka said. ''It's easy to say it's just another game, but it's not. I'm just happy to see her back out on the court after she missed last year with the injury.''


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    STAT OF THE WEEK:
    Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck have combined to lose more games already in their first week in the WNBA than they did in four years at UConn. The trio was 151-5 in college. They are 2-7 in the pros.
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    5/22 - RESULTS: 3 - 1
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    TUESDAY, MAY 24


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    LA at CHI 07:00 PM


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    WNBA Betting Recap: 5/18-5/22
    May 23, 2016


    League Betting Notes (Wednesday, May 18 through Sunday, May 22)


    -- Favorites went 7-5 straight up (SU)


    -- Underdogs went 7-5 against the spread (ATS)


    -- Home teams posted a 4-8 SU record


    -- Road teams posted a 7-5 ATS record


    -- The 'over' went 7-5


    Team Betting Notes


    After two weeks of action, Los Angeles (3-0) and Minnesota (3-0) are the only teams to remain unbeaten.


    The Sparks are also unbeaten against the spread (3-0) and lead the league in scoring defense, holding opponents to 68.3 points per game. Phoenix (0-3) and San Antonio (0-3) are still searching for their first win of the season.


    The Mercury haven’t been able to stop anybody this season, allowing a league-worst 91 PPG. Phoenix dropped its home opener on Friday to Seattle (81-80) as an 11 -point underdog.


    The Storm cashed money-line tickets as high as plus-550 (Bet $100 to win $550) over the Mercury and followed up that win with a great effort versus Minnesota on Sunday. The Storm lost 78-71 but easily covered the 9 -point spread.


    Indiana is one of three teams averaging 90 PPG or more this season. The Fever have seen the ‘over’ cash in all three of their games.


    Washington is another club that owns a perfect ‘over’ mark this season. The Mystics have allowed 86.8 PPG, which has helped the high side cash in all four of their contests.
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    NEW YORK (AP) Tiffany Hayes had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Angel McCoughtry scored all 15 of her points after halftime and the Atlanta Dream beat the New York Liberty 85-79 in overtime on Tuesday.


    Hayes was 7 of 13 from the field with three 3-pointers and hit all 10 of her free-throw attempts. McCoughtry scored four of Atlanta's eight overtime points as the Dream (3-1) held New York to just two points in the extra session.


    McCoughtry made the first basket of overtime at the 2:20 mark and Hayes added two free throws on Atlanta's next possession for an 81-77 lead. New York eventually scored on Tanisha Wright's layup with 20.3 seconds left to pull to 83-79, but the Dream sealed it at the line.


    Elizabeth Williams added a career-high 16 points with eight boards for Atlanta (3-1), which is ranked No. 6 in the WNBA power poll. The Dream made 34 of 42 free-throw attempts (81 percent) while New York was just 14 of 20.


    Tina Charles recorded her fourth straight double-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and a career-high seven steals for third-ranked New York (2-2).


    SPARKS 93, SKY 80


    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Candace Parker scored 17 of her 26 points in the first half and the Sparks used a decisive second quarter to cruise to a win over the Sky.


    Chicago was within two with 3:55 left before halftime, but Los Angeles closed the opening 20 minutes with an 18-2 run for a 53-35 lead. Kristi Toliver started the spurt with a 3-pointer and Parker scored the final six points.


    Parker scored the first five Los Angeles points of the third quarter, including a coast-to-coast layup and a 3-pointer, and the Sparks led by double figures for the entire second half.


    Nneka Ogwumike had 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists and Jantel Lavender scored 16 on 7-of-9 shooting for Los Angeles (4-0), which was ranked No. 2 in the AP WNBA power poll. Kristi Toliver had 11 points and 10 assists and the Sparks finished with 27 assists on 30 field goals.


    Jamierra Faulkner scored 17 points with a career-high 10 assists for No. 7 Chicago (1-3), which was without point guard Courtney Vandersloot for a second straight game. The Sky turned it over 15 times and Elena Delle Donne was held to eight points.
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    Preview: Lynx (3-0) at Mercury (0-3)
    Date: May 25, 2016 10:00 PM EDT

    The Phoenix Mercury were favored to win the championship by a sizable margin in a preseason poll among WNBA general managers.


    The Minnesota Lynx, though, look far more like the team to beat since the league's 20th season tipped off.


    The Lynx will seek to improve to 4-0 while dropping the Mercury to 0-4 on Wednesday night in the second matchup between the teams in less than two weeks.


    Phoenix was picked by seven of the 12 GMs to take the title while Minnesota finished a distant second with two votes despite being the defending champion. That result was likely based on the Mercury getting Diana Taurasi back from a year-long hiatus.


    The seven-time All-Star and five-time scoring champion has displayed her usual high-level performance, averaging a league-best 24.3 points. The Mercury, though, struggled to slow down their first two opponents, giving up a combined 192 points.


    Minnesota shot 54.1 percent in a 95-76 home win May 14 in the season opener for both teams.


    Phoenix had a better effort Friday against Seattle but lost 81-80 in its home debut when the Storm's Jewell Loyd banked in a 12-foot shot with 2.9 seconds left.


    "We have to keep working," coach Sandy Brondello said. "The games don't get any easier. We have to keep working. We have to make sure we stay together. We have to make sure we hold each other accountable."


    The Mercury will try to avoid going 0-4 for the first time since 2008 and third time in franchise history. That was also the last time they dropped their first two home games.


    That won't prove an easy task as Minnesota has charged out of the gates once again, starting 3-0 or better for the fourth time in five seasons. The Lynx are the league's only team to start 3-0 this year without needing overtime and topped Seattle 78-71 in their latest victory Sunday.


    The result was a little closer than in their first two games, which they won by a combined 36 points while scoring a total of 192.


    "There are several staple players that have been here for a while now, but we have a lot of new players," forward Maya Moore told the team's official website. "They're hungry to get it right, to get it together with those of us who have been here for a while. We want to make sure we're clicking on all cylinders."


    Moore had 27 points and a career-high 10 assists in the win over Phoenix and Seimone Augustus chipped in 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Sylvia Fowles got the better of Brittney Griner in the paint, tallying 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Lynx outperformed the Mercury on the boards 40-24.


    Griner had 12 points and five rebounds in her team's fourth consecutive loss to Minnesota, including last year's Western Conference finals.


    Moore scored 40 points as the Lynx snapped a seven-game skid in Phoenix with a 72-71 victory in the series clincher.




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    MIN 95 Cover: 15
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    Sep 29, 2015 Score ATS Results
    PHO 0 Over: 0
    MIN 0 Cover: 0
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    Sep 27, 2015 Score ATS Results
    PHO 71 Cover: 1
    MIN 72 Under: 143
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    Sep 24, 2015 Score ATS Results
    PHO 60 Under: 127
    MIN 67 Cover: 2
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    Aug 30, 2015 Score ATS Results
    PHO 61 Under: 132
    MIN 71 Cover: 3
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    Aug 23, 2015 Score ATS Results
    MIN 67 Under: 146
    PHO 79 Cover: 13
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    MIN 66 Under: 139
    PHO 73 Cover: 8.5
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    Wednesday, May 25


    Minnesota @ Phoenix

    Game 601-602
    May 25, 2016 @ 10:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Minnesota
    116.519
    Phoenix
    118.502
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Phoenix
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    162
    Vegas Team:
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    Vegas Total:
    Minnesota
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    167
    Dunkel Pick:
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    MINNESOTA (29 - 15) at PHOENIX (22 - 16) - 5/25/2016, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHOENIX is 54-34 ATS (+16.6 Units) on Wednesday since 1997.
    PHOENIX is 13-26 ATS (-15.6 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 12-30 ATS (-21.0 Units) in May games since 1997.
    PHOENIX is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MINNESOTA is 8-7 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    PHOENIX is 8-7 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    11 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    10:00 PM
    MINNESOTA vs. PHOENIX
    Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    Minnesota is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota

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    5/24 - YESTERDAY'S RESULTS 2 - 0
    OVERALL : 23 - 14



    WEDNESDAY, MAY 25


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    MIN at PHO 10:00 PM


    MIN -4.0


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    Armadillo: Thursday's six-pack


    -- Giants 4, Padres 3 (10)-- Giants are 9-0 against San Diego this season.


    -- Vin Scully turned down a chance to call the All-Star Game in his final season as a broadcaster.


    -- Jackie Bradley Jr's hitting streak is now at 29 games.


    -- Indians 4, White Sox 3-- Chicago is now 4-11 in its last 15 games, leads Indians by only a half-game in AL Central.


    -- Sharks 5, Blues 2-- St Louis made Stanley Cup finals in their first three years of existence (1967-70); they haven't been back since.


    -- Cavaliers 116, Raptors 78-- Another uninteresting game. The average margin of victory in these five games has been 21.8 points.


    **********


    Armadillo: Thursday's List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud.......


    13) Wednesday was the deadline for NBA prospects to drop out of the draft and go back to school-- at least 45 players have done that. Dillon Brooks, Tyler Dorsey both went back to school, making Oregon a national title contender next winter.


    12) Purdue gets big man Caleb Swanigan back for next year: "I'm going back to school. I feel I'm only a 2nd round pick and I can do better than that. I love Purdue.'' Boilermakers still need better guard play, but Swanigan's return is important.


    11) Clemson also got very good news that Jaron Blossonggame will return to school; Littlejohn Coliseum was re-done last winter, so Brad Brownell will be on the hot seat to make the NCAAs next year. When boosters kick in a lot of money to refurbish an arena, they expect results. With Blossingame, Clemson can make the NCAAs.


    10) USC appears to be the big loser Wednesday; they lost two starters, their point guard and center, despite thought that neither one will get drafted. Trojans were going to be a top 15 team if both kids came back. Now they're out of the top 25. .


    9) Similar bad news at Seton Hall, after Isaiah Whitehead stayed in the draft- had he stayed in school, he would've been a preseason All-American, and Kevin Willard is a much smarter coach. Whitehead may or may not get picked in the first round.


    8) Los Angeles Rams will travel 32,072 miles this coming season, most of any team; even without their London trip, Rams would travel 5th-most miles in league.


    7) There are six teams who will travel less than 10,000 miles this year, all from the two north divisions-- Lions-Packers-Bears-Ravens-Browns-Steelers.


    6) Memphis Grizzlies offered their coaching job to Miami assistant David Fizdale, who has been an NBA assistant for 14 years. Grizzlies are tough team to work for; in last four years, they've fired a coach who went 56-26, then a coach who went 42-40 despite using 28 players, the most players an NBA team has ever had in one season.


    5) Odubel Herrera, Yasiel Puig were both benched this week for not running balls out. Herrera returned to the lineup and homered Wednesday afternoon.


    4) Rougned Odor punched an opponent in the face 11 days ago; when does he get suspended? Baseball does this so badly; by the time he gets suspended, we'll forget what he got suspended for. For that fight, the suspension should've been immediate.


    3) Giancarlo Stanton is hitting .214 this year and is hurt again; this is his 7th year in the major leagues- he's played more than 123 games twice. I look at the guy and I see a WWE wrestler; he is too damn bulked-up to play baseball. Yes I'm bitter because he has been on my fantasy team since he was an 18-year old in the Florida State League, but how can a guy like this have only one season with 90+ RBI?


    2) Imagine how bitter you would be if you were paying Stanton's salary? The meat of his big-money deal doesn't start for two more years-- starting in 2018, Stanton will make an average of $31M a year for 11 years, from age 28 to 38. Oy.


    1) Matt Harvey is 3-7, 6.08 this season; he's allowed 73 hits in 53.1 IP. No bueno.
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    Los Angeles @ Connecticut

    Game 651-652
    May 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Los Angeles
    116.518
    Connecticut
    105.533
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 11
    157
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 9
    161 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Los Angeles
    (-9); Under

    Washington @ Seattle

    Game 653-654
    May 26, 2016 @ 10:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Washington
    103.285
    Seattle
    111.187
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Seattle
    by 8
    158
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Seattle
    by 5 1/2
    152 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Seattle
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    LOS ANGELES (15 - 22) at CONNECTICUT (15 - 19) - 5/26/2016, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LOS ANGELES is 82-110 ATS (-39.0 Units) after a win by 10 points or more since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 124-162 ATS (-54.2 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1997.
    CONNECTICUT is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in home games after a division game over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CONNECTICUT is 2-2 against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    CONNECTICUT is 2-2 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    WASHINGTON (19 - 18) at SEATTLE (10 - 24) - 5/26/2016, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON is 280-337 ATS (-90.7 Units) in all games since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 53-76 ATS (-30.6 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 167-214 ATS (-68.4 Units) after a division game since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) as a road underdog of 3.5 to 6 points over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SEATTLE is 2-2 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
    SEATTLE is 3-1 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    7:00 PM
    LOS ANGELES vs. CONNECTICUT
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 7 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
    The total has gone OVER in 12 of Los Angeles's last 18 games when playing Connecticut
    Connecticut is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Los Angeles
    Connecticut is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Los Angeles

    10:00 PM
    WASHINGTON vs. SEATTLE
    Washington is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
    Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    Seattle is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 6 games

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    Preview: Sparks (4-0) at Sun (1-2)
    Date: May 26, 2016 7:00 PM EDT

    Now that Chiney Ogwumike is back on the floor, perhaps she can finally earn a victory over sister Nneka Ogwumike.


    It won't be easy because Chiney Ogwumike's Connecticut Sun will be up against an unbeaten Los Angeles Sparks team that features her sister as well as a rejuvenated Candace Parker.


    Both sisters are former rookie of the year winners, with Nneka winning in 2012 and Chiney in 2014. They didn't meet last year since Chiney was sidelined due to knee surgery.


    "It's always fun playing against (Chiney)," Nneka Ogwumike said. "It's easy to say it's just another game, but it's not. I'm just happy to see her back out on the court after she missed last year with the injury."


    Los Angeles took both matchups in 2014 when the sisters met while Connecticut (1-2) won both meetings a season ago.


    The bigger factor in the 2015 season series than Chiney Ogwumike being out was Parker being absent from the Sparks. The two-time league MVP is with her team from day one this season and is averaging 20.5 points to key this 4-0 start by Los Angeles.


    She scored 26 and grabbed nine rebounds while Nneka Ogwumike added 19 and nine as the Sparks moved within a game of a perfect four-game trip following Tuesday's 93-80 victory over Chicago. Los Angeles closed the half on an 18-2 spurt for an 18-point cushion.


    The Sparks average a league-best 91.3 points and allow the fewest at 71.3 per game.


    The Sun have had a few days to digest Saturday's 84-76 overtime defeat to Washington in their home opener. Alyssa Thomas scored 18 and Jasmine Thomas added 13.


    Connecticut is the league's worst shooting team at 36.6 percent and second-worst on 3-pointers at 26.3.


    Los Angeles guard Chelsea Gray returns to face the Sun after the former first-round pick played 34 games for them as a rookie a year ago after battling back from several knee injuries.


    The Sparks are ranked No. 2 in the AP WNBA power poll while the Sun check in at No. 11.




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    Jun 26, 2015 Score ATS Results
    LOS 76 Cover: 3
    CONN 80 Over: 156
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    Jun 21, 2015 Score ATS Results
    CONN 76 Cover: 4
    LOS 68 Over: 144
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    Preview: Mystics (1-3) at Storm (1-2)
    Date: May 26, 2016 10:00 PM EDT

    Tayler Hill's career-best scoring performance gave the Washington Mystics just enough of an edge to end their worst start in nine years.


    The Mystics will seek to collect another victory Thursday night while ending their lengthy road losing streak against the Seattle Storm.


    Hill tallied 24 points and set another personal high with seven assists in an 84-76 overtime win against Connecticut on Saturday, the opener to a three-game trip for Washington (1-3). That was also the Mystics' first road game of the season.


    Hill is averaging 18 points, 10.5 more than in her third WNBA season, and she scored 20 in each of Washington's first two games. The guard will try for another high-scoring effort while helping the Mystics end a 10-game losing streak at Seattle (1-2).


    Washington hasn't won in that city since July 13, 2005, and has fallen in overtime in two of its last three visits. The Storm topped the Mystics in regulation in last season's lone home matchup, a 69-59 victory Aug. 30.


    Washington split the two overall meetings and won 87-74 on July 29 with Ivory Latta scoring 20 points. The veteran guard hasn't played this season because she's recovering from surgery for a torn meniscus in her right knee.


    Starting guard Natasha Cloud is set to miss a third consecutive game because of an illness, and the Mystics signed Jamie Weisner on Monday to boost their depth.


    Alysha Clark scored a career-high 20 points Sunday in the Storm's home opener, but Seattle fell 78-71 to defending champion Minnesota. Brenna Stewart, this year's No. 1 draft pick, registered her second straight double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.


    "It's been fun watching Stewie," coach Jenny Boucek told the team's official website. "You're seeing why she's so great, and why she will be so great. She's got talent, but she is extremely hungry and unafraid. She wants to go against the best."


    Stewart had the same stat line in an 81-80 victory in Phoenix on Friday. Jewell Loyd clinched that win by banking in a 12-foot shot with 2.9 seconds left and finished with a career-high 30 points.


    The Storm have had different players post high-scoring efforts in each of the first three games, and Stewart had 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting in her pro debut, a 96-66 defeat at Los Angeles on May 15.




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    Aug 30, 2015 Score ATS Results
    WAS 59 Under: 128
    SEA 69 Cover: 14.5
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    Jul 29, 2015 Score ATS Results
    SEA 74 Over: 161
    WAS 87 Cover: 4.5
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    LA at CONN 07:00 PM


    LA -9.0


    O 159.0





    WAS at SEA 10:00 PM


    SEA -5.0


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    Armadillo: Friday's six-pack


    How the divisional races in major league baseball are shaping up..........


    NL East-- Washington leads Mets by three games, Miami by four.


    NL Central-- Cubs are jogging, lead sliding Pittsburgh by 8.5 games.


    NL West-- Giants lead underachieving Dodgers by 5.5 games; other three are awful.


    AL East-- Red Sox lead Orioles by a game, Toronto by 3.5 games.


    AL Central-- Royals now lead Cleveland, fading White Sox by 1.5 games.


    AL West-- Texas/Seattle are tied for first; they meet this weekend in Arlington.


    **********


    Armadillo: Friday's List of 13: Random stuff with weekend here.......


    13) Warriors 104, Cavaliers 89-- Curry/Thompson combined for only 20 points, their lowest total of the year, and Golden State still wasn't in danger here. Subs for Warriors were a combined +55 in the game.


    12) Now Curry/Thompson can rest up for a couple days before Sunday's Game 2. Golden State has won six in a row over the Cavaliers, dating back to LY's Finals.


    11) Mariners 16, Padres 13-- San Diego led 12-2 after 5th inning, trailed before the 7th-inning stretch. Seattle had seven consecutive run scoring singles in top of the 7th. If you took the Giants and Clayton Kershaw out of the NL West, it wouldn't be that much better than the freakin' Pacific Coast League.


    10) Bud Black went 649-713 in 8.5 years as Padres' manager; looking back, he seems like freakin' Sparky Anderson compared to the present regime. Somene remind me why an Ivy league genius fired Black. anyone? anyone? Bueller?


    9) So far seven football recruits have asked out of their Letter of Intent to play this fall at Baylor; will be interesting to see how much this damages their recruiting going forward. People tend to have short memories.


    8) When UNLV hired Marvin Menzies as its basketball coach April 16, they had three scholarship players on their roster- now they have 11, two under the limit. This is an excellent job of recruiting by the new staff; plus there are no McDonald's A-A's in the group, so no one will be jumping to the NBA next spring. Muy bueno. .


    7) Looking thri college hoop stuff this week, it is striking how St Mary's went 29-6 this year, 15-3 in WCC, despite Gaels having no seniors on their squad. They should be really good this coming season, with their whole team back.


    6) Rennie Stennett was at the Pirate-Marlin game Wednesday night; he is best known as last player to get seven hits in a game, on September 16, 1975 against Chicago. Odd thing is that his first hit that night was against Rick Reuschel; his 7th hit that night was against Reuschel's brother Paul


    5) Arizona 3B Jake Lamb has nine homers this year, five in the ninth inning.


    4) Diamondback TV analyst Bob Brenly is a very nice guy, totally relaxed during games, so it was odd to hear shred Houston OF Carlos Gomez during Monday's game, saying opponents are "delighted to see Gomez struggle" like he is this season. Gomez is known as a showboat who gloats when things are going well for him- they have not been going well for him for over a year now.


    3) Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas will be imploded starting at 2am June 14- demolition of the famed casino, which will be completed in August, will cost $42M.


    2) Jets need a starting QB, Rams have a QB (Nick Foles) they don't want. Foles threw 27 TDs with two INTs when he was on the Eagles and had DeSean Jackson to throw to. Jets should toss the Rams a 7th-round pick and help both teams out, and then Ryan Fitzpatrick can explain to his wife why he turned down a $24M deal. .


    1) ESPN is not going to be happy if the NBA Finals are as bad as it looks like they might be. Thunder-Warriors seems like real Finals- they were televised on TNT. The Western Conference is just so much better than the East. Would the league think about eliminating east/west distinctions for the playoffs? Tough thing to do.
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    7:00 PM
    ATLANTA vs. CONNECTICUT
    Atlanta is 6-12-1 ATS in its last 19 games when playing Connecticut
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 8 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
    Connecticut is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Connecticut's last 12 games

    7:30 PM
    INDIANA vs. NEW YORK
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing New York
    Indiana is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    New York is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games at home
    New York is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

    8:30 PM
    WASHINGTON vs. CHICAGO
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    Washington is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
    Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    Chicago is 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 games

    10:00 PM
    PHOENIX vs. SEATTLE
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    Phoenix is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Seattle's last 9 games
    Seattle is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Phoenix
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    ATLANTA (15 - 19) at CONNECTICUT (15 - 19) - 6/3/2016, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    ATLANTA is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) as a road favorite of 3.5 to 6 points since 1997.
    CONNECTICUT is 15-4 ATS (+10.6 Units) in June games over the last 3 seasons.
    ATLANTA is 25-15 ATS (+8.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    ATLANTA is 19-7 ATS (+11.3 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) in home games after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CONNECTICUT is 4-4 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    ATLANTA is 5-4 straight up against CONNECTICUT over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    INDIANA (26 - 19) at NEW YORK (26 - 14) - 6/3/2016, 7:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NEW YORK is 95-61 ATS (+27.9 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more since 1997.
    INDIANA is 28-16 ATS (+10.4 Units) in road games over the last 3 seasons.
    INDIANA is 17-7 ATS (+9.3 Units) in a road game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    INDIANA is 7-5 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
    INDIANA is 9-3 straight up against NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 12 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    WASHINGTON (19 - 18) at CHICAGO (22 - 15) - 6/3/2016, 8:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON is 281-339 ATS (-91.9 Units) in all games since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 177-222 ATS (-67.2 Units) vs. division opponents since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 168-214 ATS (-67.4 Units) after a division game since 1997.
    CHICAGO is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home games after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 10-20 ATS (-12.0 Units) after scoring 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) in home games after playing 3 consecutive road games since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 5-4 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    CHICAGO is 7-3 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    PHOENIX (22 - 16) at SEATTLE (10 - 24) - 6/3/2016, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHOENIX is 14-28 ATS (-16.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 10-20 ATS (-12.0 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 7-16 ATS (-10.6 Units) in May, June, or July games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
    SEATTLE is 112-77 ATS (+27.3 Units) in home games vs. division opponents since 1997.
    SEATTLE is 52-32 ATS (+16.8 Units) in home games after a non-conference game since 1997.
    SEATTLE is 99-72 ATS (+19.8 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHOENIX is 8-2 against the spread versus SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
    PHOENIX is 9-1 straight up against SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    Atlanta @ Connecticut

    Game 601-602
    June 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Atlanta
    111.716
    Connecticut
    103.677
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Atlanta
    by 8
    171
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Atlanta
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    165
    Dunkel Pick:
    Atlanta
    (-5); Over

    Indiana @ New York

    Game 603-604
    June 3, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Indiana
    108.178
    New York
    115.659
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    New York
    by 7 1/2
    149
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    New York
    by 5
    155
    Dunkel Pick:
    New York
    (-5); Under

    Washington @ Chicago

    Game 605-606
    June 3, 2016 @ 8:30 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Washington
    106.611
    Chicago
    112.152
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Chicago
    by 5 1/2
    157
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Chicago
    by 10 1/2
    164
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (+10 1/2); Under

    Phoenix @ Seattle

    Game 607-608
    June 3, 2016 @ 10:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Phoenix
    110.389
    Seattle
    111.298
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Seattle
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    169
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Phoenix
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    166 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Seattle
    (+4); Over
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    WNBA Betting Recap: 5/23-5/29
    May 29, 2016


    League Betting Notes (Monday May 23 through Sunday May 29)


    -- Favorites went 8-4 straight up (SU)


    -- Underdogs went 6-6 against the spread (ATS)


    -- Home teams posted a 5-7 SU record


    -- Road teams posted a 7-5 ATS record


    -- The 'over' went 9-3



    Team Betting Notes



    Atlanta pulled off a perfect 3-0 week by beating New York and Dallas as a road underdog, followed by home victory over Indiana on Sunday. The Dream improved to 5-1 SU/ATS, while sitting atop the Eastern Conference through two weeks of action. Atlanta’s offense eclipsed the 80-point mark for the fifth consecutive game in the 85-76 triumph over the Fever, as the Dream cashed the ‘over’ for the third straight contest.


    Los Angeles completed a successful road trip with four consecutive wins away from Staples Center. The Sparks won at Chicago and Connecticut as away favorites, but failed to cash as 11-point favorites in a five-point victory against the Sun. Los Angeles and Minnesota are the only undefeated teams with exact 5-0 records as the two Western powers will play a home-and-home set on June 21 and June 24 that starts in Southern California and concludes in Minneapolis.


    San Antonio finally broke into the win column following an 0-3 start by upsetting Chicago as an eight-point home underdog, 79-78 on Friday. The Stars have been competitive in spite of their slow beginning to the season as each of their last three games were decided by five points or less. San Antonio travels to Los Angeles on Thursday as the Stars should be listed as healthy underdogs and provide value after the Sparks return home from a long road trip.


    The Mystics are winless at home in three tries, but Washington traveled to Seattle and beat the Storm in overtime for its second road victory on the season. However, Washington fell short at Phoenix on Sunday as the Mercury picked up its first win. Second place is wide-open in the Eastern Conference past the Dream as the Mystics will have a busy week ahead with a home-and-home set against Chicago followed by a trip to Atlanta on June 5.


    Following a blowout of Connecticut in its season opener, things have gone backwards for Chicago. The Sky lost four consecutive games prior to a 92-87 triumph at Dallas on Sunday to improve to 2-4 SU/ATS. Chicago will catch Washington off a three-game road trip on Wednesday night as the Sky has eclipsed the ‘over’ in four of the past five contests.


    Dallas struggled at home by losing a pair of contests to Atlanta and Chicago. The Wings’ defense allowed 79 points or less in each of its first four games, but Dallas was shredded in the last two contests by giving up 102 to the Dream and 92 to the Sky. The task doesn’t get easier for Dallas as it heads to undefeated Minnesota next Saturday as the Lynx have allowed 80 points or less in all five victories this season.
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    Preview: Dream (5-1) at Sun (1-5)
    Date: June 03, 2016 7:00 PM EDT

    An indication of her growing maturity, Angel McCoughtry is trying to stay in a brighter mood when faced with obstacles.


    McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream, however, haven't encountered too many impediments so far this season and look to extend one of the best starts in franchise history Friday night.


    The Connecticut Sun are trying to avoid matching their worst and their first 0-3 mark at home.


    McCoughtry has been known as a mercurial player and one of the lowlights of her career was a team-imposed, two-game suspension in 2012.


    "I didn't know how to channel adversity when I was younger. I love to win so much, I would get frustrated when we didn't. Now I channel my adversity by not getting frustrated and playing through it," she said.


    McCoughtry is in her usual spot among the league leaders with 19 points per game, but she's getting a little more help this season. Tiffany Hayes is averaging 15.7 points, up from 12.9 in each of the previous two years, and Layshia Clarendon has made an even bigger leap while helping Atlanta jump out to a 5-1 record.


    Clarendon is scoring 14.5 points per contest, nearly triple her average from her three seasons in Indiana. The guard has totaled 36 points in the past two games and had 17 as the Dream avenged their only defeat this season with an 85-76 victory over Indiana on Sunday, their fourth in a row.


    McCoughtry led the way with 22 points and Atlanta is averaging 86.2 during the third-best start in team history, up from 77.8 in 2015. The Dream began 10-1 in 2013 and 6-1 in 2010.


    "We are slowly but surely getting our momentum," coach Michael Cooper said. "We are playing good but it's early. With the format of the playoffs it is important that you win these games and that's why we are 5-1."


    The Sun are 1-5 following their fourth consecutive defeat Tuesday, 99-90 at Phoenix. Connecticut has started 1-6 one other time in franchise history, in 2001 as the Orlando Miracle.


    The Sun's leading scorer is Jasmine Thomas at 13.0 points per game. Connecticut is near the bottom in the league at 76.8 per contest and is giving up an average of 85.7.


    The Sun have allowed their past two opponents to surpass 90 points.


    The Dream won the final three of last season's five meetings and ended a five-game losing streak at Connecticut with a 102-92 victory Aug. 23. McCoughtry scored 33 points, one shy of matching her season high.




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    CONN 77 Over: 167
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    Preview: Fever (3-3) at Liberty (2-3)
    Date: June 03, 2016 7:30 PM EDT

    Shots aren't falling during a winless stretch the New York Liberty never experienced a season ago.


    Losers of three straight, they'll finish a difficult homestand Friday night against an Indiana Fever team that's posed problems in the recent past.


    New York (2-3) hasn't had an easy time against the WNBA's early season successes, dropping consecutive games to Los Angeles, Atlanta and Minnesota in a five-game stay at Madison Square Garden. Poor shooting has been the main culprit, with the Liberty hitting 36.3 percent from the field and going 7 of 32 on 3-pointers during the skid.


    The Liberty missed 12 of their first 16 shots Tuesday against the unbeaten Lynx, who raced out to a 17-point lead behind Maya Moore's 11 first-quarter points en route to a 79-69 victory.


    'Maya was great in the first quarter and we knew they were going to try and deliver the first punch,' forward Tina Charles said.


    New York didn't lose more than two straight in compiling a league-best 23-11 record during the 2015 regular season. Four of those defeats came to Indiana (3-3), which later ousted the Liberty in three games in the Eastern Conference finals.


    The Fever also have endured an uneven start, though they'll be entering a two-game road trip on a positive note following Wednesday's 85-75 win over Seattle. Lynetta Kizer and rookie Tiffany Mitchell each recorded career highs with 20 and 19 points, respectively, and Indiana shot 61.8 percent in the first half on the way to halting a two-game skid.


    Mitchell started a third straight game in place of a concussed Shenise Johnson and the Fever also lost guard Maggie Lucas to a torn ACL in last Friday's 74-71 loss at Minnesota. They did get Briann January back Wednesday, with the veteran point guard logging 16 minutes off the bench in her return from microfracture knee surgery.


    "It's always great having Bri back," coach Stephanie White told the team's official website. "I think one of the things that she does is she is calming factor for our team. She comes on the floor and everybody sort of feels a little more at ease because she understands what we're trying to get on the offense."


    January played for the first time since Indiana's 66-51 Game 3 win at Madison Square Garden in September's East finals, in which she recorded six steals and the Fever forced 21 turnovers.


    Indiana held Charles to 13 points on 6-of-16 shooting, though opponents have had a hard time containing her this season. The All-Star center is averaging league highs of 23.4 points and 11.8 rebounds while posting double-doubles in all five games.


    Charles hasn't had much of a supporting cast with Sugar Rodgers slumping. Since going 6 of 8 on 3s in a career-high 24-point effort against Dallas on May 15, she's shot 29.3 percent while averaging 10.7 points during the losing streak.




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    NEW 76 Cover: 0.5
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    Preview: Mystics (2-5) at Sky (3-4)
    Date: June 03, 2016 8:30 PM EDT

    Another dismal home defeat has the Washington Mystics ready to hit the road.


    They've played their best basketball away from home and look to gain a split of a home-and-home set with the Chicago Sky on Friday night.


    Washington (2-5) fell to 0-4 at home with Wednesday's 86-78 defeat to Chicago. The Mystics were shredded for 26 assists on the 32 baskets by the Sky.


    The club may be feeling the pressure of playing at home.


    "We just got to cut down on distractions I think," guard Tayler Hill said. "At some point, we've just got to come together, you know what I mean and not listen to the outside critics or the negative talk and we gotta block that out and play for us 12."


    The Mystics are 2-1 on the road and have played much better basketball away from home as they start a three-game trip.


    "Having two of them (the road games) be overtime games and we won them, last year we may have given some of those games away down the stretch, I think that's a huge confidence builder," coach Mike Thibault said.


    Elena Delle Donne had 18 points and nine rebounds and Cappie Pondexter scored 16 in the Sky's fifth straight win over the Mystics.


    Jamierra Faulkner had nine points and seven assists as she started her fifth straight game at point guard for Courtney Vandersloot, who missed three games with an ankle injury before returning for the last two off the bench. Faulkner is second in the league in field-goal percentage at 58.2.


    Vandersloot had 10 points and eight assists in 16 minutes as she works her way back from the injury.


    Stefanie Dolson scored 14 points while Hill made 3 of 14 shots for 11 for the Mystics, who know that they need a better defensive effort against the Sky in this rematch.


    "Pressuring the ball, getting into them, making everything they do difficult and not letting them get anything easy and then offensively, just knock down open shots," Dolson said.


    This is Chicago's only home game in the first 20 days of the month. The Sky have a four-game trip after this contest.



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