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    06/17/2017................ 2-0-0............... 100.00%............. +10.00
    06/16/2017................ 2-1-1................ 66.67%............... +4.50
    06/15/2017................ 2-2-0 ................50.00%................ -1.00
    06/14/2017................ 1-1-0................ 50.00%................ -0.50
    06/13/2017................ 2-2-0................ 50.00%.................-1.00
    06/11/2017................ 2-4-0................ 33.33%.............. -12.00
    06/10/2017................ 3-3-0................ 50.00%................ -1.50
    06/09/2017................ 2-4-0................ 33.33%............... -12.00
    06/07/2017................ 1-1-0................ 50.00% .................-0.50
    06/06/2017................ 5-1-0................ 83.33%.............. +19.50
    06/04/2017................ 1-3-0................ 25.00%............... -11.50
    06/03/2017................ 3-3-0................ 50.00%................. -1.50
    06/02/2017................ 0-2-0................. 0.00%................ -11.00
    06/01/2017................ 1-1-0................ 50.00%................. -0.50


    Totals:....................27 - 29 - 1.............48.21%.................- 19.00


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    06/17/2017................ 2-0-0............... 100.00%................. +10.00
    06/16/2017................ 2-1-1................ 66.67%................... +4.50
    06/15/2017................ 2-2-0 ................50.00%.................... -1.00
    06/14/2017................ 1-1-0................ 50.00%.................... -0.50
    06/13/2017................ 2-2-0................ 50.00%.....................-1.00
    06/11/2017................ 2 - 4 - 0................ 33.33%.... .......... -12.00
    06/10/2017................ 3 - 3 - 0................ 50.00%................ -1.50
    06/09/2017................ 2 - 4 - 0................ 33.33%............... -12.00
    06/07/2017................ 1 - 1 - 0................ 50.00% .................-0.50
    06/06/2017................ 5 - 1 - 0................ 83.33%.............. +19.50
    06/04/2017................ 1 - 3 - 0................ 25.00%............... -11.50
    06/03/2017................ 3 - 3 - 0................ 50.00%................. -1.50
    06/02/2017.................0 - 2......................00.00%................-11.00
    06/01/2017................ 1 - 1 - 0................ 50.00%................ -0.50


    Totals:....................27 - 29 - 1.............48.21%.................- 19.00
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    Sunday, June 18



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    Trend Report
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    3:00 PM
    DALLAS vs. WASHINGTON
    Dallas is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas's last 7 games
    Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
    Washington is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games at home

    5:00 PM
    PHOENIX vs. LOS ANGELES
    Phoenix is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing Los Angeles
    Phoenix is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Los Angeles
    Los Angeles is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games when playing Phoenix
    Los Angeles is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Phoenix

    6:00 PM
    INDIANA vs. CHICAGO
    Indiana is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games at home
    Chicago is 5-12-1 ATS in its last 18 games when playing at home against Indiana

    7:00 PM
    SAN ANTONIO vs. SEATTLE
    San Antonio is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    San Antonio is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Seattle is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Seattle is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games




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    Sunday, June 18





    San Antonio @ Seattle


    Game 673-674
    June 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    San Antonio
    107.196
    Seattle
    107.271
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    San Antonio
    Even
    154
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Seattle
    by 9 1/2
    162
    Dunkel Pick:
    San Antonio
    (+9 1/2); Under


    Indiana @ Chicago



    Game 671-672
    June 18, 2017 @ 6:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Indiana
    107.332
    Chicago
    107.410
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Indiana
    Even
    168
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Chicago
    by 2
    163
    Dunkel Pick:
    Indiana
    (+2); Over



    Phoenix @ Los Angeles


    Game 669-670
    June 18, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Phoenix
    114.784
    Los Angeles
    111.311
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Phoenix
    by 3 1/2
    159
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 5 1/2
    168 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Phoenix
    (+5 1/2); Under


    Dallas @ Washington



    Game 667-668
    June 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Dallas
    105.412
    Washington
    115.673
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Washington
    by 10 1/2
    183
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Washington
    by 7 1/2
    173
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (-7 1/2); Over



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    Sunday, June 18



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    DALLAS (4 - 8) at WASHINGTON (7 - 3) - 6/18/2017, 3:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DALLAS is 5-18 ATS (-14.8 Units) against Eastern conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 5-18 ATS (-14.8 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 15-26 ATS (-13.6 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 11-23 ATS (-14.3 Units) after scoring 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 23-10 ATS (+12.0 Units) as a home favorite of 6.5 to 9 points since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 299-355 ATS (-91.5 Units) in all games since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 33-55 ATS (-27.5 Units) in home games when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 175-222 ATS (-69.2 Units) after a division game since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 4-2 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 4-2 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    PHOENIX (6 - 4) at LOS ANGELES (7 - 3) - 6/18/2017, 5:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHOENIX is 30-13 ATS (+15.7 Units) in road games after 3 or more consecutive overs since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 58-90 ATS (-41.0 Units) in a home game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) in home games in June games over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 70-99 ATS (-38.9 Units) in home games after allowing 75 points or more since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 14-24 ATS (-12.4 Units) after scoring 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 17-30 ATS (-16.0 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LOS ANGELES is 5-2 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    LOS ANGELES is 5-3 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    INDIANA (5 - 6) at CHICAGO (2 - 8) - 6/18/2017, 6:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHICAGO is 3-13 ATS (-11.3 Units) in home games in May, June, or July games over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 48-72 ATS (-31.2 Units) in home games after allowing 75 points or more since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHICAGO is 5-3 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    CHICAGO is 6-4 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    SAN ANTONIO (0 - 10) at SEATTLE (5 - 5) - 6/18/2017, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SEATTLE is 117-80 ATS (+29.0 Units) in home games vs. division opponents since 1997.
    SEATTLE is 59-37 ATS (+18.3 Units) in home games after a non-conference game since 1997.
    SEATTLE is 40-22 ATS (+15.8 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses since 1997.
    SEATTLE is 59-35 ATS (+20.5 Units) in home games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game since 1997.
    SAN ANTONIO is 70-46 ATS (+19.4 Units) in a road game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 since 1997.
    SAN ANTONIO is 20-9 ATS (+10.1 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    SEATTLE is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) in June games over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SEATTLE is 6-3 against the spread versus SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
    SEATTLE is 5-4 straight up against SAN ANTONIO 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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    SUNDAY, JUNE 18


    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    DAL at WAS 03:00 PM


    WAS -8.0


    O 177.0



    PHO at LA 05:00 PM


    PHO +8.5


    U 167.0


    IND at CHI 06:00 PM


    IND +1.0


    O 161.0


    SA at SEA 07:00 PM


    SA +9.5


    O 162.5
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) Diana Taurasi scored 19 points to break the WNBA career scoring record in the Phoenix Mercury's 90-59 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday.


    Taurasi finished with 7,494 points, passing Tina Thompson's mark of 7,488. Taurasi broke the record in the closing seconds of the first half, coming around a screen by Emma Cannon near the top of the key and knifing into the lane, past Nneka Ogwumike, for a layup.


    The game was stopped and the crowd, which included former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, gave Taurasi a warm ovation. It only took the Mercury star 13 seasons to become the league's top scorer. Thompson needed 17 seasons to achieve her total. Earlier in the season, Taurasi set the career 3-pointer record.


    Ogwumike led the Sparks (8-3) with 18 points and had seven rebounds, and Candace Parker added 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists. The Sparks raced to a 15-0 lead, were up 22-2 and led 38-17 at the end of the first quarter.


    The Mercury (6-5) had a season-high 19 turnovers, were held nearly 25 points below their season scoring average (83.7) and shot a season-low 32.8 percent from the field.


    WINGS 87, MYSTICS 83


    WASHINGTON (AP) - Glory Johnson scored 16 of her season-high 27 points in the third quarter and Dallas closed on an 8-0 run to beat Washington.,


    Skylar Diggins-Smith had 19 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, and Theresa Plaisance and Allisha Gray each scored 12 points for Dallas (5-8). The Wings, who trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half, snapped a three-game skid.


    Tayler Hill led Washington (7-4) with a season-high 21 points.


    FEVER 91, SKY 79


    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Tiffany Mitchell scored a season-high 19 points and Indiana overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to beat Chicago for its first round victory over the season.


    Candice Dupree had 18 points, Erlana Larkins added a season-high 16, and Shenise Johnson had 14 for Indiana (6-6). Briann January had 10 points and seven assists.


    Allie Quigley led Chicago (2-9) with 18 points. Tamera Young added 16 points, and Jessica Breland had 12 points and 11 rebounds.


    STORM 75, STARS 57


    SEATTLE (AP) - Breanna Stewart had 22 points, a season-high 15 rebounds and a career-best five blocked shots and Seattle beat winless San Antonio to snap a three-game skid.


    Crystal Langhorne added 10 points, and Sue Bird had nine assists for Seattle (6-5).


    Kayla McBride led San Antonio (0-11) with 11 points.
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    SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY JUNE 21, 2017
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    1:00 PM San Antonio Stars Dallas Wings College Park Center

    SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY JUNE 23, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:30 PM Chicago Sky Atlanta Dream McCamish Pavilion
    7:30 PM Connecticut Sun New York Liberty Madison Square Garden
    8:00 PM Dallas Wings San Antonio Stars AT&T Center
    8:00 PM Washington Mystics Minnesota Lynx Target Center
    10:00 PM Phoenix Mercury Seattle Storm KeyArena


    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY JUNE 24, 2017
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Los Angeles Sparks Indiana Fever Bankers Life Fieldhouse

    SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY JUNE 25, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    4:30 PM Connecticut Sun Dallas Wings College Park Center
    6:00 PM Washington Mystics Chicago Sky Allstate Arena
    7:00 PM San Antonio Stars Minnesota Lynx Target Center


    Updated Mon Jun 19 12:04 AM EDT


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    LEAGUE STANDINGS


    Rank Team W L PCT GB CONF HOME ROAD L-10 STREAK



    #1 Minnesota Lynx9 1 0.900 - 4-0 3-1 6-0 9-1 L 1


    #2 Los Angeles Sparks8 3 0.727 1.5 5-1 6-0 2-3 7-3 W 4


    #3 Washington Mystics7 4 0.636 2.5 5-0 5-2 2-2 6-4 L 1


    #4 New York Liberty7 4 0.636 2.5 1-1 5-2 2-2 6-4 W 1


    #5 Seattle Storm6 5 0.545 3.5 2-2 5-2 1-3 6-4 W 1


    #6 Phoenix Mercury6 5 0.545 3.5 2-3 3-3 3-2 6-4 L 1


    #7 Indiana Fever6 6 0.500 4 3-1 5-1 1-5 6-4 W 2


    #8 Atlanta Dream5 5 0.500 4 2-5 2-1 3-4 5-5 L 1


    #9 Connecticut Sun5 5 0.500 4 3-3 2-2 3-3 5-5 W 4


    #10 Dallas Wings5 8 0.385 5.5 3-4 2-4 3-4 3-7 W 1


    #11 Chicago Sky2 9 0.182 7.5 1-5 0-5 2-4 2-8 L 2


    #12 San Antonio Stars0 11 0.000 9.5 0-6 0-5 0-6 0-10 L 11
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    06/18/2017................ 3-5-0................ 37.50%................-12.50
    06/17/2017................ 2-0-0............... 100.00%............. +10.00
    06/16/2017................ 2-1-1................ 66.67%............... +4.50
    06/15/2017................ 2-2-0 ................50.00%................ -1.00
    06/14/2017................ 1-1-0................ 50.00%................ -0.50
    06/13/2017................ 2-2-0................ 50.00%.................-1.00
    06/11/2017................ 2-4-0................ 33.33%.............. -12.00
    06/10/2017................ 3-3-0................ 50.00%................ -1.50
    06/09/2017................ 2-4-0................ 33.33%............... -12.00
    06/07/2017................ 1-1-0................ 50.00% .................-0.50
    06/06/2017................ 5-1-0................ 83.33%.............. +19.50
    06/04/2017................ 1-3-0................ 25.00%............... -11.50
    06/03/2017................ 3-3-0................ 50.00%................. -1.50
    06/02/2017................ 0-2-0................. 0.00%................ -11.00
    06/01/2017................ 1-1-0................ 50.00%................. -0.50


    Totals:....................30 - 34 - 1.............46.87%.................- 31.50


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    06/18/2017.................3-4-0..................42.85%....................-1.40
    06/17/2017................ 2-0-0............... 100.00%................. +10.00
    06/16/2017................ 2-1-1................ 66.67%................... +4.50
    06/15/2017................ 2-2-0 ................50.00%.................... -1.00
    06/14/2017................ 1-1-0................ 50.00%.................... -0.50
    06/13/2017................ 2-2-0................ 50.00%.....................-1.00
    06/11/2017................ 2 - 4 - 0................ 33.33%.... .......... -12.00
    06/10/2017................ 3 - 3 - 0................ 50.00%................ -1.50
    06/09/2017................ 2 - 4 - 0................ 33.33%............... -12.00
    06/07/2017................ 1 - 1 - 0................ 50.00% .................-0.50
    06/06/2017................ 5 - 1 - 0................ 83.33%.............. +19.50
    06/04/2017................ 1 - 3 - 0................ 25.00%............... -11.50
    06/03/2017................ 3 - 3 - 0................ 50.00%................. -1.50
    06/02/2017.................0 - 2......................00.00%................-11.00
    06/01/2017................ 1 - 1 - 0................ 50.00%................ -0.50


    Totals:....................30 - 33 - 1.................47.61%................- 20.40
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    Monday’s six-pack


    — No left-handed golfer has ever won the US Open.


    — One of the appeals of golf; Justin Thomas is 5-10, 145 pounds. He shot a 63 at US Open.


    — NHL announced a salary cap of $75M next season, with salary floor set at $55.4M.


    — Felix Hernandez will be back in Seattle’s rotation Friday after a strong rehab outing for AAA Tacoma Saturday night.


    — Major leagues used baseballs with blue seams Sunday to promote cancer awareness.


    — Dodgers 8, Reds 7— Kike Hernandez made a great catch to save the game, crashing into the leftfield fence. Cincinnati has now lost nine games in a row.


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    Monday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend……..

    13) After the Markelle Fultz trade goes thru, the Celtics will have eight first round picks in the next three drafts— seriously, I’m not sure what they’ll do with all of them.


    12) Fultz played 35:00+ in 11 of 13 Pac-12 games for Washington last winter, but sat out six of the Huskies’ last eight games with “a sore knee”; wonder how that knee is now. He played 30-31 minutes in the two games he played less than 35:00 in.


    11) Paul George told the Pacers he won’t re-sign with them next summer; sounds like he is headed back to LA to play for the Lakers. Helps Lonzo Ball’s chances of being drafted by the Lakers, since it decreases chance that LA will draft Josh Jackson this week.


    10) On December 19, 2014, this baseball trade was made:


    Padres sent Joe Ross and Trea Turner to Washington.
    Padres sent Jake Bauers, Rene Rivera and Burch Smith to Tampa Bay.


    Rays sent Ryan Hanigan, Wil Myers and two minor leaguers to San Diego.


    Washington sent Steven Souza Jr and a minor leaguer to Tampa Bay.


    Unusual trade: all three teams got a very good player in the deal; Tampa Bay probably got the worst of it, unless Bauers develops into a good big leaguer.


    9) Steven Souza Jr and Colorado’s Pat Valiaka homered on both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day this season.


    8) Movie trivia: The quarterbacks from Varsity Blues and Friday Night Lights both wound up in Fast & Furious movies- there have been at least eight of those movies made. Just discovered ‘em, so I’m withholding comment until I’ve seen them all.


    7) June 26, Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league debuts on TV; I’ll watch it once out of curiosity, but it is up to them if I watch it more than once.


    6) Submitted for your perusal, as Rod Serling used to say at the start of the Twilight Zone: The day Johnny Miller shot 63 at the US Open at Oakmont. three players broke 70. On Saturday, with Justin Thomas also shooting 63, 18 players broke 70.


    5) Western Kentucky football coach Mike Sanford Jr has his dad on his staff as special teams coordinator and running backs coach – the elder Sanford was head coach at UNLV from 2005-9.


    4) Pitcher Brock Stewart warmed up for the Dodgers late in the game Sunday; his agent picked him up at the Cincinnati airport in the fifth inning, after his call-up from AAA Oklahoma City. Not a lot of time for stretching there. The agent’s name is Joe Speed, by the way, which is a tremendous name.


    3) In five games batting leadoff for the Cubs, Anthony Rizzo is 9-22 with three homers, five runs scored, eight RBI. We’re going to see more of this, elite hitters moving to the top of the order.


    2) They were talking on TV the other day about some major league infielders practice with flat gloves, which forces them to use two hands to field grounders.


    I actually tried this coaching Little League in 1998, with the kids using their winter gloves, but we only did it one day, I can’t remember why. It went pretty well and it is a good idea. Got the idea from an umpire who recommended it to m


    1) Rockies 7, Giants 5— Not only did Nolan Arenado hit a walk-off homer for first-place Colorado, he hit for the cycle. Rockies are having a storybook season with a lot of young starting pitchers. Will they hold up?
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    Betting Recap - 6/12-6/18
    June 20, 2017



    League Betting Notes (Monday, June 12 through Sunday, June 18)


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


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


    -- Home teams posted a 7-5 SU record


    -- Road teams posted a 8-4 ATS record


    -- The 'over/under' went 6-6


    Team Betting Notes

    -- Atlanta (5-5) started out hot, going 4-1 SU over the first five outings. They're fallen on hard times lately, however, going 1-4 SU over their past five games while failing to cover in five of the past six contests. They'll return home to face Chicago (2-9) on the road Friday.


    -- The Dream and Sky have split two games already this season, each winning and covering on each's other floor. While the Sky have been atrocious overall, they're a respectable 3-1 ATS over their past four games.


    -- Don't look now, but Connecticut (5-5) is the hottest team in the WNBA. They have ripped off four consecutive victories, including an unlikely road win at Minnesota (9-1) on Saturday as a 9 1/2-point underdog (ML +425). The Sun has been burning bright, too, covering in six in a row and eight of the past nine.


    -- The loss by the Lynx was particularly shocking since it was their first of the season after a 9-0 start. The non-cover also snapped a 3-0 ATS run.


    -- Dallas (5-8) slapped the brakes on a three-game losing streak with a win at Washington (7-4) as an eight-point 'dog. One thing that has been consistent for the Wings is the 'over', hitting in nine of the past 12 outings.


    -- Indiana (6-6) won and covered each of their games last week to get back to .500 overall. They have been a tough out at home, going 5-1 SU/3-3 ATS.


    -- Los Angeles (8-3) will travel to meet the Fever on Saturday. After a slow start the Sparks are hitting on all cylinders, heading to Indiana on a four-game winning streak. However, they're still just 2-3 ATS in five road outings this season.


    -- New York (7-4) got back on track with a 102-93 win at Dallas on Friday, and they're now an impressive 5-1 ATS over the past six outings. Total bettors have been a huge fan of the Liberty, too, as the 'over' has connected in three in a row and seven of the past eight. The 'over' is also 3-0 in New York's past three road affairs.


    -- Phoenix (6-5) took it on the chin in L.A. on Sunday, falling 90-59 in easily their worst loss of the season. The Mercury have been rather erratic this season, with their longest win streak at just two games. The Merc have also failed to cover in three in a row.


    -- Seattle (6-5) posted a 75-57 victory at home against San Antonio (0-11), as the Stars continue their search for the eraser for the zero in their win column. The Stars kicked off the season 5-1 ATS over their first six, but they're struggling there, too. San Antonio is just 1-4 ATS over the past five outings.
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    Wednesday’s six-pack


    Phil Steele’s top six QB’s heading into this college football season………


    6) JT Barrett, Ohio State


    5) Lamar Jackson, Louisville


    4) Josh Allen, Wyoming


    3) Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State


    2) Josh Rosen, UCLA


    1) Sam Darnold, USC


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    Wednesday’s List of 13: Mid-week musings…….


    13) Cavaliers really didn’t consult Lebron James before they fired GM David Griffin? Does this mean they’ve given up hope of Lebron being in Cleveland after next season?


    Related item: the NBA Draft is Thursday, as in tomorrow. In the history of the world, how many teams fire their GM three days before the bleeping draft?


    12) How long will Griffin be out of work? Cleveland was in the Finals the last three years (I know, they’ve got Lebron which is all that really matters) so some NBA team will be happy to sign the guy up, right?


    Will the fact that he went to Arizona State instead of an Ivy League school hinder him in finding another job? Listen to the guy talk; he is very sharp, yet Cleveland just fired him, apparently against the wishes of Lebron James, an iconic player.


    Why? Life makes no sense sometimes.


    11) Lakers are trading Timofey Mozgov, D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and 27th pick in tomorrow night’s draft. Lakers dumped Mosgov’s salary ($48M over next three years) as they clear cap space to eventually wind up with Paul George.


    Elsewhere, Charlotte is sending Miles Plumlee, Marco Belenelli and the 41st pick to Atlanta for Dwight Howard and the 31st pick. Howard plays on a lot of different teams.


    10) Why teams lose: On June 19, 2016, the Mariners traded Chris Taylor to the Dodgers for Zach Lee. Taylor is hitting ,302 with 32 RBI for the Dodgers- he bats in the middle of the order.


    Lee was selected off waivers by the Padres last December and just got DFA’d, meaning he is either headed back to AAA, or to free agency. He has an 8.53 ERA in 12.2 IP in the majors.


    9) Clayton Kershaw has given up 17 homers in 103.1 IP this season; he allowed 8 taters in 149 IP all of last year.


    8) Phil Mickelson and his caddy for the last 25 years, Bones Mackay, have parted ways.


    7) Oakland A’s got two hits in their first-ever game in Oakland, in 1968; a pinch-hit by future Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa and a home run by future Dodgers’ radio guy Rick Monday.


    Monday was a very good player; he had a 19-year career with A’s-Cubs-Dodgers, had a .361 career on-base %, made two All-Star games, but what he might be most famous for was when two morons ran on the field during a day game at Dodger Stadium and tried to burn an American flag in left-center field.


    Monday sprinted over and snatched the flag away from the father/son combo and kept the flag safe.


    6) One of Jon Gruden’s sons won a gold medal at the IPF World Powerlifting Championships in Belarus; the young man has very, very big arms (obviously).


    5) I laugh when I see that Michelle Pfeiffer is a year older than I am; she looks 20 years younger. My favorite two movies of hers: Fabulous Baker Boys and Tequila Sunrise.


    4) It hit 117 degrees in Las Vegas Tuesday, just the 4th time since 1942 its gotten that hot in Las Vegas.


    3) A bookmaker in Europe posted 1.5 games as the over/under for the number of games rookie QB Mitch Trubisky starts for the Chicago Bears this season. Yes, you can wager on this stuff.


    2) Joe West umpired his 5,000th major league game last night in Denver, the 3rd-most games anyone has ever umpired, so good for him.


    1) Anthony Rizzo homered leading off the 1st inning last night; he is now 6-6 with a walk as the leadoff hitter in the 1st inning, with three home runs.
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    Wednesday, June 21




    San Antonio @ Dallas


    Game 601-602
    June 21, 2017 @ 1:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    San Antonio
    101.490
    Dallas
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    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Dallas
    by 9
    169
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Dallas
    by 6 1/2
    163 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Dallas
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    1:00 PM
    SAN ANTONIO vs. DALLAS
    San Antonio is 11-3-1 ATS in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Dallas
    San Antonio is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Dallas
    Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Antonio
    Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against San Antonio




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    SAN ANTONIO (0 - 11) at DALLAS (5 - 8) - 6/21/2017, 1:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SAN ANTONIO is 70-47 ATS (+18.3 Units) in a road game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 since 1997.
    SAN ANTONIO is 20-10 ATS (+9.0 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 16-26 ATS (-12.6 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 12-23 ATS (-13.3 Units) after scoring 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    DALLAS is 4-3 against the spread versus SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
    DALLAS is 7-1 straight up against SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    Preview: Stars (0-11) at Wings (5-8)
    Date: June 21, 2017 1:00 PM EDT


    Kelsey Plum and the San Antonio Stars hope to notch their first victory of the season against the in-state rival Dallas Wings on Wednesday afternoon at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas.


    The top pick in this year's WNBA Draft, Plum matched a season high with eight points on 2-of-11 shooting in her homecoming to Seattle on Sunday night as the Stars lost to the Storm 75-57, dropping San Antonio to 0-11.


    Plum, who scored an NCAA-record 3,397 points during her career at the University of Washington, including a women's single-season record 1,080 points, was serenaded with "Kelsey!" chants by the home crowd.


    It was a touching moment for a player who has struggled to regain her dominant form on the court, averaging just 4.1 points on 23.9 percent shooting in eight games with the Stars.


    "For me, as I continue to go with my career, I'm competing with myself," Plum said. "I want to be the best woman I can be and the best player I can be."


    Kayla McBride had a team-high 11 points with nine rebounds to pace San Antonio, which shot 28.8 percent from the field. The Stars rank second-to-last in the league in shooting (40.3 percent) and last in scoring with 72.2 points per game.


    Dallas (5-8) snapped a three-game losing streak in impressive fashion on Sunday with a come-from-behind, 87-83 victory against the Eastern Conference-leading Washington Mystics.


    Glory Johnson had a season-high 27 points and Skylar Diggins-Smith added 19 for the Wings, who ended the game on an 8-0 run and held the Mystics scoreless over the final 2:08.


    Allisha Gray added 12 points to bump her scoring average to 12.5 points, tops among WNBA rookies.


    "Everything I expected of drafting her, especially an early-round pick like that, I expect her to really play the way she's playing," Wings coach Fred Williams told the Washington Post about his No. 4 overall pick.


    Dallas won 94-82 in the teams' first meeting on May 25 in San Antonio. The Wings travel to San Antonio to complete their season series on Friday.


    WNB HEAD TO HEAD


    May 25, 2017 Score ATS Results
    DAL « 94 Cover: 11
    SA 82 Over: 176
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    Sep 9, 2016 Score ATS Results
    DAL « 92 Cover: 4
    SA 84 Over: 176
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    Jun 23, 2016 Score ATS Results
    SA 90 Cover: 3
    DAL « 97 Over: 187
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    May 21, 2016 Score ATS Results
    SA 77 Cover: 7.5
    DAL « 82 Over: 159
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    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21


    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    SA at DAL 01:00 PM

    DAL -7.0


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    Johnson scores 25 points, Wings beat winless Stars 81-78
    June 21, 2017



    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Glory Johnson scored 25 points in the Dallas Wings' 81-78 comeback victory over the winless San Antonio Stars on Wednesday.


    Karima Christmas-Kelly and Skylar Diggins-Smith each had 16 points for the Wings (6-8).


    Monique Currie scored 29 points for San Antonio (0-12). Moriah Jefferson added 16 points, and Kayla McBride had 11.


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    SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY JUNE 23, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:30 PM Chicago Sky Atlanta Dream McCamish Pavilion
    7:30 PM Connecticut Sun New York Liberty Madison Square Garden
    8:00 PM Dallas Wings San Antonio Stars AT&T Center
    8:00 PM Washington Mystics Minnesota Lynx Target Center
    10:00 PM Phoenix Mercury Seattle Storm KeyArena

    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY JUNE 24, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Los Angeles Sparks Indiana Fever Bankers Life Fieldhouse

    SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY JUNE 25, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    4:30 PM Connecticut Sun Dallas Wings College Park Center
    6:00 PM Washington Mystics Chicago Sky Allstate Arena
    7:00 PM San Antonio Stars Minnesota Lynx Target Center


    SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY JUNE 27, 2017
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    12:00 PM Seattle Storm Washington Mystics Verizon Center
    7:00 PM Los Angeles Sparks Connecticut Sun Mohegan Sun Arena


    SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY JUNE 28, 2017
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    12:30 PM Indiana Fever Chicago Sky Allstate Arena


    Updated Thu Jun 22 1:04 AM EDT


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    LEAGUE STANDINGS


    Rank Team W L PCT GB CONF HOME ROAD L-10 STREAK



    #1 Minnesota Lynx9 1 0.900 - 4-0 3-1 6-0 9-1 L 1


    #2 Los Angeles Sparks8 3 0.727 1.5 5-1 6-0 2-3 7-3 W 4


    #3 Washington Mystics7 4 0.636 2.5 5-0 5-2 2-2 6-4 L 1


    #4 New York Liberty7 4 0.636 2.5 1-1 5-2 2-2 6-4 W 1


    #5 Seattle Storm6 5 0.545 3.5 2-2 5-2 1-3 6-4 W 1


    #6 Phoenix Mercury6 5 0.545 3.5 2-3 3-3 3-2 6-4 L 1


    #7 Indiana Fever6 6 0.500 4 3-1 5-1 1-5 6-4 W 2


    #8 Atlanta Dream5 5 0.500 4 2-5 2-1 3-4 5-5 L 1


    #9 Connecticut Sun5 5 0.500 4 3-3 2-2 3-3 5-5 W 4


    #10 Dallas Wings6 8 0.429 5 4-4 3-4 3-4 4-6 W 2


    #11 Chicago Sky2 9 0.182 7.5 1-5 0-5 2-4 2-8 L 2


    #12 San Antonio Stars0 12 0.000 10 0-7 0-5 0-7 0-10 L 12
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    Thursday’s six-pack

    — Indians 5, Orioles 1— Carrasco tossed six shutout innings for the Tribe.


    — Toronto 7, Texas 5— Blue Jays scored six runs in the first inning.


    — Los Angeles Dodgers have 28 home runs in their last 11 games.


    — Twins 4, White Sox 2— Berrios is 7-1, 2.67 for Minnesota.


    — Cardinals 7, Phillies 6 (10)- -Philly led 5-1 in sixth inning.


    — New Orleans Pelicans traded G Tim Frazier to the Washington Wizards for the No. 52 pick in tonight’s NBA Draft.


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    Thursday’s List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud…….


    13) Miami 2, Washington 1— Nationals are way ahead in a weak NL East, but this was a tough loss. Max Scherzer had a no-hitter in the 8th inning, but gave up an infield hit that bounced off his glove, then Trea Turner bounced a throw to 1B for an error that kept the inning alive, before a wild pitch tied the game 1-1.


    Giancarlo Stanton hit Scherzer’s 119th pitch for a single to left that drove in the winning run.


    Scherzer and Nolan Ryan are now only two pitchers in history to go 8 IP, not give up an earned run, give up two or less hits, strike out at least 11 and lose the game.


    Game ended when Adam Lind was called out on strikes on a pitch that was a good six inches outside. Home plate ump Dana Demuth should be fined for that— I could care less who won the game, but to end the game on a pitch that bad was disgraceful.


    12) Odd news note #1 of the day: Police in Winfield, WV say a man found asleep in a stranger’s home has been charged with burglary.


    A homeowner called police dispatchers after finding a glass door broken in his house and a stranger asleep in his bed. The napping trespasser was charged with burglary and destruction of property.


    11) Surprising stat: Angels are 11-10 since Mike Trout got hurt; Braves are 16-17 since Freddie Freeman got hurt. Would’ve thought both teams would’ve done much worse.


    10) Matt Adams has been so productive for the Braves that when Freeman comes back from his wrist injury, he may give third base a try, to keep both bats in the lineup.


    9) Justin Verlander apparently thinks Major League Baseball has changed the actual baseball that is used in games- he says since the 2015 All-Star break, baseballs used are harder and also the seams are different, which has resulted in batted balls traveling farther.


    As soon as I typed this sentence, Ian Happ hit a home run at Wrigley. Maybe Verlander is right.


    8) Odd news note #2 of the day: A couple has gotten back nearly $100,000 they mistakenly donated to Goodwill Industries in Ohio.


    Two Goodwill employees in Zanesville, OH initially thought it was play money or counterfeit cash after finding $97,000 in hundred dollar bills in a duffel bag inside a box of clothes last week. The duffel bag also contained legal documents and the last will and testament for the couple. Oy.


    7) Best cumulative scores at the Hartford Open the last five years: Bubba Watson -52, Marc Leishman -43, Chris Stroud -41, Charley Hoffman -35. Ryan Moore -32


    6) When Dwight Howard plays for the Charlotte Hornets this fall, they’ll be his 5th team in the last seven years.


    5) Quote of the Day, part 2, from Browns’ QB Brock Osweiler:


    “The best part is I’m getting coached hard on my fundamentals. And I believe firmly that when your fundamentals and your feet are right as a quarterback, you’re going to make great decisions and you’re going to throw accurate footballs.


    I think that’s something that slid last season. I’m not going to go into great detail on that, but they did. My fundamentals slid, and because of that, you saw some poor decisions and some poor throws. If you go back to 2015, I feel like my fundamentals were pretty tight.”


    Coaches in Houston, Osweiler’s last stop, should just love that quote.


    4) San Diego Padres CF Franchy Cordero found out the hard way yesterday that there is a brick wall underneath all that ivy on the outfield fences at Wrigley Field. He caught the ball on the warning track, then got a face full of ivy and ran into that brick wall that has zero give to it. Terrific catch.


    Wind must’ve been blowing in, since Contreras did a bat flip when hit the ball, thinking it would wind up in the bleachers.


    3) Golf Channel and NBC Sports will show every shot of the British Open, which means you have to get up pretty darn early if you want to watch it all.


    Couple years ago, I was in Las Vegas during the British Open; they had the start of the golf on at one of the bars, while at the same time, the Diamondbacks’ game was in the 13th inning, so I was watching Wednesday night baseball and Thursday morning golf at the same time. Muy bueno.


    2) Quote of the Day, part 3, from Kansas’ Josh Jackson, who declined to work out for the Celtics after they traded down into the #3 slot:


    “They did a little bit of moving around with their pick. I felt like they made it pretty clear who they were going to draft with the No. 1 pick, so I didn’t really feel like it was worth either of our times for me to work out with them. But then when they, you know, did the flip and went to No. 3, by then it was too late.”


    1) Mike Krzyzewski came out again in favor of high school players being eligible for the NBA Draft; the baseball rule makes sense— here is who is eligible for the baseball draft:


    •- High school players, if they have graduated from high school and have not yet attended college or junior college.


    •- College players, from four-year colleges who have either completed their junior or senior years or are at least 21 years old. (So college players play three years before they can be drafted)


    •- Junior college players, regardless of how many years of school they have completed
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    06/21/2017................ 0-2-0................. 0.00%............... -11.00
    06/18/2017................ 3-5-0................ 37.50%................-12.50
    06/17/2017................ 2-0-0............... 100.00%............. +10.00
    06/16/2017................ 2-1-1................ 66.67%............... +4.50
    06/15/2017................ 2-2-0 ................50.00%................ -1.00
    06/14/2017................ 1-1-0................ 50.00%................ -0.50
    06/13/2017................ 2-2-0................ 50.00%.................-1.00
    06/11/2017................ 2-4-0................ 33.33%.............. -12.00
    06/10/2017................ 3-3-0................ 50.00%................ -1.50
    06/09/2017................ 2-4-0................ 33.33%............... -12.00
    06/07/2017................ 1-1-0................ 50.00% .................-0.50
    06/06/2017................ 5-1-0................ 83.33%.............. +19.50
    06/04/2017................ 1-3-0................ 25.00%............... -11.50
    06/03/2017................ 3-3-0................ 50.00%................. -1.50
    06/02/2017................ 0-2-0................. 0.00%................ -11.00
    06/01/2017................ 1-1-0................ 50.00%................. -0.50


    Totals:....................30 - 36 - 1.............45.45%.................- 42.50


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    06/21/2017................ 0-2-0................. 0.00%................... -11.00
    06/18/2017.................3-4-0..................42.85%....................-1.40
    06/17/2017................ 2-0-0............... 100.00%................. +10.00
    06/16/2017................ 2-1-1................ 66.67%................... +4.50
    06/15/2017................ 2-2-0 ................50.00%.................... -1.00
    06/14/2017................ 1-1-0................ 50.00%.................... -0.50
    06/13/2017................ 2-2-0................ 50.00%.....................-1.00
    06/11/2017................ 2 - 4 - 0................ 33.33%.... .......... -12.00
    06/10/2017................ 3 - 3 - 0................ 50.00%................ -1.50
    06/09/2017................ 2 - 4 - 0................ 33.33%............... -12.00
    06/07/2017................ 1 - 1 - 0................ 50.00% .................-0.50
    06/06/2017................ 5 - 1 - 0................ 83.33%.............. +19.50
    06/04/2017................ 1 - 3 - 0................ 25.00%............... -11.50
    06/03/2017................ 3 - 3 - 0................ 50.00%................. -1.50
    06/02/2017.................0 - 2......................00.00%................-11.00
    06/01/2017................ 1 - 1 - 0................ 50.00%................ -0.50


    Totals:....................30 - 35 - 1.................46.15%................- 31.40
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    Friday’s six-pack


    — Mets put P Zach Wheeler (biceps tendinitis) on the DL.


    — Red Sox put 3B Pablo Sandoval on DL (inner ear infection)


    — Angels put closer Bud Norris (knee) on the DL


    — A’s DFA’d Stephen Vogt, put Matt Chapman (knee infection) on the DL


    — Cubs sent Kyle Schwarber to AAA Iowa, put Jason Heyward (hand) on the DL


    — Pirates put Francisco Cervelli (concussion) on the DL.


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    Friday’s Den: Random stuff, mostly about basketball……



    With the NBA Draft going on, here are some basketball-related thoughts……..


    — My friend Joe Gill pointed this out to me yesterday— how much the NBA has changed.


    The 3-point shot came into the NBA in the 1979-80 season, Magic/Bird’s rookie season. Here are the Lakers’ TEAM TOTALS FOR THE SEASON on 3-point shooting in their first six years the 3-point shot was in the NBA:


    1979-80: 20-100, 20%
    1980-81: 17-94, 18.1%
    1981-82: 13-94, 13.8%
    1982-83: 10-96, 10.4%
    1983-84: 58-226, 25.7%
    1984-85: 90-295, 30.5%


    This past season, 2016-17, Lakers were 730-2110 (34.0%) on 3-pointers for the season; Golden State was 982-2563 (38.3%).


    The game has changed in 37 years. A lot.


    — Magic Johnson’s first six years in the NBA, he was 29-164 (17.7%) behind the arc; in his last seven NBA seasons, he improved to 32.5% on 3-pointers.


    — Wednesday, CBS SportsNet ran an hour special on the draft; their four experts all picked who they thought the best player in the draft was- they gave four different answers, which sums this draft up well. There is no one player who is head and shoulders above the rest.


    — 76ers have sold out over 14,000 season tickets for next year, a franchise record; their corps of talented young players have to prove they have the durability to play an 82-game season.


    — Chicago Bulls traded Jimmy Butler to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the 7th pick, who wound up being Lauri Markkanen from Arizona.


    — Little odd that the last two #1 picks in the draft (Fultz, Ben Simmons) had a combined record of 29-36 in their one season of college basketball and both coaches got fired within a year of coaching that player.


    — Four quick non-basketball notes:
    a) Weird Al Yankovic is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    b) Jose Abreu is the first major leaguer since 1966 whose first 13 home runs have all been on the road.
    c) I graduated high school 40 years ago tonight.
    d) I just realized a Saskatchewan-Montreal CFL game is on ESPNews.


    — First seven picks in the draft were all college freshmen; Knicks broke the trend by taking Frank Ntilikina, an 18-year old point guard from Europe— he is 6-5.


    — Jay Bilas’ comment on NC State’s Dennis Smith, #9 pick by the Mavericks: “He is not always a focused defender.” A nice way of saying, “He sucks on defense.”


    — Sacramento traded the #10 pick to Portland for picks #15 and #20; Gonzaga’s Zach Collins was the #10 pick.


    — December of 2013, just 3.5 years ago, I sat in the gym at Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas with my friend Mike and we watched some high school basketball. Bishop Gorman’s 3rd-string center was a 10th grader who played pretty well when he got into the game- that was Zach Collins.


    Last night, Collins was the 10th pick in the NBA Draft, by Portland. Not bad for a kid who was a 3rd-string center on his high school team three years ago, behind Stephen Zimmerman and Chase Jeter. Zimmerman is in the D-League with Orlando, Jeter just transferred from Duke to Arizona. Collins has a shot to be the best of the three.


    — NBA commissioner Adam Silver is a tall, bald man who wears glasses, which obviously makes him very handsome— ha!!! Oh, Charlotte just took Malik Monk, best shooter in the draft who apparently is also adept at hunting squirrels.


    — Detroit took Duke’s Luke Kennard with the #12 pick; he plays basketball lefty, but when he was a high school QB, he threw the ball righty. Go figure.


    — Utah traded Trey Lyles and the #24 pick to Denver for the #13 pick- Jazz took Donovan Mitchell from Louisville.


    — Halftime: Saskatchewan 10, Montreal 7. Season opener for both clubs. We’ll have write-ups on all the CFL games, starting next week.


    — ESPN’s guy with the touchscreen who is a salary cap guru predicts the Bulls will buy out Dwyane Wade’s contract as they totally rebuild. Thats an expensive deal right there.


    — John Calipari was in Colorado Springs Thursday morning coaching the U19 team, then was in Brooklyn for the draft; I’m assuming he is headed back to Colorado as soon as all of his guys get drafted. I’m assuming Calipari has a really nice house, but is he ever home?


    Calipari is now holding court on ESPN; in eight years at Kentucky, he’s coached 64 players. Half of those 64 players have been drafted by the NBA.


    — I’ll say this: Oklahoma State guard Jawun Evans is really good. He’ll be a very good NBA player, but he hasn’t been taken yet.


    — In his next contract, Paul George will either get $177M for five years or $132M for four years, depending on if he switches teams or not.


    — Sacramento took Harry Giles, who has already torn the ACL in both knees and wasn’t good at Duke last year— there is very little chance this ends well. Giles scored 3.9 pts/game while playing in 20% of Duke’s possessions last year. Can he recover enough to withstand an 82-game schedule? Wish the young man well, but this figures to be another Sacramento disaster.


    — My point here: Taking Giles over Jawun Evans is basketball malpractice.


    — Oklahoma City took Terrance Ferguson with the #21 pick; he skipped college (Arizona) and shot 30% in an Australian pro league LY. They say he needs to get stronger- if he such a great shooter, why did he shoot 30% in an Australian league? He is a developmental project.


    — Host Brooklyn Nets took Jarrett Allen, a big kid from Texas. He scored 13.4 pts/game with 8.4 reb/game LY. This young man built his own computer, which is very impressive.


    Nets are 41-123 the last two years; three short years ago, they were 44-38 and in Eastern Conference semis. It is easier to get worse than it is to get better. They need a lot of players.


    — Denver grabs Tyler Lydon from Syracuse, who is a good shooter but apparently has 13% body fat, which means he needs to get himself in better shape, especially since he’ll have to play man defense for the first time since high school or AAU ball- Syracuse plays all 2-3 zone.


    — Caleb Swanigan was drafted by Portland; hard not to root for this guy. By the time he was 13 years old, he had gone to 13 different schools. He was adopted by a guardian angel who gave him structure in his life and then he lost 100 pounds in high school and became a really good player. We wish him well.


    — Spurs took Derrick White with the 29th pick; kid played D-2 ball because that was the only offer he got coming out of high school. Then he transferred to Colorado and now he is a first round draft pick- Spurs’ track record of picking guys lower than 20th and having them be really good players is pretty amazing.


    — 16 college freshmen were taken in the first round; Derrick White was the first senior taken, at #29.


    — New Orleans just traded for Duke’s Frank Jackson after Charlotte picked him so now I’m annoyed; he is NOT BETTER than Juwan Evans. You wonder if coach Brad Underwood had stayed at Oklahoma State if Evans would’ve stayed, too, but Underwood had a spat with the AD and bolted to Illinoi$.


    — Finally…..the 76ers take Juwan Evans with the 39th pick. Now I can go write my baseball article. Take your measurables and stick ‘em— this kid can play.


    P.S. Evans is getting traded to the Clippers. Jerry West works for the Clippers now— that makes me feel good. ��
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    Mike Thibault to miss Mystics game for father's funeral
    June 20, 2017



    Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault and assistant Eric Thibault will miss the team's game at the Minnesota Lynx on Friday to attend the funeral for their father and grandfather, Frank Thibault.


    Frank Thibault passed away on June 16, the Mystics coach said.


    ''The funeral's in California on Saturday,'' Mike Thibault told The Associated Press in a phone interview on Tuesday. ''He was 92 years old and had a great life. I've been back and forth a few times and took a couple days away.''


    The Mystics coach wasn't sure if he and his son would be back for Sunday's game in Chicago.


    ''We'll see how it all pans out,'' he said.


    Assistant coach Marianne Staley will coach the game against Minnesota.


    The Mystics are 7-4 with one of those losses coming at home to the Lynx. Star forward Elena Delle Donne didn't play in that game because of an injury. She'll play on Friday.


    So much was expected of the Mystics this season with the addition of Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver. They are still a work in progress.


    ''We can contend now, but we don't have the experience of that many good veteran players that Minnesota and LA have right now,'' Thibault said. ''Teams like us and New York and Seattle are trying to take the next step. Until Minnesota and LA show a few cracks, we'll have to work our butt off to get to that level.''


    The Mystics were in a light part of their schedule with only two games over a span of 12 days that has let some of the injured players heal.


    ''Most of our time practice got wasted having three people hurt. Elena, Ivory (Latta), Tierra Ruffin-Pratt all were hurt and we were practicing with eight players. The break came at a good time for us.''
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    CHICAGO (2 - 9) at ATLANTA (5 - 5) - 6/23/2017, 7:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHICAGO is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ATLANTA is 6-4 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    CHICAGO is 6-4 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    CONNECTICUT (5 - 5) at NEW YORK (7 - 4) - 6/23/2017, 7:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NEW YORK is 18-7 ATS (+10.3 Units) in June games over the last 3 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) in all games this season.
    CONNECTICUT is 22-10 ATS (+11.0 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road games this season.
    CONNECTICUT is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in a road game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
    CONNECTICUT is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) in June games over the last 3 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) in May, June, or July games this season.
    CONNECTICUT is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) after allowing 75 points or more this season.
    CONNECTICUT is 23-9 ATS (+13.1 Units) after scoring 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 19-8 ATS (+10.2 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 21-8 ATS (+12.2 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    NEW YORK is 5-3 against the spread versus CONNECTICUT over the last 3 seasons
    NEW YORK is 7-1 straight up against CONNECTICUT over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    WASHINGTON (7 - 4) at MINNESOTA (9 - 1) - 6/23/2017, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON is 299-356 ATS (-92.6 Units) in all games since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 58-82 ATS (-32.2 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) after playing 3 consecutive home games over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 5-1 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    MINNESOTA is 3-3 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    DALLAS (5 - 8) at SAN ANTONIO (0 - 11) - 6/23/2017, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DALLAS is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) on Friday over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 16-26 ATS (-12.6 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 12-23 ATS (-13.3 Units) after scoring 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    SAN ANTONIO is 20-10 ATS (+9.0 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    SAN ANTONIO is 40-65 ATS (-31.5 Units) in home games after scoring 75 points or more since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    DALLAS is 4-3 against the spread versus SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
    DALLAS is 7-1 straight up against SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    PHOENIX (6 - 5) at SEATTLE (6 - 5) - 6/23/2017, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHOENIX is 35-51 ATS (-21.1 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    SEATTLE is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) on Friday over the last 2 seasons.
    SEATTLE is 118-80 ATS (+30.0 Units) in home games vs. division opponents since 1997.
    SEATTLE is 114-85 ATS (+20.5 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHOENIX is 4-3 against the spread versus SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
    PHOENIX is 5-2 straight up against SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    7:30 PM
    CONNECTICUT vs. NEW YORK
    Connecticut is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Connecticut's last 21 games when playing New York
    New York is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 6 games at home

    7:30 PM
    CHICAGO vs. ATLANTA
    Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 14 of Atlanta's last 21 games at home
    Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games

    8:00 PM
    DALLAS vs. SAN ANTONIO
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas's last 8 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
    The total has gone OVER in 14 of Dallas's last 20 games
    San Antonio is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    San Antonio is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Dallas

    8:00 PM
    WASHINGTON vs. MINNESOTA
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Minnesota
    Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
    Minnesota is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing at home against Washington

    10:00 PM
    PHOENIX vs. SEATTLE
    Phoenix is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Phoenix is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games on the road
    Seattle is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    Seattle is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Phoenix
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    Phoenix @ Seattle


    Game 611-612
    June 23, 2017 @ 10:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Phoenix
    106.284
    Seattle
    114.464
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Seattle
    by 8
    162
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Seattle
    by 3 1/2
    160 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Seattle
    (-3 1/2); Over


    Dallas @ San Antonio



    Game 609-610
    June 23, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Dallas
    105.755
    San Antonio
    106.371
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    San Antonio
    by 1
    173
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Dallas
    by 2 1/2
    164
    Dunkel Pick:
    San Antonio
    (+2 1/2); Over


    Washington @ Minnesota



    Game 607-608
    June 23, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Washington
    114.963
    Minnesota
    118.803
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Minnesota
    by 4
    158
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Minnesota
    by 8 1/2
    163 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (+8 1/2); Under


    Connecticut @ New York



    Game 605-606
    June 23, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Connecticut
    112.189
    New York
    119.537
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    New York
    by 7 1/2
    172
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    New York
    by 3
    163 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    New York
    (-3); Over


    Chicago @ Atlanta



    Game 603-604
    June 23, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Chicago
    104.224
    Atlanta
    108.202
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Atlanta
    by 4
    158
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Atlanta
    by 6 1/2
    164
    Dunkel Pick:
    Chicago
    (+6 1/2); Under
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    Preview: Sky (2-9) at Dream (5-5)
    Date: June 23, 2017 7:30 PM EDT


    After a difficult five-game, 11-day road trip, the Atlanta Dream return home to take on the struggling Chicago Sky on Friday at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.


    The Dream (5-5) were near the top of the Eastern Conference when they embarked on their trip. They dropped four of five on the road, though, and now sit in eighth place in the league standings.


    The Sky (2-9) traded away superstar Elena Delle Donne in the offseason and have not been able to find any consistency through the first two months of the season.


    One of Chicago's two wins, however, did come at Atlanta, where the teams split back-to-back games in the first week of the season. Each team won on the other's home court.


    Chicago's Stefanie Dolson has averaged 15.5 points and shot 68 percent from the field in the two games against Atlanta this season, including a career-high 23 points in Chicago's 75-71 road win on May 21.


    Like the Sky, the Dream also saw their best player depart in the offseason. Longtime Atlanta star Angel McCoughtry announced this winter that she would sit out an unspecified portion of the season.


    Tiffany Hayes has stepped up in McCoughtry's absence and is leading the Dream in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game. Hayes had 23 points in Atlanta's 91-82 win at Chicago on May 19.


    "This young lady's an All-Star," Dream coach Michael Cooper said in reference to Hayes, who is eighth in the WNBA in scoring and one of four Atlanta players averaging in double figures.


    Veteran Layshia Clarendon is averaging 10.4 points and is third in the league in assists, averaging 6.2 per game.


    The Sky are coming off a disappointing 91-79 home loss to the Indiana Fever on Sunday. Chicago led by 10 at halftime but fell apart in the second half. The Sky committed 18 turnovers in the loss and only forced four Indiana turnovers.


    Sky first-year coach Amber Stocks believes that despite her team's record they are in position and have laid the groundwork to get the season turned around at any moment.


    "I think there's a special moment where the process stays the same, but the fruit of the hard work that these guys are doing every day shows," Stocks said after the Indiana loss. "The seeds are planted. The tree is growing. It's just a matter of time before the fruit is visibly manifested."


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    May 21, 2017 Score ATS Results
    CHI « 75 Cover: 10.5
    ATL 71 Under: 146
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    May 19, 2017 Score ATS Results
    ATL « 91 Cover: 6.5
    CHI 83 Over: 174
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    Sep 25, 2016 Score ATS Results
    ATL 98 Over: 206
    CHI « 108 Cover: 8.5
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    Aug 26, 2016 Score ATS Results
    ATL 82 Over: 172
    CHI « 90 Cover: 3
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    Jun 17, 2016 Score ATS Results
    CHI 97 Over: 198
    ATL « 101 Cover: 8.5
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    May 22, 2016 Score ATS Results
    CHI 81 Under: 168
    ATL « 87 Cover: 10.5
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    Preview: Sun (5-5) at Liberty (7-4)
    Date: June 23, 2017 7:30 PM EDT


    Connecticut has had almost a full week to savor a coming-of-age victory after handing the previously undefeated Minnesota Lynx their first loss of the season.


    After four straight losing seasons and having started this year with four straight losses, the Sun seemed like the same old team.


    But now Connecticut has risen to 5-5 after beating Minnesota 98-93 on June 17. The Sun have won four straight but understand they can't rest on their laurels because if they do that winning streak will come crashing down when they visit the New York Liberty (7-4) on Friday.


    "I'm really proud of them," second-year Connecticut coach Curt Miller told reporters after the win against Minnesota. "It's a great team win. We had six players in double figures. I'm really proud of the way the team battled and hung on at the end."


    Miller has Connecticut's offense humming. The Sun are third in the league in scoring (85.5 ppg), third in rebounds (36.7), third in 3-point field goals made (6.8) and second in field goals made (32.1).


    "We have a lot of people who can put the ball in the basket," Jasmine Thomas said. "We play with energy and believe in ourselves."


    Thomas brings high energy and a heavy dose of confidence after compiling 20 points, six assists, six rebounds and three steals in the win over Minnesota.


    Confidence is one thing the Liberty don't lack, and it starts at the top with coach Bill Laimbeer.


    New York is coming off a 102-93 overtime win over Dallas.


    "We didn't really have our best effort," Laimbeer told reporters after the loss. "We have been pushing hard, being short-handed, and tonight we kind of hit a wall a little bit and didn't have the energy necessary.


    "They are feeling good about themselves and we knew it would be a hard game if we didn't put forth the effort."


    The Liberty head into Friday's game with a 20-point loss to the Sun on June 14 still on their minds.


    "We have to be mentally focused, more focused from the start of the game," New York's Shavonte Zellous said after that loss. (We need to) guard the penetration, rebound it. We didn't do a great job of that (Wednesday)."


    Friday's game will be a battle of high-powered offenses.


    The Liberty, led by Tina Charles' 20.5 points per game, score at an 81.6 per game clip while giving up 81.4 per game.


    The Sun are scoring 85.5 points per game, with Jonquel Jones leading the way with 15.1 points per game. Connecticut surrenders 79.8 points per game.


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    Jun 14, 2017 Score ATS Results
    NEW 76 Over: 172
    CONN « 96 Cover: 18
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    Sep 9, 2016 Score ATS Results
    CONN 82 Over: 171
    NEW « 89 Cover: 1.5
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    Jul 17, 2016 Score ATS Results
    CONN 76 Cover: 1
    NEW « 83 Over: 159
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    Jun 16, 2016 Score ATS Results
    NEW « 80 Cover: 0.5
    CONN 72 Under: 152
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    Preview: Mystics (7-4) at Lynx (9-1)
    Date: June 23, 2017 8:00 PM EDT


    The Minnesota Lynx fell short of equaling their 2016 start. Now they will try do something last season's squad didn't do: bounce right back.


    The Lynx, 9-1 after suffering a 98-93 home loss to the Connecticut Sun on Saturday, host the Washington Mystics on Friday evening at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.


    A year ago, Minnesota opened the season with 13 straight wins but lost its next three. Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, hoping to avoid such a streak, focused on basics in practices this week.


    "Any time you lose you have their attention a little bit more," she told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "We let some things slip here and there so we plugged a few holes this week. We cleaned some things up."


    When the two teams met two weeks ago, the Lynx ran away with a 98-73 win. But the Mystics were without star forward Elena Della Donne.


    On Friday, Washington will have its star on the court but will be without its head coach, Mike Thibault, who -- with assistant coach Eric Thibault, his son -- will be in California for the funeral of his father, Frank Thibault.


    Assistant Marianne Stanley, the 2002 WNBA coach of the year with Washington, will coach the Mystics against Minnesota.


    "It's a tough thing to go through to have two staff members (absent)," said Reeve. "So, they have a legend stepping in. I told our players you pull together in times like this."


    The Mystics (7-4) are coming off an 87-83 home loss to Dallas in which they blew a 10-point halftime lead.


    "We had them where we wanted them at certain times, and we just kind of took our foot off the pedal," Della Donne told The Washington Post. "Especially on defense, we just had lapses where we were able to let them get into their comfort zone. They were just able to knock down some key shots at the end."


    Dallas ended the game with an 8-0 run over the final two minutes.


    In practice this week, Thibault turned up the pressure.


    "How much are we willing to compete?" Thibault told the Post. "Are we willing to apply the same pressure to other people that they do to us and then react better to the pressure? We had as good of a practice as we could have Wednesday against the same kind of pressure, maybe even more than we saw today, but short-term memory, it kicked in."


    Friday's match-up will feature two of the league's top four scorers.


    Della Donne, the 2015 MVP, is averaging 20.4 points per game in her first year in Washington.


    "She's a tremendous scorer," Reeve said of Della Donne, who has led the Mystics in scoring in nine of their 11 games. "Her ability to get to the foul line, that's what this entire team is about. ... They put a lot of pressure on your defense. They have shooters all over the place. Taking one of those players out of the mix, like a Delle Donne, you change your focus. You put her back in the game and you have your hands full."


    Minnesota will counter with its own MVP candidate, center Sylvia Fowles.


    Fowles is second in the league in both scoring (20.9 points per game) and rebounding (9.8).


    "When Syl is locked in and she is being patient and she's getting where we want to go, I don't think anybody can do anything with it," Rebekkah Brunson said of her teammate, according to WNBA.com. "She's an amazing player, and I don't think anyone in this league can stop her."


    After playing just once in 12 days, Minnesota will have a quick turnaround. The Lynx host the 0-12 San Antonio Stars on Sunday.


    Washington plays at Chicago the same day.
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    Preview: Wings (6-8) at Stars (0-12)
    Date: June 23, 2017 8:00 PM EDT


    Lone Star State bragging rights will be on the line Friday when the San Antonio Stars and Dallas Wings meet for the third time this season -- and the second time in three days -- at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.


    The Wings held off winless San Antonio (0-12) on Wednesday 81-78 to post their second victory against their Texas rivals this year. It was the Stars'14th consecutive loss, a streak that stretches to the end of last season.


    The WNBA record is 20 straight losses by Tulsa in 2011. The worst start to a season is 0-17 by Atlanta in 2008.


    Dallas trailed seven points with 5:09 to play but took the lead for good at 80-78 on a three-point play by Skylar Diggins-Smith with 1:27 remaining. San Antonio had two late chances to answer back but couldn't as Dearica Hamby missed two free throws with 4.2 seconds to play and had a turnover on its final possession.


    "We didn't finish the game," Stars coach Vickie Johnson said. "I think we played well for 37 minutes but the last three, we got nervous as far as winning the basketball game. We played not to lose instead of playing to win. That really hurt us."


    Glory Johnson had a double-double (25 points and 10 rebounds) to lead the Wings to the win while Diggins-Smith and Karima Christmas-Kelly added 16 points apiece. Dallas (6-8) has now captured back-to-back games after dropping three in a row and six of its past seven outings prior to Wednesday.


    "We just had to grind it out and play hard defensively," Dallas coach Fred Williams said. "San Antonio played a great game. We just had to bear down. We kept ourselves in it and were able to hit big shots when we needed to."


    The Stars were led by Monique Currie's game-high 29 points as San Antonio came up just short of its first win of the season. Moriah Jefferson scored 16 for the Stars but leading scorer Kayla McBride was held to 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting for the Stars.


    "We came out really strong, but we had a few breakdowns," Stars guard Moriah Jefferson said. "Seems like that happens pretty much every game, so we've got to figure out a way to stop the breakdowns, stay mentally focused for 40 minutes. But we did fight really hard today, it just didn't come out the way we wanted it to."


    Dallas also won the first meeting between the teams this season 94-82 on May 25 in San Antonio.


    The Stars are off to their worst start in franchise history and have lost 12 consecutive home games dating back to last July, establishing an WNBA mark for successive home-game futility.

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    Jun 21, 2017 Score ATS Results
    SA 78 Cover: 4
    DAL « 81 Under: 159
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    DAL « 94 Cover: 11
    SA 82 Over: 176
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    DAL « 92 Cover: 4
    SA 84 Over: 176
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    Jun 23, 2016 Score ATS Results
    SA 90 Cover: 3
    DAL « 97 Over: 187
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    SA 77 Cover: 7.5
    DAL « 82 Over: 159
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    Preview: Mercury (6-5) at Storm (6-5)
    Date: June 23, 2017 10:00 PM EDT


    After setting the WNBA career scoring record, guard Diana Taurasi will try to move on with the Phoenix Mercury when they play the Storm in Seattle on Friday night.


    "Diana Taurasi has got nothing to prove to anyone because she is the greatest player in the world. But she still has stuff to prove to herself," Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello told reporters on Wednesday.


    "That's just the kind of competitor she is. It's just her will to win. It's not about the numbers now. She knows what she can do. It's more about getting out there, getting the team ready, so we can win some more games."


    Taurasi reached 7,493 points in a 90-59 loss at Los Angeles on Sunday as Phoenix dropped to 6-5. Seattle (6-5) is coming off a 75-57 home victory over the San Antonio Stars on Sunday, snapping a three-game losing streak.


    "I thought we started to look more how we're supposed to look," Storm coach Jenny Boucek said on WNBA.com. "I did think we got more to how we want to play on both ends of the floor."


    The first matchup of the season between these teams will feature four of the top nine scorers in the WNBA, heading into Thursday night's games.


    Phoenix center Brittney Griner leads at 22.9 points per game. Seattle guard Jewell Loyd, a third-year pro who is taking on a bigger role for the Storm this season, is sixth at 18.4 points per game.


    Taurasi is seventh at 18.3 points per game, and Storm forward Breanna Stewart is ninth at 17.3. Stewart is coming off a huge effort against the Stars -- 22 points, a season-high 15 rebounds and a career-best five blocks.


    "She now has a good feel for the game, a good rhythm, and is letting things come to her," Boucek said on WNBA.com about the second-year standout from UConn. "When you do that with her talent, good things are going to happen for us as a team."


    Phoenix is expected to get back starting point guard Danielle Robinson, who has missed the past two games because of an ankle injury. Her defensive speed should be key against Storm guard Sue Bird, who is averaging a league-best 7.7 assists.


    Robinson is averaging 7.2 points and 5.0 assists per game.


    Seattle went 2-1 against Phoenix last season, with Loyd scoring 30 and 32 points in the victories.


    Taurasi attempts more 3-pointers per game (7.9) than anybody in the WNBA, making 41.8 percent.


    "I don't think anyone is going to break this record," Brondello said. "Diana is not retiring any time soon. She is still playing at a high level. Hopefully, she is getting as much love as she can, because she deserves it."


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    Sep 15, 2016 Score ATS Results
    SEA 62 Under: 148
    PHO « 86 Cover: 17.5
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    Jun 3, 2016 Score ATS Results
    PHO 81 Over: 176
    SEA « 95 Cover: 20
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    SEA « 81 Cover: 12.5
    PHO 80 Under: 161
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    FRIDAY, JUNE 23


    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    CONN at NY 07:30 PM


    CONN +3.0


    O 164.0


    CHI at ATL 07:30 PM


    CHI +5.0


    O 163.5



    DAL at SA 08:00 PM


    SA +3.5


    O 164.5


    WAS at MIN 08:00 PM


    WAS +8.5


    O 163.5



    PHO at SEA 10:00 PM


    SEA -4.0


    O 159.5
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