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    Tuesday, August 7[/B]



    Las Vegas @ Atlanta


    Game 601-602
    August 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Las Vegas
    107.571
    Atlanta
    114.003
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Atlanta
    by 6 1/2
    168
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Atlanta
    by 10
    166 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Las Vegas
    (+10); Over


    Seattle @ Indiana



    Game 603-604
    August 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Seattle
    115.193
    Indiana
    105.408
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Seattle
    by 10
    166
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Seattle
    by 12 1/2
    162 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Indiana
    (+12 1/2); Over


    Minnesota @ Chicago



    Game 605-606
    August 7, 2018 @ 8:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Minnesota
    105.568
    Chicago
    106.204
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Chicago
    by 1
    178
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Chicago
    No Line
    N/A
    Dunkel Pick:
    Chicago
    N/A


    Washington @ Phoenix


    Game 607-608
    August 7, 2018 @ 10:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Washington
    108.069
    Phoenix
    112.043
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Phoenix
    by 4
    164
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Phoenix
    by 2 1/2
    169 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Phoenix
    (-2 1/2); Under





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    WNBA
    Long Sheet


    Tuesday, August 7



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    LAS VEGAS (12 - 15) at ATLANTA (18 - 10) - 8/7/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    ATLANTA is 18-10 ATS (+7.0 Units) in all games this season.
    ATLANTA is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
    ATLANTA is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
    ATLANTA is 14-7 ATS (+6.3 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.
    LAS VEGAS is 20-10 ATS (+9.0 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    LAS VEGAS is 19-10 ATS (+8.0 Units) in a road game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 over the last 2 seasons.
    LAS VEGAS is 21-9 ATS (+11.1 Units) against Eastern conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    LAS VEGAS is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in road games after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
    LAS VEGAS is 21-9 ATS (+11.1 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
    LAS VEGAS is 42-28 ATS (+11.2 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 3 seasons.

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

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    SEATTLE (22 - 7) at INDIANA (5 - 23) - 8/7/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SEATTLE is 18-10 ATS (+7.0 Units) in all games this season.
    SEATTLE is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in road games this season.
    SEATTLE is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in a road game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
    SEATTLE is 10-3 ATS (+6.7 Units) after a non-conference game this season.
    SEATTLE is 12-5 ATS (+6.5 Units) after allowing 75 points or more this season.
    SEATTLE is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
    SEATTLE is 14-6 ATS (+7.4 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game this season.
    INDIANA is 25-36 ATS (-14.6 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    INDIANA is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home games this season.
    INDIANA is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in a home game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
    INDIANA is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in home games after a win by 10 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    INDIANA is 9-18 ATS (-10.8 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    INDIANA is 5-3 against the spread versus SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
    SEATTLE is 5-3 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    MINNESOTA (15 - 13) at CHICAGO (10 - 18) - 8/7/2018, 8:30 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    WASHINGTON (16 - 11) at PHOENIX (16 - 13) - 8/7/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON is 325-384 ATS (-97.4 Units) in all games since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 8-19 ATS (-12.9 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 14-28 ATS (-16.8 Units) as a road underdog of 3 points or less since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 49-73 ATS (-31.3 Units) in road games in August or September games since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 11-22 ATS (-13.2 Units) against Western conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 11-22 ATS (-13.2 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 25-45 ATS (-24.5 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 10-20 ATS (-12.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 0-8 ATS (-8.8 Units) in home games after allowing 75 points or more this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHOENIX is 5-3 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
    PHOENIX is 6-2 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    WNBA


    Tuesday, August 7



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    Trend Report
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    Las Vegas Aces
    Las Vegas is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
    Las Vegas is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
    Las Vegas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    Las Vegas is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Las Vegas's last 8 games on the road
    Las Vegas is 13-4 ATS in its last 17 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Las Vegas's last 11 games when playing Atlanta
    Las Vegas is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Las Vegas's last 5 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Atlanta Dream
    Atlanta is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 games
    Atlanta is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games
    Atlanta is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    Atlanta is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games at home
    Atlanta is 4-13-1 ATS in its last 18 games when playing Las Vegas
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Atlanta's last 11 games when playing Las Vegas
    Atlanta is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Las Vegas
    Atlanta is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Las Vegas
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing at home against Las Vegas




    Seattle Storm
    Seattle is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
    Seattle is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games
    Seattle is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
    Seattle is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
    Seattle is 4-12-1 ATS in its last 17 games when playing Indiana
    Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle's last 7 games when playing Indiana
    Seattle is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    Seattle is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    Indiana Fever
    Indiana is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games
    Indiana is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games
    Indiana is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    Indiana is 2-16 SU in its last 18 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Indiana's last 13 games at home
    Indiana is 12-4-1 ATS in its last 17 games when playing Seattle
    Indiana is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 7 games when playing Seattle
    Indiana is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games when playing at home against Seattle
    Indiana is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing at home against Seattle




    Minnesota Lynx
    Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Minnesota's last 10 games
    Minnesota is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games on the road
    Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Chicago
    Minnesota is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing Chicago
    Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    Chicago Sky
    Chicago is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
    Chicago is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games
    Chicago is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chicago's last 9 games at home
    Chicago is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
    Chicago is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing Minnesota
    Chicago is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota




    Washington Mystics
    Washington is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games
    Washington is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games on the road
    Washington is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Phoenix
    Washington is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games when playing Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    Washington is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    Washington is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    Phoenix Mercury
    Phoenix is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    Phoenix is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Phoenix's last 9 games
    Phoenix is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    Phoenix is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix's last 8 games at home
    Phoenix is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Washington
    Phoenix is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing Washington
    Phoenix is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
    Phoenix is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Phoenix's last 8 games when playing at home against Washington




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    WNBA Betting Recap - 7/23-8/6
    Joe Williams




    League Betting Notes (Monday, July 23 through Monday, Aug. 6)


    -- Favorites went 12-8 straight up (SU)
    -- Underdogs went 11-9 against the spread (ATS)
    -- Road teams went 11-9 SU
    -- Road teams went 12-8 ATS
    -- The 'under' went 13-7


    Team Betting Notes


    -- Atlanta (18-10) remains atop the Eastern Conference thanks to another solid week on the hardwood. They continue to tick off straight-up wins, covers and 'under' results. Since July 8 they have been a 'Dream' for bettors, going 10-1 SU/ATS across the past 11 games while the 'under' has cashed in eight consecutive outings.


    -- Chicago (10-18) had their two-game winning streak snapped in Atlanta on Friday, but they have been playing much better lately. They're 3-2 SU/ATS across the past five contests, but they face four difficult matchups in the next four before wrapping up with a home-and-home against lowly Indiana (5-23).


    -- Connecticut (16-12) have been on quite the roll lately, winning four in a row while also covering a season-high four straight outings. It's a rather impressive resurgence considering they were 4-12 ATS in their previous 16 outings before the winning run.


    -- Dallas (14-14) is struggling mightly, and it's not a good time considering they're smack dab in the middle of the playoff race. The Wings have dropped five in a row, and they're 1-4 ATS during the span. Defense hasn't exactly been a hallmark for Dallas lately, and they have struggled on offense. Those two things aren't a recipe for success. The 'under' has cashed in a season-high four in a row for Dallas.


    -- The Fever haven't been a pushover like earlier in the season and they're going to enjoy playing spoiler down the stretch. They have won a season-high two in a row, and they're 3-2 SU/ATS across the past five outings. The 'under' has hit in four in a row, as their defense has been a bit better of late, too.


    -- Los Angeles (17-11) has won consecutive games for the first time since June 24-26, as the Sparks have experienced uncharacteristic struggles this season. L.A. has still failed to cover back-to-back games since going 3-0 ATS in a three-game span from June 15-19. The 'under' has hit in three in a row for the Sparks.


    -- It has been a strange season for Minnesota (15-14) and they're barely hanging on in the playoff race at the moment. The Lynx have gone in the tank at the worst possible time, losing three in a row while failing to cover four straight. The one thing that has been consistent is the 'under', cashing in three in a row and nine of the past 10. Overall, the under is 19-9 for the Lynx.


    -- Unlike Indiana, who hasn't quit, New York (7-21) has really went into the tank lately. They have dropped six in a row and they're 1-5 ATS during the skid. Defense has been a problem for the Liberty, as they have allowed 80 or more points in six of the past seven and 14 of the past 17.


    -- Phoenix (16-13) is another traditional powerhouse that is struggling this season. The Mercury have dropped five of the past six, while going 2-8 SU/4-6 ATS across the past 10 outings. Normally it would be good news that the Mercury close out the regular season with five straight home outings. However, they're just 5-7 SU overall and they have gone 0-4 SU/ATS in the past four in the Valley of the Sun.


    -- Seattle (22-7) won a rare Monday morning game in New York, and the Storm have posted a 7-1 SU/ATS mark across their past eight outings. Next up is a battle between the top-seed Storm and the last-place Fever on Tuesday in Indianapolis.


    -- Washington (16-11) is keeping Atlanta within their sights, winning two in a row. Total bettors are loving the Mystics lately, too, as the 'under' has hit in six of the past seven. There is no word if their cancelled game from Aug. 3 against Las Vegas (12-15) will be made up, but since there are playoff implications it is likely to be played. The Aces had a 25-hour commercial aviation travel odyssey to D.C. before deciding to cancel.


    -- The travel caught up to the Aces, as they were humbled by 19 points on Sunday in Connectucit, and they have lost back-to-back games for the first time since June 24-27, a severe blow to their playoff hopes.
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    Dream return home to deal with Aces


    It's hard to imagine Atlanta producing a more impressive performance than it did Sunday in a runaway 88-68 win on the road over defending WNBA champion Minnesota.


    But the Dream will have to quickly refocus as they head home to host the up-and-coming Las Vegas Aces on Tuesday at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech University in Atlanta.


    Tiffany Hayes, who didn't even land a spot in the WNBA All-Star game despite being one of a handful of the league's top players this year, scored a season-high 28 points, hitting a career-best six 3-pointers in the win over the Lynx.


    Alex Bentley added 19 points and Angel McCoughtry had 11 points and eight rebounds for Atlanta, which is 18-10 and a game up on Los Angeles for the all-important second seed in the league standings. The Dream have won 10 of their past 11 games.


    McCoughtry hit a 3-pointer and Hayes added two baskets from beyond the arc during a 16-1 run in the final four minutes of the first half that made it 49-34 at the break. Atlanta waltzed home from there, converting a season-high 12 3-pointers in the process, after entering the game as the league's worst team in 3-point shooting percentage.


    The Aces head to Atlanta on the heels of a 109-88 loss at Connecticut on Sunday that kept Las Vegas two games below the league playoff line with just six regular-season games remaining.


    The game was the first for the Aces after they decided not to play in Washington on Friday because of travel woes that took the team nearly 26 hours to get to D.C. The WNBA has not announced whether the game will be forfeited by Las Vegas.


    A'ja Wilson led the Aces (12-15) with 24 points, scoring in double figures for the 27th straight game to start her WNBA career, which is a franchise record. She also topped the 20-point plateau for the 16th time this year.


    Kayla McBride added 17 points for the Aces in the loss, scoring in double figures for the 23rd consecutive game, and Kelsey Plum hit for a season-high 21 points.


    But it wasn't offense that cost the Aces the game in Connecticut but their porous defense.


    Las Vegas gave up a franchise-record 109 points, the fifth time this season it has allowed an opponent to score more than 100 in a game, the most in franchise history.


    "They made all their shots, they came to play and found their mojo again," Aces coach Bill Laimbeer said. "We played OK -- not our stellar game. We're still learning, we're still young. There's a lot of inexperience out there, especially once we made substitutions. It's just one loss on the road, so you just keep moving on."


    The 33 points scored by the Sun in the first quarter were the second most allowed by the Aces in a first quarter this season, The 64 points allowed by the Aces in the first half were the most they have given up this year.


    The two teams played June 8, with the Dream winning 87-83 in Sin City. Atlanta will return to the desert for the final regular-season game on Aug. 19.
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    Storm warning: watch out for Fever


    On paper, Tuesday's game is a mismatch -- the WNBA's best team, the Seattle Storm, against the league's worst squad, the Indiana Fever. The Storm were the first team to clinch a spot in the postseason and the Fever were the first club to be eliminated from the playoff race.


    But games are not played on paper, and the Storm would be wise not to take the Fever lightly when the squads square off at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.


    Indiana, which is a woeful 5-23, is coming off its first two-game win streak of the season, beating playoff-bound Dallas at home on Thursday before outlasting New York 68-55 on the road Saturday afternoon.


    The Fever won consecutive games for the first time since May 20-24, 2017, ended a five-game losing streak against New York and eliminated the Liberty (7-20) from the WNBA playoff race.


    Indiana has now won three of its last five games.


    Candice Dupree paced the Fever with a season-high 25 points and Natalie Achonwa notched her fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.


    The Fever also got 10 points apiece from backcourt mates Cappie Pondexter and Erica Wheeler.


    "A lot of times when we have missed shots ourselves, we've let that impact us on defense, limiting our consistency in schemes and execution," Fever coach Pokey Chatman said after the win in New York. "We didn't let that happen (against New York). Our goal always is to force people into contested two-pointers. We stayed to our principles on defense, even when things were rough on the other end."


    Defense carried the Fever over the Liberty. Indiana forced 20 turnovers and allowed the fewest points by an opponent since a Sept. 1, 2015, win over Connecticut. New York did its part in the loss as well, missing all 15 of its shots from the field in the fourth quarter and scoring just two points, matching the second fewest points in any fourth quarter in league history.


    The Storm (22-7) head to Indianapolis after a hard-fought 96-80 win on the road over the Liberty on Monday afternoon. Seattle outscored New York by 15 points in the fourth quarter to walk away with the victory.


    Breanna Stewart led the Storm with 32 points and Jewell Loyd added 17 points. Natsha Howard had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Sue Bird scored 10 points for Seattle.


    Stewart, who averages 23 points and eight rebounds per game on the league's marquee team, is a favorite to be named WNBA MVP.


    "To me, MVP is an award you get when you're playing at a high level, but your team is doing something great, too," Stewart told the Seattle Times. "Honestly, the wins are what's most important. Whatever happens from there is gravy."


    Monday's matchup against the Liberty at Madison Square Garden was the opener of a four-game road trip on which Seattle could clinch the best record in the league and top seed in the playoffs. The Storm are already guaranteed a spot in the postseason for the 14th time in their 19-year history.


    Seattle and Indiana have played twice this season, with the Storm winning 72-63 on June 22 in Seattle and 92-72 on July 24 in Indianapolis.
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    Languishing Lynx look to end losing streak in visit to Chicago


    The Minnesota Lynx played the top three teams in the WNBA standings in their past three games. Each time they found themselves wanting.


    The competition figures get a little easier on Tuesday when the Lynx travel to Chicago to face the Sky (10-18) at Wintrust Arena. However, the Sky won the teams' first meeting there, 77-63 on July 7.


    Minnesota (15-13), which took a three-game win streak into the All-Star break, has lost to Los Angeles, Seattle and Atlanta by 22, 10 and 20 points, respectively, since then.


    The stretch gave Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve a feel for how her team fits among the WNBA's elite right now.


    "Yeah, not very well, right?" Reeve told the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune.


    In Sunday's 86-66 home loss to Atlanta, Minnesota was held below 70 points for the sixth time this season. The Lynx are 0-6 in those games.


    Minnesota's Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles combined for 32 points and 16 rebounds in the loss. But that wasn't enough for Reeve.


    "If Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles don't play like our team's best players ... " Reeve said. "If we don't have our best players playing at their best, it is a big-time challenge."


    Moore went 4 of 13 from the field and Fowles committed three turnovers.


    "Sylvia is affected by stuff around her," Reeve said. "Way too affected when something's not going well. So you're up and down with her through the course of the game."


    The Lynx will make the trip to Chicago without power forward Rebekkah Brunson, who is day to day after getting hit in the nose by Atlanta's Tiffany Hayes.


    With the loss to Atlanta, Minnesota clinched its worst regular-season record since going 13-21 in 2010.


    The Lynx are just a game ahead of the eight-place Dallas Wings and 2 1/2 clear of Las Vegas, where they play Thursday.


    The Sky, who also enter the game after a loss to the Dream -- 89-74 on Friday in Atlanta -- are clutching the slimmest of postseason hopes. Chicago trails Dallas by four games with six remaining.


    While Sky point guard Courtney Vandersloot failed to reach 10 assists for the first time in five games -- she had seven -- she was the only Chicago player to score in double figures with 24 points.


    Vandersloot had set a WNBA record with 50 assists during a four-game stretch on July 31.


    "I have the best point guard in the league," Chicago's Cheyenne Parker said after Vandersloot delivered 14 assists as the Sky held on to beat the Dallas Wings. "So she just knows how to find the open man, and I just happened to be the open man a lot tonight. And she got me the ball."


    The Lynx and Sky meet for a third and final time in a week in Minneapolis.
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    Mystics carry three-game road win streak into Phoenix


    After being humbled with a 26-point loss at the Connecticut Sun two weeks ago, the surging Washington Mystics have won three consecutive games -- all on the road -- as they get set to play at the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night.


    The Mercury (16-13) have come on hard times, losing five of their last six games, a stretch that includes four straight losses at home.


    With only five regular-season games remaining, including Tuesday's matchup with Washington (16-11), the Mercury are three games up on the Las Vegas Aces, the ninth-place team that is just out of playoff contention.


    The Mercury appear to be in decent shape to survive with a playoff spot, but coach Sandy Brondello is not taking anything for granted given that her team has won only two of its last 10 games.


    They are coming off a hard-fought 78-75 loss on the road Sunday to the Los Angeles Sparks. Veteran guard Diana Taurasi fouled out with 2:40 remaining and the Sparks leading by two points.


    Taurasi leads the Mercury, averaging 20.6 points and 4.8 assists per game. Brittney Griner, who had 22 points against the Sparks, averages a team-best 7.1 rebounds per game.


    "It's unfortunate. They were questionable fouls," Brondello said of Taurasi fouling out. "When you take one of your best players out of the game, it makes it hard to win. Credit to the girls, I thought they fought hard."


    The Mercury lost on a late shot -- a 3-pointer made by Sparks guard Chelsea Gray. The Mystics enter Tuesday's game coming off a game-winning shot by Kristi Toliver with 14 seconds left in the 76-74 victory. Toliver, who leads the Mystics with 4.6 assists per game, paced her team with 16 points.


    "They know that right now, the way the league is, every game seems to be like this," Washington coach Mike Thibault said. "Every team we play is fighting. There's 10 teams in contention for eight spots, so it feels like sometimes you actually do better by not playing. You can move up in the standings if somebody else loses.


    "But winning games like this on the road are really difficult and those are hard to come by. We'll take every one of them."


    Washington and Phoenix will play for the third time, with each already winning on the road. In the last meeting, the Mercury won 84-74 in Washington, D.C., on June 30, when Phoenix was in the midst of a four-game winning streak and positioned only behind the Seattle Storm for the best record in the WNBA.


    Washington's top scorer (20.2 points) and rebounder (7.4) is veteran all-star wing player Elena Della Donne.
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    SEA at IND 07:00 PM
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    ATLANTA (AP) Elizabeth Williams and Alex Bentley each scored 22 points, Tiffany Hayes added 21 and the Atlanta Dream beat the Las Vegas Aces 109-100 on Tuesday night to clinch a playoff spot.


    Earlier in the day, the WNBA ruled Las Vegas would forfeit its game against Washington that was canceled last week when the Aces players decided not to play because of concerns about their health and safety after 26 hours of travel.


    Williams scored on back-to-back possessions and assisted on the third as Jessica Breland capped the scoring with 40 seconds to go. Williams' baskets followed two 1-for-2 trips to the line for Las Vegas.


    Angel McCoughtry chipped in with 19 points for Atlanta (19-10), which set a season-high in points.


    Kelsey Plum had 20 points and 13 assists for Las Vegas (12-17). Kayla McBride added 19 points and A'ja Wilson had 18 points and eight rebounds.


    Wilson, McBride and Plum combined to score 42 of Las Vegas' 60 first-half points. Wilson's former coach, Dawn Staley, at South Carolina sat courtside.


    LYNX 85, SKY 64


    CHICAGO (AP) - Maya Moore scored 31 points to help the Lynx beat the Sky to end a three-game losing streak.


    Minnesota started the second half on a 12-0 run for a 51-38 lead and outscored the Sky 29-15 in the third quarter. Chicago didn't make its first fourth-quarter field goal until the 5:28 mark.


    Danielle Robinson had 12 points and 11 assists in her first start of the season for short-handed Minnesota (16-13). She replaced a resting Lindsay Whalen. The Lynx were also without Rebekkah Brunson after getting knocked in the face in the team's previous game.


    Moore was 11 of 17 from the field and Minnesota shot 53 percent. All five Lynx starters scored in double figures.


    Allie Quigley hit four 3-pointers and scored 22 points for Chicago (10-19). Courtney Vandersloot had 11 points and seven assists.


    Several Chicago Bulls players were in attendance, including Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and Antonio Blakeney.


    STORM 94, FEVER 79


    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Natasha Howard had 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Sue Bird became the WNBA leader in minutes played and the Storm beat the Fever.


    Breanna Stewart added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Seattle (23-7), which won back-to-back games in Indiana for the first time in franchise history. Bird scored 16 points with eight assists, passing Tina Thompson (1997-13) at 16,090 minutes.


    Stewart had 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the first half to help Seattle to a 51-44 lead. Seattle scored 14 of the game's first 19 points.


    Bird's no-look pass to a cutting Howard gave Seattle a 61-50 advantage. Howard's drive and spin in the lane made it 76-60 at the end of the third quarter.


    Candice Dupree had 22 points and eight rebounds for Indiana (5-24), which was coming off its first two-game winning streak of the season. Victoria Vivians scored all 15 of her points in the first half on five 3-pointers.


    MYSTICS 103, MERCURY 98


    PHOENIX (AP) - Elena Delle Donne scored 30 points, Kristi Toliver added 25 and the Mystics secured a playoff spot with a victory over the Mercury.


    Prior to the tip, Washington was involved in the first forfeited game in WNBA history. The league ruled that Las Vegas would get a loss for its game against the Mystics that was canceled last week when the Aces players decided not to play because of concerns about their health and safety after 26 hours of travel.


    Delle Donne made two free throws with 2:17 remaining in the game for a 10-point lead, but Phoenix rallied. Diana Taurasi and DeWanna Bonner made 3-pointers on back-to-back Phoenix possessions to pull to 98-94 and Taurasi was fouled on a 3-pointer with 17.5 left, making three free throws to pull to 100-98.


    Toliver went 1 for 2 with 16.2 seconds remaining to give Washington a three-point lead, Phoenix turned it over and Toliver made two more to seal it.


    LaToya Sanders scored 19 points and Natasha Cloud 15 for Washington (18-11), which has won four straight - all on the road.


    Brittney Griner, Taurasi and Bonner combined to score 84 points for Phoenix (16-14). Griner had 35 points and 11 rebounds, Taurasi scored 29 and Bonner 20. The Mercury have lost five straight at home.
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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    08/07/2018 2-6-0 25.00% -23.00
    08/05/2018 3-5-0 37.50% -12.50
    08/04/2018 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    08/03/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    08/02/2018 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50
    08/01/2018 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50


    TOTALS.........14-16-0........46.66%.....-18.00




    BEST BETS.....................ATS.............UNITS.... ............O/U...................UNITS.............TOTAL


    08/07/2018..................1 - 3............-11.50.................1 - 3..................-11.50............-23.00
    08/05/2018..................1 - 3............-11.50.................2 - 2...................-1.00.............-12.50
    08/04/2018..................1 - 0............+5.00..................1 - 0.................+5.00.............+10.00
    08/03/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................0 - 2..................-11.00.............-11.50
    08/02/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................2 - 0.................+10.00.............+9.50
    08/01/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................2 - 0.................+10.00.............+9.50


    TOTALS........................6 - 9.............-19.50................8 - 7.................+1.50...............-18.00
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    Odds to win the 2019 college basketball title a long time from now:


    — Duke Blue Devils 11-2


    — Kentucky Wildcats, Kansas Jayhawks 6-1


    — Gonzaga Bulldogs 7-1


    — Villanova Wildcats 8-1


    — Nevada Wolf Pack 10-1


    — North Carolina Tar Heels, Virginia Cavaliers 12-1

    Tweet of the Day

    “Listen, I’m glad nobody saw that I was shaking. That was my childhood hero. … He’s the reason I eat my vegetables and say my prayers. … Take your vitamins and say your prayers, brother!”
    Buccaneers’ DE Vinny Curry, after meeting Hulk Hogan this week


    Wednesday’s quiz
    Kings County in New York is better known by another name; what is it?


    Tuesday’s quiz
    Everyone knows Jim Kelly played for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL, but he also played for the USFL’s Houston Gamblers, before he played in the NFL.


    Monday’s quiz
    Terry Collins managed the Angels before Mike Scioscia.


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


    13) Its good if you learn something new every day; was reading an article today about a card game called booray, a cross between spades and hearts that has its roots in Louisiana and is very popular amongst NBA players on airplanes and in hotels.


    Professional athletes are competitive by nature, whether they’re playing ball or cards or doing whatever it is that they do. They also have a lot of money.


    12) Go to actionnetwork.com for an interesting article about how in 2009, a booray game between two players on the Washington Wizards got out of hand and I’m understating that. Go read the article; poor Flip Saunders, who was coaching the Wizards at the time.


    11) I’m watching Hard Knocks on HBO the other night, from last year’s show featuring the Tampa Bay Bucs, and the narrator says this line:


    “Quite simply, he’s the most important player on the team.”


    He was talking about QB Jameis Winston, and if you’re a Bucs’ fan, it has to make you queasy, because Winston is suspended for the first three games this season, for off-field issues.


    Buccaneers opened at +7.5 in their season opener at New Orleans; game has been bet up to 9.5, with Ryan Fitzpatrick the likely Tampa Bay starter at QB.


    10) The great Tony Gwynn got his 2,000th hit on August 6, 1993 and he got his 3,000th hit on an August 6, 1999. Gwynn’s mother’s birthday was August 6th.


    9) 76ers’ rookie Zhaire Smith broke his foot this week; what is it with Sixers rookies and foot injuries?


    8) Sounds like when Robinson Cano returns to the Seattle Mariners next week, it’ll be as a first baseman. He is playing first base in his AAA; there are thoughts he could play 3B, too, but since he can’t play in the postseason, Dee Gordon will likely stay at second for Seattle.


    7) Last week, the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces needed nearly 26 hours to travel to Washington from Las Vegas after flight delays and cancellations Friday. By the time the team reached its hotel, it was 3:45 p.m. — about four hours before the scheduled tip.


    Aces players decided not to play because of concerns about their health and safety after 26 hours of travel; the WNBA ruled Tuesday that the Aces have to forfeit that game.


    6) Sounds like Lakers-Warriors will be on Christmas Day; who ever would’ve guessed?


    5) Bronx Bombers are still on the hook for $47M over the next three years to Jacoby Ellsbury, the oft-injured outfielder who had hip surgery in NYC this week.


    4) Get well soon to Red Sox TV announcer Jerry Remy, who has battled cancer multiple times in the last decade and now has to do it again. We wish him well.


    3) RIP to hockey great Stan Mikita, 78 who passed away this week. Mikita played for 22 years with the Chicago Blackhawks, is their all-time leading scorer.


    One of my first memories as a young Bruins fan was rooting against the Blackhawks, who had Mikita and Bobby Hull as their best players. RIP, sir.


    2) An Irish guy living in Vancouver went streaking during the 9th inning of the Toronto-Mariners game in Seattle Saturday night, all for an $80 bet. Now the guy may get deported back to Ireland, because of his subsequent arrest. Brilliant!!!


    1) Which reminds me that when the Blue Jays visit Seattle every year, a ton of Toronto fans invade Safeco Field; the Blue Jays are Canada’s team, after all, and Seattle is close to Canada.
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    Los Angeles @ New York


    Game 609-610
    August 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Los Angeles
    113.124
    New York
    101.013
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 12
    152
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 8 1/2
    155
    Dunkel Pick:
    Los Angeles
    (-8 1/2); Under


    Connecticut @ Dallas



    Game 611-612
    August 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Connecticut
    117.569
    Dallas
    107.556
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Connecticut
    by 10
    169
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Connecticut
    No Line
    N/A
    Dunkel Pick:
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    Trend Report
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    Los Angeles Sparks
    Los Angeles is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
    Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games on the road
    Los Angeles is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing New York
    Los Angeles is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Los Angeles's last 16 games when playing New York
    Los Angeles is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against New York
    Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Los Angeles's last 8 games when playing on the road against New York
    New York Liberty
    New York is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
    New York is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 5 games
    New York is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Los Angeles
    New York is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of New York's last 16 games when playing Los Angeles
    New York is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
    New York is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New York's last 8 games when playing at home against Los Angeles




    Connecticut Sun
    Connecticut is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Connecticut is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Connecticut's last 7 games
    Connecticut is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Connecticut's last 6 games on the road
    Connecticut is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Connecticut's last 5 games when playing Dallas
    Connecticut is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Dallas
    Connecticut is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Dallas
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Connecticut's last 8 games when playing on the road against Dallas
    Dallas Wings
    Dallas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Dallas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games
    Dallas is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home
    Dallas is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games at home
    Dallas is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Connecticut
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing Connecticut
    Dallas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Connecticut
    Dallas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Connecticut
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas's last 8 games when playing at home against Connecticut




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    LOS ANGELES (17 - 11) at NEW YORK (7 - 21) - 8/8/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NEW YORK is 107-78 ATS (+21.2 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more since 1997.
    NEW YORK is 48-30 ATS (+15.0 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 15-4 ATS (+10.6 Units) in August or September games over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
    NEW YORK is 3-10 ATS (-8.0 Units) against Western conference opponents this season.
    NEW YORK is 3-10 ATS (-8.0 Units) in non-conference games this season.
    NEW YORK is 2-8 ATS (-6.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15+ games this season.
    NEW YORK is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LOS ANGELES is 6-1 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
    LOS ANGELES is 6-1 straight up against NEW YORK 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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    CONNECTICUT (16 - 12) at DALLAS (14 - 14) - 8/8/2018, 8:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CONNECTICUT is 4-3 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    CONNECTICUT is 6-1 straight up against DALLAS 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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    CONN at DAL 08:00 PM
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    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points, Jonquel Jones added 17 and the hot-shooting Connecticut Sun eased by the Dallas Wings 101-92 on Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to five straight games and clinch a playoff berth.


    Connecticut led by 20 points entering the fourth quarter but Theresa Plaisance hit a 3-pointer to pull the Wings to 96-90 with 42 seconds left. It was the closest Dallas had been since the 5:19 mark of the second quarter. Layshia Clarendon answered with two free throws and Thomas went 1 for 2 from the line on Connecticut's next trip to seal it.


    Jasmine Thomas scored 17 points for Connecticut (17-12) and Chiney Ogwumike had 13. Connecticut set a franchise record with its fifth straight 90-point game.


    Elizabeth Cambage scored 15 of her 29 points in the third quarter for Dallas (14-15) before leaving the game in the fourth with an apparent head injury.


    The Wings have lost six straight, but still hold a two-game lead on Las Vegas for the final playoff spot.


    SPARKS 82, LIBERTY 81


    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Chelsea Gray scored 19 points, Candace Parker had 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists and the Sparks beat the Liberty.


    Riquna Williams and Essence Carson each made a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions to give Los Angeles a 78-73 lead with 1:36 to go.


    Gray made it 80-75 after two free throws and Nneka Ogwumike added two more on the Sparks' next possession for a four-point lead.


    New York's Sugar Rodgers made two 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds, but Parker ran out the clock.


    Ogwumike added 18 points for Los Angeles (18-11), which clinched its seventh straight playoff spot on Tuesday.


    Tina Charles scored 27 points to lead New York (7-22), which has lost eight straight.
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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    08/08/2018 2-2-0 50.00% -1.00
    08/07/2018 2-6-0 25.00% -23.00
    08/05/2018 3-5-0 37.50% -12.50
    08/04/2018 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    08/03/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    08/02/2018 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50
    08/01/2018 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50


    TOTALS.........16-18-0........47.05%.....-19.00




    BEST BETS.....................ATS.............UNITS.... ............O/U...................UNITS.............TOTAL


    08/08/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................1 - 1..................-0.50..............-1.00
    08/07/2018..................1 - 3............-11.50.................1 - 3..................-11.50............-23.00
    08/05/2018..................1 - 3............-11.50.................2 - 2...................-1.00.............-12.50
    08/04/2018..................1 - 0............+5.00..................1 - 0.................+5.00.............+10.00
    08/03/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................0 - 2..................-11.00.............-11.50
    08/02/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................2 - 0.................+10.00.............+9.50
    08/01/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................2 - 0.................+10.00.............+9.50


    TOTALS......................7 - 10.............-20.00................9 - 8.................+1.00...............-19.00
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    Odds on more teams to win the 2019 college basketball title next April:


    — Michigan State Spartans 15-1


    — Tennessee Volunteers 20-1


    — Auburn Michigan, Oregon 25-1


    — UCLA Bruins, West Virginia Mountaineers 30-1


    — Florida, Purdue, Texas Tech, Wichita State 40-1


    — Cincinnati, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State 50-1


    Tweet of the Day
    “Every player has a right to express what he feels and what he thinks. I think he has every right to do that with every coach in the organization that he has relationships with, which we certainly do quite often. Look, this is probably a lot more important to people outside this organization than people inside. This doesn’t have any effect on our team. The rhetoric will not have anything to do with who’s the quarterback. That will obviously be decided on the field. Same parameters than before on who wins the team.”
    Nick Saban


    Thursday’s quiz
    Which NFL team did Nick Saban once coach?


    Wednesday’s quiz
    Kings County in New York is better known by another name, Brooklyn.


    Tuesday’s quiz
    Everyone knows Jim Kelly played for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL, but he also played for the USFL’s Houston Gamblers, before he played in the NFL.


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


    13) Made an appearance at Saratoga racetrack Wednesday with my cousins; I know very little about horse racing, but its a fun place to visit. Living 25 miles from the track, have been there dozens of times over the years, but horse racing is a very difficult game to beat.


    My favorite horse? Mr Ed, the talking horse from an old TV show (look it up on YouTube).


    12) Free advice on going to Saratoga; eat before you go, because the vendors at Saratoga are the biggest thieves in America. Seriously.


    How much would you pay for a (decent) hot dog and a 20-ounce bottle of Coke?


    How much would you pay for a salty pretzel and a bottle of water?


    Try $13 for the hot dog/soda, and $12 for the pretzel/water.


    $6 for a 20-ounce bottle of Coke?!?!?!?! $5 for a 20-ounce bottle of water???


    To paraphrase John McEnroe, “You cannot be serious!!!!”


    11) Big-time rule change in college basketball: All players who get invited to the NBA Combine but go undrafted will have the option to return to their former school.


    This is a tremendous rule change, it gives kids the option of going back to school or going to the G-League. It’ll help college basketball and it has no real downside that I can see.


    10) One rule change that didn’t happen was low-level staff members (like operations directors and video coordinators) being able to do on-court skill instruction.


    Not sure why that isn’t allowed, but it still isn’t.


    9) 13 football players at North Carolina will be suspended for selling team-issued Jordan sneakers given to them by the school. 10 of the 14 players will be suspended for four games.


    Chazz Surratt was supposed to be the Tar Heels’ QB this season; he is done for four games, which is a major problem for North Carolina.


    8) From CBS sports.com, also regarding sneakers:


    “According to the NYPD and Homeland Security Investigations, five individuals in New York who smuggled several thousand pairs of fake Nike Air Jordan shoes into New York and New Jersey have been caught red-handed. The estimated total amount of the stock had the sneakers been authentic, per ABC News, is roughly $73 million.”


    Each defendant in the case faces a maximum potential sentence of 20 years in prison.


    7) This is my annual complaint that Little League games shouldn’t be on national TV; too much pressure on 11-13 year olds. Imagine being a kid who messes up in a game and his team loses and he has to live in that town the rest of his life? Or be shown on SportsCenter?


    6) So there are cars wth push-button ignitions; I had no idea about this until a couple of years ago when I was in Las Vegas. Rented a car, which was parked in the parking garage— it is 110 degrees in the garage, and I can’t figure out how to start the damn car. Would’ve been funny, if I wasn’t the fool who couldn’t start the car. Luckily I figured it out before I sweated thru my clothes.


    Not sure what the advantage of a keyless ignition is, but they’re advertising them on TV, so they must be a big deal.


    5) Second time in three years on Hard Knocks for DC Browns’ Gregg Williams, who was with the Rams two years ago. Hope this season turns out better for him than that one did.


    4) Indians 5, Twins 2— Francisco Lindor hit his 2nd career walk-off HR in this game; his 67 extra-base hits lead the majors this season.


    3) Mets 8, Reds 0— Jacob deGrom’s first win since June 18 in Denver.


    2) Kentucky is playing four exhibition games in the Bahamas this week and SEC Network or some ESPN channel is showing all of them.


    1) The family of billionaire Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos should owe the state of Michigan $2.4M in taxes on her family yacht that is cruising the Great Lakes this summer- but the yacht is registered as a foreign vessel from the Cayman Islands, so they dodge the taxes everyone else pays.


    Who knows, maybe that $2.4M could help fix the water pipes in Flint, MI? Go figure.
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    SEATTLE (23 - 7) at WASHINGTON (17 - 11) - 8/9/2018, 11:30 AM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SEATTLE is 19-10 ATS (+8.0 Units) in all games this season.
    SEATTLE is 15-8 ATS (+6.2 Units) as a favorite this season.
    SEATTLE is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) in road games this season.
    SEATTLE is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) in a road game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
    SEATTLE is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) in road games against Eastern conference opponents this season.
    SEATTLE is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) after a non-conference game this season.
    SEATTLE is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) in road games in non-conference games this season.
    SEATTLE is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) after allowing 75 points or more this season.
    SEATTLE is 10-3 ATS (+6.7 Units) in road games after scoring 75 points or more this season.
    SEATTLE is 17-7 ATS (+9.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15+ games over the last 3 seasons.
    SEATTLE is 11-1 ATS (+9.9 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
    SEATTLE is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game this season.
    SEATTLE is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
    SEATTLE is 13-6 ATS (+6.4 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.
    WASHINGTON is 326-384 ATS (-96.4 Units) in all games since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 9-19 ATS (-11.9 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 12-22 ATS (-12.2 Units) against Western conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 12-22 ATS (-12.2 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 7-17 ATS (-11.7 Units) in home games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 3 seasons.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 4-3 against the spread versus SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
    SEATTLE is 5-3 straight up against WASHINGTON 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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    LOS ANGELES (18 - 11) at ATLANTA (19 - 10) - 8/9/2018, 7:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    ATLANTA is 6-2 against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    ATLANTA is 4-4 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


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    MINNESOTA (16 - 13) at LAS VEGAS (12 - 16) - 8/9/2018, 10:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    LAS VEGAS is 4-4 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    MINNESOTA is 7-1 straight up against LAS VEGAS 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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    Seattle Storm
    Seattle is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Seattle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    Seattle is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
    Seattle is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of Seattle's last 15 games on the road
    Seattle is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing Washington
    Seattle is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Seattle's last 12 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Washington Mystics
    Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games
    Washington is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games when playing Seattle
    Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Washington's last 12 games when playing at home against Seattle




    Los Angeles Sparks
    Los Angeles is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
    Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games on the road
    Los Angeles is 2-10-2 ATS in its last 14 games when playing Atlanta
    Los Angeles is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
    Los Angeles is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Los Angeles is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Los Angeles's last 10 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Atlanta Dream
    Atlanta is 11-1 ATS in its last 12 games
    Atlanta is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Atlanta's last 9 games
    Atlanta is 13-3-2 ATS in its last 18 games when playing Los Angeles
    Atlanta is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games when playing Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
    Atlanta is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
    Atlanta is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Atlanta's last 10 games when playing at home against Los Angeles




    Minnesota Lynx
    Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Minnesota's last 11 games
    Minnesota is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games on the road
    Minnesota is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Las Vegas
    Minnesota is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing Las Vegas
    Minnesota is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    Las Vegas Aces
    Las Vegas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    Las Vegas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Las Vegas's last 6 games
    Las Vegas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Las Vegas's last 11 games at home
    Las Vegas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
    Las Vegas is 8-14-1 ATS in its last 23 games when playing Minnesota
    Las Vegas is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games when playing Minnesota
    Las Vegas is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    Las Vegas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Las Vegas's last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota
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    Atlanta looks to continue 'dream' season versus Sparks


    Atlanta has enjoyed a "dream" season so far in 2018, but the good feelings from clinching a playoff berth for the first time since 2016 were tempered a bit on Tuesday during the Dream's record-setting 109-100 win over Las Vegas.


    Atlanta will look to keep its considerable momentum when it hosts the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday in a key showdown at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech University in Atlanta.


    The Dream were awakened like a slap in the face when All-Star guard Angel McCoughtry went down with a left knee injury with about five minutes to play in Tuesday's victory.


    McCoughtry was helped off the court by several teammates and didn't return. Atlanta finished off the game with a 16-6 run to win for the 11th time in 12 games and further cement its status in second-place in the league standings with about two weeks remaining in the regular season.


    After the game, Atlanta coach Nicki Collen said McCoughtry would undergo further evaluation but added that the injury wasn't believed to be serious.


    "Hopefully it's just a little bit of a hyperextension," Collen said. "We'll be smart with Angel and certainly not push her if she's not ready."


    Elizabeth Williams and Alex Bentley each poured in 22 points while Tiffany Hayes added 21 for Atlanta (19-10) in the win over Las Vegas. The Dream shot 54 percent in the victory and established a franchise-record with its 109 points.


    The Sparks (18-11), who have already clinched their seventh straight postseason berth, head to Atlanta after defeating New York 82-81 on Wednesday in Westchester County behind 19 points from Chelsea Gray.


    Nneka Ogwumike added 18 points for Los Angeles while Candace Parker scored 13, Riquna Williams hit for 12 and Essence Carson tallied 10 for the Sparks. Free throws by Gray and Ogwumike in the final seconds proved the difference for Los Angeles, which was outshot 48 to 44 percent by the hapless Liberty and lost the rebounding battle 42-31.


    Los Angeles, which is tied for third place and competing for one of the four spots that earn first-round playoff byes, has won three straight contests since losing to the Dream at home on July 24. Four of the Sparks' final five games are on the road.


    The last three wins were achieved with center Ogwumike back in the lineup. She has totaled 47 points and 18 rebounds since returning from a three-game absence due to an illness.


    "Every game for the rest of the season will have playoff implications, and there is still a lot of basketball to be played," Sparks coach Brian Agler told WNBA.com. "We're glad to have everybody back, and hopefully, we can keep moving forward."


    The teams have split their two games so far this season -- both of which were played in Los Angeles -- with the Sparks winning 72-64 on June 12 and Atlanta capturing a 81-71 victory two weeks 17 days ago.


    The Dream leads the overall series between the two teams 15-8, with an 8-3 edge in games played in Atlanta.
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    Las Vegas looks to end skid against Minnesota


    With only five games to go in the regular season, the Las Vegas Aces find themselves backed into a corner.


    They have lost four straight, including Friday's forfeit loss to Washington, to fall 2 1/2 games behind Dallas for the final playoff spot.


    The forfeit, which was announced by the WNBA on Tuesday, was the first in the league's 22-year history and surprised many.


    And now the Aces play host to the Minnesota Lynx on Thursday at Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Las Vegas Strip.


    "Our entire organization has the utmost respect for the very difficult decision our players made, and we stand with them," Las Vegas coach Bill Laimbeer said in a statement. "We are disappointed with the league's decision, but our focus is now on winning as many games as we can in our drive for our first playoff appearance."


    The decision not to play after a 25-hour cross-country trek might cost the Aces a spot in the playoffs, but more importantly it put the national spotlight on treatment of women players versus men and the issues the league has had to face concerning scheduling and traveling.


    Connecticut guard Layshia Clarendon, the first vice president of the WNBA executive committee, as well as many other players defended the Aces' decision not to play and expressed hope that it might lead to changes in travel.


    The Aces (12-17) are prepared to move on and try to get back on the winning track. They're coming off a nine-point loss to Atlanta on Tuesday. Las Vegas has given up more than 100 points in three straight games.


    A'ja Wilson reached double figures in scoring for the 28th straight time to start her career. Kayla McBride scored in double figures for the 24th time this season, including the 23rd straight.


    To snap their skid, all the Aces have to do on Thursday is defeat the defending champion Lynx, who at 16-13 have had an up-and-down season. The Lynx can clinch a playoff spot with a win in Las Vegas.


    "I think we know that we can compete with anyone," Aces guard Kelsey Plum said after scoring 20 points and dishing out a career-high 13 assists in the 109-100 loss to Atlanta. "This league is so good from top to bottom. You have to come every night with your A-game or you're going to get beat."


    Minnesota and Las Vegas have split their first two meetings this season, with each winning on the other's court.


    After losing three straight, the Lynx got back in the win column with an 85-64 win over Chicago on Tuesday. Maya Moore scored 31 points and Sylvia Fowles recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards.


    Minnesota was without two starters -- Lindsay Whalen (rest) and Rebekkah Brunson (broken nose).


    "I thought our communication was really good, which helps when you have some unusual lineups," Moore told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "That caused us to focus more."


    The Lynx defense was stellar, holding the Sky to 34 percent from the field, Minnesota's best showing of the season. In their win over Las Vegas on June 24, the Lynx held the Aces to 41 percent from the field and Moore led four players in double figures with 23 points.


    When Las Vegas beat the Lynx on July 13, the plan was "to try to run players at (Fowles) and take her out of her comfort zone," Laimbeer explained.


    The Aces' game plan didn't surprise Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve.


    "It's nothing that we haven't seen from other teams. They were pretty persistent and it's that game that we had in terms of our impatience. We didn't have balance. We didn't wait for screens, didn't set screens and didn't have aggression from our perimeter players."


    Wilson struggled in that game, but the Aces proved two things: They are capable of putting together a balanced offense and they aren't intimidated by the Lynx.


    "It came from everywhere," McBride said. "I thought Tamera Young hit some huge shots. Carolyn Swords had 11 and 11. Plum hit some big threes. Moriah Jefferson had a 5-0 spurt. It came from everybody, and to beat a good team like Minnesota you have to have some come from everybody. It is not just going to be one or two players that can beat them. I thought it was a great win on the road."


    Coming into Thursday's game, the Lynx average 78.2 points, third lowest in the league, while the Aces score nearly six more per game than Minnesota.
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    LA at ATL 07:00 PM
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    MIN at LV 10:00 PM
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    ATLANTA (AP) Jessica Breland scored 19 points, Alex Bentley made a late go-ahead 3-pointer and the short-handed Atlanta Dream beat the Los Angeles Sparks 79-73 on Thursday night.


    It was Atlanta's first victory without star Angel McCoughtry, who the team announced just before the game that she would miss the remainder of the season due to torn ligaments in her left knee. She was averaging 16.5 points, including a career-high 39 points at New York earlier this year.


    Bentley finished with 13 points and Elizabeth Williams had 10 points and seven rebounds for Atlanta.


    Atlanta (20-10) is 2+ games behind first-place Seattle (23-8) and a game ahead of third-place Washington (19-11). The Storm have clinched a top-two seed and will receive a double-bye to the semifinals.


    Bentley made a 3-pointer to give Atlanta a 71-68 lead and she came off a high screen to drain a long jumper to make it 75-70. Riquna Williams answered with a 3-pointer to pull Los Angeles closer but Tiffany Hayes secured it at the free-throw line with 4.4. seconds left.


    Candace Parker had 20 points and 12 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season for Los Angeles (18-12). Williams added 18 points off the bench and Chelsea Gray had 13 for the Sparks, who were playing the second-half of a back-to-back after winning in New York on Wednesday night.


    MYSTICS 100, STORM 77


    WASHINGTON (AP) - Elena Delle Donne scored 30 points, LaToya Sanders had 17 points and 10 rebounds and the Mystics beat the league-leading Storm for their fifth straight victory.


    Washington never trailed and led by as many as 27 points.


    Despite the loss, Seattle clinched one of the top two seeds in the playoffs when Atlanta beat Los Angeles later Thursday. The Storm have a bye to the semifinals.


    Natasha Cloud had 14 points and eight assists for Washington (19-11) and Ariel Atkins added 12 points. The Mystics are a game behind the second-place Atlanta Dream. Delle Donne was 11 of 16 from the field as the Mystics shot 57 percent, including 12 of 26 from 3-point range.


    Natasha Howard and Jewell Loyd each scored 15 points for Seattle (23-8), which had its five-game winning streak snapped.


    LYNX 89, ACES 73


    LAS VEGAS (AP) - Maya Moore scored 34 points, Sylvia Fowles broke her own franchise single-season rebounding record and the Lynx beat the Aces to clinch their eighth straight playoff spot.


    Moore was 12-of-19 shooting, with five 3-pointers, for her second straight 30-plus game and Fowles had 10 points and 19 rebounds for her 18th double-double of the season. Fowles topped her rebounding total of 354 from last season.


    Tanisha Wright added 16 points off the bench for Minnesota (17-13). Danielle Robinson made her second straight start in place of the resting Lindsay Whalen, but played just 12 minutes after injuring her ankle. Rebekkah Brunson also missed the game.


    Las Vegas (12-18) has lost five straight - including a forfeited game at Washington. The Aces are 2+ games back of eighth-place Dallas.


    A'ja Wilson scored 18 points, with 10 straight makes at the free-throw line, for the Aces.
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    SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY AUGUST 10, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    9:05 PM Connecticut Sun Chicago Sky Wintrust Arena
    10:05 PM Indiana Fever Phoenix Mercury Talking Stick Resort Arena




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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    08/09/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    08/08/2018 2-2-0 50.00% -1.00
    08/07/2018 2-6-0 25.00% -23.00
    08/05/2018 3-5-0 37.50% -12.50
    08/04/2018 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    08/03/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    08/02/2018 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50
    08/01/2018 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50


    TOTALS.........16-18-0........47.05%.....-19.00




    BEST BETS.....................ATS.............UNITS.... ............O/U...................UNITS.............TOTAL


    08/09/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................0 - 2..................-11.00............-11.50
    08/08/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................1 - 1..................-0.50..............-1.00
    08/07/2018..................1 - 3............-11.50.................1 - 3..................-11.50............-23.00
    08/05/2018..................1 - 3............-11.50.................2 - 2...................-1.00.............-12.50
    08/04/2018..................1 - 0............+5.00..................1 - 0.................+5.00.............+10.00
    08/03/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................0 - 2..................-11.00.............-11.50
    08/02/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................2 - 0.................+10.00.............+9.50
    08/01/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................2 - 0.................+10.00.............+9.50


    TOTALS......................8 - 11.............-20.50................9 - 10.................-10.00.............-30.50
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    Friday’s 6-pack


    — Cleveland Indians are 27-8 vs division rivals Royals-Tigers-White Sox; they’re 37-42 vs everyone else.


    — Memo to NFL officials: don’t call taunting penalties!!!!


    — Browns went 4-0 in preseason LY, then went 0-16 in games that count.


    — Why do the Browns’ jerseys say “Cleveland” on them? They look like damn high school jerseys.


    — For next four weeks, daytime TV consists on re-runs of NFL preseason games. This is good.


    — There was a delay in the White Sox game Wednesday night because a moth flew into the ear of home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman, and it needed to be removed.


    Tweet of the Day
    “I’ve had some really good teammates. One guy? It would be (Nick) Markakis for me. First of all, I played with him the longest. He always said the right things when they needed to be said. He didn’t say much, but whenever he did, people listened. And he played the game the right way. We’re plumbers, we show up every day for work, good, bad and the ugly and we live with the results each day. And the way he approached this game, and still approaches the game, is something that not just myself, but a lot of people in this clubhouse, have modeled themselves after.”
    Adam Jones


    Friday’s quiz
    Who coached Cleveland Browns last time they made the playoffs?


    Thursday’s quiz
    Nick Saban went 15-17 in two seasons coaching the Miami Dolphins.


    Wednesday’s quiz
    Kings County in New York is better known by another name, Brooklyn.


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    Friday’s List of 13: NFL games with interesting subplots:


    Week 1: Falcons @ Eagles: Philly beat Atlanta 15-10 in playoffs LY, went on to win their first Super Bowl title, with their backup QB playing- now Carson Wentz is back under center. Falcons lost Super Bowl two years ago. Matt Ryan is from Philly.


    Week 2: Dolphins @ Jets: If I owned the Dolphins, would damn sure want to know how the hell we’re 1-6 in our last seven games against the Jets? Miami lost last three visits to the Swamp, by 38-20/34-13/20-6 scores. Will Sam Darnold be the Jets’ QB by then?


    Giants @ Cowboys: Big Blue visited Dallas in Week 1 four of the last five years; they have to wait until Week 2 this year. This matchup must get consistently high TV ratings, but an NFC East squad won the Super Bowl last year, and it wasn’t either one of these teams.


    Week 3: Titans @ Jaguars: Jacksonville made playoffs LY for first time in 10 years, but they got swept by the Titans, 37-16/15-10. Jaguars were +10 in turnovers last year, but were -5 vs Tennessee- they scored only two offensive TD’s in 26 drives against the Titans.


    Patriots @ Lions: Matt Patricia is the Lions’ new coach; he’s come a long way from his days as a college student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), located in Troy, NY, just over the river from Armadillo World HQ. This matchup vs Brady/Belichick is the NBC Sunday night game.


    Week 4: Chiefs @ Broncos: Kansas City is starting Patrick Mahomes at QB; he is basically a rookie- his only start was a 27-24 win here LY. Four of the Chiefs’ first six games this year are on road, at Chargers, Steelers, Broncos, Patriots. Tough start for a young QB.


    Week 6: 49ers @ Packers: Same thing for the 49ers; four of their first six games are on the road, at Vikings, Chiefs, Chargers, Packers. Was 49ers’ strong finish LY a sign of future promise, or were they merely passing tired horses? By time this game is over, we may know.


    Week 7: Chargers @ Browns: Cleveland is 1-31 the last two years; they beat Chargers 20-17 here in Week 16 of 2016 for the only win, then lost to them 19-10 (+14) in Carson LY. Chargers are on their way to London after this game, for a 6:30am PST game with the Titans in Week 8.


    Week 8: Saints @ Vikings: I’m guessing New Orleans has this game circled on their calendar, after their defensive meltdown at the end of last year’s 29-24 playoff loss on this field.


    Week 9: Raiders @ 49ers: “I could fly to LA for a haircut faster than I could drive to Santa Clara” Mark Davis is moving his team to Las Vegas because he didn’t want to share this stadium with the 49ers. Well, he has to drive to Santa Clara for this Thursday night game.


    Week 12: Six NFC teams are playing on Thanksgiving: Bears-Lions, Redskins-Cowboys and Falcons-Saints. Smart to have divisional games on Thursdays, with less prep time.


    Jaguars @ Bills: Last year’s unlikely playoff game: Jaguars 10, Bills 3. Buffalo made playoffs for first time in 19 years, then sent their QB packing. Interesting decision; was it smart? Visiting Buffalo on Thanksgiving weekend means cold weather will probably be a factor.

    Week 13:
    49ers @ Seahawks: Richard Sherman’s return to Seattle is a Sunday night game.
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    Connecticut Sun
    Connecticut is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Connecticut is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    Connecticut is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Connecticut is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Connecticut's last 7 games on the road
    Connecticut is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Chicago
    Connecticut is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Connecticut's last 6 games when playing Chicago
    Connecticut is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    Connecticut is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Connecticut's last 12 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    Chicago Sky
    Chicago is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
    Chicago is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
    Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chicago's last 10 games at home
    Chicago is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Connecticut
    Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Connecticut
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing Connecticut
    Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Connecticut
    Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Connecticut
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Chicago's last 12 games when playing at home against Connecticut




    Indiana Fever
    Indiana is 4-12 ATS in its last 16 games
    Indiana is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games
    Indiana is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Indiana is 3-18 SU in its last 21 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Indiana's last 13 games on the road
    Indiana is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Phoenix
    Indiana is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing Phoenix
    Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Indiana's last 7 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    Phoenix Mercury
    Phoenix is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
    Phoenix is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games
    Phoenix is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Phoenix is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix's last 9 games at home
    Phoenix is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Indiana
    Phoenix is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing Indiana
    Phoenix is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix's last 7 games when playing at home against Indiana




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    CONNECTICUT (17 - 12) at CHICAGO (10 - 19) - 8/10/2018, 9:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CONNECTICUT is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) on Friday over the last 2 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 27-15 ATS (+10.5 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 17-6 ATS (+10.4 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record after 15+ games after 15+ games over the last 3 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 9-21 ATS (-14.1 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 9-21 ATS (-14.1 Units) in a home game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) when playing with 2 days rest over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home games vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 7-17 ATS (-11.7 Units) in home games after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 37-58 ATS (-26.8 Units) in home games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game since 1997.
    CHICAGO is 6-14 ATS (-9.4 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.

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

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    INDIANA (5 - 24) at PHOENIX (16 - 14) - 8/10/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    INDIANA is 10-18 ATS (-9.8 Units) in all games this season.
    INDIANA is 3-10 ATS (-8.0 Units) revenging a home loss versus opponent this season.
    INDIANA is 20-31 ATS (-14.1 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    INDIANA is 10-21 ATS (-13.1 Units) after scoring 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    INDIANA is 3-10 ATS (-8.0 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
    INDIANA is 6-13 ATS (-8.3 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game this season.
    INDIANA is 6-13 ATS (-8.3 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.
    PHOENIX is 0-9 ATS (-9.9 Units) in home games after allowing 75 points or more this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHOENIX is 6-3 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    PHOENIX is 6-3 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    Vandersloot's 20 points, 15 assists help Sky beat Sun 97-86
    August 10, 2018



    CHICAGO (AP) Courtney Vandersloot scored 20 points and handed out 15 of Chicago's WNBA record-tying 35 assists to help the Sky beat the Connecticut Sun 97-86 on Friday night.


    Chicago (11-19), which tied the record set by the Minnesota Lynx last season, called a timeout with 15.5 seconds remaining and a nine-point lead to draw up a potential record-breaking play. Sun coach Curt Miller was visibly upset could be heard on the sideline calling the timeout ''bush league''. The teams play again on Sunday in Connecticut.


    Allie Quigley added 17 points, Stefanie Dolson scored 16 and Diamond DeShields had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Sky. Rookie Gabby Williams scored 11 points and Kahleah Copper 10.


    Quigley hit a 3-pointer to cap a 9-2 opening spurt and the Sky never trailed. Copper converted a 3-point play to cap a 12-4 run that pushed the lead to 13 with three minutes left in the first quarter and back-to-back baskets by Deshields gave the Sky their biggest lead of the game at 61-41 early in the second half.


    Shekinna Stricklen hit three 3s in a 57-second span, and Jonquel Jones scored 10 points, during a 24-7 spurt that trimmed Sun's deficit to 72-69 early in the fourth quarter, but Chicago scored 13 of the next 16 points to pull away for good.


    Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points to lead Connecticut (17-13), which had its five-game win streak snapped.




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