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    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY AUGUST 11, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    2:05 PM Dallas Wings Atlanta Dream McCamish Pavilion
    10:35 PM Indiana Fever Las Vegas Aces Mandalay Bay Event Center




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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    08/10/2018 4-0-0 100.00% +20.00
    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.........21-21-0........50.00%.....+10.50




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


    08/10/2018..................2 - 0............+10.00................2 - 0..................+10.00..........+20.00
    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......................10 - 11..........-10.50................11 - 10...............+00.00.............-10.50
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    Saturday’s 6-pack


    — Nick Saban comes from modest means; his family owned a gas station in West Virginia.


    — 43 of 82 Lakers games will either be on ABC, TNT, ESPN or NBATV; not the Warriors, the Lakers.


    — Redskins’ rookie RB Derrius Guice tore his ACL. Not good.


    — In this coming NBA season, Trailblazers will travel the most miles, Cavaliers the least.


    — Melania Trump’s parents became naturalized US citizens Thursday; good for them.


    — Since 2010, Alabama has had 25 first round NFL Draft picks; Florida/Ohio State are next, with 13 each.


    Tweet of the Day
    “When it came to helping other sports, Nick (Saban) was unbelievable.”
    Bob Starkey, an assistant basketball coach at LSU while Saban was head coach there


    Saturday’s quiz
    Who was the Cleveland Browns’ QB the last time they played in the playoffs?


    Friday’s quiz
    Butch Davis coached Cleveland Browns last time they made the playoffs, in 2002.


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


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    Saturday’s List of 13: Random stuff with weekend here……

    13) Westgate Super Contest is a $1,500 buy-in football handicapping contest; you pick five NFL games a week, and first prize is around $1M- they pay off 30 places, I think, maybe more. Thing is, if you don’t live in Las Vegas, you need a person who will put your picks in for you every week at the Westgate.


    There are actually people who charge $240 or so to do this for you; talk about easy freakin’ money. 17 times, you take the person’s five picks, drive to the Westgate SuperBook, and put the picks in. Not a difficult job. Do it for, say 8 people, and thats an easy $1,920 you’re banking.


    12) Miami Marlins traded 1B Justin Bour to the Phillies for McKenzie Mlls, who was 2-3, 3.51 in 20 games (16 starts) in the AA Eastern League.


    Bour is making $3.4M this year, is arbitration-eligible this winter, so the Marlins cheaped out on this deal- will they ever be good? Bour has 19 homers; does this mean Carlos Santana will play some outfield for the Phillies?


    11) On 4th-and-2 from the Giants’ 13-yard line Thursday, Cleveland went for it, midway thru second quarter. You would never do that in the regular season, but it made sense here, since you want to see players in game situations, and you know you can make a 30-yard FG.


    10) From Doug Kern: This season, the Colorado Rockies have had two pitchers give up 10+ hits in a game but also strike out 10+ in same game; both of them lost. German Marquez did it Wednesday, and Jon Gray did it May 13.


    Last team to have two different pitchers lose such a game in the same season: the 1939 St Louis Browns


    9) Kansas State’s football coach, 78-year-old Bill Snyder, agreed to a 5-year contract extension thru the 2022 season. The contract increases Snyder’s pay to $3.45M for this year, which will then increase by $300,000 in both 2019 and 2020.


    Snyder has been in a political struggle to determine his successor; his son has been the special teams coach at K-State for a long time. Snyder would obviously like his son to succeed him.


    8) San Diego Padres saved more than $750,000 by allowing pitchers Tyson Ross and Jordan Lyles to leave on waiver claims Sunday; they also save $200,000 for every start Ross makes between 20 and 29 (he has 22 now).


    7) After finishing 12th at the British Open in Scotland last month, the European Tour paid Tommy Fleetwood $154,500. One small problem; it was the wrong Tommy Fleetwood.


    The guy who got the money put in his account mistakenly is a golf pro in Florida.


    6) Tampa Bay Rays’ 2B Joey Wendle seems like a decent player; he was 7-17 in his last four games, is hitting .292, so of course on Thursday, he takes a seat? Why?


    Does Tampa Bay have so many great players that Wendle has to sit? He is hitting .300 vs lefties, .291 vs righties, so it wasn’t that. Why do teams get run like Little League now, where everyone has to play? Play the best players!!!


    5) There was recently a 3-day fantasy football convention in Fort Worth, TX. Wonder how much people paid to get into that, and whether they learned anything worthwhile.


    4) How did Daniel Murphy never wind up as a DH? To me he is a lot like Wade Boggs was, a prolific hitter who would be great to pencil in the lineup every day, but you see Murphy reach for a ground ball now and he looks like a guy on his last legs athletically.


    When he has a bat in his hands, he is still very dangerous.


    3) More baseball stuff:
    — Angels put Mike Trout (wrist) on the DL.
    — Washington took Jeremy Hellickson out in 6th inning Friday, after he walked bases full with a 2-0 lead; he was also pitching a no-hitter at the time.


    2) I wonder every month why ESPN the Magazine still gets delivered to my house; I don’t pay for it, it is (mostly) terrible; I just shake my head when it arrives each month.


    This month is (kind of) an exception; there is a very good article about Nick Saban, and 14 stories about him that explain what makes him tick. Enjoyed the article.


    1) Mookie Betts hit for the cycle Thursday but Boston lost; of the last 44 players to hit for the cycle, that player’s team went 40-4 in those games.
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    DALLAS (14 - 15) at ATLANTA (20 - 10) - 8/11/2018, 2:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


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


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    INDIANA (5 - 24) at LAS VEGAS (12 - 17) - 8/11/2018, 10:30 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) 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.
    LAS VEGAS is 21-10 ATS (+10.0 Units) against Eastern conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    LAS VEGAS is 21-10 ATS (+10.0 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    LAS VEGAS is 7-1 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    LAS VEGAS is 6-2 straight up against INDIANA 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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    Trend Report
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    Dallas Wings
    Dallas is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
    Dallas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games
    Dallas is 7-16 SU in its last 23 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Dallas's last 10 games on the road
    Dallas is 6-12-1 ATS in its last 19 games when playing Atlanta
    Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of Dallas's last 11 games when playing Atlanta
    Dallas is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Dallas is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Dallas's last 8 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Atlanta Dream
    Atlanta is 12-1 ATS in its last 13 games
    Atlanta is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Atlanta's last 10 games
    Atlanta is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Dallas
    Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of Atlanta's last 11 games when playing Dallas
    Atlanta is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Dallas
    Atlanta is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Atlanta's last 8 games when playing at home against Dallas




    Indiana Fever
    Indiana is 4-13 ATS in its last 17 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 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Indiana is 3-19 SU in its last 22 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games on the road
    Indiana is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Las Vegas
    Indiana is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Las Vegas
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing Las Vegas
    Indiana is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    Indiana is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Indiana's last 7 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    Las Vegas Aces
    Las Vegas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Las Vegas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    Las Vegas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Las Vegas's last 12 games at home
    Las Vegas is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
    Las Vegas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Las Vegas's last 6 games when playing Indiana
    Las Vegas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana
    Las Vegas is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Indiana
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Las Vegas's last 7 games when playing at home against Indiana
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    SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
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    DAL at ATL 02:00 PM
    ATL -6.5
    U 166.0



    IND at LV 10:30 PM
    IND +10.5
    O 167.0
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    Montgomery hits 6 3's, Dream top Wings
    August 11, 2018



    ATLANTA (AP) Renee Montgomery was 6 of 7 from 3-point range and scored 24 points to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Dallas Wings 92-82 on Saturday.


    Elizabeth Williams had 18 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, Tiffany Hayes added 15 points, seven boards and five assists and Jessica Breland scored 13 points for Atlanta.


    The Dream (21-10), who learned Thursday that all-star forward Angel McCoughtry will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury, have won five games in a row and 13 of their last 14.


    Skylar Diggins-Smith led Dallas (14-16) with 26 points and 10 assists. The Wings have lost seven in a row.


    ACES 92, FEVER 74.


    LAS VEGAS (AP) - Kelsey Plum scored 20 points and Las Vegas never trailed in snapping a five-game losing streak with the victory over Indiana.


    A'ja Wilson added 19 points and eight rebounds and Kayla McBride had 18 points for the Aces (13-18).


    Erica Wheeler had 13 points for the Fever (5-26).
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    Sunday’s 6-pack

    — If you play fantasy football, buy the Warren Sharp football preview. Well worth it.


    — Announced crowd at Mets-Marlins game Friday in Miami: 6,996.


    — Kid named McKenzie on Denver had one of the best punt return TD’s I’ve ever seen last night; if he doesn’t make the Broncos, some other team will definitely sign him.


    — Maryland put football coach DJ Durkin on administrative leave.


    — Don Drysdale was the last Brooklyn Dodger who was active in the major leagues; he retired in 1969.


    — Indians OF Leonys Martin has an undisclosed illness and is on the DL. He is in a hospital getting treatment; we wish him well.


    Tweet of the Day
    “They’ve got all these super nerds in the front office that know nothing about baseball but they like to project numbers and project players. … I think it’s killing the game. It’s to the point where just put computers out there. Just put laptops and what have you, just put them out there and let them play. We don’t even need to go out there anymore. It’s a joke.”
    Former major leaguer Jayson Werth


    Sunday’s quiz
    Which major league team plays it home games in Petco Park?


    Saturday’s quiz
    Kelly Holcomb was the Cleveland Browns’ QB the last time they played in the playoffs.


    Friday’s quiz
    Butch Davis coached Cleveland Browns last time they made the playoffs, in 2002.




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    Sunday’s Den: Notes, trends on AFC teams


    Baltimore— Missed playoffs last three years, four of five years since Ray Lewis retired. Ravens are 6-2-1 vs spread on natural grass last two years. Since ’08, Ravens are 9-6-1 as road favorites in divisional games, 6-12 in non-divisional tilts.


    Buffalo— Bills made playoffs LY for first time in 18 years, but now QB Tyrod Taylor plays for the Browns, and Buffalo’s three QB’s have a combined five NFL starts. When does rookie QB Josh Allen get the nod? Last three years, Bills are 6-2-1 as non-divisional home favorites.


    Cincinnati— Marvin Lewis is 125-112-3 with Bengals, but 0-7 in playoff games. Over last decade, Bengals are 24-13-3 vs spread when playing an NFC opponent- surprisingly, they won seven of their last nine games with Baltimore. Under is 21-11 in their road games last four years.


    For the record, Lewis may be 0-7 in playoff games, but the Bengals’ three head coaches before him were a combined 52-124 over 11 seasons.


    Cleveland— Browns are 1-31 the last two years; since coming back to NFL in 1999, they’re 1-18 in season openers. Cleveland was a ridiculously-bad -28 in turnovers LY; having Taylor at QB will improve that a great deal. Last eight years, Browns are 21-39-3 vs spread at home.


    Denver— Keenum will be Broncos’ 7th different #1 QB the last 12 years; they’re 5-2 as home underdogs last three years, vs 5-11 vs spread on the road. Denver was 1-7 on road LY, with only win at Indianapolis in December; previous six years, they were 31-17 on foreign soil


    Houston— Texans scored 34-33-38 points in last three games rookie QB Watson played, but after his injury, Houston scored 16 or fewer points in 8 of their last 9 games. Last nine years, Texans are 6-11 as home underdogs; under O’Brien, they’re 9-3-1 when favored by 3 or fewer points.


    Indianapolis— Andrew Luck returns at QB after missing LY; they change coaches after missing playoffs last 3 years (8-8/8-8/4-12). Last two years, Colts are 2-7-1 vs spread in games coming off a win, 13-8 in games coming off a loss. Frank Reich has never been a head coach before; he was the Eagles’ OC the last two years.


    Jacksonville— Jaguars were +10 in turnovers LY as they made playoffs for first time in 10 years; can they force 33 takeaways again? Over is 15-8 in Jaguar home games the last three years. Last five years, Jax is 3-17 vs spread when playing an NFC team; they open with Giants this year.


    Kansas City— Last three years, Chiefs were +14/+16/+15 in turnovers, but Alex Smith is gone, Patrick Mahomes (1 career start) is the starter now and KC’s turnover ratio figures to regress some this year. Chiefs were -3 in turnovers in 2014, the only time in Andy Reid’s five years in KC the Chiefs failed to make the playoffs.


    LA Chargers— Bolts started out 0-4 LY, with three losses by 2 or 3 points; their kickers were terrible in September, and it cost them a playoff spot. Chargers made playoffs once in last eight years; they’re 9-13 as home favorites the last four years.


    Chargers play in Cleveland in Week 6, then play in London against the Titans in Week 7, before their bye week. In Week 9, they play in Seattle and the next week they visit Oakland- tough five-week stretch.


    Miami— Dolphins haven’t been in playoffs since 2008; their last playoff win was in 2000. Jay Cutler was Miami’s QB LY; now he’s on a reality show with his actress wife and Ryan Tannehill is back at QB. Miami is 5-2-1 as home dogs under coach Gase; they’re 5-15 vs spread in their last 20 games on artificial turf.


    New England— Last time Patriots went out in their first playoff game was 2010; they’re 14-6-3 as home favorites the last three years, but NE is replacing DC Matt Patricia this year- he is the Lions’ new coach. Over last decade, Patriots are 24-10 vs spread when they’re coming off a loss. Last five years, NE is 3-9 vs spread as a road favorite in divisional games.


    NJ Jets— Jets haven’t made playoffs since 2010; they were outscored 94-32 in losing their last four games LY. Will Sam Darnold start? Will they keep three QB’s? Two of their first three games this year are in primetime. Last four years, Jets are -29 in turnovers; they’re 15-8-1 vs spread at home the last three years.


    Oakland— Jon Gruden already got rid of his punter and his kicker; special teams coach Bisaccia will have his hands full. Oakland hasn’t won a playoff game (0-1) since Gruden beat them in Super Bowl with Bucs 16 years ago. Last five years, Raiders are 13-6-1 vs spread as a non-divisional road underdog.


    Pittsburgh— Steelers have had only three head coaches since 1969; they made playoffs last four years, but haven’t won Super Bowl since 2008. Last three years, under is 18-4-1 in Pitt’s away games. Since 2010, Steelers are 27-15-1 vs spread when coming off a loss.


    Tennessee— Titans made playoffs for first time in nine years, then fired the coach; they’re 7-3-2 vs spread as home favorites the last two years, but 5-10-1 vs spread on road. Over last decade, Tennessee is 8-21-1 vs spread in AFC South road games.


    Developing young QB Marcus Mariota will be QB coach Pat O’Hara, whose resume is fascinating— he played at USC, played and coached in the Arena League, was the #3 QB for the Miami Sharks in the movie Any Given Sunday, backing up Dennis Quaid and Jamie Foxx.
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    Sunday's WNBA Best Bets
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    For the remainder of the WNBA regular season through the playoffs, we'll take a look at the best Sunday bets.


    The schedule for Sunday is chock full of action, and there are plenty of playoff ramifications with these games as well. Let's get started.


    The New York Liberty (7-22) aren't going anywhere, but they can deal the Atlanta Dream (21-10) a big loss in early-afternoon action. The Dream continue to keep the lurking Washington Mystics (18-11) at arm's length, but Atlanta needs to keep their foot on the gas, especially against a poor side. The Dream looked sharp in the first half of their game on Saturday at home against the Dallas Wings (14-16), and rolled to a 10-point win and cover. Now they face the daunting task of a road game the following day. That's tough for any athlete. Being away from home hasn't been tough for the Dream lately, though, as they're an impressive 6-0 ATS in their past six on the road, and 7-1 ATS in their past eight games against Eastern Conference foes. However, keep in mind that they are 3-11 ATS in the past 14 outings when working on zero days of rest.
    The Lib have been poor all around, going 2-6 ATS across their past eight outings overall, while cashing in just two of their past nine contests at home. New York is also 0-4 ATS in the past four against Eastern Conference teams, so they're not expected to provide much resistance against the championship-hopeful Dream. New York does have the rest factor on their side, though, and they're 4-1 ATS in their past five when working on three or more days of rest. Atlanta is also just 2-5 ATS in the past seven meetings with New York, and 2-7 ATS in the past nine trips up north to the city. The 'under' has cashed in 12 of the past 16 meetings in New York, too.


    *** BEST BET ALERT: The quick turnaround aside, the Dream are a much better club than the Liberty, who are just playing out the string. Atlanta might start out a bit sluggish, but talent will take over and Atlanta should easily cover by more than two buckets. Take Atlanta (-4).


    The Chicago Sky (11-19) and Connecticut Sun (17-13) battle with plenty of playoff implications, too, especially for the Sun. The Sky are mathematically still alive, but can use no further slip-ups down the stretch. Really, they're done, and it's because they can't get over the hump against the good teams. They are what they are, basically - a subpar side. Chicago is just 8-18 ATS in their past 26 against teams with a winning overall record, and they're 1-4 ATS in their past five tries against Eastern Conference foes. In addition, they haven't been able to piece together any success lately, going 1-4 ATS in their past five outings following a straight-up win.


    For Connecticut, it's the opposite. They're 5-1 ATS in their past six overall, and 24-11 ATS in their past 35 against teams with an overall losing record. The trends for the total in this one are a bit confusing. The 'over' has hit in six of the past seven meetings overall, but the 'under' is 7-3 in the past 10 in the Nutmeg State (That's really Connecticut's nickname, by the way). The over is 6-2 in Chicago's past eight against the East, and the over is 4-0 in Connecticut's past four overall. However, the under is 7-3 in the Sun's past 10 after a straight-up loss, and 4-1 in their past five working on just one day of rest.


    The Wings have the unenviable task of playing in Atlanta and Washington on back-to-back days. It's a difficult assignment for a team that hasn't been playing very well lately to begin with. The skidding Wings enter the contest 0-7 ATS across their past seven overall, and they're 0-7 ATS in the past seven tries against Eastern Conference clubs, too, after their loss to the Dream on Saturday. In addition, they are just 1-4 ATS in their past five when working on no rest. That doesn't bode well for them to snap out of their funk in D.C.


    For the Mystics, they glide in having covered four in a row, and they're 4-1-1 ATS in their past six against teams from the Western Conference. They are also 5-1 ATS in the past six meetings with teams bring in a subpar overall record. Total bettors might want to hammer the 'under' in this one. The under is 4-1 in Dallas' past five against Eastern Conference clubs, and 5-0 in their past five against teams with an overall winning record. The under is 20-8 in Washington's past 28 against teams with a losing overall record, and the total has went under in each of the past five meetings in this series, too.


    In the evening action, the Phoenix Mercury (17-14) hosts the Los Angeles Sparks (18-12) in what is normally a marquee contest. It is still an important matchup, and both clubs are expected to make the playoffs, but it's an important game for seeding. These are two teams that have had their ups and downs this season, and aren't playing very good basketball recently. Neither has been very good against the number lately, either.


    Los Angeles enters just 1-4 ATS over their past five games, and they're 2-8 ATS in the past 10 against teams with an overall winning record. That makes the Merc a slam-dunk play, right? Well, Phoenix is just 2-5 ATS in the past seven against Western Conference clubs, 1-4 ATS in the past five against winning sides and 1-5 ATS in the past six home outings. In this series, L.A. has dominated against the number in recent times, going 7-2 ATS in the past nine overall, and 5-2-1 ATS in their past eight trips to the Valley of the Sun.


    Total players might be the biggest beneficiaries in this one. The 'under' is the dominant trend, going 8-3 in the past 11 meetings in Phoenix, and 5-2 in the past seven meetings overall. In addition, the under is 43-20 in L.A.'s past 63 overall, and 24-11 in their past 35 inside the Western Conference. For the Merc, the under is 12-4 in their past 16 against winnings teams, and an impressive 7-3 in their past 10 at home.


    *** BEST BET ALERT - PART II: The 'under' is the play in the L.A.-Phoenix battle, with the total hovering around 160. The under hit in L.A. back on May 27 between these sides with a total of 158.5, and the under cashed on Aug. 5 with a total of 161. Three's a charm here. Bang the 'under' (160) on Sunday.


    The Seattle Storm (23-8) sit atop the overall WNBA standings, but they have a tough one against a wounded, but still dangerous Minnesota Lynx (17-13) side. If you go by the overall team trends, Seattle should dominate. They're 10-1 ATS in their past 11 following a non-cover, and 4-0 ATS in the past four on two days of rest. They're also 8-2 ATS in their past 10 on the road, and 12-3-1 ATS in their past 16 overall, while going 4-1 ATS in the past five against Western Conference foes. On the flip side, Minny is just 1-4 ATS in the past five at home, and 1-4 ATS in their past five against winning sides, too.


    However, Minnesota has been a house of horrors for Seattle over the years, as the Storm is just 6-15 ATS in their past 21 trips to the Twin Cities. The total trends are opposites, too, as the over is 4-0 in Seattle's past four on the road, and 4-1 in their past five overall. The under dominates for the Lynx, going 13-3 in their past 16, and 4-1 in their past five at home. However, the over is 4-1 in their past five games against teams with a record of .500 or better.


    BEST BETS RECORD - LAST WEEK: 0-0 (-10)
    BEST BETS RECORD - SEASON: 1-1 (-10)
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    Atlanta Dream
    Atlanta is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Atlanta's last 11 games
    Atlanta is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    Atlanta is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 9 games on the road
    Atlanta is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing New York
    Atlanta is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games when playing New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing New York
    Atlanta is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against New York
    Atlanta is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Atlanta's last 16 games when playing on the road against New York
    New York Liberty
    New York is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
    New York is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 6 games
    New York is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games at home
    New York is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 6 games at home
    New York is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Atlanta
    New York is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 6 games when playing Atlanta
    New York is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Atlanta
    New York is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 12 of New York's last 16 games when playing at home against Atlanta




    Chicago Sky
    Chicago is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 9 games
    Chicago is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
    Chicago is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing Connecticut
    Chicago is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago's last 10 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
    Connecticut Sun
    Connecticut is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Connecticut is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Connecticut's last 5 games
    Connecticut is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Connecticut's last 7 games when playing Chicago
    Connecticut is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Connecticut's last 10 games when playing at home against Chicago




    Dallas Wings
    Dallas is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
    Dallas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 6 games
    Dallas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Dallas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Dallas's last 11 games on the road
    Dallas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Washington
    Dallas is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games when playing Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing Washington
    Dallas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Dallas's last 10 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Washington Mystics
    Washington is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 9 games
    Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games at home
    Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
    Washington is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games when playing Dallas
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Dallas
    Washington is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Dallas
    Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Dallas
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Washington's last 10 games when playing at home against Dallas




    Los Angeles Sparks
    Los Angeles is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games
    Los Angeles is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
    Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 7 games on the road
    Los Angeles is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Phoenix
    Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 7 games when playing Phoenix
    Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Los Angeles's last 11 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    Phoenix Mercury
    Phoenix is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 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 7 of Phoenix's last 10 games at home
    Phoenix is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Los Angeles
    Phoenix is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 7 games when playing Los Angeles
    Phoenix is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
    Phoenix is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Phoenix's last 11 games when playing at home against Los Angeles




    Seattle Storm
    Seattle is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Seattle is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games
    Seattle is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games on the road
    Seattle is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games when playing Minnesota
    Seattle is 6-15 ATS in its last 21 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Seattle is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Minnesota Lynx
    Minnesota is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    Minnesota is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games
    Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Minnesota is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games at home
    Minnesota is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games when playing Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing Seattle
    Minnesota is 15-6 ATS in its last 21 games when playing at home against Seattle
    Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Seattle
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    ATLANTA (21 - 10) at NEW YORK (7 - 22) - 8/12/2018, 2:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    ATLANTA is 4-16 ATS (-13.6 Units) as a road favorite of 3.5 to 6 points since 1997.
    ATLANTA is 8-19 ATS (-12.9 Units) when playing on back-to-back days since 1997.
    ATLANTA is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.
    NEW YORK is 49-30 ATS (+16.0 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses since 1997.
    ATLANTA is 21-10 ATS (+10.0 Units) in all games this season.
    ATLANTA is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) after a non-conference game this season.
    ATLANTA is 13-3 ATS (+9.7 Units) after allowing 75 points or more this season.
    ATLANTA is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) after scoring 75 points or more this season.
    ATLANTA is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) after 3 or more consecutive wins this season.
    ATLANTA is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record after 15+ games after 15+ games this season.
    ATLANTA is 13-2 ATS (+10.8 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
    ATLANTA is 16-8 ATS (+7.2 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game this season.
    ATLANTA is 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
    ATLANTA is 17-7 ATS (+9.3 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.
    NEW YORK is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game this season.
    NEW YORK is 7-15 ATS (-9.5 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    NEW YORK is 5-3 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    NEW YORK is 5-3 straight up against ATLANTA 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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    DALLAS (14 - 16) at WASHINGTON (18 - 11) - 8/12/2018, 3:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    CHICAGO (11 - 19) at CONNECTICUT (17 - 13) - 8/12/2018, 3:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHICAGO is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) on Sunday games over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 9-18 ATS (-10.8 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 7-14 ATS (-8.4 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.
    CONNECTICUT is 29-15 ATS (+12.5 Units) after a division game over the last 3 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 142-108 ATS (+23.2 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent since 1997.
    CONNECTICUT is 17-7 ATS (+9.3 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record after 15+ games after 15+ games over the last 3 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) as a home favorite of 12.5 to 18 points since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CONNECTICUT is 4-4 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    CONNECTICUT is 4-4 straight up against CHICAGO 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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    SEATTLE (23 - 8) at MINNESOTA (17 - 13) - 8/12/2018, 7:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SEATTLE is 5-4 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    MINNESOTA is 7-2 straight up against SEATTLE 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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    LOS ANGELES (18 - 12) at PHOENIX (17 - 14) - 8/12/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LOS ANGELES is 4-11 ATS (-8.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 4-11 ATS (-8.1 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 106-138 ATS (-45.8 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) in August or September games over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) on Sunday games this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) off a upset loss as a favorite this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LOS ANGELES is 7-4 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    LOS ANGELES is 10-1 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 11 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    Atlanta @ New York


    Game 601-602
    August 12, 2018 @ 2:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Atlanta
    115.569
    New York
    102.124
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Atlanta
    by 13 1/2
    164
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Atlanta
    by 5
    159
    Dunkel Pick:
    Atlanta
    (-5); Over


    Dallas @ Washington



    Game 603-604
    August 12, 2018 @ 3:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Dallas
    102.425
    Washington
    120.818
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Washington
    by 18 1/2
    174
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Washington
    by 9
    171
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (-9); Over


    Chicago @ Connecticut



    Game 605-606
    August 12, 2018 @ 3:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Chicago
    106.047
    Connecticut
    114.018
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Connecticut
    by 8
    175
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Connecticut
    by 13
    179
    Dunkel Pick:
    Chicago
    (+13); Under


    Seattle @ Minnesota



    Game 607-608
    August 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Seattle
    112.917
    Minnesota
    110.722
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Seattle
    by 2
    154
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Minnesota
    by 1 1/2
    162 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Seattle
    (+1 1/2); Under


    Los Angeles @ Phoenix



    Game 609-610
    August 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Los Angeles
    111.716
    Phoenix
    109.556
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 2
    157
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Los Angeles
    Pick
    162
    Dunkel Pick:
    Los Angeles
    Under
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    Dream keep moving on without all-star, face Liberty next
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    Losing All-Star forward Angel McCoughtry was a disappointing setback for a team enjoying a strong season.


    The Atlanta Dream successfully handled the second game without McCoughtry by beating the Dallas Wings on Saturday and hope to keep rolling Sunday afternoon when they visit the struggling New York Liberty at the Westchester Civic Center in White Plains, N.Y.


    McCoughtry was lost for the season with torn ligaments in her left knee Thursday and the Dream responded with a 79-73 win over the Los Angeles Sparks hours after the announcement. They won 92-82 on Saturday.


    The two wins since losing its second-leading scorer gave Atlanta 13 victories in its last 14 games. The Dream also set a record with their 21st regular-season win. At 21-10, Atlanta is two games behind the Seattle Storm for the top spot in the league with three games remaining.


    "We knew we had the personnel to be a playoff team, but we've really taken (the) one game at a time approach, not gotten too high, not gotten too low," Atlanta coach Nicki Collen said.


    "We tried to solve problems when we weren't particularly playing well, tried to keep rolling with it when we are playing well but still try to find ways to be better. With the way the league is this year and the tightness of the race to the playoffs, you can't take a night off."


    Renee Montgomery scored 24 points and hit six 3-pointers as Atlanta won its fifth straight Saturday. Elizabeth Williams added 18 poinits and Tiffany Hayes contributed 15.


    While Atlanta will be keeping its eye on the scoreboard to see how the third-place Washington Mystics are doing in their game against Dallas, the Dream will be focused on beating the Liberty (7-22) for the second time in three meetings.


    Montgomery hit a team-record seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points in Atlanta's 82-68 home victory July 19.


    That game was the second loss in New York's current eight-game skid. Six of the losses are by double digits, but New York is coming off one of its better showings.


    On Wednesday, the Liberty suffered an 82-81 home loss to the Sparks.


    "If we played this hard all year for every single game, I think we'd be in a different position at the moment," first-year New York coach Katie Smith said.


    Tina Charles scored 27 points and had different players helping her. Rebecca Allen scored 13 points in her second straight extensive look. Rookie Kia Nurse made her second WNBA start and scored eight after getting 20 in Monday's loss to Seattle.


    Sunday's game will be the home finale for the Liberty, who are 4-12 at home. They have played 14 home games in Westchester and only weekday afternoon games against Phoenix and Seattle at Madison Square Garden.
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    Sky try to keep playoff hopes alive vs. Sun
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    There's still a playoff heartbeat for the Chicago Sky.


    Slight, but it's still there.


    "We still have a shot," Courtney Vandersloot said after the Sky ended the Connecticut Sun's franchise-record five-game winning streak with a wire-to-wire 97-86 home victory in the first half of a home-and-home set Friday night.


    "We're going to keep going until the wheels fall off."


    By winning and ending a two-game losing streak, the Sky (11-19) are within three games of the final playoff spot with four games remaining.


    The teams meet again Sunday in Uncasville, Conn., with the Sun, who have already clinched a playoff berth, still having designs on moving up to a better seed.


    Connecticut has its last four games at home at the Mohegan Sun Arena.


    "We've now checked that box," Sun coach and general manager Curt Miller said after his team clinched with a win on Wednesday night at Dallas. "You can't talk about advancing in the playoffs or the semifinals or finals, you can't talk about anything until you make it."


    The Sun missed a sixth straight win Friday night and face the Sky before visits by the Dallas Wings on Tuesday, the Minnesota Lynx on Friday and Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday. Minnesota and Los Angeles have clinched playoff berths.


    "With this tight race for the playoffs -- just a few weeks ago, it was a mad dash for us and whether we could squeeze in or would we be the odd team out -- we're excited to know that we're back in it," Miller said. "Now, there is a determination to try and go get the best seed we can and, hopefully, that will equate to a home game opportunity."


    Friday's loss left them tied for fifth, a game out of fourth and two out of third. They still have a mathematical shot at second, which is 3 1/2 games away. However, the Sun and Lynx were also a half-game out of the seventh spot.


    The top two seeds in the standings get byes into the semifinals. Nos. 3 and 4 automatically advance to the second round, where they will meet the winners of the 5/8 and 6/7 games.


    Vandersloot scored 20 points and had a career-high 15 assists Friday as the Sky took the lead early and held off several rushes by a Sun team that looked tired from being on the road.


    "We just made some big plays down the stretch," said Vandersloot, who told the television audience at halftime that the Sun would charge in the second half and the young Sky would have to hold off those charges.


    The Sun closed within three points early in the fourth quarter but could get no closer as Chicago evened the season series at 1-1 heading into Sunday's rubber match.
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    Surging Mystics host struggling Wings
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    WASHINGTON -- The Dallas Wings are trying to hold on to the final WNBA playoff spot while perhaps disrupting things near the top of the standings this weekend.


    After a loss at second-place Atlanta on Saturday, the Wings travel north for a Sunday afternoon game against the third-place Washington Mystics.


    Renee Montgomery scored 24 points to help the Dream beat the Wings 92-82 on Saturday. The Wings have lost seven straight and have a 1 1/2-game lead over Las Vegas for the eighth and final playoff spot.


    Montgomery's 3-pointer capped a 14-2 spurt that made it 16-6 midway through the first quarter and Atlanta led the rest of the way. The Wings got within 70-67 with 7:03 remaining after Tayler Hill hit a 3-pointer, but the Dream scored 12 of the next 14 points to pull away.


    Skylar Diggins-Smith led Dallas (14-16) with 26 points and 10 assists. She has scored 20 or more points 14 times this season. Theresa Plaisance scored 13 points for the second straight game after not scoring in her first two games of the season after recovering from an ACL injury.


    The Wings were without the WNBA's leading scorer and second-leading rebounder Liz Cambage, who injured her neck in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's loss to the Connecticut Sun.


    "We're hoping to get her back soon," Diggins said. "Until then, it has to be the next man in. Next man up has to step up for us and there were players that did do that. We just couldn't finish how we wanted to at the end."


    Dallas visits Connecticut on Tuesday, hosts Las Vegas on Friday and finishes the regular season at Seattle on Aug. 19.


    The Mystics (19-11) have won five straight but need a win Sunday to remain one game behind the Dream with three games remaining after Sunday. A second-place finish means a bye into the semifinals.


    "Rolling. The league is up in the air, but we can do this," Mystics point guard Natasha Cloud told the Washington Post. "We're good enough. We're starting to speak this into existence."


    On Thursday, the Mystics routed the visiting first-place Seattle Storm 100-77. Elena Delle Donne notched her second consecutive 30-point game and fifth of the season, LaToya Sanders contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Cloud scored 14 points.


    Washington clinched a playoff berth Tuesday in Phoenix.


    "Given our schedule and the travel, I wouldn't have predicted this," Mystics coach Mike Thibault told the Post. "We caught Seattle at the right time in the middle of a road trip, but we were ready to play from the start."


    The teams split their first two meetings this season, both of which were played in Dallas.
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    Sparks, Mercury meet with playoff positions at stake
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    Now that the Phoenix Mercury are in the WNBA playoffs after a recent funk, they are thinking about postseason positioning with three regular-season games remaining.


    The Mercury (17-14), who are in seventh place, have a shot at climbing as high as No. 4, where the Los Angeles Sparks (18-12) are situated.


    The Sparks, coming off a 79-73 loss at Atlanta on Thursday, travel to play the Mercury on Sunday. Phoenix had lost six of seven games before beating last-place Indiana 94-74 on Friday.


    "It has been a long time coming and you know we have been playing better but not for 40 minutes and you know it's hard," said Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello, who notched her franchise-record 100th victory with the Mercury.


    "We all hate to lose, but there is an opportunity for us to keep growing from this and you know like I said we have to stay even keel, we can't get too high and we can't get too low and I thought we did that tonight."


    Diana Taurasi and Stephanie Talbot scored 14 points apiece to lead five Phoenix players in double figures and help the Mercury past the Fever, snapping a five-game home losing streak. DeWanna Bonner had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Brittney Griner added 12 and nine, and Yvonne Turner scored 10 points for Phoenix.


    "We definitely needed (a win) at this point," Bonner said. "At this point, it is all about we know we are in the playoffs so now it is finding a rhythm so when we get there we will be rolling."


    The Sparks appeared to be in a rhythm after inexplicably losing at home to Indiana on July 20. They won four of five games after that before the recent loss to the Dream. The Sparks' 4-2 record since losing to the Fever includes two losses to Atlanta.


    Los Angeles holds a 2-0 edge over Phoenix, last beating the Mercury 78-75 on Aug. 5 at home.


    Sparks coach Brian Agler's primary concern is keeping the team focused with a playoff spot already in hand.


    "There's no question we have enough, as do some other teams,'' Agler said. "The situation now is what kind of mentality do you have. 'Are you going to get prepared mentally and physically for the games? Are you going to be able to finish games'?"


    Whenever the Sparks face the Mercury, the frontcourt matchup of Los Angeles' Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike against Griner and Bonner is always a highlight.


    Parker leads the Sparks with 18 points and eight rebounds per game and Ogwumike averages 15.6 and seven. Griner is averaging 20.5 points and 7.3 rebounds, and Bonner is at 16.5 and 6.8.
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    Storm, Lynx think playoff positioning in matchup
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    While 2018 hasn't resembled other recent Minnesota Lynx regular seasons, it will end in a familiar way -- with an eighth straight postseason berth.


    But with four games left, the Lynx are still jockeying for playoff position.


    Minnesota (17-13) plays three of its remaining games at the Target Center in Minneapolis, including Sunday's matchup with first-place Seattle.


    Maya Moore topped 30 points in the past two games -- including 34 in Friday's victory over Las Vegas that extended the Lynx's league-best postseason streak -- as Minnesota jumped into a tie for fifth with Connecticut.


    "That toughness we just played with right there, if we're in a playoff game, that's exactly what we need," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve told the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune after her team beat the Aces 89-73. "I do like what we're showing the last couple of games."


    Minnesota trails third-place Washington by two games and fourth-place Los Angeles by one. Connecticut has already beaten Minnesota twice this season to clinch the tiebreaker. The teams meet one more time Friday in Uncasville, Conn.


    It had been awhile since the Lynx, who've averaged 26 regular-season wins for the past seven years, went so late into a season before clinching a playoff spot.


    Despite that success, the Minnesota players didn't consider the postseason a foregone conclusion.


    "It's something we don't take for granted," Moore said of clinching. "It doesn't just happen, especially in a season like this when the race is so close and everybody's been competing so hard to get one step closer to our goal.


    "We have a clear understanding of when we do certain things, and we're locked in together, it's really fun to play and it's really hard to beat us."


    The playoff position the Storm (23-8) has its eye on is No. 1.


    Despite a 100-77 blowout loss at Washington on Thursday, Seattle leads Atlanta by two games in the race for the top seed. Both teams have three games left in the regular season.


    The Storm got a favor from the Dream on Thursday when they knocked off the Los Angeles Sparks, helping Seattle secure a spot in the semifinals (the WNBA's top two teams get a bye in the first round of the playoffs).


    Seattle coach Dan Hughes gives a lot of the credit for the team's turnaround - the Storm hadn't had a winning season since 2011 -- to 37-year-old point guard Sue Bird.


    "A lot of passers see offense, even better passers see defense," Hughes said, according to the league's website. "She sees both."


    Bird, in her 16th season and the WNBA's career assists leader, is second in the league this year with 7.4 assists per game.


    Young MVP candidate and teammate Breanna Stewart is happy for the chance to play with Bird.


    "Any time I have the opportunity to step on the court with Sue, it's something you really take advantage of," Stewart said. "She's the best in the game at what she does. I think that we are lucky to be playing with her."


    Seattle returns home to host New York and Dallas next weekend. Atlanta finishes the season with three road games.
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    RANK TEAM W L PCT GB CONF HOME ROAD L-10 STREAK


    #1 Seattle Storm - x23 8 0.742 - 9-5 11-4 12-4 8-2 L 1


    #2 Atlanta Dream - x21 10 0.677 2 11-4 13-4 8-6 9-1 W 5


    #3 Washington Mystics - x19 11 0.633 3.5 11-4 10-5 9-6 7-3 W 5


    #4 Los Angeles Sparks - x18 12 0.600 4.5 9-6 10-6 8-6 6-4 L 1


    #5 Connecticut Sun - x17 13 0.567 5.5 8-7 9-4 8-9 7-3 L 1


    #6 Minnesota Lynx - x17 13 0.567 5.5 9-6 8-6 9-7 5-5 W 2


    #7 Phoenix Mercury - x17 14 0.548 6 7-8 6-8 11-6 3-7 W 1


    #8 Dallas Wings 14 16 0.467 8.5 6-8 9-7 5-9 2-8 L 7


    #9 Las Vegas Aces 13 18 0.419 10 4-11 7-8 6-10 4-6 W 1


    #10 Chicago Sky 11 19 0.367 11.5 5-8 7-9 4-10 4-6 W 1


    #11 New York Liberty - o7 22 0.241 15 6-9 4-12 3-10 2-8 L 8


    #12 Indiana Fever - o5 26 0.161 18 2-11 2-13 3-13 3-7 L 3




    Legend
    x: Clinched Playoffs Berth
    o: Eliminated from Playoffs contention
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    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    ATL at NY 02:30 PM
    ATL -6.0
    U 160.0



    CHI at CONN 03:00 PM
    CHI +12.5
    O 179.0



    DAL at WAS 03:00 PM
    DAL +9.5
    O 172.0



    LA at PHO 07:00 PM
    LA +1.0
    U 161.5



    SEA at MIN 07:00 PM
    MIN +0.0
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    Montgomery breaking more WNBA marks
    August 12, 2018



    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Renee Montgomery hit eight 3-pointers to match to WNBA regular-season record and scored a season-high 30 points to help the Atlanta Dream beat the New York Liberty 86-77 on Sunday for their sixth straight victory.


    Diana Taurasi, Riquna Williams and Shekinna Stricklen also have hit eight 3-pointers in a game. Montgomery had 25 points in the second half, hitting seven 3-pointers to break the WNBA record for a half - one more than Taurasi, Sue Bird and Sami Whitcomb.


    The Dream (22-10) erased a 16-point, first-half deficit by scoring 21 straight points early in the third quarter and outscoring the Liberty 32-10 in the period. Atlanta had its largest lead at 72-58 on Montgomery's 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter.


    Brittney Sykes added 17 points, Jessica Breland had 16 and Tiffany Hayes 10 for Atlanta, which has won 14 of its last 15.


    Tina Charles had 20 of her 26 points in the first half, helping the Liberty (7-23) go into the break with a 48-37 lead. Rebecca Allen added 16 points and Bria Hartley had 12.

    STORM 81, LYNX 72



    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Natasha Howard scored 21 points, Breanna Stewart had 17 points and a season-high 17 rebounds and Seattle beat Minnesota.


    Seattle (24-8) maintained its two-game lead over second-place Atlanta and reduced its magic number for the top seed in the playoffs to one. Seattle and Atlanta each have two games remaining.


    Jewell Loyd added 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Storm.


    Sylvia Fowles had 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Lynx (17-14).


    MERCURY 86, SPARKS 78


    PHOENIX (AP) - DeWanna Bonner had a season-high 31 points, Diana Taurasi had 20 points and a career-best 14 assists and Phoenix beat Los Angeles.


    Brittney Griner added 20 points and 13 rebounds to help the Mercury (18-14) move a half-game ahead of the Minnesota Lynx fox sixth place in the WNBA standings.


    Candace Parker scored the Sparks' first 12 points and had 15 points and five rebounds in the first quarter. Parker finished with 23 points to lead Los Angeles (18-13).


    MYSTICS 93, WINGS 80


    WASHINGTON (AP) - Ariel Atkins scored 26 points, Elena Delle Donne added 23 and Washington beat Dallas for its sixth straight victory.


    The Wings announced several hours after the game that coach Fred Williams was being relieved of his duties following an eighth straight loss.


    Kristi Toliver added 17 points with a trio of 3s for Washington (20-11). Atkins hit all five of her 3-point attempts and Delle Donne was 3 of 5.


    Skylar Diggins-Smith had 17 points for Dallas (14-17).

    SUN 82, SKY 75



    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Courtney Williams scored 22 points, Jonquel Jones added 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds and Connecticut beat Chicago


    Chiney Ogwumike had 13 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for the Sun (18-13). Connecticut had 21 offensive rebounds and a 51-33 edge on the glass overall.


    Stefanie Dolson had 20 points, and Kahleah Copper added 16 for the Sky (11-19).
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    SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY AUGUST 14, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:05 PM Dallas Wings Connecticut Sun Mohegan Sun Arena
    8:05 PM Chicago Sky Minnesota Lynx Target Center
    10:35 PM New York Liberty Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center


    SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15, 2018
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    10:00 PM New York Liberty Las Vegas Aces Mandalay Bay Event Center


    SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY AUGUST 17, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Los Angeles Sparks Washington Mystics Capital One Arena
    7:00 PM Minnesota Lynx Connecticut Sun Mohegan Sun Arena
    8:00 PM Las Vegas Aces Dallas Wings College Park Center
    10:00 PM Atlanta Dream Phoenix Mercury Talking Stick Resort Arena
    10:00 PM New York Liberty Seattle Storm KeyArena


    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY AUGUST 18, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    08/12/2018 3-7-0 30.00% -23.50
    08/11/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    08/10/2018 4-0-0 100.00% +20.00
    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.........25-31-0........44.64%.....-45.50




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


    08/12/2018..................2 - 3.............-6.50..................1 - 4..................-17.00............-23.50
    08/11/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................0 - 2..................-11.00............-11.50
    08/10/2018..................2 - 0............+10.00................2 - 0..................+10.00..........+20.00
    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......................13 - 15..........-17.50................12 - 14...............-28.00.............-45.50
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    WNBA Betting Recap - 8/7-8/12
    August 14, 2018

    By Joe Williams


    League Betting Notes (Tuesday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 12)


    -- Favorites went 13-5 straight up (SU)
    -- Favorites went 11-7 against the spread (ATS)
    -- Home teams went 10-8 SU
    -- Home teams went 10-8 ATS
    -- The 'over' went 10-6-2



    Team Betting Notes


    -- Atlanta (22-10)
    has opened up a two-game lead in the Eastern Conference with just two regular season games remaining, but those two games are difficult road contests to finish the season. The Dream are on fire heading into the final week of the regular season, going 6-0 ATS over the past six outings, and 14-1 ATS across the past 15 contests.


    -- Chicago (11-20) has put up a little bit better of a fight down the stretch, but they still have lost more than they're winning. They're a respectable 4-2 ATS over the past six outings, and the 'under' is 4-1 in the past five, so the Sky can still be helpful at the betting window.


    -- Connecticut (18-13) split a home-and-home with the Sky this past week, and the 'under' on Sunday pumped the brakes on a 4-0 'over' run. The Sun have caught fire at the right time, winning six of their past seven games overall while going 5-2 ATS across the past seven.


    -- The freefall continues for Dallas (14-17), as the Wings have dropped eight in a row at the most inopportune time. For a while back in mid-July the Wings appeared to not only be a playoff team, but one who could do some damage once they got there. Now, there are just three games remaining against playoff hopefuls, and the best they can do is a .500 record. The 'under' has hit in five of their past seven outings.


    -- Indiana (5-26) had shown some signs of life earlier in the month, but they took it on the chin in three straight this past week while going 0-3 ATS. The defensive woes were back, as the opposition dumped in 93.3 points per game (PPG) in the three-game slide with the 'over' going 1-0-2.


    -- Las Vegas (13-17) ended a four-game slide, and five if you could their forfeit from the travel woes to D.C., pounding the Fever into submission on Aug. 11. The cover also snapped an 0-4 ATS skid. Two of their final three regular season battles will be against Eastern Conference foes.


    -- Los Angeles (18-13) looked like they had it trending in the right direction, but they dropped back-to-back games in Atlanta and Phoenix (18-14) to create more questions than answers heading into the final regular season week. The Sparks enter Tuesday's game against New York (7-23) on an 0-4 ATS run.


    -- Minnesota (17-14) just can't seem to piece together a lengthy win streak anymore. And they're 2-5 ATS over the past seven outings. Total bettors are loving them at the window right now, however, as the 'under' has hit in six straight, and 12 of the past 13.


    -- The Liberty are just playing out the string, dropping nine in a row heading into the final week. Continue to fade the Liberty if you want to make some bread, as they're just 2-7 ATS across the past nine outings. The 'over' is also an impressive 8-2 over their past 10.


    -- Phoenix (18-14) has won back-to-back games for the first time since a four-game winning streak June 26-July 5. That's uncharacteristic for the Merc. They are a solid 4-1 ATS over the past five outings, so perhaps they're kicking it into high gear at just the right time. A showdown against the Dream on Friday will be a good measuring stick test.


    -- Seattle (24-8) recovered nicely from a 100-77 beating in D.C. to top the Lynx 81-72 in the Twin Cities over the weekend. The Storm maintain the best record in the WNBA, and they can clinch home-court advantage in the playoffs with a win against either New York or Dallas in one of the final two regular-season battles. The Storm are an impressive 6-1 ATS over the past seven outings, and 13-3-1 ATS over the past 17.


    -- Washington (19-11) is closing the season well, but they can't seem to make up any distance on the equally red-hot Dream. The Mystics have won five in a row, and six if you include their forfeit victory against the Aces. Washington has also covered three in a row, which ties their longest cover streak since they went 4-0 ATS from May 24-30.
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    Odds to win the World Series:


    7-2: Boston Red Sox


    5-1: Houston Astros


    6-1: Chicago Cubs


    7-1: Los Angeles Dodgers


    8-1: Bronx Bombers


    10-1: Cleveland Indians


    12-1: Oakland A’s


    Quote of the Day
    “While this transaction on the surface seems purely administrative, it caught us by surprise and is tremendously disappointing. Major-league starters have a strict routine that they adhere to that allows them to be successful; this roster move affects that. While the club may feel that they are doing what’s best for the organization, they also lose sight of the human element and how it will affect the player.”


    Agent Tom O’Connell; his client (Phillies’ P) Zach Eflin is “being demoted” to AAA, even though he really isn’t, its a procedural thing. He won’t miss a turn in the majors, but he loses $20,000 in salary and nine days of major league service time because of it.


    Tuesday’s quiz
    How many current NFL head coaches used to play QB in the Arena League?


    Monday’s quiz
    Oregon Ducks play their home games in Autzen Stadium.


    Sunday’s quiz
    San Diego Padres play their home games in Petco Park.


    ***********************


    Tuesday’s List of 13: Nobody asked me, but…….


    13) The offensive/defensive coordinators in Cleveland either aren’t getting along very well, or they staged this exchange for HBO’s Hard Knocks:


    Todd Haley, upset with the defense getting too close to QB Baker Mayfield: “Good teams don’t touch the fucking quarterback!”


    Gregg Williams: “Block ‘em then!”


    12) More on the Browns, this from USA Today:


    “Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson said rookie receiver Antonio Callaway played so many snaps Thursday as a punishment for his recent marijuana citation.


    Rather than discipline a player by benching him, as coaches often do, Jackson told reporters Sunday that he decided to go in the opposite direction, playing Callaway even when he asked for a breather.


    ‘I was trying to make him play the whole game if we could. I did not want him to come out.'”


    11) This tweet from former NFL RB Danny Woodhead:


    “If I’m an undrafted rookie for the browns I’m gonna make sure i get in trouble before the next game! Playing all game just gives you an opportunity to make the team! This isn’t a punishment this is a gift!”


    Alrighty then.


    10) From Baseball Reference: David Bote’s walk-off grand slam for the Cubs Sunday night was the first “down 3-0” walk-off grand slam since Samuel Byrd (Reds) off Cy Blanton (Pirates) on May 23, 1936.


    9) Cardinals are 16-9 under interim manager Mike Shildt; they’re back in the Wild Card race and there’s an increasing chance that Shildt will become the full-time manager for 2019.


    8) Brooks Koepka is the first golfer to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year since 2000; his ranking is up to #2 in the world.


    7) Chris Sale has an 0.69 ERA in his last 10 starts, striking out 109 in 65 innings; since June 8, hitters are batting .147 against him.


    6) Not only are the Oakland A’s 36-12 in their last 48 games, their AAA team in Nashville has won its last 13 games, and is now 64-55 in the PCL. Sounds turned a triple play in their win on Sunday.


    5) Chicago Bears finally signed LB Roquan Smith, their first round draft pick. Four years, $18M. Now the kid can get to work.


    4) You can actually wager on who the starting QB’s will be at colleges whose teams have a QB controversy this summer, teams like Alabama, Florida State.


    Wonder if anyone has a prop bet over where Jalen Hurts will transfer to if he isn’t the starter at Alabama after the Crimson Tide went 26-2 in his starts the last two years?


    3) Why won’t the Mets bring 1B Peter Alonso? When your team sucks, its a good thing to give your fans some hope for the future by letting them watch young players play and hopefully develop into stars. Alonso hit .314 in AA, is hitting .260 in AAA, has 105 RBI between AA and AAA this year. I’m guessing Met fans have seen enough of Jose Bautista and Jose Reyes.


    2) Giants’ rookie RB Saquon Barkley strained his hamstring in Monday’s practice. Not sure what exactly a “mild strain” means, but I know it ain’t good.


    1) Jeez….Indians’ OF Leonys Martin has been battling a life-threatening bacterial infection that attacked his internal organs. He is currently in stable condition, and is improving.


    We pray that he feels better real soon.
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    DALLAS (14 - 17) at CONNECTICUT (18 - 13) - 8/14/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DALLAS is 9-20 ATS (-13.0 Units) in road games after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
    DALLAS is 6-16 ATS (-11.6 Units) revenging a home loss versus opponent over the last 3 seasons.
    DALLAS is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 3 seasons.
    DALLAS is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) in road games versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 3 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 29-16 ATS (+11.4 Units) after a division game over the last 3 seasons.

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

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    CHICAGO (11 - 20) at MINNESOTA (17 - 14) - 8/14/2018, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHICAGO is 1-7 ATS (-6.7 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
    CHICAGO is 17-28 ATS (-13.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    MINNESOTA is 4-11 ATS (-8.1 Units) in home games this season.
    MINNESOTA is 4-11 ATS (-8.1 Units) in a home game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
    MINNESOTA is 4-11 ATS (-8.1 Units) after a division game this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHICAGO is 5-3 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    MINNESOTA is 5-3 straight up against CHICAGO 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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    NEW YORK (7 - 23) at LOS ANGELES (18 - 13) - 8/14/2018, 10:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NEW YORK is 19-32 ATS (-16.2 Units) against Western conference opponents over the last 3 seasons.
    NEW YORK is 19-32 ATS (-16.2 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
    NEW YORK is 3-10 ATS (-8.0 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
    NEW YORK is 6-16 ATS (-11.6 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game this season.
    NEW YORK is 7-16 ATS (-10.6 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in home games in August or September games over the last 2 seasons.
    NEW YORK is 49-31 ATS (+14.9 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 6-19 ATS (-14.9 Units) as a home favorite of 12.5 to 15 points since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 9-26 ATS (-19.6 Units) as a home favorite of 12.5 to 18 points since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 10-26 ATS (-18.6 Units) as a home favorite of 12.5 or more points since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 31-53 ATS (-27.3 Units) in home games on Tuesday since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 193-237 ATS (-67.7 Units) after scoring 75 points or more since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 146-188 ATS (-60.8 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 106-139 ATS (-46.9 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LOS ANGELES is 6-2 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
    LOS ANGELES is 7-1 straight up against NEW YORK 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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    Dallas Wings
    Dallas is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
    Dallas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 7 games
    Dallas is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Dallas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Dallas's last 12 games on the road
    Dallas is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Connecticut
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing Connecticut
    Dallas is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
    Dallas is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
    Connecticut Sun
    Connecticut is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
    Connecticut is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Connecticut's last 5 games
    Connecticut is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Connecticut's last 6 games at home
    Connecticut is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Connecticut's last 6 games when playing Dallas
    Connecticut is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games when playing at home against Dallas
    Connecticut is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Connecticut's last 5 games when playing at home against Dallas




    Chicago Sky
    Chicago is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Chicago is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games
    Chicago is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games on the road
    Chicago is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Minnesota
    Chicago is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing Minnesota
    Chicago is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Minnesota Lynx
    Minnesota is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
    Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games
    Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    Minnesota is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games at home
    Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games at home
    Minnesota is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Chicago
    Minnesota is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Chicago
    Minnesota is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago
    Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago




    New York Liberty
    New York is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    New York is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of New York's last 7 games
    New York is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    New York is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    New York is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Los Angeles
    New York is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 15 of New York's last 23 games when playing Los Angeles
    New York is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    New York is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    New York is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 6 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    Los Angeles Sparks
    Los Angeles is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games
    Los Angeles is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    Los Angeles is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
    Los Angeles is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Los Angeles's last 18 games at home
    Los Angeles is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing New York
    Los Angeles is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Los Angeles's last 23 games when playing New York
    Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against New York
    Los Angeles is 5-13 ATS in its last 18 games when playing at home against New York
    Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games when playing at home against New York
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    Dallas @ Connecticut


    Game 611-612
    August 14, 2018 @ 7:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Dallas
    106.964
    Connecticut
    113.904
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Connecticut
    by 7
    173
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Connecticut
    by 10
    176 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Dallas
    (+10); Under


    Chicago @ Minnesota



    Game 613-614
    August 14, 2018 @ 8:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Chicago
    106.161
    Minnesota
    109.922
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Minnesota
    by 4
    154
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Minnesota
    by 9 1/2
    163
    Dunkel Pick:
    Chicago
    (+9 1/2); Under


    New York @ Los Angeles



    Game 615-616
    August 14, 2018 @ 10:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    New York
    97.569
    Los Angeles
    115.361
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 18
    159
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 14
    157
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    Wings cling to last playoff spot entering game with Sun
    The Associated Press



    It was just last week that the Connecticut Sun won in Dallas and clinched a spot in the WNBA playoffs.


    On Tuesday night in Uncasville, Conn., the teams meet again -- and the floundering Wings, fighting to stay alive for the last playoff spot, have a new coach.


    On Sunday, after the Wings lost their eighth straight game and barely holding onto the eighth and final spot, team president/general manager Greg Bibb fired coach Fred Williams and replaced him for the rest of the season with assistant Taj McWilliams-Franklin.


    There was an altercation between Williams and Bibb after the game and a change was made.


    "Following today's game, I made the decision to change direction in regards to our head coaching position," Bibb said in a release. "I felt this move was necessary. The season has not met our expectations. I have asked Taj to serve as our interim head coach and I have the upmost confidence that she and our staff will do everything possible to put us in the best position to win.


    "I wish Fred the best moving forward. Our focus remains on qualifying for the playoffs and ultimately competing for a WNBA championship."


    Williams told ESPN: "I just really put my heart and soul into this organization. We've struggled lately but played hard and are still in the playoff picture.


    "But there was a little altercation after the game. It's just one of those things that happened. I can only wish the Dallas Wings the best going forward. I wish I could have taken them to the end and seen where the journey ends up."


    The Wings (14-17) remained a game ahead of the Las Vegas Aces, who were saddled with a forfeit after not playing a game in Washington following travel difficulties. The teams play Friday night in Arlington, Texas, and the Wings end their season on Sunday at Seattle.


    Dallas has been without WNBA scoring leader Liz Cambage, who injured her neck on a backward fall that resulted from getting tied up with the Sun's Janquel Jones last week.


    While the Wings are just trying to hang on, the Sun (18-13) have won six of their last seven games and still have designs on moving into seeded spots in the final standings.


    Connecticut opened a season-ending four-game homestand with an 82-75 victory over Chicago on Sunday that eliminated the Sky from the playoff picture.


    The Sun are tied with the Los Angeles Sparks for fourth place, a spot that earns a first-round bye and a second-round playoff game.


    The top two seeds in the standings get byes right through to the semifinals. Numbers 3 and 4 automatically advance to the second round, where they will meet the winners of the 5/8 and 6/7 games.


    Jasmine Thomas overcame shooting problems down the stretch and Jones and Chiney Ogwumike combined for 29 of their team's 50 rebounds in Sunday's Sun victory. A late 14-0 run put the game away.


    "She has the competitiveness and the fire that we need," Sun coach Curt Miller said of Thomas. "Jas really competed there at the end, stayed aggressive, and you could see the determination. When she gets that determination, not all her shots go in, but good things happen."


    Courtney Williams scored 22 points and Jones had 17 points to go with her 15 rebounds for the Sun.


    The Sun are 2-0 with two road wins over the Wings this season.
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