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    Diana Taurasi leads Mercury to 8th straight win
    June 17, 2018



    LAS VEGAS (AP) Diana Taurasi scored 18 of her 28 in the first half and the Phoenix Mercury ran their winning streak to eight with a 92-80 victory over the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday night.


    Las Vegas pulled within six late in the fourth quarter but DeWanna Bonner hit a baseline 3 to make it 85-76 with 1:48 left and Taurasi made three free throws with 1:18 to go.


    Phoenix (10-3) scored 10 straight to end the third quarter with a 75-59 lead - the Mercury's largest of the game. Leilani Mitchell had back-to-back 3-pointers in that run.


    The Mercury took the lead for good with the last four points of the first half to go into the break ahead 46-42. Brittney Griner added 24 points for Phoenix.


    A'ja Wilson led the Aces (3-9) with 21 points, and Kayla McBride had 20.


    SPARKS 81, SKY 72


    CHICAGO (AP) - Chelsea Gray scored 21 points and Nneka Ogwumike had 20 points and 11 rebounds to help WNBA-leading Los Angeles beat Chicago.


    Candace Parker added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Sparks (8-2). They have won four straight.


    Jamierra Faulkner had 19 points for the Sky (3-7). They have lost four in a row.
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    SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY JUNE 19, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Atlanta Dream New York Liberty Westchester County Center
    7:00 PM Chicago Sky Washington Mystics Capital One Arena
    8:00 PM Dallas Wings Minnesota Lynx Target Center
    10:00 PM Las Vegas Aces Seattle Storm KeyArena
    10:30 PM Indiana Fever Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center


    SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY JUNE 22, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Connecticut Sun Atlanta Dream McCamish Pavilion
    8:00 PM Los Angeles Sparks Dallas Wings College Park Center
    9:00 PM Washington Mystics Chicago Sky Wintrust Arena
    10:00 PM Indiana Fever Seattle Storm KeyArena
    10:00 PM Minnesota Lynx Phoenix Mercury Talking Stick Resort Arena
    10:00 PM New York Liberty Las Vegas Aces Mandalay Bay Event Center


    SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY JUNE 24, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    4:00 PM Seattle Storm Dallas Wings College Park Center
    5:00 PM New York Liberty Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center
    6:00 PM Connecticut Sun Indiana Fever Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    6:00 PM Minnesota Lynx Las Vegas Aces Mandalay Bay Event Center
    6:00 PM Phoenix Mercury Chicago Sky Wintrust Arena




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    EASTERN CONFERENCE
    Team Win Loss Percent GB Home Away Conf. Last 10 Streak
    Connecticut Sun 7 4 0.636 0 4-1 3-3 4-2 6-4 L-3
    Washington Mystics 6 5 0.545 1 3-3 3-2 3-1 5-5 L-1
    Atlanta Dream 6 5 0.545 1 3-2 3-3 3-1 6-4 L-1
    Chicago Sky 3 6 0.333 3 2-2 1-4 2-2 3-6 L-3
    New York Liberty 3 6 0.333 3 2-4 1-2 2-2 3-6 L-2
    Indiana Fever 1 10 0.091 6 1-6 0-4 1-7 1-9 W-1

    WESTERN CONFERENCE
    Team Win Loss Percent GB Home Away Conf. Last 10 Streak
    Los Angeles Sparks 7 2 0.778 0 4-1 3-1 3-1 7-2 W-3
    Phoenix Mercury 9 3 0.750 0 4-2 5-1 5-2 7-3 W-7
    Seattle Storm 8 3 0.727 0 5-2 3-1 4-2 8-2 W-2
    Dallas Wings 5 4 0.556 2 3-1 2-3 2-3 5-4 W-1
    Minnesota Lynx 4 6 0.400 3 2-2 2-4 1-3 4-6 W-1
    Las Vegas Aces 3 8 0.273 5 1-2 2-6 0-4 3-7 L-1

    Updated Mon Jun 18 12:04 AM EDT




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    WNBA MAY RECORD: OVERALL PICKS


    Totals............30 - 22 - 2...57.69%......+29.00


    MAY'S BEST BETS:


    TOTALS........................11 - 12.................-11.00.......................... ...18 - 8 - 1................+46.00





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    WNBA 2018 RECORD


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    06/17/2018 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50
    06/16/2018 3-3-0 50.00% -1.50
    06/15/2018 3-3-0 50.00% -1.50
    06/14/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    06/13/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    06/12/2018 5-3-0 62.50% +8.50
    06/10/2018 5-3-0 62.50% +8.50
    06/09/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -1100
    06/08/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
    06/07/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
    06/05/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    06/01/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00


    TOTALS..........33 - 27........55.00%.....+16.50


    WNBA BEST BET RECORD


    DATE:...........................ATS............... .....UNITS.......................O/U.....................UNITS............TOTAL


    06/17/2018................2 - 0.....................+10.00........................1- 1.....................-0.50.............+9.50
    06/16/2018................2- 1......................+4.50...................... ...1 - 2......................-6.00............-1.50
    06/15/2018................2 - 1.....................+4.50....................... ..1 - 2.....................-6.00.............-1.50
    06/14/2018................0 - 1.....................-5.50..........................1 - 0....................+5.00.............-0.50
    06/13/2018................1 - 1.....................-0.50..........................0 - 2....................-11.00............-11.50
    06/12/2018................2 - 2.....................-1.00..........................3 - 1.....................+9.50............+8.50
    06/10/2018................3 - 1.....................+9.50....................... ..2 - 2.....................-1.00.............+8.50
    06/09/2018................0 - 1......................-5.50.........................0 - 1.....................-5.50.............-11.00
    06/08/2018................3 - 0.....................+15.00...................... 1 - 2......................-6.00............+9.00
    06/07/2018................2 - 1.....................+4.50....................... 2 - 1......................+4.50...........+9.00
    06/05/2018................0 - 1......................-5.50........................0 - 1......................-5.50............-11.00
    06/01/2018................1 - 2......................-6.00........................3 - 0.....................+15.00..........+9.00


    TOTALS....................18 - 12...................+24.00.................... 15 - 14...................-6.50.............+16.50
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    Tuesday’s 6-pack
    Odds to win the World Series:
    9-2— New York (A), Houston
    6-1— Boston
    7-1— Los Angeles, Chicago Cubs
    8-1— Cleveland, Washington
    18-1— Arizona, Atlanta, Milwaukee
    20-1— Seattle


    Tweet of the Day
    “I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.”
    Former First Lady Laura Bush


    Tuesday’s quiz
    Which major league team did former President George W Bush used to own?

    Monday’s quiz

    When Gerald Ford took over as President in 1974, former NY governor Nelson Rockefeller was the Vice-President.


    Sunday’s quiz
    In the movie Oceans 13, Al Pacino played casino owner Willy Bank.


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



    13) Some odd baseball trivia yesterday, in Washington DC.


    On May 15, New York-Washington had a game suspended in the 6th inning; it was finished Monday. On May 20, Nationals’ rookie Juan Soto made his MLB debut.


    So Monday, in the completion of the suspended May 15 game, Soto homered, making him a player who homered in a game that was started five days before his MLB debut. Go figure.


    12) Soto is really good, by the way; he is hitting .316 in his first 79 at-bats as a rookie.


    11) Nationals acquired closer Kelvin Herrera from the Royals Monday for three minor leaguers, one of whom is a 24-year old who hasn’t even made AA ball yet.


    10) Washington Capitals won their first Stanley Cup in their 45-year history this season, so of course, their coach quit Monday.


    In four seasons under Barry Trotz, the Capitals were 205-89-34, the best record in the NHL. A two-year contract extension that had been negotiated previously was on the table if they won the Cup, but it was only a $300K raise per year and Trotz wanted the pot sweetened- obviously it was not. Everyone loses here.


    I’m guessing Trotz wil be a hot commodity in the coaching free agent derby. Right now, the only NHL team without a head coach is the New York Islanders.


    9) Keith Hernandez on TV in the 4th inning of the Mets-Rockies game last night: “I’ve never seen so much in-game coaching in my life.”


    He didn’t seem real happy about it, but players get to the major leagues faster now than they used to and they still need coaching when they get there.


    8) Nevada Wolf Pack hired Michael Musselman, the son of Nevada basketball coach Eric Musselman, as a graduate assistant.


    Eric Musselman: “I’m really excited to add Michael to our coaching staff. He will provide high energy and a great work ethic to our coaching staff. I was very fortunate to work for my father at a young age and the opportunity to work with my son is something that is very special.”


    Eric Mussselman’s dad Bill was coach at U of Minnesota and also in the NBA.


    7) Pirates and Mariners have both won four 1-0 games this year, most in major leagues.


    There were 29 games last year that ended 1-0; so far this year, there have been 30.


    6) Pretty serious upgrade for the Carolina Panthers, going from Mike Shula to Norv Turner at offensive coordinator. Panthers will be an interesting team to follow this fall. Turner has a great reputation as an offensive guru; how will he mesh with Cam Newton?


    5) Unintended consequence of the immigration crackdown: “Avocado farmers in Santa Barbara County, (CA) are currently struggling to find workers.”


    So if the price of avocados goes way up, you know who to blame…….


    4) There are two guys in professional baseball named Josh Smith; they both pitch for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston’s AAA farm club.


    On Saturday, one of the Josh Smiths started for the Sox; on Sunday, the other one did.


    3) Red Sox are 13-1 in Eduardo Rodriguez’ starts this season.


    2) Cleveland Cavaliers dumped two of their assistant coaches; read into that what you will.


    1) Umpire Tony Randazzo is a tough guy; he took a foul tip off the knuckles on his left hand last night, then took another foul ball off his collarbone. Both direct hits- they had to hurt like hell, but he stayed in the game. Tough.
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    WNBA Betting Recap - 6/11-6/17
    June 19, 2018


    League Betting Notes (Monday, June 11 through Sunday, June 17)



    -- Favorites went 10-5 straight up (SU)
    -- Favorites went 8-6-1 against the spread (ATS)
    -- Home teams went 8-7 SU record
    -- Road teams went 6-8-1 ATS record
    -- The 'over' went 8-7




    Team Betting Notes


    -- Atlanta (5-3) split a pair in a home-and-home with Indiana (1-10), as the Dream became the first victory of the Fever. In fact, it wasn't even close, as Indiana hammered Atlanta by a 96-64 count on Saturday, taking out a season's worth of a aggression in one night. Atlanta is now a disappointing 1-3-1 ATS over the past five outings.


    -- The Fever might have just one victory straight-up, but they've been a friend to bettors at the window. Indiana has posted an impressive 4-1 ATS mark over the past five, and they're a perfect 4-0 ATS in four road outings in 2018.


    -- Chicago (3-7) is in the midst of a four-game skid, and they've won just once in the past eight outings after opening the season 2-0 SU/ATS. The Sky have also failed to cover in four in a row, and they're 0-5-1 ATS across the past six contests.


    -- It was an outstanding start to the season for Connecticut (7-4), as they fired out of the chute 5-0 SU, and 7-1 SU through the first eight. Lately it's been a different story, as the Sun are 0-3 SU/ATS. They will look to snap that ugly skid as the road trip continues Friday night in Atlanta. Connecticut has failed to cover in five straight road contests.


    -- Phoenix (10-3) limped out of the box with three losses in their first five contests, very uncharacteristic by their standards. The Mercury have been doing what's expected lately, however, posting eight straight outings since flipping the calendar from May to June. They're also an impressive 7-1 ATS during the eight-game winning streak.


    -- Minnesota (4-6) is another team used to winning, but they have yet to rattled off an impressive winning streak. Perhaps an 85-71 victory against New York (3-6) will spur them on. After opening the season 0-7 ATS, the Lynx have posted a 2-1 ATS mark across the past three. They'll try and cool off the Merc on Friday night in the desert.


    -- The Liberty opened the season with covers in three of their first four, but they're 0-3 ATS over the past three, and 1-4 ATS across the past five. They're also just 1-2 ATS in three road contests, which is bad news considering 10 of their next 14 will be away from Gotham.


    -- Las Vegas (3-9) won their first two road games in franchise history last Tuesday and Wednesday, but it was back to losing ways in the past two. They're just 1-3 SU/2-2 ATS in four home games, and they're where they're be in four of the next five.


    -- Seattle (8-3) has been impressive, as they have yet to post non-covers in back-to-back games this season. Overall they're 6-5 ATS, and 3-1 ATS over the past four. The Storm have been particularly attractive to bettors on the road, going 3-1 SU/ATS in four contests.


    -- Los Angeles (8-2) continues to quietly roll along, posting four straight wins while going 3-0-1 ATS. Total bettors love the Sparks, too, as the 'under' is an impressive 6-1 across the past seven.
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    Trend Report
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    Atlanta Dream
    Atlanta is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Atlanta is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
    Atlanta is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Atlanta's last 10 games
    Atlanta is 3-9-1 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
    Atlanta is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games on the road
    Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing New York
    Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing New York
    Atlanta is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against New York
    Atlanta is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against New York
    New York Liberty
    New York is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    New York is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 12 of New York's last 18 games
    New York is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games at home
    New York is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of New York's last 13 games at home
    New York is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
    New York is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
    New York is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Atlanta
    New York is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta




    Chicago Sky
    Chicago is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Chicago is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games
    Chicago is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Chicago is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games on the road
    Chicago is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Washington
    Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing Washington
    Chicago is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Washington Mystics
    Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
    Washington is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games at home
    Washington is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
    Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago




    Dallas Wings
    Dallas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
    Dallas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Dallas is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 15 of Dallas's last 22 games on the road
    Dallas is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Minnesota
    Dallas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
    Dallas is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 7 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Minnesota Lynx
    Minnesota is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
    Minnesota is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
    Minnesota is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
    Minnesota is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Minnesota's last 13 games at home
    Minnesota is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Dallas
    Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
    Minnesota is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Dallas
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing at home against Dallas




    Las Vegas Aces
    Las Vegas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Las Vegas is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games
    Las Vegas is 4-21 SU in its last 25 games on the road
    Las Vegas is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Seattle
    Las Vegas is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Las Vegas's last 7 games when playing Seattle
    Las Vegas is 4-14 ATS in its last 18 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    Las Vegas is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Las Vegas's last 6 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    Seattle Storm
    Seattle is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Seattle is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Seattle's last 11 games
    Seattle is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
    Seattle is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle's last 7 games at home
    Seattle is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Las Vegas
    Seattle is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Las Vegas
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Seattle's last 7 games when playing Las Vegas
    Seattle is 14-4 ATS in its last 18 games when playing at home against Las Vegas
    Seattle is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Las Vegas
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games when playing at home against Las Vegas




    Indiana Fever
    Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Indiana is 1-18 SU in its last 19 games
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Indiana's last 10 games
    Indiana is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Indiana is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games on the road
    Indiana is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games when playing Los Angeles
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indiana's last 8 games when playing Los Angeles
    Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    Indiana is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    Indiana is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Indiana's last 17 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    Los Angeles Sparks
    Los Angeles is 18-5-2 ATS in its last 25 games
    Los Angeles is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Los Angeles's last 7 games
    Los Angeles is 12-2-1 ATS in its last 15 games at home
    Los Angeles is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 5 games at home
    Los Angeles is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games when playing Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Los Angeles's last 8 games when playing Indiana
    Los Angeles is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games when playing at home against Indiana
    Los Angeles is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana
    Los Angeles is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games when playing at home against Indiana
    The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Los Angeles's last 17 games when playing at home against Indiana
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    Dream-Liberty Preview


    The Atlanta Dream and New York Liberty experienced frustrating weekend trips to Midwest cities, and watching the film of those performances was not enjoyable viewing.


    Both teams get a chance to rebound from subpar showings Tuesday night when the Dream visit the Liberty at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y.


    Atlanta (6-5) is coming off a 96-64 loss to the previously winless Indiana Fever. After squeaking by Indiana at home last Thursday with a five-point win, the Dream shot 37.3 percent and got outscored 61-26 in the second half on Saturday.


    Atlanta ranks as the lowest scoring team in the league at 73.8 points per game and has topped 80 points three times. The Dream also have shot below 40 percent in the last three games, and their 38.6 field goal percentage ranks last in the league as does their 26.5 percent on 3-point attempts.


    "We're getting there. It takes time. I hate to say it's a process because now it's cliche, but it takes time to learn each other," Atlanta guard Renee Montgomery said last week. "We're trying to figure out how to win in tough situations. We did last game, but it takes time."


    Angel McCoughtry scored 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 26 minutes Saturday. Her performance occurred after she was 7 of 25 from the floor in the previous two games.


    Tiffany Hayes, who has scored at least 20 points six times this season and was the Eastern Conference Player of the Week last week, injured her right ankle in the third quarter Saturday and is questionable for Tuesday.


    While Atlanta ranks at the bottom in three major offensive categories, it is allowing 77.5 points, which ranks second in scoring defense behind the Los Angeles Sparks. The Fever are hoping Saturday was an aberration on the defensive side.


    New York (3-6) began the season with seven straight games decided by six points or fewer but is coming off consecutive losses by double-digit margins.


    The Liberty trailed by 26 in a 78-63 home loss to the Las Vegas Aces on Wednesday and followed it up by trailing by 24 in an 85-71 setback at Minnesota on Saturday.


    "The past few games, we've just been getting lucky," New York forward Tina Charles said after the loss to Las Vegas. "We've just been getting by. I believe we needed this. We needed to get smacked around to know what it feels like."


    The Liberty are hoping they can shore up their interior defense and rebounding after a dismal showing in both areas.


    They allowed 42 points in the paint on 21-of-30 shooting while totaling only 22 points inside themselves. New York also was outrebounded 35-22, resulting in a 19-3 disparity in second-chance points as it could not stop Minnesota star Sylvia Fowles from constantly getting layups in a 25-point night.


    Offensively, the Liberty are hoping for more support for Charles. She scored a season-low 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting, but nobody else reached double figures as the Liberty were held below 80 points for the fourth time in five games.


    New York took two of three meetings with Indiana last season and has won 11 of the 14 games with Atlanta.
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    Mystics begin home-and-home set with Sky


    WASHINGTON -- The Washington Mystics and Chicago Sky will have quality time with each other this week as they begin a home-and-home series Tuesday night at Capital One Arena.


    The Sky (3-7) bring a four-game losing streak to DC, the latest loss coming on Sunday night when they fell to the Los Angeles Sparks 81-72.


    Chicago led by nine early in the second quarter, but the Sparks rallied with 21 straight points and led 39-33 at halftime. Los Angeles opened the second half with a 16-2 run to put the game out of reach


    Jamierra Faulkner had 19 points off the bench for the Sky on 7-of-9 shooting and Diamond DeShields added 12. In her first ten games in the WNBA, the rookie and No. 3 draft pick has scored in double figures six times.??


    It's the first meeting of the year between the teams.


    Washington's Elena Delle Donne played for and the Sky from 2013-16.


    After missing four games due to illness, Delle Donne has quickly regained her form.


    On Monday, she was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for 13th time in her six seasons. She averaged a WNBA-high 27.0 points per game last week as Washington went 1-1 and was sixth among Eastern Conference players in rebounding (6.5 per game) and fourth in field goal percentage (55.6, 20-of-36).


    The Mystics are also coming off a loss to the Sparks, 97-86 last Friday at home.


    After trailing 52-34 at the half, the Mystics eventually tied the score 76-76 before the Sparks pulled away in the fourth quarter.


    Delle Donne led five players in double figures with 18 points, and center LaToya Sanders posted her first double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.


    "We were a step behind defensively the whole first half and that carried over to our offense as we were taking it out on the net too many times," Mystics coach Mike Thibault said. "They kind of had their way with us. Our defense has got to get back on solid ground before we start this next stretch of games. It wasn't good tonight."


    The Mystics have lost four of their last five games, but they'll play five of their next six games in Washington starting with the struggling Sky, who Thibault is not looking past


    "They push the ball hard. They have great athletes on the wing," he told the Washington Times. "Their backcourt of (Courtney) Vandersloot and (Allie) Quigley are a really great shooting backcourt."


    Quigley is averaging 15.5 points per game and Vandersloot is shooting 46.7 percent from 3-point range.
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    Aces look to show improvement against Storm


    The Las Vegas Aces do not have many victories to show for it, but coach Bill Laimbeer insists his team is making "great progress."


    And others, including the most decorated player in WNBA history, are taking notice.


    "Bill's teams are always tough," Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi told the Las Vegas *************** after the Mercury beat the Aces 92-80 on Sunday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, a game that was in doubt until the final minutes. "They're persistent. They got a bunch of kids that want to compete. Bill accelerates that process. He just does such a good job getting his teams to play hard and together and play to the last whistle.


    "Working hard and being competitive, it's a learned behavior. It's not something that you just step on the court and have. It's in you, like a little seed and you need a little watering and it gets bigger and bigger and you can see it with a lot of kids on that team."


    The Aces (3-9) will get to measure that progress Tuesday night when they travel to Seattle to face the Storm.


    A'ja Wilson, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's WNBA draft, scored 21 points for Las Vegas and Kayla McBride added 20 against Phoenix.


    "I'm learning them and they're learning me," Laimbeer said. "I'm not discouraged a bit. We're going to get there. It's just a matter of time. I told them to keep their heads up. Little things are hurting us. Missing too many layups. Missing too many free throws. Giving up offensive rebounds at the wrong time. Believe it or not, I'm seeing great progress."


    This will be the third and final meeting between the teams in the regular season. Seattle won both of the previous matchups: 105-98 on May 27 in the opening game at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and 101-74 on May 31 at KeyArena, when the Storm made a league-record 17 3-pointers.


    The Storm (8-3) are coming off a 103-92 home victory Friday against Connecticut in a matchup of the two highest scoring teams in the league.


    Natasha Howard scored a career-high 25 points for the Storm and Breanna Stewart added 23 points and a game-high nine rebounds.


    "This was a statement win for us," said reserve guard Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who added 18 points, one short of her career high. "I think that we have been progressing every game, from the bench to our starters getting us going from the beginning. (It) was a big win for us."
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    The Minnesota Lynx's extra work last week paid off with a with a win. Now Cheryl Reeve's team will try go back to back.


    "I told the team it had to feel good to put the kind of work we did this week to carry over into the game," Reeve told the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press after her team downed the New York Liberty 85-71 on Saturday. "Our goal was to be much harder to play against."


    The Lynx (4-6), who have won two in a row just once in the season's first 10 games, host the Dallas Wings (5-4) on Tuesday at the Target Center in Minneapolis.


    One win, Reeve said, won't strike fear in the hearts of opponents.


    "I don't think any of us sit here and say, 'Well, they won a game so everything's OK, they're back.' I think that would be a mistake," she said Monday. "Like I told them, was that just one game? Was that just because we worked hard and had a lot of focus? Now, what about the next game?"


    Minnesota will have to contend with the Wings' inside-outside duo of Liz Cambage, the WNBA's second leading rebounder (10.8 per game), and Skylar Diggins-Smith, who is tops in the league at 21.9 points per game.


    Cambage likely remembers the last time she faced Minnesota center Sylvia Fowles, who leads the league in rebounding again this year. The reigning MVP had 23 points and 20 rebounds in a 76-68 Lynx win on May 23.


    Playing without Seimone Augustes on Saturday, Minnesota got 45 points from its biggest stars, Fowles and Maya Moore.


    "It's a veteran team," Fowles said after scoring a season-high 25 points. "More of our conversation was 'we've been here, we know what it takes.' ... It was more of, 'we're tired of this.'"


    Moore had 20 points, six rebounds and four assists.


    "That's what we need from them, as the go-to players," Reeve said.


    Dallas is coming off a 78-68 win over Las Vegas in which Cambage certainly wasn't looking ahead to Tuesday's matchup. The Wings center tied a career high (28 points) and set another (18 rebounds) in the win.


    "She is capable of being a double-double player," Dallas coach Fred Williams said. "Each game, she gets into the rhythm of scoring with her offensive moves and shooting touch. That's the reason why we signed her -- scoring and rebound. She demonstrated that tonight."


    It was the fourth in five games that Cambage has topped 20 points. The 6-foot-8 Australian returned to the WNBA this season after five years playing abroad.
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    Sparks flying with four straight wins, Fever going for two in a row


    On top of the WNBA standings sit the Los Angeles Sparks.


    On the opposite end is where the Indiana Fever reside.


    The Sparks are 8-2 and have won four straight as coach Brian Agler has a full complement of players after injury and overseas commitments jumbled his early season lineup.


    The Fever now are 1-10 after soundly defeating the Atlanta Dream 96-64 on Saturday.


    "We needed this," Indiana's Erica Wheeler said. "There were a couple of games that we played, we felt like we were there and we didn't get over the hump. Today we got over the hump."


    Indiana will hope to make it two straight, and Los Angeles will hope to avoid a trap when the two tangle on Tuesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.


    The Fever trailed the Dream at halftime but came out on fire in the third quarter and cruised to the win.


    "It was just nice to get the first one out of the way," Fever coach Pokey Chatman told the Indianapolis Star. "It wasn't just holding onto the win. It was nice to sub people and the momentum continued in all phases of basketball."


    The rookie duo of Victoria Vivans and Kelsey Mitchell combined for 21 third-quarter points. The duo connected on 5 of 6 3-pointers. Vivens finished with 21 points and Mitchell scored 19.


    "I was telling (Chatman) that we work our tail off to trust the process and a little of our hard work finally pays off," Mitchell said. "Not that it's dramatic that we win, but it is because we've been on a drought. To get a win, it feels good."


    Winning is expected in the Sparks' locker room. Their last loss, an embarrassing 25-point setback on June 7 to the Seattle Storm, lit a fire under Agler's squad.


    It might have taken the Sparks a few games to figure things out but figure out things they have.


    "We had so many people either not here for training camp or injured in training camp, so we are sort of trying to get better as the season goes on and we sort of have to talk about it, walk through things, instead of practice all the time because of how compact the schedule is," Agler said before the win over the Sky.


    "But I think we are getting better and that is one reason our offense is getting better, because of our spacing and our cutting."


    That certainly is evident during the four-game streak, where the Sparks' average winning margin is 11.5 points per game. Candace Parker is rounding into All-Star form after missing the early part of the season recovering from surgery. Parker is averaging just over 20 points per game during the streak.


    LA's defense during the past four games has given up just 59, 64, 86 and 72 points. For the season, the Sparks lead the league in fewest points allowed per game at 75.8.


    Alana Beard, the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, anchors the Sparks' defense. Nneka Ogwumike not only leads LA in scoring, rebounding, minutes played and field-goal percentage, but she leads the WNBA in steals at 1.7 per game.


    Against the Sky, Chelsea Gray led all scorers with 21 points. Ogwumike added 20 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Parker also had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
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    Tuesday, June 19




    Chicago @ Washington


    Game 601-602
    June 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Chicago
    96.635
    Washington
    113.384
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Washington
    by 16 1/2
    173
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Washington
    by 8 1/2
    170
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (-8 1/2); Over


    Atlanta @ New York



    Game 603-604
    June 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Atlanta
    99.157
    New York
    110.946
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    New York
    by 12
    155
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    New York
    by 5
    151
    Dunkel Pick:
    New York
    (-5); Over


    Dallas @ Minnesota



    Game 605-606
    June 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Dallas
    110.932
    Minnesota
    112.394
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Minnesota
    by 1 1/2
    159
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Minnesota
    by 6 1/2
    165 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Dallas
    (+6 1/2); Under


    Las Vegas @ Seattle



    Game 607-608
    June 19, 2018 @ 10:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Las Vegas
    106.664
    Seattle
    115.835
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Seattle
    by 9
    163
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Seattle
    by 11 1/2
    170
    Dunkel Pick:
    Las Vegas
    (+11 1/2); Under


    Indiana @ Los Angeles



    Game 609-610
    June 19, 2018 @ 10:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Indiana
    106.851
    Los Angeles
    113.811
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 7
    158
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 15
    154 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Indiana
    (+15); Over
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    TUESDAY, JUNE 19
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    CHI at WAS 07:00 PM
    CHI +9.0
    O 169.5



    ATL at NY 07:00 PM
    ATL +5.5
    U 150.0



    DAL at MIN 08:00 PM
    DAL +8.0
    O 165.0



    LV at SEA 10:00 PM
    SEA -10.5
    O 169.0



    IND at LA 10:30 PM
    LA -13.0
    U 153.0
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    June 19, 2018



    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Tina Charles scored 29 points and the New York Liberty overcame a strong effort from Angel McCoughtry to beat the short-handed Atlanta Dream 79-72 on Tuesday night.


    McCoughtry finished with a career-high 39 points. She was 19 for 22 from the foul line - both career bests. She also had 14 rebounds for the Dream.


    The Liberty (4-6) were cruising early in this game, up 16 points in the first half before McCoughtry got going for the Dream. She had 23 points combined in the second and third quarters to rally the Dream (6-6).


    The Dream were missing Tiffany Hayes and Brittney Sykes, who are both in walking boots. Hayes injured her left ankle in a loss to Indiana and Sykes has missed five games with an injured right foot.


    MYSTICS 88, SKY 60


    WASHINGTON (AP) - Kristi Toliver had 19 points and eight assists to help the Mystics beat the Sky .


    The Mystics (7-5) opened the second half with a 17-2 run to go ahead 63-34 shortly after the midpoint of the third quarter. They extended to their largest lead at 86-53 in the middle of the fourth.


    Elena Delle Donne added 14 points for Washington, which first pulled away in the second quarter with 13 straight points to lead by 16.


    The Mystics came into the game losing four of five,


    Cheyenne Parker had 18 points and Kahleah Copper scored 13 for the Sky (3-8), who lost their fifth in a row.


    LYNX 91, WINGS 83


    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Maya Moore scored 21, Sylvia Fowles added 19 points and 17 rebounds, and the Lynx beat the Wings.


    The Lynx (5-6) made all eight of their free throws in the final 1:11 to hold off a late charge from the Wings (5-5).


    Minnesota jumped in front early with 12 straight points and led 25-10 in the first quarter. The Wings closed within nine before the end of the period, but the Lynx pushed the lead back to double digits early in the second quarter and kept it there until the final two minutes of the game.


    Skylar Diggins-Smith's 3-pointer with 20.7 seconds left cut the deficit to 87-83 after the Wings had trailed by as many as 21. Diggins-Smith finished with 17 points and Liz Cambage added 16 points and nine boards.


    For the defending champion Lynx, the victory was the second time this season that they have won back-to-back games.


    SPARKS 74, FEVER 55


    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Candace Parker scored 15 and the Los Angeles Sparks used their defense to win their fifth straight, beating the Fever.


    The Fever's offensive output was a season low in scoring as well as a season best defensively for the Sparks (9-2).


    Los Angeles pulled away with 12 straight points to lead 70-53 on Chelsea Gray's basket with 1:31 left in the game. Gray added 14 points and Nneka Ogwumike scored 12.


    The Sparks remained alone atop the WNBA standings.


    Natalie Achonwa had 13 points and Tiffany Mitchell scored 10 for the Fever (1-11), who were coming in off their first win of the season.


    ACES 87, STORM 77


    SEATTLE (AP) - A'ja Wilson had 25 points and 15 rebounds and the Aces pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Storm.


    Tamera Young and Kayla McBride added 17 points each for the Aces (4-9), who snapped a two-game losing streak.


    Las Vegas erased a six-point deficit with an 8-2 burst to end the third quarter and opened the fourth with a 19-6 run to lead 83-70.


    The Storm (8-4) trailed 17-3 early but battled back to 22-16 by the end of the first quarter. Seattle took its first lead at 39-38 on the last points scored before halftime.


    Breanna Stewart had 27 points and Jewell Loyd added 14 for the Storm. Starters Sue Bird (rest) and Alysha Clark (ankle) were out of the game for Seattle.
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    SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY JUNE 22, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Connecticut Sun Atlanta Dream McCamish Pavilion
    8:00 PM Los Angeles Sparks Dallas Wings College Park Center
    9:00 PM Washington Mystics Chicago Sky Wintrust Arena
    10:00 PM Indiana Fever Seattle Storm KeyArena
    10:00 PM Minnesota Lynx Phoenix Mercury Talking Stick Resort Arena
    10:00 PM New York Liberty Las Vegas Aces Mandalay Bay Event Center


    SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY JUNE 24, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    4:00 PM Seattle Storm Dallas Wings College Park Center
    5:00 PM New York Liberty Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center
    6:00 PM Connecticut Sun Indiana Fever Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    6:00 PM Minnesota Lynx Las Vegas Aces Mandalay Bay Event Center
    6:00 PM Phoenix Mercury Chicago Sky Wintrust Arena




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    WNBA MAY RECORD: OVERALL PICKS


    Totals............30 - 22 - 2...57.69%......+29.00


    MAY'S BEST BETS:


    TOTALS........................11 - 12.................-11.00.......................... ...18 - 8 - 1................+46.00





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    WNBA 2018 RECORD


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    06/19/2018 3-6-1 33.33% -18.00
    06/17/2018 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50
    06/16/2018 3-3-0 50.00% -1.50
    06/15/2018 3-3-0 50.00% -1.50
    06/14/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    06/13/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    06/12/2018 5-3-0 62.50% +8.50
    06/10/2018 5-3-0 62.50% +8.50
    06/09/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -1100
    06/08/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
    06/07/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
    06/05/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    06/01/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00


    TOTALS..........36 - 33........52.17%.....- 1.50


    WNBA BEST BET RECORD


    DATE:...........................ATS............... .....UNITS.......................O/U.....................UNITS............TOTAL


    06/19/2018................1- 3......................-11.50.........................2 - 3....................-6.50..............-18.00
    06/17/2018................2 - 0.....................+10.00...................... ..1- 1.....................-0.50.............+9.50
    06/16/2018................2- 1......................+4.50...................... ...1 - 2......................-6.00............-1.50
    06/15/2018................2 - 1.....................+4.50....................... ..1 - 2.....................-6.00.............-1.50
    06/14/2018................0 - 1.....................-5.50..........................1 - 0....................+5.00.............-0.50
    06/13/2018................1 - 1.....................-0.50..........................0 - 2....................-11.00............-11.50
    06/12/2018................2 - 2.....................-1.00..........................3 - 1.....................+9.50............+8.50
    06/10/2018................3 - 1.....................+9.50....................... ..2 - 2.....................-1.00.............+8.50
    06/09/2018................0 - 1......................-5.50.........................0 - 1.....................-5.50.............-11.00
    06/08/2018................3 - 0.....................+15.00...................... 1 - 2......................-6.00............+9.00
    06/07/2018................2 - 1.....................+4.50....................... 2 - 1......................+4.50...........+9.00
    06/05/2018................0 - 1......................-5.50........................0 - 1......................-5.50............-11.00
    06/01/2018................1 - 2......................-6.00........................3 - 0.....................+15.00..........+9.00


    TOTALS....................19 - 15...................+12.50.................... 17 - 17..................-13.00.............-1.50
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    Friday’s 6-pack


    — Dodgers’ pitcher Ross Stripling is also a licensed stock broker.


    — Gleyber Torres passed on the Home Run Derby; they’re having trouble getting guys.


    — Marlins’ P Dan Straily got suspended five games for drilling Buster Posey.


    — It is possible that Brooks Koepka lost the trophy he won for winning the US Open. He says he doesn’t know where it is.


    — Mike Trout had a stretch this week where he reached base 29 of 36 times, the best 8-game stretch of on-base %age since Stan Musial in 1953.


    — In their first 74 games, Kansas City Royals started 11 different players in the #2 spot in the batting order. Not good.


    Tweet of the Day
    “I’ve been pleasantly surprised the last three weeks what a good teammate he is, how smart he is, how he sees the game. He should be playing in the National Football League, and I believe he will when he gets through with us.”
    Hamilton Tiger-Cats coach June Jones III, talking about Johnny Manziel


    Friday’s quiz
    Which NBA team drafted Chris Webber?


    Thursday’s quiz
    Washington Nationals were the Montreal Expos before moving to our nation’a capital.

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Shaquille O’Neal finished his NBA career with the Boston Celtics, in 2011.


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    Friday’s Den: Running Diary of the 1st round of the NBA Draft…….


    7:25: Before the NBA Draft, some NFL news. Bucs’ QB James Winston will be suspended for three games, for something that happened with an Uber drive in Arizona two years ago.


    Buccaneers open at New Orleans, then the Eagles/Steelers come to Tampa Bay. Not great to play those teams without your starting QB.


    Winston had character-related issues in college, too. This isn’t good for him or the Bucs or the NFL or coach Dirk Koetter, who needs a good season to keep his job.


    7:30: NBA Draft is in Brooklyn; they need to do what the NHL/NFL do now and move the draft around the country, get out of New York City.


    Commissioner Adam Silver is one of my heroes; a tall, bald man with glasses who has a great job and does it very well, but stop with the opening statement. Drafts get over-hyped; need to see teams picking players as soon as possible.


    7:35: Jay Bilas has already questioned Deandre Ayton’s “motor” which means he doesn’t try hard all the time. Good Lord, that bothers me, if you spend your #1 pick on someone who is often lethargic. Effort should never be an issue.


    Anyway, the Phoenix Suns take Ayton, whose Arizona team got plastered by Buffalo in the first round of the NCAA tournament. I picked Arizona, but I’m not bitter at all.


    ESPN has Chauncey Billups (good) and Bilas (annoying) as its analysts, Rece Davis (very good) as its host. Billups compares Ayton to Joel Embiid. Davis points out that Ayton is the 9th straight college freshman to be the first pick in the draft.


    7:44: Marvin Bagley III goes #2 to Sacramento. Bilas downplays Bagley’s defensive abilities, but Duke played a 2-3 zone almost all of last season. Go figure. Billups compares Bagley to Chris Bosh. Bagley is happy to be in Sacramento, which is refreshing.


    Duke had a player picked in the top 3 in the last five NBA Drafts, which is a record.


    NBA saved me lot of money by putting four patches on the right side of each team’s hats which they’re selling on the Interweb. I’m not a fan of a lot of junk on the hats I buy, so this saves me a decent amount of money, because the front of the hats are nice.


    7:48: Worst part of the NBA Draft is they don’t announce the trades as they happen, which is stupid and misleading. Atlanta Hawks take Luka Doncic but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says he is being traded to Dallas, with the Hawks winding up with Trae Young.


    7:55: Memphis takes Jaren Jackson Jr, whose mother is Director of Player Ops for the WNBA. At first, Jackson said he didn’t want to play for Memphis, but I’m sure he won’t mind being paid by Memphis. Billups compares him to Joakim Noah.


    Jackson’s dad played 13 years in the NBA; his first eight years in the NBA, he played for a different team every year.


    8:00: Dallas takes Trae Young, who will be traded to Atlanta. ESPN ruined Young’s season at Oklahoma by over-hyping him a sickening amount and putting a huge target on his back. The Hawks get a 2019 first-round pick from Dallas in addition to the Young/Doncic swap.


    8:08: Orlando takes Mo Bamba with the #6 pick; he has a 7-foot-10 wingspan, the longest wingspan ever recorded at the NBA Combine. Bilas says he needs to get a lot stronger.


    They showed video recently of Bamba making ton of 3-pointers in a workout, but he shot 27.5% behind the arc at Texas last year, so we’ll see. The NBA 3-point shot is longer than college.


    NHL Draft is Friday; it’ll be different than this draft. Not better, not worse. Different.


    8:13: Bulls won their fewest games in 14 years this year; they take Wendell Carter, a center from Duke. Carter could’ve gone to Harvard had he wanted to; he is a good shooter, but again, Duke played a ton of 2-3 zone last year, so will defense be an issue, especially on pick/roll? Billups compares him to Carlos Boozer.


    8:18: Cavaliers take Alabama PG Collin Sexton, who Billups compares to Eric Bledsoe. Kid is highly competitive, but Cleveland might be a sad place to watch basketball for a few years, with Lebron James expected to skip town.


    8:24: Knicks missed the playoffs the last five years; why does ESPN have to show Spike Lee before their draft pick? New York takes Kevin Knox, another Kentucky player. John Calipari’s recruiting has to get easier and easier with every year all his guys go in the 1st round.


    Knox played quarterback in high school, which hints at leadership qualities.


    8:30— 76ers take Mikal Bridges, a 4-year player who played on two national title teams with Villanova. He is 6-7 wth a 7-2 wingspan; Billups compares him to Nicolas Batum of the Hornets.


    Bridges’ mother is VP of Human Resources with the 76ers.


    8:37: Charlotte Hornets take a Canadian PG and another Kentucky player, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who reminds Billups of Michael Carter-Williams, but the kid will be traded to the Clippers. I’d rather live in LA than Charlotte anyway, but no one asked me.


    He shot 40.4% on the arc and 82% on the foul line, both good things, and he didn’t start early last season- he earned his way into the starting lineup.


    ESPN has an international scouting guy named Mike Schmitz on; he says Gilgeous-Alexander was the best guard in the draft.


    8:43: Clippers draft Miles Bridges, who will be traded to the Hornets. Bridges would’ve been a high draft pick LY; Billups compares him to Shawn Marion, a pretty big compliment.


    Clippers gave Charlotte two future 2nd-round picks to swap the 11th and 12th picks.


    8:48: University of Buffalo’s social media people posted this on Twitter:


    “Congrats to @DeandreAyton on being selected #1 overall in the #NBADraft by the @Suns! We hope your @NBA career starts better than your college one ended”


    Wow. Ayton’s college career ended with an ugly loss to Buffalo.


    8:50: NBA Lottery started in 1985; Boston College’s Jerome Robinson is the Eagles’ first player ever taken in the lottery— Clippers took him at #13. John Bagley was the 12th pick in the ’82 Draft, taken by Cleveland.


    Tonight is June 21; on July 6, the NBA Summer League begins in Las Vegas, so these kids who get drafted will be fighting for jobs in 16 short days, against other kids who didn’t get drafted and veterans who’ve played in the NBA before, or are fighting to get there. Very competitive.


    8:54: Denver owner Stan Kroenke’s son Josh started for Missouri’s hoop team 15 or so years ago; if they don’t take Michael Porter Jr, who the hell will?


    8:58: Nuggets draft Porter; their trainer should ask for a raise. Billups compares him to Kevin Durant, which is a total insult to Durant. Porter played three college games, and one of them was for two whole minutes. He is more suspect than prospect.


    In totally unrelated news, Flava Flav threw out the first pitch at the Richmond Flying Squirrels game tonight. Squirrels are the AA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. They had 6,117 fans in Richmond, for a game that was shortened by rain.


    9:06: Washington Wizards take Oregon alum Troy Brown, who I think is a Las Vegas kid and is considered a versatile player. Billups compares him to Andre Iguodala.


    There is a guy sitting next to Arizona coach Sean Miller who has the shiniest bald head I’ve ever seen. As a bald man myself, just don’t have the energy to do that day after day, keep my head totally slick. Plus I’d look like Mr Potato Head if I did that, so no thanks.


    9:14: Zhaire Smith played one year at Texas Tech; the Suns drafted him, but he’s getting traded to the 76ers for Mikal Bridges, which puts the kibosh on Mrs Bridges’ happiness from 45 minutes ago. Smith wasn’t an ESPN top 100 recruit coming out of high school- it is rare for a player like that to be drafted so high.


    9:22: Milwaukee Bucks take Donte DiVincenzo, who started only 10 of Villanova’s 40 games LY, but he played starter’s minutes (29.7 mpg), scoring 13.4 ppg, making 40.1% on the arc, in his only season of college ball.


    He scored 31 points in the national championship game, but anytime I hear a kid raised his draft stock in the Combine, it bothers me. Billups compares him to Tyler Johnson.


    Random fact; over half the players in the NBA (53%) have played in the G-League.


    Talk about draft/trades in the NBA; on June 24, 1998, Dirk Nowitzki was traded by Bucks with Pat Garrity to the Mavericks for Robert Traylor. How did that work out?


    9:29: San Antonio Spurs drafted G Lonnie Walker from Miami, FL, who has had knee issues and also has ballhandling/defensive issues, but he can score. Spurs’ coaches will develop him. Not many kids who go to high school in Reading, PA go to college in Miami.


    9:34: Atlanta Hawks take a kid from the Albany area, Kevin Huerter from Maryland. Huerter’s dad and brother play/played for Siena College; Kevin is an excellent shooter; good luck to the young man. I was surprised when he came out of school, but shooters are always in demand.


    People have too much money: LeBron James’ jersey from Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals just closed on @NBAAUCTIONS to a winning bid of $100,322. Oy.


    9:42: Minnesota takes Josh Okogie, a guard from Georgia Tech. Bilas says his man asset is that “…..he plays his tail off all the time.” No wingspan, no upside, he just tries hard. There are worse things someone can say about you.


    Budweiser just ran a commercial with John Starks, the old Knicks’ guard who talks about being undrafted, then fighting to make it in the NBA. Damn good commercial.


    Starks played 13 years in the NBA, scored over 10,800 points.


    9:46: Utah drafts Grayson Allen; Jazz are coached by Duke alum Quin Snyder. Now I have to watch all of Utah’s summer league games to see if someone kicks Allen’s ass. He got away with being a dirty player in college because Coach K sheltered him, but now he is out on his own. We’ll see how that works out.


    9:51: Chicago Bulls take Chandler Hutchison from Boise State. He is the first Boise player drafted since 1999, which should help their recruiting. Billups compares him to Kyle Kuzma.


    OK, I have Madison Bumgarner on my fantasy baseball team and he’s pitching in a few minutes, so time to grab some food and watch that game. Hope you enjoyed this…….
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    Weekend Road Warriors




    The Phoenix Mercury look to keep their WNBA-best road record in tact


    Phoenix enters this weekend with the most wins in the WNBA so far this year with a 10-3 SU record, but what is most impressive is their 6-1 SU and ATS mark away from home. Not only are the Mercury a great bet on the road SU and ATS, but five of their six wins away from home have come when they've closed as underdogs and only one of those five wins came by less than five points.


    This weekend they've got a home game against Minnesota on Friday night before starting a four-game road trip in Chicago on Sunday, so even leaking into next week's action this Mercury team is one to watch. Phoenix beat Chicago 96-79 in Phoenix already this year so it's likely we see them laying a few points on Sunday, but even if that's the case I wouldn't hesitate to lay the chalk with them there.
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    CONNECTICUT (7 - 4) at ATLANTA (6 - 6) - 6/22/2018, 7:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ATLANTA is 4-4 against the spread versus CONNECTICUT over the last 3 seasons
    ATLANTA is 6-2 straight up against CONNECTICUT 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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    LOS ANGELES (9 - 2) at DALLAS (5 - 5) - 6/22/2018, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LOS ANGELES is 34-18 ATS (+14.2 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 29-15 ATS (+12.5 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road games in June games over the last 3 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) on Friday over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 15-3 ATS (+11.7 Units) after 3 or more consecutive wins over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 22-12 ATS (+8.8 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 25-12 ATS (+11.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    DALLAS is 4-3 against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    LOS ANGELES is 5-2 straight up against DALLAS 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 (7 - 5) at CHICAGO (3 - 8) - 6/22/2018, 9:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON is 318-377 ATS (-96.7 Units) in all games since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 5-14 ATS (-10.4 Units) on Friday over the last 3 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 25-43 ATS (-22.3 Units) in road games when playing with 2 days rest since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 181-233 ATS (-75.3 Units) after a division game since 1997.
    CHICAGO is 5-15 ATS (-11.5 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 5-15 ATS (-11.5 Units) in a home game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home games in May, June, or July games over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) when playing with 2 days rest over the last 3 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) in home games vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) in home games after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 33-52 ATS (-24.2 Units) in home games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game since 1997.
    CHICAGO is 9-18 ATS (-10.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 6-2 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON 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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    MINNESOTA (5 - 6) at PHOENIX (10 - 3) - 6/22/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MINNESOTA is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) in all games this season.
    MINNESOTA is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) in May, June, or July games this season.
    MINNESOTA is 1-7 ATS (-6.7 Units) after scoring 75 points or more this season.
    PHOENIX is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) in June games this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MINNESOTA is 8-3 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    MINNESOTA is 10-1 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 11 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    INDIANA (1 - 11) at SEATTLE (8 - 4) - 6/22/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SEATTLE is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) in June games over the last 3 seasons.
    SEATTLE is 7-16 ATS (-10.6 Units) against Eastern conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    SEATTLE is 7-16 ATS (-10.6 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.

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

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    NEW YORK (4 - 6) at LAS VEGAS (4 - 9) - 6/22/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LAS VEGAS is 17-7 ATS (+9.3 Units) against Eastern conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    LAS VEGAS is 17-7 ATS (+9.3 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
    LAS VEGAS is 36-22 ATS (+11.8 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    LAS VEGAS is 16-34 ATS (-21.4 Units) in home games off an upset win as an underdog since 1997.
    LAS VEGAS is 45-69 ATS (-30.9 Units) in home games after scoring 75 points or more since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LAS VEGAS is 6-1 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
    NEW YORK is 5-2 straight up against LAS VEGAS 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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    Connecticut Sun
    Connecticut is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
    Connecticut is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    Connecticut is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Connecticut's last 9 games on the road
    Connecticut is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta
    Connecticut is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Connecticut's last 6 games when playing Atlanta
    Connecticut is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Connecticut is 3-17 SU in its last 20 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Connecticut's last 15 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Atlanta Dream
    Atlanta is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Atlanta is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Atlanta's last 15 games
    Atlanta is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games at home
    Atlanta is 5-2 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 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Connecticut
    Atlanta is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Connecticut
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing Connecticut
    Atlanta is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Connecticut
    Atlanta is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games when playing at home against Connecticut
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Atlanta's last 15 games when playing at home against Connecticut




    Los Angeles Sparks
    Los Angeles is 18-5-2 ATS in its last 25 games
    Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Los Angeles's last 8 games
    Los Angeles is 8-3-1 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
    Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games on the road
    Los Angeles is 8-16-1 ATS in its last 25 games when playing Dallas
    Los Angeles is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Los Angeles's last 8 games when playing Dallas
    Los Angeles is 4-12 ATS in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Dallas
    Los Angeles is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Dallas
    Dallas Wings
    Dallas is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 6 games
    Dallas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Dallas is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games at home
    Dallas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
    Dallas is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Los Angeles
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas's last 8 games when playing Los Angeles
    Dallas is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
    Dallas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Los Angeles




    Washington Mystics
    Washington is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    Washington is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games on the road
    Washington is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
    Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
    Washington is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    Washington is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 9 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    Chicago Sky
    Chicago is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    Chicago is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games at home
    Chicago is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chicago's last 12 games at home
    Chicago is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Washington
    Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington
    Chicago is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
    Chicago is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 9 games when playing at home against Washington




    New York Liberty
    New York is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    New York is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
    New York is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    New York is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of New York's last 11 games on the road
    New York is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Las Vegas
    New York is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Las Vegas
    New York is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New York's last 10 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    Las Vegas Aces
    Las Vegas is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
    Las Vegas is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Las Vegas's last 6 games
    Las Vegas is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home
    Las Vegas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Las Vegas's last 5 games at home
    Las Vegas is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing New York
    Las Vegas is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing New York
    Las Vegas is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Las Vegas's last 10 games when playing at home against New York




    Minnesota Lynx
    Minnesota is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
    Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Minnesota's last 11 games on the road
    Minnesota is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games when playing Phoenix
    Minnesota is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing Phoenix
    Minnesota is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 8 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    Phoenix Mercury
    Phoenix is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
    Phoenix is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 7 games
    Phoenix is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games at home
    Phoenix is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 7 games at home
    Phoenix is 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games when playing Minnesota
    Phoenix is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Phoenix's last 9 games when playing Minnesota
    Phoenix is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    Phoenix is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Phoenix's last 8 games when playing at home against Minnesota




    Indiana Fever
    Indiana is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Indiana is 1-19 SU in its last 20 games
    Indiana is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Indiana is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games on the road
    Indiana is 11-3-1 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Seattle
    Indiana is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing Seattle
    Indiana is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    Seattle Storm
    Seattle is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Seattle's last 12 games
    Seattle is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home
    Seattle is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
    Seattle is 2-7-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Indiana
    Seattle is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games when playing Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle's last 5 games when playing Indiana
    Seattle is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana
    Seattle is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle's last 6 games when playing at home against Indiana
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