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  1. #271
    Dream ride into Mystics encounter with Bentley

    WASHINGTON -- The Eastern Conference-leading Washington Mystics return from a West Coast trip to host the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday morning at Capital One Arena.

    The Mystics (12-7) defeated the Lost Angeles Sparks on Saturday 83-74 before dropping a 97-91 decision to the Seattle Storm on Sunday.

    Washington led 56-48 in the third quarter at Seattle before the Storm went on a 27-10 run over the final seven minutes to lead 75-66 at the start of the fourth and held off a late Mystics rally.

    "Yeah, once you get the first one you get greedy and want the second one," Mystics coach Mike Thibault said of the road swing. "We gave ourselves a chance at the start. We had a good start and when you play a back-to-back, you always wonder how you're going to start, but the third quarter was like an avalanche for about four or five minutes."

    Elena Delle Donne scored 29 points against Seattle, Kristi Toliver added 18 and Ariel Atkins 17.

    "We have to go home and get rested because we have a big week ahead of us," Thibault said after Sunday's game.

    The Mystics face the third-place Dream (9-9) in a home-and-home twice this week sandwiched around a visit from the fourth-place Chicago Sky. Washington and Atlanta will be meeting for the first time this season.

    Delle Donne was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. She averaged 20.3 points over three games, along with 5.7 rebounds. She shot 45.1 percent from the field to earn the 15th Player of the Week nod of her six-year career.

    Atlanta is coming off a big win, 76-70 over the visiting Phoenix Mercury on Sunday. The Dream scored the first nine points and led by as many as 23 points late in the third quarter before holding off a Phoenix surge.

    Tiffany Hayes had 18 points, Renee Montgomery and Brittney Sykes added 13 points each, and Elizabeth Williams and Angel McCoughtry each scored 10 for Atlanta.

    Wednesday's game marks the return of guard Alex Bentley to the Dream. Bentley was acquired Monday from the Connecticut Sun for Layshia Clarendon and a 2019 second-round WNBA Draft pick.

    Bentley, who was drafted by Atlanta and played for the Dream in 2013, was averaging 10 points, 3.2 assists and 1.4 rebounds for the Sun. She has a career average of 11.0 points and has knocked down long distance shots at a 30.8 percent clip.

    Dream coach Nicki Collen was an assistant with the Sun from 2015-17.

    "Having had the opportunity to coach Alex Bentley in Connecticut for two seasons, I know she can be a dynamic scorer, but more importantly, she can create opportunities for her teammates because of her speed and skill with the basketball," Collen told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

    Washington won all three meetings last season.

  2. #272
    Lynx look for consistency against Fever

    The Minnesota Lynx will be looking to avenge a rare loss to the Indiana Fever when the two teams square off in a Kids Day matinee contest on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.

    The Lynx had won seven games in a row until Indiana surprised them 71-59 on July 3 in Minneapolis, in the process keeping Minnesota under 60 points on its home floor for the first time since 2010.

    In the week since that game, Minnesota beat Los Angeles in a rematch of last year's WNBA championship series and then fell on the road to Chicago 77-63.

    Maya Moore led the Lynx (11-8) with 16 points in the loss to Chicago but needed 16 shots to reach that total. Seimone Augustus had 11 points while Sylvia Fowles, playing against her former team, had nine points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which shot 35.5 percent from the floor and was 5 of 18 on shots from beyond the arc.

    It's been an inconsistent season for the Lynx, something they are not used to and definitely won't accept.

    "When you don't pay attention to detail on both ends of the floor, you're very up and down," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Sometimes you set a good screen, sometimes you don't. Sometimes you take a good shot, sometimes you don't. Sometimes you play the schemes, sometimes you don't. That leads to very up and down."

    Indiana, meanwhile, would love to have the 11 wins that the Lynx have. The Fever (2-17) have just two victories on the season, one each at home and on the road, and laid its biggest egg of the year just two days after pulling off the upset of Minnesota, losing 90-63 at Dallas.

    The Wings outrebounded Indiana 47-22 in Thursday's game, and handed the Fever a 27-point defeat, the club's worst of the season.

    "It is difficult to win a basketball game when the rebound margin is minus-25," said Fever coach Pokey Chatman.

    Indiana got 42 of its 63 points from veterans Candice Dupree, Cappie Pondexter and Natalie Achonwa in the loss to Dallas, as that trio shot 16 of 31 from the floor while the rest of the Fever team combined for 8-of-37 shooting.

    "Our defense wasn't there," Dupree said after the loss to the Wings. "They beat us on the boards, they turned us over and they scored a lot of points. They had an attack mentality."

    Since the Fever played in Minneapolis on July 3, Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson passed former Fever great Tamika Catchings as the WNBA's all-time rebounding leader.

    Minnesota leads the overall series between the two teams 23-14 and but for the loss last Tuesday at Target Center, has dominated regular-season meetings since 2012. The Lynx have won 14 of the past 16 regular-season games since July 15, 2011.

    Kids Day has annually produced some of the Fever's best attendance figures, including last season's crowd of 12,282, the largest in club history. The Fever and Lynx share home-and-road Kids Day appearances on Wednesday in Indianapolis and July 18 in Minneapolis.

  3. #273
    WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    NY at CONN 11:30 AM
    NY +9.0
    O 165.0


    ATL at WAS 11:30 AM
    WAS -8.0
    O 161.5


    MIN at IND 12:00 PM
    IND +10.0
    U 157.0

  4. #274
    Dream cruise past Mystics, 106-89
    July 11, 2018


    WASHINGTON (AP) Angel McCoughtry scored 24 points and Jessica Breland added a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Washington Mystics 106-89 on Wednesday.

    Renee Montgomery and Tiffany Hayes scored 21 points apiece, finishing a combined 9 of 13 from 3-point range for the Dream (10-9). Breland added a career-high seven assists and blocked three shots.

    Natasha Cloud led the Mystics (12-8) with 17 points and Elena Delle Donne added 16 points and nine rebounds.

    Breland and Hayes scored five points each during a 10-0 run that gave the Dream a 44-34 lead midway through the second quarter.

    Atlanta, which made 11 of 18 3-pointers and shot 60 percent from the field, led 59-50 at halftime before a day game youth crowd of 11,354.

    The Mystics pulled within seven points after Delle Donne's layup to open the fourth quarter, but McCoughtry scored six straight points for a 65-52 lead with eight minutes left.


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    Zellous hits 3 at buzzer, Liberty beat Sun
    July 11, 2018

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Shavonte Zellous banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the New York Liberty past the Connecticut Sun 79-76 on Wednesday.

    Tina Charles led New York with 19 points and 11 rebounds, Epiphanny Prince scored 15 and Zellous finished with 14.

    Brittany Boyd found Prince for a 3-pointer in the corner to tie it at 76 with 24.3 seconds left. After Connecticut's Jasmine Thomas missed a 3, the Liberty (6-14) called a timeout with 1.8 seconds left. Zellous hit her only 3-point attempt in the game, finishing 6 of 7 from the field.

    Chiney Ogwumike had 17 points on 8 of 11 shooting and nine rebounds, while Courtney Williams scored 16 points for the Sun (10-10). Alyssa Thomas, who returned from a 10-game absence because of a shoulder injury, added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

    Connecticut led by as many as 10 points before a day-game crowd of 7,413. Rachel Banham's 3-pointer gave the Sun a 74-69 lead with 2:50 left.

    New York snapped a three-game skid, winning for just the second time in the last 10 games.


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    Robinson hits her 1st trey, Lynx top Fever
    July 11, 2018


    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Sylvia Fowles had 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Maya Moore added 19 points to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 87-65 on Wednesday.

    Danielle Robinson made her first 3-pointer to end a 0-for-39 drought in her seven-year WNBA career. She finished with 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting, including 2 of 2 from behind the arc.

    Minnesota (12-8) led 10-2 and never trailed. Moore hit a jumper to push the lead to 15 points before Kelsey Mitchell made three 3-pointers in an 11-0 run that trimmed Indiana's deficit to 31-27 midway through the second quarter.

    The Lynx scored 13 of the next 15 points.

    Erica Wheeler led Indiana (2-18) with 12 points, six rebounds and five assists. Mitchell finished with 11 points and Natalie Achonwa 10.

    Minnesota shot 51.6 percent from the field despite going 4 of 16 from 3-point range. The Lynx made 17 of 19 free throws.

    Indiana, which beat the Lynx 71-59 on July 3, has lost eight of its last nine games.

  5. #275
    SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY JULY 12, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    3:30 PM Dallas Wings Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center


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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 JUNE RECORD: OVERALL PICKS

    TOTALS................66 - 53....................55.46%.....................+ 49.50

    JUNE'S BEST BETS:

    TOTALS................40 - 23....................55.03%...................... +49.50


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    WNBA JULY RECORD: OVERALL PICKS.

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    07/11/2018 3-3-0 50.00% -1.50
    07/10/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
    07/08/2018 1-4-1 20.00% -17.00
    07/07/2018 2-4-0 33.33% -12.00
    07/06/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    07/05/2018 3-4-1 42.86% -7.00
    07/03/2018 5-3-0 62.50% +8.50
    07/01/2018 3-7-0 30.00% -23.50

    TOTALS...........22-28.........44.00%.....-44.00


    JULY'S BEST BETS:

    07/11/2018.................1 - 2................-6.00........................2 - 1...............+4.50...............-1.50
    07/10/2018.................3 - 0...............+15.00......................2- 1................+4.50.............+19.50
    07/08/2018.................0 - 2...............-11.00.......................1 - 2................-6.00..............-17.00
    07/07/2018.................1 - 2................-6.00........................1 - 2......,.........-6.00..............-12.00
    07/06/2018.................0 - 1................-5.50........................1 - 0...............+5.00..............-0.50
    07/05/2018.................2 - 1...............+4.50........................1 - 3...............-11.50.............-7.00
    07/03/2018.................2 - 2................-1.00........................3 - 1...............+9.50..............+8.50
    07/01/2018.................1 - 4................-17.00......................2 - 3................-6.50...............-23.50

    TOTALS....................10 - 14..............-27.00....................13 - 13................-6.50..............-33.50

  6. #276
    Thursday’s 6-pack

    Six NFL teams who won 4+ more games than they did in 2016:

    — Jacksonville Jaguars

    — Los Angeles Chargers

    — Los Angeles Rams

    — Minnesota Vikings

    — Philadelphia Eagles

    — San Francisco 49ers

    Quote of the Day
    “We used to have this sports ticker and this roll of paper that would keep spitting out. And at that time, it made a bit of a racket, but if you were doing it long enough—it was a dot-matrix printer. If you did it long enough and you were sitting next to this thing for hours upon end like I was, a home run had a certain rhythm to it. You know somebody hit a home run, not even by looking at it, just by hearing how that thing was going—’oh, that’s a home run, I better check that out.’”
    Mets radio engineer/producer Chris Majkowski

    Thursday’s quiz
    Who is the only person in NBA history to lead the league in 2-point FG% one year and 3-point %age in another year?

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Carlton Fisk (43) is the oldest player to get a hit in an All-Star Game.

    Tuesday’s quiz
    In the famous movie The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy was from Kansas.

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

    13) You look at the benches in the NBA Summer League and you see two rows of coaches, maybe 8-9 coaches for each team. NBA teams spend lot of money on player development, which is more important now because players come into the league younger than ever before.

    One of the first books I remember reading was The Open Man, Dave DeBusschere’s diary of the Knicks’ 1969-70 title team. For a 12-year old kid who was falling in love with basketball, I went thru that book pretty quickly.

    One thing that stands out now was that coach Red Holzman had NO ASSISTANT COACHES; Dick McGuire was his advance scout and trainer Danny Whalen kept track of timeouts and served as an assistant coach of sorts, but Holzman did all the actual coaching.

    The game has changed drastically in that regard.

    12) George Karl’s son Coby is on the Lakers’ bench coaching during summer league; he is also the all-time leading scorer in Las Vegas Summer League history, with 337 points. Archie Goodwin is next, at 318 points.

    11) Miami Marlins were 23-42 on June 10, but since then, they’re 15-14, hanging in there and hitting the ball well- they had 22 hits in a game in Washington Sunday. Don Mattingly has done a fine job keeping a talent-shy roster competitive in games.

    10) Cincinnati Bengals may have seen one of the errors of their ways; they were 31st last year in $$$ spent on their offensive line, letting LT Andrew Whitworth bolt to the Rams.

    Bengals are now 22nd in OL spending for this coming season; they hope it results in a QB who gets hit a lot less this season.

    9) San Diego Padres lost their last 13 games against Clayton Kershaw, scoring a total of 12 runs off Kershaw in those 13 games.

    8) An unnamed AL scout after watching the Kansas City Royals recently:

    “I think someone will bite on Lucas Duda as a lefty bat off the bench. They won’t get enough for Duffy or Merrifield to move them. They’ll definitely move Moustakas and he will help someone. Won’t get the big return. Doesn’t happen anymore.”

    7) Houston Astros’ contract situation in the near future:
    — Verlander, $28M a year thru 2019 (Detroit is paying $8M of that)
    — McCann, $17M with an option after this year (NYY is paying $5.5M of that)
    — Keuchel, $13.2M, free agent this season
    — Reddick, $13M a year thru 2020 (yikes)
    — Gurriel, $12.4M this year, $10.4M in ’19, $8.4M in ’20.
    — Altuve, $9M this year and next, then a $29M/year deal kicks in
    — Morton $7M, free agent after this season
    — Cole $6.75M, arbitration this winter, then free agent after 2019.
    — Carlos Correa isn’t a free agent until after 2021
    — Alex Bregman isn’t a free agent until after 2022

    Astros have some serious decisions to make about their starting pitchers this winter; their young position players are going to keep Houston strong for a long time.

    6) When the Indians blew a 4-0 ninth inning lead in a 7-4 to the Reds Tuesday, it was in large part the manager’s fault. Terry Francona told pitching coach Carl Willis to get “OP” up in the bullpen, he meant Oliver Perez, but Willis thought he said “OT” meaning Dan Otero, so Willis told the bullpen coach to get Otero warmed up.

    Few minutes later, Francona went to the mound, waved to the bullpen for a pitching change and was surprised to see Otero come to the mound instead of Perez. Whoops.

    5) Baseball doings:
    — Indians’ OF Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) is out 8-10 weeks.

    4) Injury-plagued Duke alum Harry Giles, who Sacramento drafted in 2017 despite having two ACL injuries before getting to the NBA, has played 23.3 mpg in his first three summer league games this month, scoring 12 ppg, grabbing 7.5 rpg.

    3) There are 19 Kansas Jayhawk alums playing in Las Vegas this week.

    2) There is guy named Chris Majkowski who is a radio engineer for Mets’ games and he has worked 4,011 consecutive games, dating back to 1993- imagine not missing one day of work for 25 years? Majkowski threw out the first pitch before the Mets’ game Wednesday.

    1) Astros’ closer Ken Giles blew a 9th-inning lead Tuesday, appeared to curse out manager AJ Hinch when he was removed from the game, then was sent to AAA today. Alrighty then.
    Last edited by Cnotes53; 07-12-2018 at 12:48 AM.

  7. #277
    WNBA
    Dunkel

    Thursday, July 12



    Dallas @ Los Angeles

    Game 601-602
    July 12, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Dallas
    110.007
    Los Angeles
    119.491
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 9 1/2
    154
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 7
    164 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Los Angeles
    (-7); Under





    WNBA
    Long Sheet

    Thursday, July 12


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    DALLAS (11 - 8) at LOS ANGELES (13 - 8) - 7/12/2018, 3:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DALLAS is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) in road games in July games over the last 3 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 37-25 ATS (+9.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 31-20 ATS (+9.0 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 21-11 ATS (+8.9 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 21-11 ATS (+8.9 Units) in a home game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) in home games versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 13-6 ATS (+6.4 Units) in all games this season.
    DALLAS is 13-6 ATS (+6.4 Units) in May, June, or July games this season.
    DALLAS is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    DALLAS is 6-3 against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    LOS ANGELES is 6-3 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    WNBA

    Thursday, July 12


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    Trend Report
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    Dallas Wings
    Dallas is 6-0-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    Dallas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Dallas's last 10 games
    Dallas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Dallas is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games on the road
    Dallas is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
    Dallas is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Los Angeles
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Dallas's last 10 games when playing Los Angeles
    Dallas is 12-4-2 ATS in its last 18 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    Dallas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    Los Angeles Sparks
    Los Angeles is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
    Los Angeles is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games
    Los Angeles is 15-5-1 ATS in its last 21 games at home
    Los Angeles is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Los Angeles's last 13 games at home
    Los Angeles is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Dallas
    Los Angeles is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Los Angeles's last 10 games when playing Dallas
    Los Angeles is 4-12-2 ATS in its last 18 games when playing at home against Dallas
    Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games when playing at home against Dallas

  8. #278
    Wings try to catch Sparks in standings

    Dallas and Los Angeles will meet for the third and final time during the regular season when the Wings visit the Sparks on Thursday at Staples Center.

    The Wings soundly defeated the Sparks 101-72 on June 22 in Dallas in the first meeting. Four days later, the Sparks avenged that loss with an 87-83 win at home.

    Los Angeles is coming off a 77-75 overtime win on Tuesday against the league's first-place team, Seattle. The road win snapped an uncharacteristic losing streak, which had reached four games.

    Dallas also won last time out. The Wings are the hottest team in the league, having won four straight, including a 29-point win over Phoenix, which is one game behind Seattle.

    Despite the winning streak, the Wings (11-8) remain one game behind the Sparks (13-8) in the standings.

    "We've played a lot of games," said Dallas coach Fred Williams in explaining why the Wings are playing better. "We are all starting to get to know each other a little more."

    Williams, like almost every other WNBA coach, points to defense as the key to success.

    "The only thing that we are expressing more is defense," he said. "How we play the ball off screens. Once that locks in, that makes you a better percentage on the win side."

    The Wings have to only look across the floor at Thursday's opponents to see how good defense translates into wins. The Sparks rode their lock-down, tenacious defense to victory against the Storm as Seattle scored only six points in the fourth quarter.

    "In years past, we've played great defense, but given up offensive boards," Candace Parker said after Tuesday's win. "We just try to make a concerted effort of giving them one shot and depend on our half-court defense."

    For the season, Los Angeles is allowing a league-low 76.7 points per game and held Seattle to under 21 points its regulation average.

    But the Wings did crack the century mark against the Sparks earlier in the season, so the Sparks know the key will be stopping the one-two punch of Liz Cambage and Skylar Diggins-Smith.

    Cambage is averaging 20.1 points and 9.6 rebounds. Diggins-Smith contributes 19.3 points and 6.2 assists per game.

    In the Wings' win over the Sparks, Cambage scored 20 points. While Diggins-Smith was held to six points, Aerial Powers, Allisha Gray and Azura Stevens stepped up to fill the void and scored 16, 15 and 13 points, respectively.

    To keep the win streak going, Dallas will have to make a similar effort -- on both sides of the ball.

    "Just stay focused on what we're doing on defense," Stevens said. "We're staying disciplined on offense but I really think it's our defense that has helped us a lot. ... We know we are going to score so that's all we have to do."

    Yep, all the Wings have to do is stop Parker to have a good shot at winning their fifth in a row.

    Much easier said than done. In the Sparks' win against the Wings, Parker scored 29 points and Chelsea Gray added 27. Nneka Ogwumike missed that game but should be in the lineup Thursday.

    Los Angeles forced 17 turnovers and held the Wings to under 40 percent from the field in the victory.

    Head coach Brian Agler believes the Sparks' win over the Storm might be the springboard Los Angeles has needed to be more consistent this season.

    "It could be," he said. "There are a lot of teams playing well right now. There are some teams that if you look at the standings and think they're not going to make the playoffs, but are playing pretty well. It's going to be interesting how it plays out."

  9. #279
    THURSDAY, JULY 12
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    DAL at LA 30 PM

    DAL +6.5

    O 163.0

  10. #280
    Wings pull away for 5th straight win, 92-77 over Sparks
    July 12, 2018


    LOS ANGELES (AP) Skylar Diggins-Smith had 22 points and 11 assists, helping the Dallas Wings beat the Los Angeles Sparks 92-77 on Thursday night for their fifth consecutive victory.

    Dallas (12-8) had its lead cut to 71-70 after the Sparks' Riquna Williams hit a 3-pointer with 7:52 to go. The Wings then went on a 21-2 run before the Sparks (13-9) scored the final five points of the game.

    Azura Stevens had 16 points for Dallas, and Cayla George and Liz Cambage each scored 12.

    Dallas took the season series with the win. The Wings won 101-72 in Dallas on June 22, and the Sparks won 87-83 in Los Angeles four days later.

    Candace Parker had 21 points, Williams scored 16 and Nneka Ogwumike added 12 for the Sparks.

    Los Angeles has lost six of its last eight.

  11. #281
    SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY JULY 13, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Chicago Sky Washington Mystics Capital One Arena
    7:00 PM Indiana Fever Atlanta Dream McCamish Pavilion
    7:00 PM Phoenix Mercury Connecticut Sun Mohegan Sun Arena
    8:00 PM Las Vegas Aces Minnesota Lynx Target Center


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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 JUNE RECORD: OVERALL PICKS

    TOTALS................66 - 53....................55.46%.....................+ 49.50

    JUNE'S BEST BETS:

    TOTALS................40 - 23....................55.03%...................... +49.50

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    WNBA JULY RECORD: OVERALL PICKS.

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    07/12/2018 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    07/10/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
    07/08/2018 1-4-1 20.00% -17.00
    07/07/2018 2-4-0 33.33% -12.00
    07/06/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    07/05/2018 3-4-1 42.86% -7.00
    07/03/2018 5-3-0 62.50% +8.50
    07/01/2018 3-7-0 30.00% -23.50

    TOTALS...........21-25.........45.62%.....-32.50


    JULY'S BEST BETS:

    07/12/2018.................1 - 0...............+5.00.......................1- 0.................+5.00.............+10.00
    07/10/2018.................3 - 0...............+15.00......................2- 1................+4.50.............+19.50
    07/08/2018.................0 - 2...............-11.00.......................1 - 2................-6.00..............-17.00
    07/07/2018.................1 - 2................-6.00........................1 - 2......,.........-6.00..............-12.00
    07/06/2018.................0 - 1................-5.50........................1 - 0...............+5.00..............-0.50
    07/05/2018.................2 - 1...............+4.50........................1 - 3...............-11.50.............-7.00
    07/03/2018.................2 - 2................-1.00........................3 - 1...............+9.50..............+8.50
    07/01/2018.................1 - 4................-17.00......................2 - 3................-6.50...............-23.50

    TOTALS.......................10 - 12..............-16.00....................12 - 12..............-6.00..............-22.00

  12. #282
    Armadillo: Friday's six-pack

    — Seattle ace James Paxton (back) left Thursday’s game in the first inning.

    — Boston 6, Toronto 4— Red Sox won their 10th game in a row.

    — G Isaiah Thomas signed a veteran’s minimum deal with the Denver Nuggets.

    — Wayne Ellington agreed to a one-year, $6.2M deal to return to the Miami Heat.

    — Phil Hellmuth won a record 15th World Series of Poker gold bracelet, taking the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’ em event.

    — There was an argument on Twitter today about whether coleslaw is tasty or not; it was more fun than people arguing about politics.


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    Armadillo: Friday's List of 13: Happy Friday the 13th, everyone!!!

    13) Oakland A’s are 19-5 in their last 24 games, going 5-2 on this Cleveland/Houston road trip that just ended- they’re a contender for the Wild Card right now. A’s next six games are a pair of three-game series with their cross-bay rivals, the Giants. Interesting times.

    12) Former NBA star Charles Oakley was arrested Sunday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board Enforcement Agents at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

    TMZ reported that he is suspected of pulling back a $100 chip after he realized he was going to lose his wager; that is a Class B felony. Not good.

    11) Milwaukee’s Jesus Aguilar, Seattle’s Juan Segura won the Final Vote and will be in Washington for next week’s All-Star Game.

    Milwaukee is the smallest market in the major leagues; good for their fans for voting one of their guys into the Mid-Summer Classic.

    10) Will Yoenis Cespedes return to the Mets as a first baseman? There are reports on the Interweb that Cespedes has suggested the position change to Mets brass.

    Cespedes hasn’t played since May 13, by the way. People have come back from broken legs faster than this guy, and I’m not a Met fan nor is he on my fantasy team.

    9) Mets have had nine games this season that were 0-0 after five innings; five of the nine were Jacob deGrom starts.

    8) There are rumors the Manny Machado trade may be delayed util after the All-Star Game because Orioles’ brass doesn’t want Machado playing in the All-Star Game in Washington next week wearing another team’s uniform, which would also leave the Orioles without an All-Star.

    7) Baseball oddity: Babe Ruth started his career as a pitcher for the Red Sox; the night he got his first win as a pitcher, he was actually pinch-hit for in the 7th inning.

    Wonder how many times he was pinch-hit for in his entire career?

    6) Arizona OF Daniel Descalso pitched in the 4th inning Wednesday night in Denver, the earliest any position player has pitched in a game since the Brewers’ Sal Bando on August 29, 1979 (also the 4th inning).

    Descalso allowed a HR to Rockies pitcher German Marquez. It’s just the 2nd time in the last 50 years that a pitcher homered off a position player.

    The other: June 23, 1986 – Giants’ Mike LaCoss homered off San Diego’s Dane Iorg.

    5) Alex Bregman is only American Leaguer in Home Run Derby Monday night; unusual. MLB cannot be very happy that Trout, Judge, Stanton, Goldschmidt are not participating.

    4) There’s a sportsbook opening Saturday at Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey, next to Giants Stadium. Maybe the jackass politicians in New York can figure out a way to have legalized wagering in our state- why was New Jersey so far ahead of them????

    3) Baseball doings:
    — Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers goes on DL with left shoulder inflammation.
    — Angels’ P Garrett Richards (elbow) hopes to return in 2020.
    — Twins put 1B Logan Morrison (hip) on the DL

    2) FOX is apparently in negotiations with Jeff Fisher to hire the former Titans/Rams coach as an NFL commentator. You never know how good guys will be behind the mike, but I’ll be curious to hear what he has to say.

    1) Even a former White House stenographer named Beck Dorey-Stein has written a book about her time working in the White House. The current political climate has been good for bookstores, if not for the rest of us.

  13. #283
    WNBA
    Dunkel

    Friday, July 13



    Indiana @ Atlanta

    Game 603-604
    July 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Indiana
    103.793
    Atlanta
    109.198
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Atlanta
    by 5 1/2
    152
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Atlanta
    by 8 1/2
    156 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Indiana
    (+8 1/2); Under

    Phoenix @ Connecticut


    Game 605-606
    July 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Phoenix
    109.073
    Connecticut
    107.207
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Phoenix
    by 2
    164
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Phoenix
    No Line
    N/A
    Dunkel Pick:
    Phoenix
    N/A

    Chicago @ Washington


    Game 607-608
    July 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Chicago
    98.557
    Washington
    113.490
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Washington
    by 15
    176
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Washington
    by 9
    173
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (-9); Over

    Las Vegas @ Minnesota


    Game 609-610
    July 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Las Vegas
    104.847
    Minnesota
    119.188
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Minnesota
    by 14
    168
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Minnesota
    by 10
    163
    Dunkel Pick:
    Minnesota
    (-10); Over





    WNBA

    Friday, July 13


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    Trend Report
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    Indiana Fever
    Indiana is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
    Indiana is 2-23 SU in its last 25 games
    Indiana is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
    Indiana is 1-15 SU in its last 16 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Indiana's last 8 games on the road
    Indiana is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Atlanta
    Indiana is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Indiana's last 8 games when playing Atlanta
    Indiana is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Indiana is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Atlanta Dream
    Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games
    Atlanta is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games at home
    Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Atlanta's last 9 games at home
    Atlanta is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Indiana
    Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 8 games when playing Indiana
    Atlanta is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Indiana
    Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana


    Phoenix Mercury
    Phoenix is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games
    Phoenix is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games
    Phoenix is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
    Phoenix is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road
    Phoenix is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Connecticut
    Phoenix is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Connecticut
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing Connecticut
    Phoenix is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
    Phoenix is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
    Phoenix is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
    Connecticut Sun
    Connecticut is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Connecticut is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Connecticut's last 5 games
    Connecticut is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Connecticut's last 10 games at home
    Connecticut is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Phoenix
    Connecticut is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Connecticut's last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    Connecticut is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    Connecticut is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    Connecticut is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Connecticut's last 6 games when playing at home against Phoenix


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


    Las Vegas Aces
    Las Vegas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    Las Vegas is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Las Vegas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    Las Vegas is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Las Vegas's last 5 games on the road
    Las Vegas is 7-14-1 ATS in its last 22 games when playing Minnesota
    Las Vegas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 13 of Las Vegas's last 19 games when playing Minnesota
    Las Vegas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Las Vegas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Las Vegas's last 9 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Minnesota Lynx
    Minnesota is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Minnesota is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
    Minnesota is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games at home
    Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games at home
    Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Las Vegas
    The total has gone OVER in 13 of Minnesota's last 19 games when playing Las Vegas
    Minnesota is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Las Vegas
    Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Las Vegas
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing at home against Las Vegas

  14. #284
    WNBA
    Long Sheet

    Friday, July 13


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    INDIANA (2 - 18) at ATLANTA (10 - 9) - 7/13/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    ATLANTA is 14-26 ATS (-14.6 Units) after a division game over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    INDIANA is 6-3 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    ATLANTA is 5-4 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    PHOENIX (14 - 7) at CONNECTICUT (10 - 10) - 7/13/2018, 7:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHOENIX is 5-4 against the spread versus CONNECTICUT over the last 3 seasons
    PHOENIX is 6-3 straight up against CONNECTICUT over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    CHICAGO (7 - 13) at WASHINGTON (12 - 8) - 7/13/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHICAGO is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) when playing with 2 days rest over the last 3 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 12-22 ATS (-12.2 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 27-13 ATS (+12.7 Units) as a home favorite of 6.5 to 9 points since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 322-380 ATS (-96.0 Units) in all games since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 102-133 ATS (-44.3 Units) in home games in May, June, or July games since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 184-235 ATS (-74.5 Units) after a division game since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 7-2 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 6-3 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    LAS VEGAS (9 - 12) at MINNESOTA (12 - 8) - 7/13/2018, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LAS VEGAS is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    LAS VEGAS is 82-55 ATS (+21.5 Units) in a road game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 since 1997.
    LAS VEGAS is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) in road games after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MINNESOTA is 4-3 against the spread versus LAS VEGAS over the last 3 seasons
    MINNESOTA is 7-0 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

  15. #285
    Dream looking to build on record-setting game as it hosts Indiana

    The Atlanta Dream is flying high and the Indiana Fever are not, butixthe two teams are a lot more alike than their records might indicate, making their showdown on Friday in Atlanta at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech University a battle of wills as much as talent and momentum.

    There's no doubt that the Dream produced their best game of the year in their most recent contest as they swamped Washington 106-89 on the road. Atlanta set a WNBA record when four players notched 20-plus and recorded at least five assists in a win.

    Angel McCoughtry paced the Dream with 24 points and six assists, while Jessica Breland hit for 23 points and dished out seven assists, and Tiffany Hayes and Renee Montgomery each had 21 points and five assists for Atlanta in the statement win by one of the league's best defensive teams.

    The Dream (10-9) shot 60 percent from the field, including 61 percent from 3-point range.

    Atlanta had averaged 76 points per game over its first 17 contests and have become a better team as it had moved away from its reliance on McCoughtry to carry the load.

    McCoughtry, who holds WNBA records for the most single-game points in the Finals (38) and playoffs (42), is averaging 16.9 per game this season, the lowest total in her career since her rookie year in 2009.

    "I'm not the top scorer this year, and it certainly was something I'd always been," McCoughtry told the Washington Post. "But when you have the heart and desire to be great, you can't that play away, no matter what the stat line says.

    "I let my teammates do their thing, and it kind of takes attention off of me a little bit, and then that's when I can come down and get my spots. I like to sneak and get them, to get my sneaky points in there."

    Indiana (2-18) is back on the road after losing 87-65 to defending league champion Minnesota on Wednesday in Indianapolis.

    The Fever fell behind early and trailed by as many as 22 points.

    "We wanted to make sure we established some presence early on the defensive end and we didn't," Fever coach Pokey Chatman said after the loss to Minnesota. "It's hard to play catch up in this league, let alone against a team that has experience and savvy."

    Guard Erica Wheeler led the way for Indiana off the bench with 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals while Kelsey Mitchell scored 11 points and Natalie Achonwa added 10 for the Fever in the loss.

    "I got most of my shots because of defense, either turnovers or a steal, just that momentum and being aggressive," Wheeler told wnba.com when asked about her performance against Minnesota. "So, me being aggressive on defense allows me to be an offensive scorer and attack."

    Indiana battles the Dream for the fourth and final time in 2018, hoping to even the season series at 2-2. Atlanta has escaped with five- and six-point wins over Indiana this season, while the Fever captured a 32-point win in what was the first of only two Indiana victories all year.

    Atlanta owns a 21-20 advantage in the all-time series against the Fever; the Dream leads 13-7 in games played in Atlanta.

  16. #286
    Mercury's Taurasi returns to Connecticut to face Sun

    Connecticut Sun fans often have former UConn players returning home and getting nice ovations from what used to be their home crowd.

    They did it again Wednesday when Tina Charles and three other UConn alumni visited the Mohegan Sun Arena as members of the New York Liberty.

    But Friday night is different. Friday night marks the (potential) latest return by Diana Taurasi.

    The WNBA's all-time leading scorer, who also recently set the league mark for made field goals, and her Phoenix Mercury come to Uncasville.

    The Mercury, who have already beaten the Sun twice this season, have lost the first two games of a four-game road trip, with illness forcing Taurasi out of Tuesday night's 101-72 loss at Dallas in the first quarter. That left her questionable for Friday.

    Despite the two losses, Phoenix, led by the 1-2 punch of Taurasi and inside presence Brittney Griner, is 14-7 and in a battle for the top spot in the league.

    Wednesday, the struggling Sun suffered a last-second loss to the Liberty -- falling to 10-10 with their ninth loss in their last 12 games.

    Taurasi, averaging 19.6 points per game this season, has 44 points in two games against the Sun this season.

    She is a three-time league champion, a four-time Olympic Gold Medal winner and six-time European champion. She was given the nickname "White Mamba," by Kobe Bryant, known as "Black Mamba."

    Recently, Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, taken by the Phoenix Suns, was thrilled to meet Taurasi.

    "I was freaking out," he said. "Because she just came over to me while I was working out, pumping some iron, you know? And she just like, was saying, 'Hello and great to have you.' I was like star-struck. I was speechless. She's the Michael Jordan of the WNBA."

    The Sun -- who got Alyssa Thomas back after a 10-game absence (shoulder) and Courtney Williams back from a four-game absence (personal reasons) and also debuted the newly acquired Layshia Clarendon -- have had a heavy road schedule to deal with. They started a closing stretch of 11 of their final 15 games at home.

    "What people fail to realize is we're excited that (the injured players are) back, but, at the same time, there's still an adjustment," Chiney Ogwumike said after Wednesday's loss. "This has been the year of adjustments.

    "We started the year strong and then we lose AT and then we lose Courtney for a stretch. People have been dinged up here and there. So we're constantly making adjustments."

    The Mercury have been dealing with the loss of Sancho Lyttle, who suffered a season-ending knee injury July 2.

  17. #287
    Sky, Mystics look to shore up defense

    WASHINGTON -- Teams needing to improve on the defensive end meet when the Washington Mystics host the Chicago Sky on Friday night.

    Washington (12-8) has lost two straight, allowing 203 points in the losses.

    The latest came Wednesday at home when the Atlanta Dream beat the Mystics 106-89.

    Atlanta shot 60.3 percent from the field and made 11 of 18 shots beyond the arc. Washington trailed by nine at halftime and pulled within seven early in the fourth quarter, but Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry scored six straight points to push the lead to double digits.

    "Most nights when you score 89 points you should probably win," Mystics coach Mike Thibault told the Washington Post. "But when you play defense as badly as we did, you dont give yourself a chance to do that."

    Natasha Cloud led the Mystics with 17 points and Elena Delle Donne added 16 points and nine rebounds.

    Chicago (7-13) gave up just under 100 points Tuesday night in a 98-74 home loss to the Las Vegas Aces.

    The Aces closed the third quarter with an 18-2 run to take a 76-50 lead. The Sky got no closer than within 17 points in the fourth quarter.

    The Aces outscored the Sky 59-29 in the second and third quarters. Las Vegas made 47.9 percent of its shots from the field compared with 38.0 percent for the Sky.

    Diamond DeShields had 15 points to lead Chicago.

    Chicago is allowing the most points per game (88.2) in the WNBA and the Mystics the fifth most (82.7). Offensively, the Sky lead the league in 3-point shooting percentage (36.9) and the Mystics are third (35.8). Chicago is averaging 15.4 turnovers per game, the most in the league.

    Washington won the first two meetings this season.

    In the first game, the Mystics pulled away with a 17-2 run in the third quarter en route to an 88-60 victory June 19. Kristi Toliver led Washington with 19 points. Cheyenne Parker scored 18 for Chicago.

    Their second meeting of the season three nights later featured Delle Donne's return to Chicago. She scored 22 of her 30 points in the first half in Washington's 93-77 victory, adding 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks. Allie Quigley scored 21 points for the Sky.

    Despite Washington's recent losses, the Mystics are only 2 1/2 games out of first place overall.

    "Every game is a dogfight, so you've got to be ready to fight it out like a playoff game," Delle Donne told the Post. "It's definitely wide open. I feel like the standings don't mean a thing right now."

  18. #288
    Lynx seek consistency as Aces pay visit

    While the Minnesota Lynx have righted the ship in 2018, they still haven't found the consistency that has marked the franchise over recent years.

    The Lynx (12-8), who host the Las Vegas Aces on Friday at the Target Center in Minneapolis, put their 3-6 start in the rearview mirror but have been up and down of late.

    A dominating home win over their arch rival, the Los Angeles Sparks, was sandwiched between two inexplicable losses -- a 71-59 home defeat to an Indiana Fever team that was winning for only the second time all season and a loss to the struggling Chicago Sky.

    "When you don't pay attention to detail on both ends of the floor, you're very up and down," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve told the (St. Paul, Minn.) Pioneer Press. "Sometimes you set a good screen, sometimes you don't. Sometimes you take a good shot, sometimes you don't. Sometimes you play the schemes, sometimes you don't. That leads to very up and down."

    Minnesota, which exacted revenge from the Fever with an 87-65 blowout victory Wednesday, has already exceeded its 2017 loss total (seven).

    "It's a funky year," Reeve said. "How many losses do we have, and we still have a chance of achieving our goals. But it's not really about that right now. We're so locked in on wanting to play at a higher level, more consistently, so you guys don't call us names."

    Las Vegas (9-12) also rebounded from a slow start this season reaching nine wins after its first three-game win streak of 2018. The franchise hadn't won more than eight games in any of the past three years.

    The Aces are coming off a 98-74 victory over the Chicago Sky on Tuesday. But their first matchup with the Lynx didn't go so well. Minnesota scored the game's first nine points and cruised to an 88-73 win in Las Vegas on June 24.

    For Aces coach Bill Laimbeer it was an opportunity to make a comparison.

    "I told our players that they have what we need to acquire, and that's mental toughness," Laimbeer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "(The Lynx) have been there, done that. They play well together. When things go wrong, they hunker down and make things happen. It's an acquired collective thing."

    Las Vegas has won eight of its past 13 games to move within 1 1/2 games of Connecticut for eighth place and the final playoff spot.

  19. #289
    FRIDAY, JULY 13
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    PHO at CONN 07:00 PM
    PHO +4.5
    U 167.0


    CHI at WAS 07:00 PM
    CHI +9.5
    U 172.5


    IND at ATL 07:00 PM
    ATL -9.5
    U 156.5

    LV at MIN 08:00 PM
    LV +9.5
    O 163.5

  20. #290
    Williams leads Sun past Mercury 91-87
    July 14, 2018


    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Courtney Williams scored 25 points and tied her career high with 10 rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun hold on for a 91-87 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night.

    Chiney Ogwumike fouled out with 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting and Alyssa Thomas added 11 points, a career-best 10 assists, eight rebounds and two steals for Connecticut (11-10). The Sun snapped a three-game skid.

    The Mercury's Angel Robinson made a layup to tie it at 85 with 2 1/2 minutes to play, but Williams converted a driving layup and then made a pull-up jumper from the top of the key to give the Sun a four-point lead with 45.6 seconds remaining.

    Brittney Griner answered with a layup six seconds later but neither team scored again until Williams hit two free throws with 0.6 seconds to play.

    Diana Taurasi hit five 3-pointers and finished with 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Phoenix (14-8).

    ACES 85, LYNX 77

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kayla McBride had 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the Aces' fourth straight win.

    Tamera Young added 13 points and rookie A'ja Wilson finished with 11 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and four blocks. Kelsey Plum and Carolyn Swords had 11 points apiece for Las Vegas (10-12).

    The Aces took control late in the first half with a 10-1 run, capped by a Wilson jumper. Maya Moore hit a 3-pointer and then a step-back jumper to get the Lynx (12-9) within four with 2 1/2 minutes to play, but the rally fizzled from there.

    Lindsay Whalen had a season-high 22 points for Minnesota.

    MYSTICS 88, SKY 72


    WASHINGTON (AP) - Elena Delle Donne and rookie Ariel Atkins scored 25 points apiece to help Washington to the win.

    It was a season high for Atkins, who hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range and grabbed a career-best seven rebounds. Kristi Toliver scored 13 points and LaToya Sanders added 10 and eight boards for the Mystics (13-8).

    Delle Donne converted a three-point play that gave Washington the lead for good and sparked a 12-0 run that made it 37-27 in the first half. Chicago's Stephanie Dolson made a layup to open the third quarter and trim the deficit to 10 points but Toliver answered with a 3-pointer, Delle Donne hit a jumper, Sanders converted a three-point play and Atkins hit a 3-pointer to make it 56-35 and the Mystics cruised from there.

    Allie Quigley scored 17 points and Courtney Vandersloot added 11 points and nine assists for the Sky (7-14), who have lost five of their last six games.

    DREAM 98, FEVER 74

    ATLANTA (AP) - Tiffany Hayes had 16 points, and the balanced Dream earned their third consecutive victory.

    Atlanta (11-9) had seven players score in double figures. Elizabeth Williams and Brittney Sykes scored 14 points apiece. Angel McCoughtry, Jessica Breland, Alex Bentley and Damiris Dantas each had 10.

    Erica Wheeler's 3-pointer gave Indiana a 20-10 lead with two minutes left in the first quarter. But the Fever missed 10 of their next 12 field-goal attempts as the Dream went on a 36-6 run capped by Jessica Breland's jumper with a minute left in the first half.

    Tiffany Mitchell led the Fever (2-19) with 17 points and Wheeler finished with 15.
    Last edited by Cnotes53; 07-14-2018 at 12:38 AM.

  21. #291
    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY JULY 14, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    9:00 PM Dallas Wings Seattle Storm KeyArena

    SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY JULY 15, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    3:00 PM Chicago Sky New York Liberty Westchester County Center
    3:00 PM Washington Mystics Atlanta Dream McCamish Pavilion
    5:00 PM Phoenix Mercury Indiana Fever Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    6:00 PM Los Angeles Sparks Las Vegas Aces Mandalay Bay Event Center
    7:00 PM Connecticut Sun Minnesota Lynx Target Center


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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 JUNE RECORD: OVERALL PICKS

    TOTALS................66 - 53....................55.46%.....................+ 49.50

    JUNE'S BEST BETS:

    TOTALS................40 - 23....................55.03%...................... +49.50


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    WNBA JULY RECORD: OVERALL PICKS.

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD
    .
    07/13/2018 4-4-0 50.00% -2.00
    07/12/2018 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    07/10/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
    07/08/2018 1-4-1 20.00% -17.00
    07/07/2018 2-4-0 33.33% -12.00
    07/06/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    07/05/2018 3-4-1 42.86% -7.00
    07/03/2018 5-3-0 62.50% +8.50
    07/01/2018 3-7-0 30.00% -23.50

    TOTALS...........25-29.........46.29%.....-34.50


    JULY'S BEST BETS:

    07/13/2018.................3 - 1...............+9.50.......................1 - 3................-11.50.............-2.00
    07/12/2018.................1 - 0...............+5.00.......................1 - 0.................+5.00.............+10.00
    07/10/2018.................3 - 0...............+15.00......................2- 1................+4.50.............+19.50
    07/08/2018.................0 - 2...............-11.00.......................1 - 2................-6.00..............-17.00
    07/07/2018.................1 - 2................-6.00........................1 - 2......,.........-6.00..............-12.00
    07/06/2018.................0 - 1................-5.50........................1 - 0...............+5.00..............-0.50
    07/05/2018.................2 - 1...............+4.50........................1 - 3...............-11.50.............-7.00
    07/03/2018.................2 - 2................-1.00........................3 - 1...............+9.50..............+8.50
    07/01/2018.................1 - 4................-17.00......................2 - 3................-6.50...............-23.50

    TOTALS.....................13 - 13..............-6.50........................13 - 15..............-17.50..............-24.00

  22. #292
    Armadillo: Saturday's List of 13: Random stuff with weekend here…….

    13) In 2012, Kansas City Chiefs went 2-12; they were -24 in turnovers, so they fired coach Romeo Crennel and hired Andy Reid.

    In five years since, Chiefs have been +18/-3/+14/+16/+15 in turnovers, and are 53-27.

    12) Alex Smith was KC’s QB in all five of those years, but now he is in Washington and the new QB is Patrick Mahomes, who started in Week 17 LY, throwing for 284 yards in a 27-24 win in Denver. It was his first NFL start.

    My question in this; can the Chiefs maintain a positive turnover ratio in double digits despite playing a first-time starting QB? They almost have to turn the ball over more this season, given the normal learning curve for a young QB.

    11) From 2000-16, 77 NFL teams were +10 or better in turnovers; of those 77 teams, 58 had worse records the following season, 8 had better records, 11 stayed the same, which suggests that a hugely positive turnover ratio gave the team some luck that is tough to sustain.

    35 of the 58 teams whose record regressed won 3+ fewer games the following season.

    10) Last year, six NFL teams had a turnover ratio of +10 or better: Ravens +17, Chiefs +15, Chargers +12, Eagles +11, Lions/Jaguars +10.

    9) From 2000-16, 92 NFL teams were -10 or worse in turnovers; of those 92 teams, 61 had better records the next year, 21 had worse records, 10 stayed the same.

    41 of the 61 teams whose records improved won 3+ more gams the following season.

    8) Last year, five NFL teams had a turnover ratio of -10 or worse: Browns -28, Broncos -17, Dolphins/Raiders -14, Texans -12.

    7) Going back to the Ravens’ +17 turnover ratio LY, it was the best turnover ratio in the NFL since the ’15 Panthers were +20, but Baltimore missed the playoffs!!!! How are you +17 in turnovers and not a playoff team? It may help explain why they drafted Lamar Jackson.

    6) Sounds like kids will be able to go right from high school to the NBA starting in 2022, which means NBA teams should start scouting 9th graders this winter.

    5) Jimmy Butler turned down the Timberwolves’ offer of a 4-year, $110M extension, which suggests “Why does Minnesota have a team if their best player won’t take $27.5M a year to play there?” How can the Wolves ever be any good?

    4) Chase Utley announced that he’ll retire after this season; the entire Dodger team was at his announcement, a signal of how well-respected he is by teammates.

    Utley has solid career numbers; is he a Hall of Famer? I think it is debatable- there were some former ballplayers on Twitter Friday saying he is a no-brainer yes. I’m not so sure— if Jeff Kent isn’t in, why should Utley be in?


    3) Atlanta Hawks traded for G Jeremy Lin, who tore his patellar tendon on opening night last season, forcing him to miss the entire year. Lin averaged 14.5 ppg, 5.1 apg and 1.2 steals/game in 2016-17, his first year with Brooklyn.

    Nets also acquired Kenneth Faried from Denver, who is owed $13.8M next season, Darrell Arthur, a top-12 protected 2019 first-round pick and a future 2nd-round pick in for Isaiah Whitehead.

    The move saves Denver $21M and keeps them from paying the luxury tax. Whitehead will get waived by the Nuggets and become a free agent.

    2) Phoenix Suns were 8-1 betting favorites to win the Las Vegas Summer League; they lost their first tournament game, 88-86 to the 76ers. So much for that.

    I’m not uncertain that wagering on the summer league is a bad idea.

    1) From hoopshype.com, an interesting story about and NBA player and agents:

    “I have one really messed-up story involving my agent. When I was an unrestricted free agent, I was hoping to join this one team that really liked me and my agent seemed optimistic that we could figure out a deal. I really wanted to go there; it seemed great and it checked all the boxes that I wanted.

    I wasn’t too involved in the talks, my agent just kept updating me every now and then on what was happening. Well, I ended up getting word from someone in the organization that my agent was trying use me to get more money for another one of his clients, who was already on that team. He was telling the team to re-sign his other client at a certain amount and saying they would also be able to sign me at a discount.

    I was furious when I found out. I fired my agent and, for some time after that incident, I had a really hard time trusting agents who wanted to step in and represent me.”

    Lot of agents are weasels.

  23. #293
    WNBA
    Long Sheet

    Saturday, July 14


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    DALLAS (12 - 8) at SEATTLE (15 - 6) - 7/14/2018, 9:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SEATTLE is 123-86 ATS (+28.4 Units) in home games vs. division opponents since 1997.
    DALLAS is 14-6 ATS (+7.4 Units) in all games this season.
    DALLAS is 14-6 ATS (+7.4 Units) in May, June, or July games this season.
    DALLAS is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) after allowing 75 points or more this season.

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

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    WNBA

    Saturday, July 14


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    Trend Report
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    Dallas Wings
    Dallas is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Dallas's last 11 games
    Dallas is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Dallas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games on the road
    Dallas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Seattle
    Dallas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Seattle
    Dallas is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    Dallas is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 7 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    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 UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games
    Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 6 games at home
    Seattle is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Dallas
    Seattle is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Dallas
    Seattle is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games when playing at home against Dallas
    Seattle is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Dallas
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 7 games when playing at home against Dallas


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    WNBA
    Dunkel

    Saturday, July 14



    Dallas @ Seattle

    Game 611-612
    July 14, 2018 @ 9:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Dallas
    118.405
    Seattle
    115.184
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Dallas
    by 3
    168
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Seattle
    by 5 1/2
    173 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Dallas
    (+5 1/2); Under

  24. #294
    Top two scoring teams Storm, Wings meet in Seattle

    Considering how often their coaches preach defense, it seems strange that Saturday's matchup between the Dallas Wings and host Seattle Storm is between the top two scoring teams in the WNBA.

    The Wings (12-8), the hottest team in the league with five consecutive victories, are averaging 87.3 points per game, with the Storm (15-6), who lead the WNBA's overall standings, just behind at 87.0.

    "Defensively, I think we're stepping it up a lot on both ends, the post and perimeter game," Wings coach Fred Williams said of his team's winning streak. "We're shooting the ball much better than we did in the first 10 games of the season. It's all coming together. We're just thriving off of that and thriving off the team energy that we have."

    Added Wings guard Skylar Diggins-Smith, who is eighth in the league in scoring (19.5 points per game) and third in assists (6.5): "Anybody in this league can beat you any night, especially at home. It starts on defense. Being able to rebound, help, get really aggressive on the ball, getting tips. That's when we're playing our best and it definitely translates on offense."

    Both teams are coming off games against Los Angeles.

    The Wings won 92-77 Thursday night on the road as Diggins-Smith scored 22 points and tied a season high with 11 assists, sparking a 21-2 run in the fourth quarter.

    Dallas overcame center Liz Cambage being ejected in the second quarter after getting a second technical foul. Campage is sixth in the league in scoring (19.7 points per game) and second in rebounding (9.4).

    The Storm had their five-game winning streak snapped in a 77-75 overtime loss to the Sparks on Tuesday at KeyArena.

    Natasha Howard had 18 points and a season-high five blocks for Seattle, and Breanna Stewart, the league's leading scorer at 22.0 points per game, had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

    "You know, we were able to separate in the third, but then we were unable to finish plays (in the fourth)," Storm coach Dan Hughes said after his team was outscored 16-6 in the fourth quarter as the Sparks forced overtime. "It's one of those days where I thought defensively we were OK, I think it was a matter of us taking care of the ball and finishing some of the opportunities we had."

    The Storm have had three days off since that game.

    "We will get some treatment in, watch some video, get a good practice in," Stewart said. "This season is short, so we don't have time keep mulling over a game. Win or lose, you watch film, you move on."

  25. #295
    SATURDAY, JULY 14
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    DAL at SEA 09:00 PM

    SEA -5.5
    U 173.5

  26. #296
    Stewart scores 35, grabs 10 boards; Storm beats Wings 91-84
    July 14, 2018


    SEATTLE (AP) Breanna Stewart had a season-high 35 points, including three 3-pointers, and 20 rebounds to help the Seattle Storm beat the Dallas Wings 91-84 on Saturday night.

    Natasha Howard scored 17 points and Jewell Loyd added 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Seattle (16-6).

    Dallas (12-9) had its five-game win streak snapped.

    Stewart was fouled as she hit a short jumper in the lane and missed the free throw, but Howard's offensive rebound and putback gave the Storm an 80-77 lead with 90 seconds to go. Liz Cambage answered with a layup, but was immediately called for a technical foul. Stewart hit the ensuing free throw and then Sue Bird made a 3-pointer from the left wing to push the lead to five with a minute remaining. Loyd, Alysha Clark and Stewart combined to make 7-of-8 free throws from there to seal it.

    Cambage led Dallas with 23 points, on 10-of-15 shooting, and Skylar Diggins-Smith had 21 points, seven assists and a season-high five steals. Kayla Thornton added a career-best 18 points.

  27. #297
    SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY JULY 15, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    3:00 PM Chicago Sky New York Liberty Westchester County Center
    3:00 PM Washington Mystics Atlanta Dream McCamish Pavilion
    5:00 PM Phoenix Mercury Indiana Fever Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    6:00 PM Los Angeles Sparks Las Vegas Aces Mandalay Bay Event Center
    7:00 PM Connecticut Sun Minnesota Lynx Target Center


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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 JUNE RECORD: OVERALL PICKS

    TOTALS................66 - 53....................55.46%.....................+ 49.50

    JUNE'S BEST BETS:

    TOTALS................40 - 23....................55.03%...................... +49.50


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    WNBA JULY RECORD: OVERALL PICKS.

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    07/14/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    07/13/2018 4-4-0 50.00% -2.00
    07/12/2018 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    07/10/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
    07/08/2018 1-4-1 20.00% -17.00
    07/07/2018 2-4-0 33.33% -12.00
    07/06/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    07/05/2018 3-4-1 42.86% -7.00
    07/03/2018 5-3-0 62.50% +8.50
    07/01/2018 3-7-0 30.00% -23.50

    TOTALS...........25-31.........44.64%.....-45.50


    JULY'S BEST BETS:

    07/14/2018.................0 - 1...............-5.50........................0 - 1................-5.50...............-11.00
    07/13/2018.................3 - 1...............+9.50.......................1 - 3................-11.50.............-2.00
    07/12/2018.................1 - 0...............+5.00.......................1 - 0.................+5.00.............+10.00
    07/10/2018.................3 - 0...............+15.00......................2- 1................+4.50.............+19.50
    07/08/2018.................0 - 2...............-11.00.......................1 - 2................-6.00..............-17.00
    07/07/2018.................1 - 2................-6.00........................1 - 2......,.........-6.00..............-12.00
    07/06/2018.................0 - 1................-5.50........................1 - 0...............+5.00..............-0.50
    07/05/2018.................2 - 1...............+4.50........................1 - 3...............-11.50.............-7.00
    07/03/2018.................2 - 2................-1.00........................3 - 1...............+9.50..............+8.50
    07/01/2018.................1 - 4................-17.00......................2 - 3................-6.50...............-23.50

    TOTALS.....................13 - 14..............-12.00......................13 - 16..............-23.00..............-35.00

  28. #298
    Armadillo: Sunday's six-pack

    Odds for Monday’s Home Run Derby:

    Bryce Harper +300

    Jesus Aguilar +350

    Max Muncy +500

    Freddie Freeman +600

    Rhys Hoskins +600

    Javier Baez +600

    Kyle Schwarber +700

    Alex Bregman +900


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    Armadillo: Sunday's List of 13: Clearing out a cluttered mind……..

    13) No Sunday Night Baseball this week on ESPN? They have a freakin’ softball game on ESPN at 8:00 Sunday night. How about baseball/ESPN actually trying to promote the sport and put the Futures’ Game on Sunday night? You know, the stars of the future?

    12) Does baseball need more 8-foot high outfield fences? Spectacular catches like the one Billy Hamilton made in St Louis Friday night make for great highlights.

    11) Matt Harvey is 4-1, 2.38 in his last six starts; can the Reds get anything for him at the trading deadline?

    10) Mookie Betts is first player with two triples and two runs scored in first two innings of a game since September 23, 1995, when Lance Johnson did it for the White Sox against Minnesota.

    9) Mets’ manager Mickey Callaway talked with Dom Smith Saturday; there is concern that Smith has lost focus because he is worrying about getting demoted back to AAA. The Mets are a mess.

    8) Players receive a total of $1,500 in meal money during the 12-day Las Vegas Summer League; each player has his own room in a 5-star hotel, and gets a free plane ticket to anywhere in the country when the tournament is finished.

    7) Notre Dame alum Jack Cooley is playing in the Las Vegas Summer League for the 6th year in a row; he played in his 32nd summer league game Friday, tying the all-time record (Dionte Christmas).

    Cooley has played in 23 NBA games, seven with San Antonio LY.

    6) Zac Rosscup will be the 27th different pitcher used by the Dodgers this season, and it is only the All-Star break; their team record is 31, set in 2015, ’16.

    5) Quote of the Day, part 2, from Celtics’ Jaylen Brown:
    “I think if you can serve in the military at 18, you should be able to play in the NBA. That would be my argument.”

    Alrighty then.

    4) NBA doings:
    — Georges Niang signed a three-year, $5M contract with Utah Jazz that contains a first-year guarantee.
    — Jabari Parker signs with the Chicago Bulls, a two-year, $40M deal. In his 4-year NBA career, Parker has missed 145 of 328 games due to injuries.

    3) Former Wisconsin/Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is now a defensive assistant coach with the Patriots. New England lost DC Matt Patricia to the Lions last winter.

    2) Oakland A’s gave their first-round draft pick Kyler Murray a $4.6M signing bonus; Murray will be Oklahoma’s QB this fall, before starting his baseball career.

    Murray’s coach at Oklahoma is Lincoln Riley; he makes $4.8M a year.

    1) FBI informed Maryland officials that the state’s voter registration, election management system operate on a software platform owned by a Russian-financed firm, AltPoint Capital Partners, whose largest investor is a Russian oligarch, Vladimir Potanin.

    Nothing to worry about there.

  29. #299
    WNBA

    Sunday, July 15


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    Trend Report
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    Washington Mystics
    Washington is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games
    Washington is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
    Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 10 games on the road
    Washington is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Atlanta
    Washington is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Washington's last 12 games when playing Atlanta
    Washington is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Washington is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 13 of Washington's last 19 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Atlanta Dream
    Atlanta is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games
    Atlanta is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Washington
    Atlanta is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Atlanta's last 12 games when playing Washington
    Atlanta is 10-4-1 ATS in its last 15 games when playing at home against Washington
    Atlanta is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 13 of Atlanta's last 19 games when playing at home against Washington


    Chicago Sky
    Chicago is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    Chicago is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games
    Chicago is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
    Chicago is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
    Chicago is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games when playing New York
    Chicago is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games when playing New York
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing New York
    Chicago is 11-2 ATS in its last 13 games when playing on the road against New York
    Chicago is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chicago's last 9 games when playing on the road against New York
    New York Liberty
    New York is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games
    New York is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New York's last 9 games
    New York is 8-15 ATS in its last 23 games when playing Chicago
    New York is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 5 games when playing Chicago
    New York is 2-11 ATS in its last 13 games when playing at home against Chicago
    New York is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Chicago
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New York's last 9 games when playing at home against Chicago


    Phoenix Mercury
    Phoenix is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
    Phoenix is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
    Phoenix is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
    Phoenix is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road
    Phoenix is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Indiana
    Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing Indiana
    Phoenix is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    Phoenix is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    Indiana Fever
    Indiana is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
    Indiana is 2-23 SU in its last 25 games
    Indiana is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Phoenix
    Indiana is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    Indiana is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    Indiana is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing at home against Phoenix


    Los Angeles Sparks
    Los Angeles is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Los Angeles is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Los Angeles's last 19 games
    Los Angeles is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Los Angeles is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Los Angeles's last 9 games on the road
    Los Angeles is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games when playing Las Vegas
    Los Angeles is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing Las Vegas
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Los Angeles's last 10 games when playing Las Vegas
    Los Angeles is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    Los Angeles is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    The total has gone OVER in 13 of Los Angeles's last 19 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    Las Vegas Aces
    Las Vegas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Las Vegas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Las Vegas's last 5 games
    Las Vegas is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games when playing Los Angeles
    Las Vegas is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games when playing Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Las Vegas's last 10 games when playing Los Angeles
    Las Vegas is 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
    Las Vegas is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
    The total has gone OVER in 13 of Las Vegas's last 19 games when playing at home against Los Angeles


    Connecticut Sun
    Connecticut is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
    Connecticut is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Connecticut's last 6 games
    Connecticut is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
    Connecticut is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    Connecticut is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Connecticut's last 9 games when playing Minnesota
    Connecticut is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Connecticut is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Connecticut's last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Minnesota Lynx
    Minnesota is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    Minnesota is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games
    Minnesota is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Connecticut
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing Connecticut
    Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Connecticut
    Minnesota is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Connecticut
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing at home against Connecticut

  30. #300
    WNBA
    Long Sheet

    Sunday, July 15


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    CHICAGO (7 - 14) at NEW YORK (6 - 14) - 7/15/2018, 3:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHICAGO is 12-23 ATS (-13.3 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    NEW YORK is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home games when playing with 3 or more days rest over the last 3 seasons.
    NEW YORK is 12-23 ATS (-13.3 Units) in home games after allowing 75 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    NEW YORK is 3-16 ATS (-14.6 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.
    NEW YORK is 1-7 ATS (-6.7 Units) in home games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHICAGO is 5-4 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
    NEW YORK is 5-4 straight up against CHICAGO 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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    WASHINGTON (13 - 8) at ATLANTA (11 - 9) - 7/15/2018, 3:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON is 323-380 ATS (-95.0 Units) in all games since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 14-28 ATS (-16.8 Units) as a road underdog of 3 points or less since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 22-41 ATS (-23.1 Units) in road games on Sunday games since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 185-235 ATS (-73.5 Units) after a division game since 1997.
    ATLANTA is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 4-1 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 5-2 straight up against ATLANTA 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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    PHOENIX (14 - 8) at INDIANA (2 - 19) - 7/15/2018, 5:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHOENIX is 11-4 ATS (+6.6 Units) after scoring 75 points or more this season.
    PHOENIX is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    INDIANA is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) in home games this season.
    INDIANA is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) in a home game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
    INDIANA is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) in home games in May, June, or July games this season.
    INDIANA is 1-7 ATS (-6.7 Units) in home games after allowing 75 points or more this season.

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

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    LOS ANGELES (13 - 9) at LAS VEGAS (10 - 12) - 7/15/2018, 6:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LOS ANGELES is 144-186 ATS (-60.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1997.
    LAS VEGAS is 40-26 ATS (+11.4 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 37-26 ATS (+8.4 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) on Sunday games this season.
    LAS VEGAS is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) in home games vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
    LAS VEGAS is 17-35 ATS (-21.5 Units) in home games off an upset win as an underdog since 1997.
    LAS VEGAS is 48-70 ATS (-29.0 Units) in home games after scoring 75 points or more since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LAS VEGAS is 5-4 against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    LOS ANGELES is 8-1 straight up against LAS VEGAS over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    CONNECTICUT (11 - 10) at MINNESOTA (12 - 9) - 7/15/2018, 7:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CONNECTICUT is 5-2 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    CONNECTICUT is 4-3 straight up against MINNESOTA 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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