WNBA News and Notes Sunday 6/28

WNBA News and Notes Sunday 6/28

Today's WNBA best bets

Sacramento Monarchs at Detroit Shock (-5.5, 143)


This season could not have started much worse for the defending champion Detroit Shock. However, they have reason to believe it can get turned around.

After completing a season-opening suspension, center Kara Braxton is expected to make her 2009 debut Sunday when the Shock host the only team with a record worse than theirs - the Sacramento Monarchs.

Detroit (1-5) won its third WNBA title in a six-year span in 2008, but finds itself in an unfamiliar position - at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. The Shock have lost four in a row, the last three coming after Rick Mahorn took over as coach when Bill Laimbeer resigned to pursue an NBA job.

Making matters worse, Detroit announced Wednesday that top bench player Plenette Pierson will miss the rest of the season following shoulder surgery. She was the WNBA's Sixth Woman of the Year in 2007 and averaged career bests of 11.9 points and 1.2 blocks last season.

While Pierson's injury weakens Detroit's frontcourt, the team hopes to fill that void with Braxton's return.

One day before the Shock's season-opening 78-58 defeat to Los Angeles, the WNBA suspended Braxton for six games after she pleaded guilty to a drunk-driving charge during the offseason.

The 6-foot-6 center, an All-Star in 2007, was instrumental to Detroit's title run last season, averaging a career-high 8.9 points and 5.1 rebounds.

A year after winning seven of its first eight games en route to a third consecutive conference title, Detroit is off to its worst start since opening 2002 with 13 consecutive losses.

The Shock are coming off a 96-86 loss at Atlanta. Rookie Shavonte Zellous scored a career-high 25 points for Detroit, which shot 31.1 percent from the field and was outscored 34-18 in the paint.

Pick: Sacramento +5.5


Seattle Storm at Los Angeles Sparks (+2, 137)

The Los Angeles Sparks had no answer for stopping Storm power forward Lauren Jackson in Seattle on Friday. They don't have much time to figure out a way to contain the league's scoring leader.

Jackson looks to build on her best game of the season and lead the Storm to their fourth straight victory Sunday at Staples Center when they wrap up a home-and-home series with the Sparks.

Jackson led Seattle (6-2) to a 69-67 home win over the Sparks on Friday with a season-high 32 points and eight rebounds. The two-time league MVP made 12 of 15 shots - including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc - for Seattle, which lost to Los Angeles (2-5) in three games in last season's Western Conference semifinals.

"I have a supportive team and my teammates are definitely helping me," said Jackson, who is averaging 24.5 points and shooting 60.0 percent (21 of 35) from 3-point range. "I have great people around me. They can't just stop one player."

Jackson has scored at least 20 in each of the first eight games of the season. If she does it again Sunday, she'll match Cynthia Cooper's WNBA record of nine consecutive 20-point games to open a season, set in 1999.

"I haven't been here for but a year in a half, but from what I remember coaching her, I don't know if she's played any better than she's playing right now," Seattle coach Brian Agler said of Jackson.

Pick: Seattle -2

Blade
useravatar
Offline
213300 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: WNBA News and Notes Sunday 6/28

SACRAMENTO (1 - 6) at DETROIT (1 - 5)

Top Trends for this game.
SACRAMENTO is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) as a road underdog of 3.5 to 6 points over the last 2 seasons.
SACRAMENTO is 9-19 ATS (-11.9 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
DETROIT is 9-19 ATS (-11.9 Units) in home games after scoring 75 points or more over the last 3 seasons.

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


SEATTLE (6 - 2) at LOS ANGELES (2 - 5)

Top Trends for this game.
LOS ANGELES is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in home games vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 16-5 ATS (+10.5 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
SEATTLE is 19-10 ATS (+8.0 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.

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

Blade
useravatar
Offline
213300 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: WNBA News and Notes Sunday 6/28

DUNKEL INDEX

Seattle at Los Angeles
The Sparks look to build on their 11-1 ATS record in their last 12 home games.  Los Angeles is the pick (+2 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the game even.  Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (+2 1/2)

Game 651-652: Sacramento at Detroit
Dunkel Ratings: Sacramento 106.431; Detroit 117.809
Dunkel Line & Total: Detroit by 11 1/2; 152 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Detroit by 6; 143
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-6); Over

Game 653-654: Seattle at Los Angeles
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle 115.553; Los Angeles 115.717
Dunkel Line & Total: Even; 138
Vegas Line & Total: Seattle by 2 1/2; 137
Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (+2 1/2); Over

Blade
useravatar
Offline
213300 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Board Info

Board Stats:
 
Total Topics:
44802
Total Polls:
2
Total Posts:
280418
Average Posts Per Hour:
4.1
User Info:
 
Total Users:
3554
Newest User:
Kevin
Members Online:
0
Guests Online:
1788

Online: 
There are no members online

Forum Legend:

 Topic
 New
 Locked
 Sticky
 Active
 New/Locked
 Sticky/Locked

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com