WNBA News and Notes Sunday 7/5

WNBA News and Notes Sunday 7/5

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Phoenix Mercury at Los Angeles Sparks


This game features two star players going in opposite directions.

The Sparks welcome back new mom Candace Parker, who missed the beginning of the year to give birth to daughter Lailaa on May 13. Missing the league’s reigning MVP and Rookie of the Year, the preseason favorite Sparks limped to a record of 3-5. But Parker, who averaged 18.5 points and a league-high 9.5 rebounds per game last season, figures to help turn the team’s season around.

Across the court from her will be troubled Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi. The former UConn standout is the team’s leading scorer and the league’s leading All-star vote-getter, but she may miss time soon. She was cited for DUI early Thursday morning. Taurasi figures to play in the game, but expect the league to take swift action.

Taurasi will be off her game, so look for Parker to be the spark Los Angeles needs.

Pick: Sparks


Connecticut Sun at Detroit Shock (-3, 144.5)

Fans of slow, half-court basketball and physical, man-to-man defense have had this one circled on their calendars.

The defending champion Shock have struggled this season to a 2-6 record, but managed to keep games close by using a methodical attack. The style, however, hasn’t helped the team pick up wins. The Shock average a terrible 71 points per game and appears in no rush to change its approach.

And don’t expect any slack from the Sun, who tout the league’s best defense. Connecticut has been miserly at protecting its own rim, yielding just 67.3 points per game.

This game won’t feature much electricity, but the Sun figure to burn bright.

Pick: Sun

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CONNECTICUT (4 - 4) at DETROIT (2 - 6)

Top Trends for this game.
CONNECTICUT is 10-19 ATS (-10.9 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
CONNECTICUT is 72-46 ATS (+21.4 Units) in road games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
DETROIT is 4-3 against the spread versus CONNECTICUT over the last 3 seasons
DETROIT is 6-1 straight up against CONNECTICUT over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


ATLANTA (5 - 6) at INDIANA (7 - 2)

Top Trends for this game.
ATLANTA is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

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


PHOENIX (7 - 4) at LOS ANGELES (3 - 5)

Top Trends for this game.
PHOENIX is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) in road games after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) in home games vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 17-5 ATS (+11.5 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 13-25 ATS (-14.5 Units) after scoring 75 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.

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

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