WNBA News and Notes Thursday 9/3

WNBA News and Notes Thursday 9/3

Thursday’s Best WNBA Bet

Seattle Storm at Washington Mystics (-2, 143)


The big story in the lone Thursday WNBA matchup is about who won’t be playing. Storm center and former WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson hasn’t played the last two games and isn’t expected to play against Washington because of a stress fracture in her back.

Other Seattle players are stepping up in Jackson’s absence. The club has won six straight (5-0-1 against the spread) and is hot on the Mercury’s heels for top spot in the Western Conference.

“Our goal is still to win the conference,” Seattle coach Brian Agler said after his club’s most recent victory. “Even though we’re in (the playoffs), we’re still trying to fight for position out in the West. We still feel like we have a chance to get first place.”

The Mystics aren’t going to catch the Fever for the top seed in the East, but they could end up as high as second if they finish strong.

The chances of a late run may have disappeared after All-Star guard Alana Beard had to be helped off the floor in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against Minnesota.

“She’s playing through a lot of pain right now,” Mystics coach Julie Plank told the Washington Times. “I know she would give anything to be out there. The most important thing for our team is that they’re 100 percent.”

Plank sounded optimistic about her star’s availability for Thursday’s game, but if she does play it might be limited.

Pick: Storm

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SEATTLE (19 - 11) at WASHINGTON (14 - 15)

Top Trends for this game.
SEATTLE is 16-32 ATS (-19.2 Units) off an upset win as an underdog since 1997.
SEATTLE is 18-7 ATS (+10.3 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 174-222 ATS (-70.2 Units) in all games since 1997.
WASHINGTON is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) as a home favorite of 3 points or less over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 10-21 ATS (-13.1 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 27-49 ATS (-26.9 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1997.
WASHINGTON is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) in home games after scoring 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

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

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Seattle at Washington

The Storm look to build on their 5-0 ATS record in their last 5 games versus the Eastern Conference. Seattle is the pick (+2) according to Dunkel, which has the Storm favored by 3 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Seattle (+2).   

Seattle at Washington
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle 114.076; Washington 110.518
Dunkel Line & Total: Seattle by 3 1/2; 140 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Washington by 2; 143
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (+2); Under

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