WNBA News and Notes Friday 9/4

WNBA News and Notes Friday 9/4

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Indiana Fever at Detroit Shock (-2.5, 150.5)


Have the Fever caught a cold? The league’s best team (according to the standings) has dropped four of five games including Wednesday’s showdown with the West-leading Mercury.

Of course it wasn’t a fair fight. The Fever were missing their leading scorer Katie Douglas because of a sore ankle. Her status is day-to-day and it’s unclear whether she’ll be ready to go for Friday’s game against the Shock.

Mercury coach Corey Gaines says the difference is night and day for Indiana without Douglas in the lineup.

“She stretches the defense a little bit,” Gaines told the Indianapolis Star. “She handles the ball a lot. But hopefully, we’ll meet again and we’ll see.”

Indiana won’t get any favors from the surging Shock. Detroit, which started out the year 2-7, has won five of its last six, including a win Tuesday over the Mercury.

The seats will be packed for this matchup. Detroit handed out 2000 free tickets to the public in hopes of getting some fans interested in the club again.

Pick: Shock


Atlanta Dream at Sacramento Monarchs (+1, 170)

At 11-20 and with just four games left on the schedule, you would probably guess that the Monarchs would be thinking about the offseason already.

But two wins in a row has put the club just 2.5 games back of San Antonio for the final playoff seed in the West.

Monarchs coach John Whisenant knows his team’s chances are slight, but he also knows his group won’t give up.

“We’ve got a shot, we’ve got a chance, with all the problems and issues we’ve had.”

The problem Whisenant is talking about is his team’s lack of depth at point guard. Backup point guard Kara Lawson is out for the season with tendinitis and starting PG Ticha Penicheiro is fighting through a sore left hamstring.

“I want to help the team so I’m really frustrated,” Penicheiro told the Sacramento Bee. “This is the most important part of the season and we’ve still got a shot at the playoffs and I’m just frustrated that this has happened.”

She only played four minutes in Saturday’s win over the Fever because of the injury.

Kristin Haynie, who was acquired in a trade a few weeks back, has been doing the heavy lifting at the point. Look for the Dream to exploit the Monarchs’ short guard rotation.

Pick: Atlanta

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Indiana at Detroit

The Fever look to take advantage of a Detroit team that is just 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games with 2 days of rest.  Indiana is the pick (+2 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Shock favored by only 1.  Dunkel Pick: Indiana (+2 1/2)

New York at Connecticut
Dunkel Ratings: New York 112.306; Connecticut 107.281
Dunkel Line & Total: Connecticut by 5; 153
Vegas Line & Total: Connecticut by 4 1/2; 145
Dunkel Pick: Connecticut (-4 1/2); Over

Indiana at Detroit
Dunkel Ratings: Indiana 113.640; Detroit 114.656
Dunkel Line & Total: Detroit by 1; 143 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Detroit by 2 1/2; 150 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Indiana (+2 1/2); Under

Washington at Chicago
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 106.518; Chicago 114.179
Dunkel Line & Total: Chicago by 7 1/2; 150 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago by 4 1/2; 150
Dunkel Pick: Chicago (-4 1/2); Over

Atlanta at Sacramento
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta 114.863; Sacramento 112.719
Dunkel Line & Total: Atlanta by 2; 163 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Atlanta by 1; 170
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-1); Under

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NEW YORK (12 - 18) at CONNECTICUT (14 - 17)

Top Trends for this game.
CONNECTICUT is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
CONNECTICUT is 14-24 ATS (-12.4 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
CONNECTICUT is 10-20 ATS (-12.0 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW YORK is 8-4 against the spread versus CONNECTICUT over the last 3 seasons
CONNECTICUT is 7-6 straight up against NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
8 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


INDIANA (20 - 9) at DETROIT (14 - 15)

Top Trends for this game.
INDIANA is 66-95 ATS (-38.5 Units) as an underdog since 1997.
INDIANA is 71-99 ATS (-37.9 Units) in road games since 1997.
INDIANA is 12-22 ATS (-12.2 Units) after scoring 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
INDIANA is 12-5 ATS (+6.5 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
DETROIT is 5-12 ATS (-8.2 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
DETROIT is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) in home games after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
INDIANA is 9-7 against the spread versus DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
DETROIT is 9-7 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
8 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


WASHINGTON (15 - 15) at CHICAGO (14 - 16)

Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 175-222 ATS (-69.2 Units) in all games since 1997.
WASHINGTON is 105-139 ATS (-47.9 Units) as an underdog since 1997.
WASHINGTON is 21-37 ATS (-19.7 Units) in road games in August or September games since 1997.
WASHINGTON is 108-142 ATS (-48.2 Units) vs. division opponents since 1997.
WASHINGTON is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.

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


ATLANTA (16 - 14) at SACRAMENTO (11 - 20)

Top Trends for this game.
SACRAMENTO is 19-6 ATS (+12.4 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
SACRAMENTO is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) in home games versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.
ATLANTA is 19-8 ATS (+10.2 Units) in all games this season.
ATLANTA is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
ATLANTA is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) in a road game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
ATLANTA is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road games when playing with 2 days rest over the last 2 seasons.
ATLANTA is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) in road games against Western conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
ATLANTA is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
ATLANTA is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) off an upset win as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
ATLANTA is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in road games after scoring 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
SACRAMENTO is 4-11 ATS (-8.1 Units) after scoring 75 points or more this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
ATLANTA is 2-1 against the spread versus SACRAMENTO over the last 3 seasons
SACRAMENTO is 2-1 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 

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