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  • WNBA
    Dunkel

    Sunday, September 10


    Washington @ New York

    Game 683-684
    September 10, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Washington
    113.204
    New York
    116.612
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    New York
    by 3 1/2
    168
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    New York
    by 5
    154
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (+5); Over

    Phoenix @ Connecticut


    Game 681-682
    September 10, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Phoenix
    110.794
    Connecticut
    112.684
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Connecticut
    by 2
    168
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Connecticut
    by 4 1/2
    165
    Dunkel Pick:
    Phoenix
    (+4 1/2); Over





    WNBA
    Long Sheet

    Sunday, September 10


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    PHOENIX (19 - 16) at CONNECTICUT (21 - 13) - 9/10/2017, 3:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CONNECTICUT is 6-2 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    CONNECTICUT is 4-4 straight up against PHOENIX 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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    WASHINGTON (19 - 16) at NEW YORK (22 - 12) - 9/10/2017, 5:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    WNBA

    Sunday, September 10


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    Trend Report
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    3:00 PM
    PHOENIX vs. CONNECTICUT
    Phoenix is 2-11 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Connecticut
    Phoenix is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Connecticut
    Connecticut is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home
    Connecticut is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix

    5:00 PM
    WASHINGTON vs. NEW YORK
    Washington is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against New York
    Washington is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
    New York is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 7 games when playing at home against Washington

    Comment


    • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

      GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

      PHO at CONN 03:00 PM

      CONN -4.5

      U 165.0


      WAS at NY 05:00 PM

      NY -5.0

      O 153.5

      Comment


      • WNBA Playoff Capsules
        September 10, 2017


        NEW YORK (AP) Kristi Toliver scored 32 points, hitting a WNBA playoff-record nine 3-pointers, to lead the Washington Mystics to an 82-68 victory over the New York Liberty on Sunday

        The Mystics will face Minnesota in the best-of-five semifinals, starting Tuesday night in Minneapolis. This is as far as the Mystics have gone in the playoffs since 2002 - the last time they made it out of the opening round of the postseason.

        Washington found itself down 13 points in the first half before rallying to 41-35 at the break. Then Toliver took over. She scored 16 points in the third quarter, hitting all four of her 3-pointers in the period. She could only shrug and smile as the fourth one went in to give the Mystics a 57-46 advantage with 2:48 left in the third. She set the Mystics franchise record for points in a game by the end of the third quarter.

        That 3-pointer, her eighth, also broke the previous WNBA record for 3-pointers made in a playoff game.

        Tina Charles led the Liberty with 18 points. It's the second consecutive season that New York was a three-seed and lost its first postseason game.

        MERCURY 88, SUN 83


        UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Brittney Griner had 26 points and nine rebounds, Diana Taurasi added 23 points, and Phoenix beat Connecticut to reach the semifinals.

        Taurasi moved to 11-0 in elimination playoff games.

        Phoenix will play Los Angeles on Tuesday night in Game 1 of a best-of-five semfinal series.

        Phoenix made 3-pointers on three straight possession late in the fourth quarter to take an 84-79 lead. Leilani Mitchell started it with an open shot from the wing for a 78-76 lead. Taurasi came off a screen for another 3, and Monique Currie capped it with 2:31 left.

        Alyssa Thomas had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Sun, and Jonquel Jones added 19 points and 15 rebounds for Connecticut. Jones had 11 points and 12 rebounds in the first half to set a playoff franchise record for rebounds in a half.

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        • BEST-OF-5 SEMIFINALS


          #6 MYSTICS VS. #1 LYNX: TUESDAY, 8 PM ET, ESPN2 |

          Eyeing their fourth title in seven years, the Minnesota Lynx raced out to a 20-2 start this season before an up-and-down stretch run. They will be well-rested for the Semifinals once again, having completed the regular season on September 3, but the status of point guard Lindsay Whalen (out since August with a hand injury) remains a major question mark. On the other side is Washington, making its first Semifinals appearance in 15 years. The star-studded matchup of former MVPs Elena Delle Donne and Maya Moore will be must-see, while this year’s MVP favorite, Lynx center Sylvia Fowles, will look to put her own stamp on the series.




          #5 MERCURY VS. #2 SPARKS: TUESDAY, 10 PM ET, ESPN2 |

          L.A.’s quest to become the first WNBA team to repeat since the 2002 Sparks now goes through Phoenix, with a Mercury team making its ninth Semifinals appearance in 11 seasons on the other side. Former MVPs and Finals MVPs Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi step back into the spotlight having previously met in the 2009, 2013 and 2014 Playoffs. The matchup in the middle, meanwhile, will also be a thrill as Nneka Ogwumike and Brittney Griner clash.

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          • Monday’s six-pack

            Top six picks in the Week 1 of the Westgate SuperContest in Las Vegas:

            6) Pittsburgh Steelers -8.5 , 706- L

            5) Arizona Cardinals -2, 742- L

            4) Atlanta Falcons -6.5, 819- L

            3) Tennessee Titans -2.5, 839- L

            2) Houston Texans -5, 863- L

            1) Cincinnati Bengals -2.5, 866- L (Season record: 0-6)

            *********************

            Monday’s List of 13: Wrapping up an NFL Sunday

            Chiefs 42, Patriots 27— Chiefs scored 28 second half points, ran up 537 yards, offsetting 139 penalty yards, as they made New England’s defense look slow. Only one of KC’s six TD drives was less than 75 yards- they had touchdown PLAYS of 75, 78 yards. Surprising result, but last three times New England lost in Week 1, they won the Super Bowl that year.

            Bills 21, Jets 12— Buffalo sits alone atop AFC East, holding Jets to 38 rushing yards and 11 first downs. As far as team points over/unders go, my new hobby here, under is 18-7-1— only 7 of 26 teams exceeded their over/under points so far this week. Jets’ total was 15.5, 1.5 points lower than any other team this week.

            Falcons 23, Bears 17— Chicago had ball on 10-yard line when game ended; two passes were either dropped/broken up inside 2-yard line in last three plays. Falcons coach Quinn was VERY happy when this game ended and he let it show— not sure happy is right word, maybe total relief after that Super Bowl and then an 0-4 preseason.

            Jaguars 29, Texans 7— Upset of Day. Jacksonville ran ball for 155 yards, were +4 in turnovers, and held QB-challenged Houston to 203 yards. Savage was awful in first half; rookie QB Watson played second half, led one TD drive, but this was another very disappointing day in Houston.

            Eagles 30, Redskins 17— Philly’s two TD drives were only 56-39 yards; each team scored a defensive TD, as Eagles snapped a 5-game skid against Washington. Iggles converted 8-14 on 3rd down, Redskins only 3-14, as Philly scored TD’s on two of first four drives, then kicked three FG’s on their last six drives.

            Lions 35, Cardinals 23— On their first nine drives, Detroit had one TD, one FG, gaining total of 182 yards, but on their last three drives, Lions ran 17 plays for 149 yards and three TD’s. I have a question: is conditioning a factor early in the season? Teams haven’t played full games because coaches are scared of injuries, so when they have to play a full game in Week 1, are some teams in worse shape than others? Arizona’s defense looked very tired at the end.

            Raiders 26, Titans 16— One of two games this week (Atl-Chi) with no turnovers. For the week so far, home teams are 7-6 vs spread; over is 3-10. Listening to TV Sunday, the consensus is that the defenses are ahead of offenses in the first couple weeks of the season. Offense takes more precision. Titans were 7-14 on 3rd down but scored only one TD, kicked three FG’s.

            Ravens 20, Bengals 0— Baltimore led 3-0 at 2:00 warning of first half, then scored two TD’s in 0:24 span to break game open and lead 17-0 at half. Total yardage in lackluster game was 268-221 Baltimore; Ravens had 85 penalty yards, while Bengals turned ball over five times (-4). Flacco was 9-17/111 passing, after missing just about the whole summer with a bad back.

            Steelers 21, Browns 18— Cleveland is now 1-18 in Week 1, with only win 13 years ago. Steelers blocked punt for TD on Browns’ first drive, then survived 144 penalty yards to win their opener. Pittsburgh ran 17 times for only 35 yards, which is not good; Big Ben targeted Brown 11 times, and he caught all 11 passes for 182 yards.

            Rams 46, Colts 9—
            Indy has severe QB issues; if Andrew Luck can’t come back soon, and he hasn’t started practicing yet, they should sign Colin Kaepernick, who is way better than either Tolzien or Brissett. As for the Rams, this was a great day; Jared Goff looked like an NFL QB and the defense was dominant, even without Aaron Donald.

            Packers 17, Seahawks 9—
            Game was scoreless until just before the half; this was 5th time in Seattle’s last nine road games that they scored 10 or less points. Rodgers was a magician on third down (9-16), as usual; Green Bay held Seahawks to 12 first downs as Seattle lost its 8th game in a row at Lambeau Field.

            Panthers 23, 49ers 3—
            Hard to tell much about Carolina’s offense; their two TD drives were only 42-28 yards. Total yardage was 287-217; Panthers were 7-13 on third down- they didn’t score on any of their drives that started 75+ yards from the goal line, but scored two TD’s, kicked three FG’s on the other five drives that started less than 75 yards from the goal line.

            Cowboys 19, Giants 3— Dallas outgained Giants 392-233; New York ran ball only 12 times for 35 yards, converted only 4-12 on third down- their average starting field position was their own 16 yard line. Under is now 8-1 in Giants’ last nine road games; they are 5-10-2 vs spread in last 17 games as a road underdog. Cowboys converted 8-15 on third down, had a 13-yard edge in average starting field position.

            Comment


            • wnba playoff record:

              09/10/2017 0-4-0 0.00% -2200
              09/06/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +950

              totals............3 - 5..........37.50%.....-1250

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              • Cheat Sheet - Semifinals
                September 11, 2017



                The WNBA semifinals will begin with Game 1’s on Tuesday with four teams looking to advance in the postseason. These series will be best-of-five matchups and so will the WNBA Finals.

                Game 2’s will take place on Thursday before the clubs travel and play Game 3’s on Sunday.

                If necessary, Game 4 and 5’s will take place the following week on Tuesday Sept. 19 and Thursday Sept. 21. ESPN2 will provide national coverage of the matchups.

                (1) Minnesota vs. (6) Washington

                -- Washington (20-16) defeated Dallas 86-76 in the first round as a 6 ½-point home favorite last Wednesday.

                -- The Mystics followed up that victory with an impressive 82-68 win at New York this past Sunday as a six-point road underdog. Washington cashed money-line tickets at plus-210 (Bet $100 to win $210).

                -- Including those results, Washington has gone 3-2 SU and 4-1 ATS in its last five playoff contests.

                -- The ‘under’ cashed in both of their first two playoff games this year.

                -- The Mystics are 11-7 at home this season and 8-10 on the road, which includes the playoff results.

                -- Against the Western Conference, Washington went 7-12 SU and 6-13 ATS.

                -- Minnesota (27-7) finished the regular season with the best record in the WNBA and that record wasn’t surprising to the oddsmakers, who had the club favored in all but one of their games.

                -- The Lynx went 15-2 SU and 8-9 ATS at home. The Lynx were a double-digit favorite 12 times and they went 5-7 ATS in those spots.

                -- On the road, Minnesota was 12-5 SU and 10-7 ATS. It did struggle as a visitor down the stretch, going 3-3 SU and 2-4 ATS while the ‘under’ was 5-1.

                -- Minnesota went 14-4 SU and 10-8 ATS versus the Eastern Conference this season and three of the losses took place on the road.

                -- Minnesota and Washington met three times in the regular season and the Lynx won and covered all of the games rather easily. All of the results were decided by double digits (14, 17, 25) between the pair.

                -- The ‘over’ went 2-1 and the Lynx scored 98, 93 and 86 points.

                -- Since the 2013 playoffs, Minnesota has gone 21-8 in the postseason and it’s had a solid rate of covering with a 16-11-2 record versus the spread.

                (2) Los Angeles vs. (5) Phoenix

                -- Phoenix (20-16) started the postseason with a pair of single-elimination victories. The Mercury stifled Seattle 79-69 last Wednesday before capturing an 88-83 win over Connecticut.

                -- Including those wins, the Mercury have won and covered their last five games entering this series.

                -- Total bettors should note that the ‘under’ has gone 5-1 in the last six games for Phoenix.

                -- The Mercury have gone 10-8 SU and 11-7 ATS on the road this season. At home, Phoenix has posted very similar numbers – 10-8 SU, 8-10 ATS.

                -- Los Angeles (26-8) was a beast at the Staples Center during the regular season, going 17-1 and the club helped bettors with a 12-6 record (67%) versus the number as well. The one loss came by two points.

                -- Clubs had trouble scoring at L.A. this season (70.2 PPG) and total bettors saw the ‘under’ go 14-4 in its home games.

                -- As visitors, the Sparks showed some flaws as they went 10-7 both SU and ATS. They did close the season with three straight wins on the road and the offense posted 95, 115 and 82 points during that stretch.

                -- The Sparks won and covered all three encounters against the Mercury this season and two of the wins came on the road. In the lone home meeting, Los Angeles blasted Phoenix 90-59 as a 7 ½-point favorite. The ‘under’ went 2-1.

                -- Including those results, Los Angeles is 7-3 SU and 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 head-to-head meetings against Phoenix.

                -- During last year’s championship run, Los Angeles went 6-3 both SU and ATS. Future bettors should note that the WNBA hasn’t had a repeat champion since 2002 when the Sparks captured back-to-back titles.

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                • Armadillo: Tuesday's six-pack

                  — Missouri fired its defensive coordinator….two games into the season.

                  — Cardinals’ RB David Johnson dislocated his wrist, needs an operation.

                  — FIU/Indiana, Georgia Tech/UCF football games for Saturday were called off.

                  — Indians 11, Tigers 0— Cleveland has now won 19 games in a row.

                  — Rams signed P Johnny Hekker to a contract thru 2022.

                  — Random fact: In terms of area, Jacksonville is the biggest city in the continental 48 states.


                  **********

                  Armadillo: Tuesday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but………

                  13) Watching these news stations put reporters in harm’s way during these storms, it bugs me. Why it is so important to put a human being out there in dangerous storms?

                  We know it is horrible weather; showing some poor soul trying to brave the elements to try and enhance their career is just plain stupid. Safety should matter for reporters, too.

                  12) Last baseball team to go thru a 1-12 stretch and win the World Series that year? The 1914 Boston Braves, whose 1-12 skid was from April 24-May 16.

                  Dodgers are 1-15 in their last 16 games.

                  11) Washington State’s quarterbacks Saturday:
                  — Luke Falk was 24-34 for 194 yards
                  — Tyler Hilinski was 25-33 for 240 yards and three TD’s.

                  That has to be the first time a team had two QB’s throw 30+ passes in the same game.

                  10) Georgia’s game in South Bend Saturday was the furthest north they’ve played since a game at Michigan in 1965. Georgia fans travelled; Doug Flutie said on TV that the crowd was 50-50 split between Georgia fans and the home team.

                  9) Friday night’s game with Milwaukee was first Cubs’ Friday home game ever played at nite.

                  8) Indians’ winning streak has vaulted them ahead of Houston for top seed in the American League; if playoffs started today, Cleveland would play the Wild Card winner, Astros-Red Sox would be the other AL playoff series.

                  7) Stephen Strasburg has now thrown 34 consecutive scoreless innings; I watched his start on Tuesday— looked like something was bothering him physically, but no one can score on him, and he gutted out his start and helped Washington win.

                  6) For whatever reason, a high school football team from Miami played at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas this past Friday night, but they couldn’t get home because of the storm. Now they’re stuck in Las Vegas, which is a good place to be stuck. Bishop Gorman helped out with getting them a place to stay until they can go home.

                  5) Kent State football coach Paul Haynes is back this week from medical leave he had taken to deal with prostate cancer. Hope he is feeling better.

                  4) People on social media were going nuts because Beth Mowins was doing play-by-play of the Chargers’ game. So what? She’s been doing games on ESPN for years, usually the noon college game on ESPN2. She does a fine job, nothing surprising about it.

                  3) Vikings 29, Saints 19— New Orleans was poor in the red zone; they kicked three FG’s that were shorter than 25 yards. Saints started the last three seasons 0-2/0-3/0-3— now they’re 0-1 and they’re playing New England on a short week Sunday.

                  2) Broncos 24, Chargers 21— Chargers roared back from 24-7 deficit, but missed FG on last play of game that would’ve sent game to OT. Rex Ryan was disappointing as an ESPN analyst.

                  Philip Rivers hasn’t missed a game since 2006, which means that he is on the downside of his career. If the Chargers aren’t any good with him, what will they be like when he leaves? There is no decent young QB on the Charger roster. You say Cardale Jones? I say Buffalo didn’t want him, which immediately makes him a suspect.

                  1) I’d much prefer having a Monday night NFL doubleheader every week to having a Thursday night game every week. Football wasn’t meant to be played on three days’ rest.

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                  • WNBA
                    Dunkel

                    Tuesday, September 12


                    Phoenix @ Los Angeles

                    Game 687-688
                    September 12, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

                    Dunkel Rating:
                    Phoenix
                    111.134
                    Los Angeles
                    124.105
                    Dunkel Team:
                    Dunkel Line:
                    Dunkel Total:
                    Los Angeles
                    by 13
                    162
                    Vegas Team:
                    Vegas Line:
                    Vegas Total:
                    Los Angeles
                    by 9
                    157 1/2
                    Dunkel Pick:
                    Los Angeles
                    (-9); Over

                    Washington @ Minnesota


                    Game 685-686
                    September 12, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

                    Dunkel Rating:
                    Washington
                    111.106
                    Minnesota
                    123.086
                    Dunkel Team:
                    Dunkel Line:
                    Dunkel Total:
                    Minnesota
                    by 12
                    163
                    Vegas Team:
                    Vegas Line:
                    Vegas Total:
                    Minnesota
                    by 9 1/2
                    159
                    Dunkel Pick:
                    Minnesota
                    (-9 1/2); Over




                    WNBA

                    Tuesday, September 12


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                    Trend Report
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                    8:00 PM
                    WASHINGTON vs. MINNESOTA
                    Washington is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
                    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
                    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
                    Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington

                    10:00 PM
                    PHOENIX vs. LOS ANGELES
                    Phoenix is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
                    Phoenix is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
                    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 7 games when playing Phoenix
                    Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Phoeni


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                    WNBA
                    Long Sheet

                    Tuesday, September 12


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                    WASHINGTON (20 - 16) at MINNESOTA (27 - 7) - 9/12/2017, 8:00 PM
                    Top Trends for this game.
                    WASHINGTON is 311-369 ATS (-94.9 Units) in all games since 1997.
                    WASHINGTON is 1-12 ATS (-12.2 Units) as an underdog this season.
                    WASHINGTON is 48-71 ATS (-30.1 Units) in road games in August or September games since 1997.
                    WASHINGTON is 6-13 ATS (-8.3 Units) against Western conference opponents this season.
                    WASHINGTON is 180-229 ATS (-71.9 Units) after a division game since 1997.
                    WASHINGTON is 6-13 ATS (-8.3 Units) in non-conference games this season.
                    WASHINGTON is 23-44 ATS (-25.4 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders since 1997.
                    WASHINGTON is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
                    WASHINGTON is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
                    MINNESOTA is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in home games in August or September games over the last 2 seasons.
                    MINNESOTA is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in the conference finals since 1997.

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

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                    PHOENIX (20 - 16) at LOS ANGELES (26 - 8) - 9/12/2017, 10:00 PM
                    Top Trends for this game.
                    PHOENIX is 22-40 ATS (-22.0 Units) as a road underdog of 6.5 to 9 points since 1997.
                    PHOENIX is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) on Tuesday over the last 2 seasons.
                    LOS ANGELES is 22-12 ATS (+8.8 Units) in all games this season.
                    LOS ANGELES is 20-11 ATS (+7.9 Units) as a favorite this season.
                    LOS ANGELES is 12-5 ATS (+6.5 Units) in home games this season.
                    LOS ANGELES is 12-5 ATS (+6.5 Units) in a home game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
                    LOS ANGELES is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) in August or September games this season.
                    LOS ANGELES is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders this season.
                    LOS ANGELES is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) after 3 or more consecutive wins this season.
                    LOS ANGELES is 10-3 ATS (+6.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
                    LOS ANGELES is 12-5 ATS (+6.5 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
                    LOS ANGELES is 12-5 ATS (+6.5 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
                    LOS ANGELES is 16-8 ATS (+7.2 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.
                    LOS ANGELES is 29-49 ATS (-24.9 Units) in home games on Tuesday since 1997.
                    LOS ANGELES is 43-66 ATS (-29.6 Units) in home games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game since 1997.

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

                    Comment


                    • wnba playoff record:

                      09/10/2017 0-4-0 0.00% -2200
                      09/06/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +950

                      totals............3 - 5..........37.50%.....-1250


                      TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

                      GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

                      WAS at MIN 08:00 PM

                      MIN -10.0

                      U 160.5


                      PHO at LA 10:00 PM

                      LA -8.5

                      U 156.5

                      Comment


                      • WNBA Playoff Capsules
                        September 13, 2017

                        LOS ANGELES (AP) Nneka Ogwumike scored 19 points to lead five starters in double figures, and the Los Angeles Sparks opened defense of their WNBA championship with a 79-66 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the semifinals.

                        Candace Parker added 15 points while playing with five fouls. Ogwumike overcame four fouls. Chelsea Gray had 13 points, Odyssey Sims 12 and Alana Beard 11.

                        Leilani Mitchell led the Mercury with 19 points and made five 3-pointers, both career playoff highs. Brittney Griner added 18 points before fouling out with 4:44 left in the game. Diana Taurasi went 2 of 10 from the floor for a career playoff low six points.

                        After trailing much of the first half, the Sparks pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Phoenix 14-6 to lead 56-48.

                        Things got testy with 28 seconds left in the period. Phoenix's Emma Cannon and the Sparks' Essence Carson were called for double technicals after exchanging words. Before that, Phoenix's Camille Little was called for a blocking foul, with Parker on the floor with her legs in the air and her arms protecting her face.

                        LYNX 101, MYSTICS 81

                        MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Seimone Augustus scored 24 points and Sylvia Fowles added 18 to help the Lynx roll to a victory over the Mystics in Game 1 of the WNBA semifinals.

                        Augustus made 11 of 17 shots and the Lynx looked plenty sharp after a week off and playing in an unfamiliar arena. The Lynx will play all of their playoff games at the University of Minnesota's Williams Arena after playing the regular season at Xcel Energy Center, home of the Minnesota Wild.

                        Elena Delle Donne had 17 points for the Mystics, who had a quick turnaround after beating the Liberty in New York on Sunday. After setting a playoff record with nine 3-pointers in the victory over New York on Sunday, Mystics guard Kristi Toliver scored just three points on 1-for-7 shooting.

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                        • SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
                          Time (ET) Away Home Site
                          8:00 PM Washington Mystics Minnesota Lynx Xcel Energy Center
                          10:00 PM Phoenix Mercury Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center

                          SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

                          Time (ET) Away Home Site
                          3:00 PM Minnesota Lynx Washington Mystics Verizon Center
                          5:00 PM Los Angeles Sparks Phoenix Mercury Talking Stick Resort Arena

                          SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

                          Time (ET) Away Home Site
                          12:00 PM Minnesota Lynx Washington Mystics Verizon Center
                          3:00 PM Los Angeles Sparks Phoenix Mercury Talking Stick Resort Arena

                          Updated Wed Sep 13 1:04 AM EDT


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                          wnba playoff record:

                          09/12/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +950
                          09/10/2017 0-4-0 0.00% -2200
                          09/06/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +950

                          totals...............6 - 6..........50.00%.....-3.00

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                          • Wednesday’s six-pack

                            NFL trends for Week 2:

                            — Houston is 1-8 in last nine games as a non-divisional road dog.

                            — Indianapolis covered 10 of last 12 tries as a home underdog.

                            — Cleveland is 6-19 vs spread in last 25 games as an underdog.

                            — Arizona is 3-9 vs spread in its last 12 games.

                            — Falcons are 4-13 vs spread in last 17 games as a home favorite.

                            — Detroit is 4-9 in last 13 games as a non-divisional road dog.

                            ******************

                            Wednesday’s List of 13: Mid-week musings…….

                            13) Baseball is cool because odd things sometimes happen; Monday night/Tuesday morning’s Dodger-Giant game was nothing if not odd.

                            There was a 42-minute rain delay at the start, then the game began, the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter struck out and then the rains came again, forcing a rain delay of 2:52.

                            The game resumed at about 1:55am here in the east; it ended around 5am. Thats 5 in the morning.

                            12) Pablo Sandoval was in a 1 for 47 slump when he singled to left in the 6th inning very late Monday night, or at roughly 4am Tuesday morning here in the east.

                            11) Indians were -$500 against Detroit Tuesday; I’ve never seen a baseball line that high.

                            10) Only nine out of over 2,000 people went 5-0 in the first week of the SuperContest at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. Denver was -3 in the contest, so anyone who had that game got a push.

                            9) Charger-Bronco game Monday night was only Week 1 NFL game where no points were scored in the last 2:00 of either half.

                            8) All four NFC North teams covered the spread in Week 1, only division that can say that.

                            7) Dolphins are practicing in Oxnard, CA at the Cowboys’ training camp facility this week, as they prepare to play the Chargers Sunday. Has to be a very strange week for them.

                            6) Yasiel Puig’s platoon splits this year:
                            vs lefty pitchers: .162, one HR, 8 RBI, 105 AB
                            vs righty pitchers: .286, 24 HR, 58 RBI, 343 AB

                            Very odd for a right-handed hitter like Puig.

                            5) Tennessee started their game Sunday by trying an onside kick, the first team to try that since the Vikings in 2009. Neither onside kick worked.

                            4) 2018 baseball schedules were released Tuesday. Opening Day is Thursday, March 29— for the first time since 1968, every team will play on Opening Day.

                            3) A’s play the White Sox at home on April 17; the game is free for all fans— it marks the 50th anniversary of the A’s first game in Oakland, after they moved from Kansas City.

                            2) Milwaukee Brewers will find out early next season if they’re going to contend; they play 14 games in April against the Cubs/Cardinals.

                            1) Seattle Mariners play 18 road games next April; their schedule is usually more cumbersome because of their being in the Pacific Northwest, but 18 road games in April is tough.

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                            • Thursday’s six-pack

                              NFL trends for Week 2:

                              — Tampa Bay is 1-8 vs spread in last nine games as a home favorite.

                              — Oakland covered seven of last ten games when favored.

                              — 49ers are 5-10 vs spread in last 15 games as a road underdog.

                              — Minnesota Vikings are 13-6 in last 19 games as a road dog.

                              — Jets are 1-5-1 vs spread in last seven games as a road underdog.

                              — Green Bay covered just three of last 12 gamed when getting points on the road.

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


                              13) Houston Texans played terribly in their opener; now news that LB Brian Cushing is out for 10 weeks due to a PED suspension and things just got a little more depressing for the Texans.

                              12) Apparently the Denver Broncos lost interest in drafting Dak Prescott last year when he missed the flight to come visit the team after the NFL Combine. Prescott showed up later that night but you only get one chance to make a first impression. Denver drafted Paxton Lynch instead, a subplot to Sunday’s game at Mile High Stadium.

                              11) Marlins-Brewers series, scheduled for Miami this weekend, has been moved to Miller Park in Milwaukee as hurricane cleanup efforts continue in south Florida.

                              There is still no power at the Marlins’ TV studio in Miami.

                              10) Tuesday night in Philly, Giancarlo Stanton threw out a runner at second base, a runner at third base and another at home plate— that would’ve been the game-winning run. That was the first time an outfielder has thrown out runners and 2B, 3B and home in the same game since Dale Murphy of the Braves did it in 1991, also in Philadelphia.

                              9) The All-Star break isn’t the halfway mark of the season anymore; next year, the Orioles will play 98 games before the All-Star break. With the season starting in late March now to allow for four more off days per team, the halfway point in terms of games will be in June.

                              8) Cubs and Cardinals won’t like this; the All-Star break is four days for 28 teams, but these two teams play on Thursday, July 19, making their All-Star break only three days. That game will be the first of seven games in 11 days between Cubs/Cardinals.

                              All-Star Game is in Washington next summer.

                              7) Indians-Twins are playing a two-game series in Puerto Rico April 17-18. Figures to be a little warmer in San Juan than Minneapolis in April.

                              6) San Francisco Giants will open on the road in Los Angeles next year; it’ll be the 9th year in a row the Giants are opening the season on the road.

                              5) This guy Rhys Hoskins looks like the real deal for the Phillies; he has plate discipline, takes his walks and his power definitely plays in the Phillies’ small home ballpark. He is a keeper.

                              4) Dodger reliever Brandon Morrow appeared in his 39th game Tuesday night; if he appears in one more game, he nets himself a $250,000 bonus.

                              3) Indians 5, Tigers 3— Cleveland won its 21st straight game, but Detroit’s catcher/manager were both tossed in the 3rd inning for bitching about balls/strikes with plate umpire Quinn Wolcott, who had been squeezing pitcher Buck Farmer on balls/strikes early in the game.

                              Soon after play resumed after the ejections, new catcher John Hicks completely missed catching a Farmer pitch— the ball drilled Wolcott near the collarbone.

                              Immediately, Indians’ TV guys insinuated Hicks had missed the ball on purpose, so it would hit Wolcott. Only Hicks knows for sure.

                              2) They listed the attendance in Cleveland Wednesday as 29,346; looked a lot more crowded than that— people were still waiting outside to get in the ballpark in the second inning.

                              Their crowd of 24,000+ Tuesday night was disappointing, considering how great the Indians have been playing, but it seemed like Wednesday, everyone took the afternoon off from work and came out to the ballpark.

                              1) By the way, as an A’s fan, congrats to the Indians on this great streak. 2002 was so much fun for me, as the A’s found a way to win 20 games in a row at just about this same point of the season. Hope it translates to postseason success in Cleveland.

                              Maybe somebody will make a movie about them.

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                              • Preview: Mystics (18-16) at Lynx (27-7)
                                Date: September 14, 2017 8:00 PM EDT


                                The Minnesota Lynx threw a haymaker in Game 1 of the WNBA semifinals.

                                To have a fighting chance, the Washington Mystics will need to find some answers for Game 2 on Thursday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

                                "They punched first," Mystics star Elena Delle Donne told the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune after the Lynx shot nearly 60 percent from the field. "Now we have to figure out a way to respond."

                                Minnesota was even better from long distance, making 70 percent of its 3-point attempts.

                                "We got bombarded," Washington coach Mike Thibault said. "Every time I turned around the ball was going through the net."

                                The Mystics tried double- and triple-teaming Minnesota center Sylvia Fowles in the first half.

                                It didn't work, as Fowles made 7 of 12 shots.

                                In the third quarter, the Lynx spread things around.

                                Seimone Augustus had 11 of her game-high 24 points in the third, and Renee Montgomery made three 3-pointers as the Lynx built a 28-point lead.

                                "Obviously, we made shots," Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said. "When you make shots, everything is good."

                                Minnesota made 13 straight baskets during a stretch that started midway through the second quarter and was 12-for-18 from the field during the third.

                                "We need to find a way to break their rhythm," Thibault said. "If they shoot like that, it will be a quick series."

                                To avoid an early exit, the Mystics will need more from Kristi Toliver.

                                Toliver, who scored 32 points and set a WNBA record with nine 3-pointers in Washington's second-round win at New York, was held to three points on 1-for-7 shooting.

                                Thibault found something else missing with his team: fun.

                                "You need a balance of being aggressive and playing really hard," the coach told The Washington Post, "but there's also a sense that you're playing with house money, too. Hey, we're here because we worked hard to get here, go have fun playing. Enjoy it. There's no need to be tight, the pressure is on them, not us. No one expects us to win. Except us."

                                Thibault asked his team to embrace their underdog role.

                                "Last night I saw a rested Minnesota team and a team, us, that was kind of -- I'll say, reactive instead of proactive," Thibault said Wednesday after practice. "It's not a good way to play a team like that. When you're the underdog, you've got to be more of a disruptor, and we didn't disrupt too much. We need to be more aggressive in our approach to the game, try to dictate a little bit more on the defensive end what we want them to do."

                                Despite being overwhelmed in Game 1, the Mystics know they can tip the series scales in Game 2.

                                "If we can get one game here in Minnesota before we go home -- it ups our chances," Washington guard Natasha Cloud told the Post. "That's our focus, to just go in and play like we have nothing to lose. Because we don't, we're the underdog, and that's always a good position to be in."

                                The series will shift to Washington for Game 3 on Sunday.


                                WNB HEAD TO HEAD

                                Sep 12, 2017 Score ATS Results
                                WAS 81 Over: 182
                                MIN « 101 Cover: 9.5
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                                Sep 3, 2017 Score ATS Results
                                WAS 72 Under: 158
                                MIN « 86 Cover: 3
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                                Jun 23, 2017 Score ATS Results
                                WAS 76 Over: 169
                                MIN « 93 Cover: 7.5
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                                Jun 9, 2017 Score ATS Results
                                MIN « 98 Cover: 17
                                WAS 73 Over: 171
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