Betting Recap - 8/14-8/20
August 21, 2017
By Joe Williams
League Betting Notes (Monday, Aug. 14 through Sunday, Aug. 20)
-- Favorites went 9-4 straight up (SU)
-- Underdogs went 7-6 against the spread (ATS)
-- Road teams posted a 7-6 SU record
-- Road teams posted an 8-5 ATS record
-- The 'over' went 8-5
Team Betting Notes
-- The Dream's (10-20) nightmare continued last week as the club went 0-2. They did manage to cover on Saturday as they dropped a 90-86 decision at Dallas as five-point road underdogs. The losing streak has reached nine games and they are 1-8 ATS during this run. The ‘over’ went 2-0 last week.
-- After winning three straight games the previous week, the Sky (11-18) came back to earth last weekend at home. They were outgunned 115-103 by Los Angeles on Friday and embarrassed 103-66 on Sunday. Chicago went 0-2 ATS in both losses and the ‘over’ cashed in each game as well. Surprisingly, Chicago has played better on the road (7-7) than at home (4-11) this season.
-- Connecticut (19-10) played three games this past week and they posted a 2-1 record both SU and ATS. All three of the outcomes were decided by double digits and the ‘under’ went 2-1. The Sun complete their regular season home slate this week with games against the Wings and Sky before closing the year with three straight on the road.
-- Dallas (14-16) only played one game last week and they came away with a 90-86 home win over Atlanta. The Wings are fighting for a playoff spot and will begin their toughest test of the season this week with the first of three straight road games, all against Eastern Conference foes. The club brings a 3-0 ‘over’ run into this week’s action.
-- The Fever (9-21) entered the WNBA history books this past Friday as they were annihilated 111-52 at Minnesota. The 59-point margin broke the previous high of 46 points. The club has lost four straight and 14 of their last 16 games overall. They did manage to cover in Sunday’s road loss at Washington (82-87) and the ‘over’ is 4-1 in the last five games.
-- After dropping two of three, Los Angeles (21-8) finished up its five-game road trip with back-to-back wins and covers. The Sparks lit up the scoreboard with 95 and 115-point efforts. L.A. is only one game behind Minnesota for the top seed in the West and they finish the season with four of its final five contests at home.
Despite notching a record-breaking 111-52 win over Indiana on Friday, Minnesota (22-6) dropped two of three games last week and is 1-3 in its last four. The club plays three games this week, starting Tuesday versus Phoenix. Then the Lynx hit the road for games at San Antonio on Friday before a key matchup at Los Angeles on Sunday.
-- The Liberty (17-12) extended its winning streak to five games last week with a pair of wins and covers. The club was listed as an underdog in both contests and has been catching points in its last four games. The ‘under’ is on a 4-0-1 run and the defense is holding teams to 70.6 PPG during this run. New York has three games this week and two of them come against a pair of teams with losing record in Indiana and Chicago.
-- Phoenix (15-14) alternated wins and losses last week and that’s been the theme of the team lately. The Mercury haven’t won back-to-back games since late July and is 2-3 ATS over its last five games. The ‘over’ is on a 5-1 run and only one team was held under 80 points during this span. Phoenix plays three games this week and they’re against the top two clubs in the West (Minnesota, Los Angeles) plus Seattle, who is right on their tail in the standings.
-- The Stars (7-23) played one game last week and they just missed pulling off a major upset on Friday but they dropped a 79-78 decision to Seattle as 10-point underdogs. San Antonio has two games this week and it will likely be a double-digit underdog when it visits Los Angeles on Tuesday and hosts Minnesota on Friday.
-- Seattle (14-16) is making a serious push for the playoffs and it brings a four-game winning streak into this week. The Storm have gone 3-1 ATS during this run and the ‘over’ has also notched a 3-1 mark. The club plays three of its final four games on the road and Sunday’s matchup vs. Phoenix will be the home finale of the regular season.
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