Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 10:03 AM
Sunday's WNBA Best Bets
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For the remainder of the WNBA regular season through the playoffs, we'll take a look at the best Sunday bets.
It's a busy day on the WNBA hardwood on Sunday with a total of five games. The day gets started with a couple of 3:00 p.m. ET tip-offs. The Washington Mystics (13-8) and Atlanta Dream (11-9) in a key battle in the Eastern Conference. Washington has been a team to key on this season when playing away from home, as they have a sparkling 6-1 ATS mark on the road. Meanwhile, the Dream have posted a so-so 5-4 ATS mark on the home hardwood. That's probably why this game is listed as a pick 'em at most shops.
Washington has managed a 3-0-1 ATS mark in their past four on the road, while going 3-1-1 ATS in their past five games overall. They're also 6-2 ATS in the past eight Eastern Conference battles, too. Their lone non-cover over the past five outings is a 106-89 humbling at home against the Dream on Wednesday night as the 'over' (164.5) easily connected. Atlanta is equally hot against the number lately, going 5-1 ATS in the past six games overall while checking in with an impressive 8-1 ATS mark across their past nine against teams with a winning overall record. However, they haven't been able to string together success lately, going a dismal 8-22 ATS in their past 30 following a straight-up victory.
Chicago Sky (7-14)
are at home against the
New York Liberty (6-14)
in a battle between two disappointing clubs. The Sky have won just twice in 10 tries on the road this season, while the Liberty are a dismal 3-8 SU on their own court. Neither has been particularly attractive against the number in either situation, as the Sky are 4-6 ATS on the road with the Lib 4-7 ATS in 11 home contests.
This will be the fourth meeting between the teams already this season, and Chicago is 2-1 SU/ATS in three battles this season, including a 103-99 win in New York back on June 29 as 3 1/2-point underdogs. Total bettors will like the fact that the 'over' has connected in each of the three meetings this season. While the Sky are 2-6 ATS in their past eight road games, the Liberty are a dismal 0-4 ATS in their past four home outings and 4-10 ATS in the past 14 overall. However, New York has managed a solid 11-5 ATS mark in the past 16 against Eastern Conference battles. They haven't fared well against Chicago, though, as the Sky is 11-2 ATS in the past 13 trips to New York and 15-7-1 ATS in the past 23 head-to-head battles overall in this series. While the 'over' is 4-1 in the past five meetings, the 'under' is 8-1 in the past nine in New York.
The struggling Indiana Fever (2-19) are at home against the Phoenix Mercury (14-8) , a team which has been hot on the road this season. Phoenix already owns a 95-77 win in Indianapolis back on June 29 as 7 1/2-point favorites, so a rematch with the Fever could be just the elixir the Merc need to cure their ills. Phoenix enters on a three-game skid, although they're still a respectable 5-2 ATS over the past seven overall. Phoenix has gotten well on the road, going 9-3 ATS in their past 12 road outings and 5-1 ATS in the past six against Eastern Conference clubs.
The Fever have lumbered through this painful season ticking off plenty of losses and non-covers, too. They're just 2-5 ATS in their past seven against the Western Conference, and 1-7 ATS in the past eight games overall. They have failed to cover in four consecutive home outings, too, while going 1-5 ATS in the past six against teams with an overall winning mark. They enter this game as nine-point underdogs, and could easily slip by double digits to Diana Taurasi and company.
The Los Angeles Sparks (13-9) have been having some uncharacteristic difficulties lately, and they will face the pesky Las Vegas Aces (10-12) this Sunday. L.A. has dropped four of their past five games overall, and they're 1-4 ATS during the stretch. Their defense has gone south during the span, allowing 81 or more points in six of the past nine games.
These teams split a home-and-home back on June 29-July 1, as the Aces won handily by a 94-78 count in the first game to win outright as 6 1/2-point underdogs, while the Sparks protected their home court with an 87-71 victory as 12-point favorites. Los Angeles is favored by just four points in this one on the road. They have not only failed to cover their past two as road favorites, they have lost both games outright. L.A. is just 2-7 ATS in the past nine against Western Conference teams, but they love playing on Sundays. For what it's worth, they're a perfect 7-0 ATS in their past seven appearances on Sunday. The Aces have brought it against good teams, going 4-1 ATS in their past five against teams with a straight-up winning record, but they're just 1-7 ATS in their eight appearances on Sunday and, more importantly, just 4-9 ATS in the past 13 against the West.
The Connecticut Sun (11-10) and Jekyll and Hyde Minnesota Lynx (12-9) do battle in the Twin Cities. These teams have met just once previously, with the Sun coasting to an 89-75 victory back on June 9 as 5 1/2-point favorites. Minnesota enters this game having alternated straight-up wins and losses, and if you believe in those kind of wacky trends, then a win is coming up Sunday. They have alternated covers and non-covers in each of the past eight, and failed to cover last time out, too, so...
The Sun are just 2-9 ATS in their past 11 on the road, and a dismal 1-6 ATS in the past seven against Western Conference teams. They're also just 1-7 ATS in the past eight against teams with a straight-up losing mark. The Lynx aren't much better, going 3-7 ATS in the past 10 against Eastern foes and 4-10 ATS in their past 14 at home. However, as mentioned above, they bounce back after non-covers. They're 6-0 ATS in their past six following an ATS loss, and 4-0 ATS in their past four after a straight-up setback. While the 'over' has hit in four of the past five meetings in the Twin Cities, you might want to look to the under. The 'under' has connected in five of the past six for the Lynx, and it cashed in that earlier battle with the Sun, too. That might be where your best bet is. Overall in this series, the Sun are 4-1 ATS in the past five in Minnesota, and 7-2 ATS in the past nine meetings overall.