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.
The Las Vegas Aces (12-4) are scheduled to face the Connecticut Sun (15-12) at 3:00 p.m. ET. They had a 25-hour travel odyssey just to get from Las Vegas to Washington for Friday's game, which ended up being cancelled. Las Vegas, like all other WNBA teams, fly commercial. This isn't the NBA and charter flights. The Aces were stuck in the airport for several hours due to weather delays, flight cancellations and further delays, including a mechanical issue with an aircraft in Dallas. They ended up arriving in Washington after 25 hours of being stranded in the airport without the luxury of a hotel stay and limited food. The WNBPA issued a statement on the team's behalf after the players decided not to take the court upon arriving in Washington just a few hours before tip-off. So, will the travel odyssey linger on and affect them on Sunday?
The Aces are 4-1 ATS across their past five road contests, as they have played their way into the Western Conference playoff picture. They're also 5-2 ATS over the past seven games overall, while going 31-12 ATS in the past 43 against Eastern Conference teams dating back to their previous days in San Antonio. The rest might not do them good, as they are just 2-5 ATS over the past seven when playing on three or more days of rest. Connecticut hasn't done much lately, either, going 3-7 ATS in the past 10 against Western Conference foes, while turning in a 4-12 ATS mark in the past 16 following a cover in their previous time out. The Sun are also 1-4 ATS in their past five when working on three or more days of rest, so something's gotta give.
Total players might want to take a look at the 'under'. While the 'over' has hit in four of the past five meetings in this series, including 2-0 in two previous meetings this season, the 'under' is 7-0 in the past seven road games for Las Vegas. The under is also 5-1 over the past six outings for Connecticut, while going 7-2 in the past nine against Western Conference clubs. In addition, the under is 5-1 in the past six for the Sun following a straight-up victory.
The Washington Mystics (15-11) had their unexpected extra rest thanks to the travel woes for the Aces. Now, they'll hit the road themselves for a battle against the Dallas Wings (14-13) . The Mystics have been on fire on the road lately, going 9-4-1 ATS in the past 14 games away from the nation's capital. However, they're just 1-3-1 ATS in the past five against teams with a winning straight-up record, while posting a 1-5-1 ATS mark in the past seven against Eastern Conference foes. For the Wings, they have failed to cover in four in a row, but they're 5-2 ATS in the past seven at home while going 9-3 ATS in their past 12 after a straight-up loss. The Wings are just 1-6 ATS in their past seven home meetings against the Mystics.
Total bettors might be hitting the 'under' hard in this one. The under is 5-1 for Washington across their past six overall, while going 4-1 in their past five road games. The under is also 5-1 in their past six after a straight-up victory, and an impressive 4-1 in their past five when working on three or more days of rest. And, for what it's worth, the under is 13-5 in their past 18 appearances on Sunday, too. For Dallas, the under is 4-1 in their past five, and a perfect 4-0 in their past four outings against a team with an overall winning mark. The Wings have also hit the under in five in a row against Eastern Conference clubs, and the under is a perfect 4-0 in the past four meetings in this series.
In the evening action, there are a pair of good games. The
Phoenix Mercury (16-12)
hook up with the
Los Angeles Sparks (16-11)
in SoCal. It is just the second meeting this season between these Western Conference rivals, with L.A. winning 80-72 in the first meeting at home on May 27. The Mercury have posted an 11-3 ATS mark in their past 14 road games, and they're 14-6 ATS in the past 20 following a straight-up victory. However, they have cashed in just one of the past five against number. For L.A., they're struggling against the spread lately, too, going 1-5 ATS in the past six at home, while posting a 2-6 ATS mark in the past eight at home against teams with a winning overall record. L.A. is also a dismal 0-6 ATS in their past six following a cover in their previous outing.
L.A. has dominated the series against the number, going 7-1 ATS in their past eight, including 5-0 ATS in the past five home meetings against Phoenix. The under is 5-2 in the past seven at home for the Sparks against the Mercury, and the under is 36-17 in the past 53 at home overall for the Merc. The over is 4-0 in the past four on the road for Phoenix, however, and 6-2 in their past eight overall.
The Atlanta Dream (17-10) and Minnesota Lynx (15-12) do battle in the Twin Cities in a game with playoff implications. The Dream have vaulted to the top of the Eastern Conference standings, and they have been one of the best teams against the number, too. In fact, they're tied with the Seattle Storm for the best record against the spread (17-10) this season. Both of these teams just played on Friday night, with Atlanta covering 89-74 against Chicago, while Minnesota took it on the chin in Seattle 85-75, failing to cover.
The Dream are 5-0 ATS in their past five road games, while going 9-1 ATS in the past 10 games overall. They're also an impressive 12-2 ATS in the past 14 against teams with an overall winning record, while posting a 6-1 ATS across the past seven against Western Conference foes. The Lynx have had a difficult time against the number, going 2-5 ATS in their past seven at home, while going 2-5 ATS in their past seven overall and 2-5 ATS in the past seven against Eastern Conference teams, too. Atlanta has turned in a 2-6 ATS mark in the past eight meetings in this series, including just 1-4 ATS in the past five trips to the Twin Cities.
While the 'over' is 9-4 in the past 13 meetings between Atlanta and Minnesota, the 'under' has been the play for both sides lately. The under is 7-0 in Atlanta's past seven overall, and 6-0 in their past six following a straight-up win. However, while the under is 8-3 in the past 11 against Western Conference teams, the over has hit in six of their past eight on the road. For Minnesota, the under has hit in eight of the past nine overall, while going 5-1 in their past six against Eastern Conference clubs. The under is also 4-0 in their past four following a straight-up loss, and 5-0 in their past five after failing to cover in their previous outing.
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