WNBA Betting Recap – 7/23-8/6
League Betting Notes (Monday, July 23 through Monday, Aug. 6)
-- Favorites went 12-8 straight up (SU)
-- Underdogs went 11-9 against the spread (ATS)
-- Road teams went 11-9 SU
-- Road teams went 12-8 ATS
-- The 'under' went 13-7
Team Betting Notes
-- Atlanta (18-10) remains atop the Eastern Conference thanks to another solid week on the hardwood. They continue to tick off straight-up wins, covers and 'under' results. Since July 8 they have been a 'Dream' for bettors, going 10-1 SU/ATS across the past 11 games while the 'under' has cashed in eight consecutive outings.
-- Chicago (10-18) had their two-game winning streak snapped in Atlanta on Friday, but they have been playing much better lately. They're 3-2 SU/ATS across the past five contests, but they face four difficult matchups in the next four before wrapping up with a home-and-home against lowly Indiana (5-23).
-- Connecticut (16-12) have been on quite the roll lately, winning four in a row while also covering a season-high four straight outings. It's a rather impressive resurgence considering they were 4-12 ATS in their previous 16 outings before the winning run.
-- Dallas (14-14) is struggling mightly, and it's not a good time considering they're smack dab in the middle of the playoff race. The Wings have dropped five in a row, and they're 1-4 ATS during the span. Defense hasn't exactly been a hallmark for Dallas lately, and they have struggled on offense. Those two things aren't a recipe for success. The 'under' has cashed in a season-high four in a row for Dallas.
-- The Fever haven't been a pushover like earlier in the season and they're going to enjoy playing spoiler down the stretch. They have won a season-high two in a row, and they're 3-2 SU/ATS across the past five outings. The 'under' has hit in four in a row, as their defense has been a bit better of late, too.
-- Los Angeles (17-11) has won consecutive games for the first time since June 24-26, as the Sparks have experienced uncharacteristic struggles this season. L.A. has still failed to cover back-to-back games since going 3-0 ATS in a three-game span from June 15-19. The 'under' has hit in three in a row for the Sparks.
-- It has been a strange season for Minnesota (15-14) and they're barely hanging on in the playoff race at the moment. The Lynx have gone in the tank at the worst possible time, losing three in a row while failing to cover four straight. The one thing that has been consistent is the 'under', cashing in three in a row and nine of the past 10. Overall, the under is 19-9 for the Lynx.
-- Unlike Indiana, who hasn't quit, New York (7-21) has really went into the tank lately. They have dropped six in a row and they're 1-5 ATS during the skid. Defense has been a problem for the Liberty, as they have allowed 80 or more points in six of the past seven and 14 of the past 17.
-- Phoenix (16-13) is another traditional powerhouse that is struggling this season. The Mercury have dropped five of the past six, while going 2-8 SU/4-6 ATS across the past 10 outings. Normally it would be good news that the Mercury close out the regular season with five straight home outings. However, they're just 5-7 SU overall and they have gone 0-4 SU/ATS in the past four in the Valley of the Sun.
-- Seattle (22-7) won a rare Monday morning game in New York, and the Storm have posted a 7-1 SU/ATS mark across their past eight outings. Next up is a battle between the top-seed Storm and the last-place Fever on Tuesday in Indianapolis.
-- Washington (16-11) is keeping Atlanta within their sights, winning two in a row. Total bettors are loving the Mystics lately, too, as the 'under' has hit in six of the past seven. There is no word if their cancelled game from Aug. 3 against Las Vegas (12-15) will be made up, but since there are playoff implications it is likely to be played. The Aces had a 25-hour commercial aviation travel odyssey to D.C. before deciding to cancel.
-- The travel caught up to the Aces, as they were humbled by 19 points on Sunday in Connectucit, and they have lost back-to-back games for the first time since June 24-27, a severe blow to their playoff hopes.
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