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WNBA Finals Cheat Sheet

Playoff Results

The 2018 WNBA Finals will begin on Friday Sept. 7 as the Seattle Storm and Washington Mystics meet in a best-of-five series.

Oddsmakers at [...] opened the Storm as minus-265 favorites (Bet $100 to win $37) to win the series while the Mystics have a return of plus-210 (Bet $100 to win $210).

Finals Schedule
Game 1 – Washington at Seattle (Friday, Sept. 7, 9:00 p.m. ET)
Game 2 – Washington at Seattle (Sunday, Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m. ET)
Game 3 – Seattle at Washington (Wednesday, Sept. 12, 8:00 p.m. ET)
Game 4 – Seattle at Washington (Friday, Sept. 14, 8:00 p.m. ET)
Game 5 – Washington at Seattle (Sunday, Sept. 16, 8:00 p.m. ET)

(Straight Up – SU, Against the Spread – ATS, Over-Under – O/U)

(1) Seattle vs. (3) Washington

Regular Season Meetings
May 29 – Seattle (-7) 81 vs. Washington 77 (Under 163)
July 8 – Seattle (-6) 91 vs. Washington 91 (Over 171.5)
Aug. 9 – Washington (-1) 100 vs. Seattle 77 (Over 172)

Playoff Form

-- Washington clobbered Los Angeles 96-64 in its second-round elimination game, easily cashing as a 4 ½-point home favorite.

-- In the semifinals, the Mystics defeated the Dream in five games. Washington went 1-1 at home and 2-1 on the road in the series. The ‘over’ went 2-1.

-- Seattle avoided the first and second round and was the highest overall seed in this year’s playoffs.

-- The Storm defeated the Mercury in five games as well.

-- Seattle lost both of its trips to Phoenix, a 20-point decision and a two-point setback.

-- At home, the club went 3-0 but failed to cover the spread (-6.5, -5.5) in a pair of identical 91-87 outcomes in Game’s 1 and 2.

-- The ‘under’ went 3-2.

ATS Numbers

-- Seattle owns a 23-15-1 ATS mark this season.

-- At home, the Storm went 8-8-1 versus the number. Seattle was a very sound investment on the road, going 14-5 ATS.

-- The Storm has gone 13-11 ATS versus teams above .500 this season.

-- Seattle was only listed as an underdog nine times and it went 5-4 ATS.

-- Including the playoffs, Washington has gone 22-16-1 ATS this season.

-- The Mystics weren’t as great at home versus the number (9-10) but they managed to turn a profit on the road with an 13-6-1 ATS mark.

-- As an underdog, Washington went 8-5 ATS.

-- Washington has gone 13-10 vs. clubs above .500 but they were better on the road (8-5) than at home (4-4) in those games.

-- Game 2 will be played in the afternoon and possibly Game 4. The Mystics are 8-5-1 ATS in day time games while the Storm are 7-5-1 ATS.

Total Talk

-- Washington watched the ‘under’ go 20-19 this season.

-- The Mystics saw the ‘under’ go 10-9 at home while the results were a stalemate (10-10) on the road.

-- Seattle has leaned slightly to the ‘over’ (20-18) in the regular season.

-- The ‘under’ produced a slight 10-9 edge in the Emerald City while the ’over’ posted an 11-8 mark on the road.

Stats to Watch

-- Seattle led the league in field goal percentage (46.8%) and was second in offensive scoring at 87.6 PPG.

-- Phoenix was ranked fourth in scoring offense (85.8 PPG).

-- Seattle only surrendered 79.7 PPG and they were ranked second in free throw attempts allowed (15.9).

-- The Storm (24) was ranked first in the WNBA in 3-point attempts per game and it also led the league in trey made per game with 9.

-- Washington allowed 81.4 PPG on the season.

-- The Mystics are shooting 85.8 percent from the free throw line, the best mark in the WNBA.

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