League Betting Notes (Tuesday, Aug. 6 through Monday, Aug. 12)
-- Favorites went 10-3 straight up (SU)
-- Favorites went 7-5-1 against the spread (ATS)
-- Home teams went 9-4 SU
-- Home/road teams went 6-6-1 ATS
-- The 'over' went 10-3
Season Totals To Date
-- Favorites are 92-52 straight up (SU)
-- Underdogs 78-62-4 against the spread (ATS)
-- Home teams are 88-56 SU
-- Road teams are 74-66-4 ATS
-- The 'under' is 77-65-2
Team Betting Notes
-- Atlanta (5-19 SU, 10-14 ATS) continues to careen out of control, losing both games in the past week, pushing their losing streak to nine games. They're also just 2-5 ATS across the past seven. The Dream have started to struggle on the defensive end again, allowing 85 or more points in each of the past three contests with the 'over' hitting in each.
-- Chicago (14-10 SU, 16-7-1 ATS) continues to be a friend of bettors at the window, cashing in each of their past six while hitting the 'over' in each of the past five. Chicago ranks No. 2 overall in the WNBA with 81.9 points per game (PPG), while allowing 80.9 PPG, good for 11th in the WNBA in scoring defense.
-- Connecticut (16-8 SU, 10-15 ATS) slipped into second place this week with a pair of road losses and non-covers after a seven-game winning streak. The Sun have been terrible against the number, going just 1-5 ATS across the past six.
-- Dallas (7-17 SU, 12-12 ATS) had a rare 'over' result in their testy game in Phoenix (11-12 SU, 11-11-1 ATS), just their fifth over in 22 games overall this season. The Wings continue to struggle on the offensive end, ranking dead-last in the WNBA with 69.8 PPG. They're also second in the league in scoring defense at 74.8 PPG.
-- Indiana (9-16 SU, 11-13-1 ATS) has pulled into fourth place in the Eastern standings, which is no small feat considering they were one of the worst performers in the WNBA last season. They're currently the ninth seed, three games back of the Mercury for the final playoff seed with nine games remaining in the regular season. The Fever have won three of the past four overall, but they're still a dismal 1-4-1 ATS over the past six, and 2-6-1 ATS across the past nine.
-- Las Vegas (16-9 SU, 10-15 ATS) has been playing without star C A'ja Wilson (ankle), and she will be sidelined until at least late August. Even so, they won a key battle against the Sun on Sunday, 89-81, and they're a respectable 5-2 SU aross the past seven.
-- Also in the West, Los Angeles (15-8 SU, 12-10-1 ATS) remains tied with the Aces for first place, and they have two games in hand, too. The Sparks have rattled off five in a row, and eight of the past nine, while going 4-1 ATS over the past five. The 'over' has hit in three in a row, as the Sparks are averaging 84.7 PPG during the span.
-- Minnesota (12-12 SU, 13-10-1 ATS) was humbled by Washington (17-7 SU, 13-10-1 ATS) for the second time in the past 18 days, falling 101-78 in D.C. on Sunday. They're 13-8-1 against everyone else, and 0-2 ATS against the Mystics.
-- New York (8-15 SU, 9-13 ATS) fell behind Indiana in the race for a playoff spot. They have dropped five in a row, and eight of the past nine, while the Liberty have posted an 0-4 ATS mark in the past four, and 2-7 ATS in the previous nine. The Liberty will look to get well against Minnesota on Tuesday evening.
-- The Mercury are struggling to find tertiary scoring this season, and it's one of the reasons they're barely alive in the playoff rce. They have posted a 1-4 SU mark over the past five outings, although they are a respectable 5-2 ATS across the past seven. The 'over' is also 3-0 in the past three, and 5-1 in the past six, as their defense has gone south recently. Rebounding is also a problem, as the Merc rank dead-last in offensive rebounds (32.1 RPG), while checking in 10th in defensive boards (36.6 RPG).
-- Defending WNBA champion Seattle (14-11 SU, 13-11-1 ATS) has cobbled together a two-game winning streak, and they're 6-3 SU over the past nine while also going 6-3 ATS. They're also a solid 5-3 ATS across the past eight outings away from home.
-- The Mystics have managed a 7-1 SU record across the past eight, and the 'over' has cashed in five consecutive outings. They continue to score the basketball well, hitting 91 or more points in two straight, four of the past five and six of the past eight outings.
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