Ten of the WNBA’s 12 teams take the floor Sunday with the regular season’s conclusion looming just a week away. Ten teams are still in the hunt for eight playoff spots with only one spot left up for grabs: Seattle, Atlanta, Washington, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Connecticut and Phoenix are all in. Dallas currently holds the final playoff spot but they’re slumping down the stretch with Las Vegas and Chicago fighting to try and take that spot away. Six teams holding playoff position face off against each other with Dallas traveling to face Elena Della Donne and the surging Mystics, Los Angeles traveling to face Phoenix and league-leading Seattle on the road as they face defending champion Minnesota.
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It’s an Eastern Conference clash between teams at opposite ends of the standings in the Big Apple. The Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Dream is on the road as they travel to face the New York Liberty Sunday afternoon. Atlanta won their fifth straight as they downed Dallas 92-82 at home Saturday afternoon. New York dropped their eighth consecutive game as they fell 82-81 at home to Los Angeles Friday night. The teams split two previous meetings this season with New York prevailing 79-72 at home June 19 and Atlanta returning the favor with an 82-68 triumph at home July 19.
Atlanta rung up their fifth straight win and their 13th win in the last 14 games as they took care of a slumping Dallas team. The Dream improved to 21-10 on the season and climbed within two games of Seattle for the top spot while increasing their lead over Washington to 1.5 games for the second spot and a bye to the semifinals. Atlanta never trailed over the final 38 minutes and didn’t look back after opening a 12 point edge after the opening quarter. The Dream shot 50.7 percent from the field, went seven of 19 from three point range and knocked down 17 of 22 free throws in the win. Renee Montgomery led the Dream with 24 points and five assists in the victory.
New York battled but still came up on the short end of the stick for an eighth straight defeat. The Liberty, who are eliminated from postseason contention, dropped to 7-22 on the season. New York led by five after three quarters but an 8-2 run late by the Sparks gave them a five point edge: the Liberty clawed within one with 1.4 seconds to play but that was it. In the game, the Liberty shot 46.4 percent from the field and went seven of 16 from beyond the arc while controlling the glass 42-31. New York came up short despite 27 points from Tina Charles: the Liberty was missing Kia Vaughn, Shavonte Zellous and Epiphanny Prince in the contest.
Atlanta is 6-0 ATS in their last six on the road, 6-0 ATS in their last six on Sunday, 5-0 ATS in their last five against teams with a losing record, 14-2 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 7-1 ATS in their last eight against Eastern Conference foes. New York has gone 2-6 ATS in their last eight on Sunday, 2-6 ATS in their last eight overall, 2-7 ATS in their last nine at home and 0-4 ATS in their last four against the Eastern Conference. In addition, the under is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings between the teams in New York. Both Atlanta at -4 and under 160.5 are solid plays in this one.
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Under Seems to Be In Vogue Around the League
There seems to be plenty of reason to look at the under as a viable option for betting on action Sunday around the league. Not only is the under a strong trend for the Atlanta/New York game, it pops up elsewhere. In the Chicago/Connecticut contest, the under is 4-1 in the Sky’s last five after an ATS win. The Sun has seen the under go 5-1 in their last six on Sunday, 4-1 in their last five after an ATS loss and 7-3 in their last 10 after a straight up loss. The teams have stayed under the total in seven of the last 10 meetings in Connecticut as well. In the Sparks/Mercury tilt, Los Angeles has seen the under go 20-6 in their last 26 on Sunday while the under is 5-0 in the Mercury’s last 5 games following a straight up win, 12-4 in their last 16 against teams with a winning record and 7-3 in their last 10 at home. In addition, the under has hit in eight of their last 11 meetings in Phoenix and in five of their last seven meetings overall, including both this season.
For good measure, in Dallas/Washington, the under is 5-0 in the last five meetings between the teams and in eight of the last 10 meetings in Washington. As far as Seattle/Minnesota goes, the Lynx have gone under the number in 13 of their last 16 games, including seven of their last eight after a win and in each of their last five against the Western Conference. If you’re going off the total, the under is a solid way to go.
Wings Trying to Avoid Being Clipped Again
Dallas lost their seventh straight game with the loss in Atlanta Saturday and now has to go on the road to face the surging Mystics. Things don’t look good for the Wings, who are 0-7 ATS in their last seven games. In addition, they are 0-7 ATS in their last seven against the Eastern Conference and 1-4 ATS in the second game of their last five back to backs. On the flip side, Washington is 5-0 SU since the All Star break: the Mystics have covered four straight and five of their last six. Throw in Liz Cambage being questionable here and it could be a long day for the Wings.
Sparks Shoot for Season Sweep of Mercury
Los Angeles owns a pair of wins over Phoenix this season and they hope to sweep the season series while picking up a fourth win in their last five games. The Mercury had lost two straight and six of seven before beating Indiana at home. Phoenix has gone just 2-5 ATS in their last seven against Western Conference foes, 1-4 ATS in their last five against teams with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last six at home. Los Angeles has gone 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings and has gone 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight meetings in Phoenix.