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09/29/2013 01:39 AM

Preview: Lynx (26-8) at Mercury (19-15)

Date: September 29, 2013 5:00 PM EDT


Diana Taurasi's peck on Seimone Augustus' cheek provided a light-hearted moment in an otherwise uneventful Minnesota Lynx blowout victory over the Phoenix Mercury in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Another lackluster performance could result in Phoenix kissing its season goodbye.

Minnesota looks to make it a perfect 7 for 7 against the Mercury this season while advancing to the WNBA finals for the third straight year with a road victory Sunday.

Taurasi and Augustus got a little too close as the two headed up court in the fourth quarter Thursday, resulting in double personal fouls. As an official stepped in to separate them, Taurasi kissed Augustus on the cheek, creating a video clip millions have viewed online.

"I had no idea it would catch fire like it did," Augustus said in a phone interview Saturday. "I guess I should've expected it when I woke up the next morning and saw ESPN had its little segment on sentimental smooches. But I didn't think it would reach this magnitude. It's great. I hope those 2.5 million views transfer over to the game.'

Though each joked about the incident - Augustus said they "talked about it and laughed it off" - the Mercury didn't find anything funny about the game's result. They trailed by as many as 31 before falling 85-62, creating a must-win situation for themselves in Game 2 at home.

Phoenix, which has lost all six meetings with Minnesota this season, shot 34.3 percent while the Lynx hit 53.1 percent from the field.

"That game's over," said Taurasi, who finished with a team-high 15 points. "Now we go home and try to win Game 2. We'll be ready."

Rookie Brittney Griner added 13 points and six boards.

"We understand what we have to do," Griner said. "We need our fans to be loud on Sunday like they have been all year. We'll make some adjustments and have fresher legs with a couple days off."

The Lynx were the league's highest-scoring team in the regular season at 82.8 points per game, while the Mercury gave up a WNBA-worst average of 80.3.

"Some nights, the ball doesn't go in the basket," Phoenix coach Russ Pennell said. "I was more disappointed in our defense than actually missing shots. I thought it was a combination of them guarding us well and us taking some quick shots that led to some fast breaks, and it was just kind of downhill from there."

In order to force a decisive Game 3, the Mercury will have to find a way to slow Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore. Whalen and Moore scored 20 points apiece while Augustus finished with 18.

Whalen, who joined Moore and Taurasi on the All-WNBA first team, scored 13 points while shooting 6 of 17 from the field in Minnesota's first-round sweep of Seattle.

"I thought she had a little more bounce in her step," coach Cheryl Reeve said. "Any time Lindsay struggles in a series you can bet she's going to come out the next series and really assert herself, and she did just that for us."

Pennell said his team can't be intimidated by the star power of the Lynx, especially with its season on the line.

"Sometimes you kind of get something in your head that maybe isn't true, and if you think about it long enough, you'll think it's true,' Pennell said. "I want to make sure they understand that Minnesota is beatable."

The Lynx have appeared in the last two WNBA finals. They beat the Mercury in the conference finals before winning the 2011 title, then fell to Indiana in last year's championship series.

Phoenix will need to win two straight to make its first finals appearance since winning the 2009 title.

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WNBA HEAD TO HEAD

Sep 26, 2013 Score ATS Results
PHO 62 Under: 147
MIN « 85 Cover: 15.5
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Jul 24, 2013 Score ATS Results
PHO 69 Cover: 3.5
MIN « 81 Under: 150
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Jul 21, 2013 Score ATS Results
MIN « 82 Under: 159
PHO 77 Cover: 2
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Jul 7, 2013 Score ATS Results
PHO 59 Under: 150
MIN « 91 Cover: 25.5
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Jun 19, 2013 Score ATS Results
MIN « 80 Cover: 7.5
PHO 69 Under: 149
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Jun 6, 2013 Score ATS Results
PHO 79 Over: 178
MIN « 99 Cover: 9.5
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09/29/2013 10:25 AM

Sunday, September 29

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Atlanta - 3:00 PM ET Atlanta +5 500 POD # 3

Indiana - Over 145.5 500 POD # 2


Minnesota - 5:00 PM ET Minnesota -2 500 POD # 4

Phoenix - Under 158.5 500 POD # 1

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10/02/2013 01:48 AM

2013 WNBA Playoff Results

September 30, 2013


2012 Results
Betting Results
-- Road Teams are 9-5 Straight Up
-- Underdogs are 7-7 Straight Up
-- Underdogs are 8-6 Against the Spread
-- The 'Under' is 11-3


WNBA Finals

Sunday, Oct. 6

Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result

Atlanta Minnesota - - -

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result

Atlanta Minnesota - - -


Thursday, Oct. 10

Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result

Minnesota Atlanta - - -

Sunday, Oct. 13

Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result

Minnesota Atlanta - - -

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result

Atlanta Minnesota - - -


Conference Finals

(2) Atlanta beat (4) Indiana 2-0
(1) Minnesota beat (3) Phoenix 2-0


Thursday, Sept. 26

Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result

Indiana Atlanta (-3) 84-79 Favorite Over (144)

Phoenix Minnesota (-7.5) 85-62 Favorite Under (159)


Sunday, Sept. 29

Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result

Atlanta (+5.5, +200) Indiana 67-53 Underdog Under (145)

Minnesota (-3.5) Phoenix 72-65 Favorite Under (156)

Conference Semifinals

(4) Indiana beat (1) Chicago 2-0
(2) Atlanta beat (3) Washington 2-1
(1) Minnesota beat (4) Seattle 2-0
(3) Phoenix beat (2) Los Angeles 2-1


Thursday, Sept. 19

Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result

Washington (+7, +250) Atlanta 71-56 Underdog Under (151.5)

Phoenix (+7.5, +300) Los Angeles 86-75 Underdog Under (162.5)


Friday, Sept. 20

Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result

Indiana (+7, +240) Chicago 85-72 Underdog Over (142.5)

Seattle Minnesota (-15) 80-64 Favorite Under (148.5)


Saturday, Sept. 21

Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result

Atlanta (+2.5, +125) Washington 63-45 Underdog Under (148.5)

Los Angeles (+1, +105) Phoenix 82-73 Underdog Under (162)


Sunday, Sept. 22

Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result

Chicago Indiana (-1.5) 79-57 Favorite Under (145.5)

Minnesota (-8.5) Seattle 58-55 Underdog Under (146.5)


Monday, Sept. 23

Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result

Washington Atlanta (-6.5) 80-72 Favorite Over (143.5)

Phoenix (+7, +260) Los Angeles 78-77 Underdog Under (161)


Winner Listed in Bold

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10/02/2013 01:50 AM

Conference Finals Preview

September 26, 2013

Eastern Conference Finals
Best of Three Format (1-1-1)

(2) Atlanta Dream vs. (4) Indiana Fever

-- Dream (19-17 SU, 19-17 ATS)
-- Fever (18-18 SU, 17-19 ATS)
-- Dream won season series, 3-1

-- Atlanta won both home battles against Indiana
-- Three of four matchups finished 'over' the total

-- Both teams entered the playoffs with losing streaks
-- Atlanta is 2-5 in its last seven
-- Indiana is 2-4 ATS in its last six

-- Atlanta is 13-4 at home this season, 1-1 in the playoffs
-- Indiana is 7-10 on the road this season, 1-0 in the playoffs
-- The Dream are 4-13 on the road this season, 1-0 in the playoffs
-- The Fever are 9-8 at home this season, 1-0 in the playoffs

How they got here:

-- Atlanta beat Washington 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals
-- Indiana beat Chicago 2-0 in the Eastern Conference semifinals

Western Conference Finals
Best of Three Format (1-1-1)

(1) Minnesota Lynx vs. (3) Phoenix Mercury

-- Lynx (28-8 SU, 23-13 ATS)
-- Mercury (21-16 SU, 16-20-1 ATS)
-- Lynx swept season series, 5-0

-- Minnesota won four of five meetings against Phoenix by double digits
-- The 'under' went 4-1 in the five encounters

-- Minnesota is 10-1 SU and 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games
-- Phoenix has seen the 'under' go 7-1 in its last eight games

-- Minnesota is 15-2 at home this season, 1-0 in the playoffs
-- Phoenix is 9-8 on the road this season, 2-0 in the playoffs
-- The Lynx are 11-6 on the road this season, 1-0 in the playoffs
-- The Mercury are 10-7 at home this season, 0-1 in the playoffs

How they got here:

-- Minnesota beat Seattle 2-0 in the Western Conference semifinals
-- Phoenix beat Los Angeles 2-1 in the Western Conference semifinals


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10/04/2013 12:31 AM

WNBA Conference Finals Update

September 26, 2013


Minnesota and Phoenix were both preseason favorites to be title contenders this year, and here they are facing off in the Western Conference finals.


With four All-Stars scoring in double digits, the Lynx had another strong regular season before sweeping Seattle in the first round and now seek their third straight trip to the WNBA Finals.

``They give you a lot of problems,'' Mercury coach Russ Pennell said. ``They're multidimensional. They can hurt you inside, outside, they run well, they defend well. They're a complete team. ... We realize we're going to have to play pretty well in order to do well in the series.''

Phoenix will have to at least play a lot better than it did while losing all five matchups against Lynx in the regular season. Other than a five-point margin on the Mercury's home court on July 21, Minnesota's other four wins were by double digits. All five of those games came before Pennell took over as coach on Aug. 8.

Here are five other things to know as the conference finals begin Thursday night:

1. THROW OUT THE REGULAR SEASON: Atlanta won three of five meetings against Indiana during the season, though they've only played once since Aug. 12. The defending champion Fever endured an injury-plagued start to the season and only three players appeared in more than 30 games. Though still missing Katie Douglas, they've settled into a rotation that got them back into the playoffs with the fourth seed in the East, and then beat conference champion Chicago in two games in the first round.

Atlanta star Angel McCoughtry didn't think her team, which has played without star forward Sancho Lyttle most of the season, could put too much emphasis on their regular season success against the Fever.

``You have to continue how you were playing, but it's a different ballgame now,'' McCoughtry said. ``It doesn't really matter about that, because they're a different team and we're going to be a different team. We can take the positives from it and continue to do what we've been doing, but they're playing a lot, lot different now.''

This is the third straight year the teams are meeting in the postseason. Atlanta won in the conference finals in 2011, and Indiana won in three games in the first round last year.

2. THE MERCURY HAVE STARS, TOO: Phoenix also has four double-digit scorers with five-time scoring champion Diana Taurasi, No. 1 overall draft pick Brittney Griner, Candice Dupree (15.2) and DeWanna Bonner (14.5). After struggling to find consistency for much of the season, Griner showed she can hit the big shot as she knocked down a turnaround jumper with 4.9 seconds left in Game 3 of the first round at Los Angeles to give the Mercury the series-clinching win.

``Phoenix is definitely a dangerous team offensively, and defense is always a part our mindset and our strategy going in,'' Minnesota's Maya Moore said. ``Every game we play (against them) we have to bring our defense to give us a chance to win. ... The two-man game with (Taurasi) and Dupree is extremely dangerous and we have to be ready to just combat that with our versatility.''

3. ZELLOUS TIME: For the fourth time in her five seasons in the league, Indiana's Shavonte Zellous has increased her scoring output from the regular season to the playoffs. Overall, she's averaging 9.0 points in 158 regular season games and 10.8 in 25 postseason contests. This season, Zellous averaged 14.7 points - nearly double her career regular season average coming in - to earn the league's most improved player award. She then averaged 15.0 points against Chicago.

`` She wants the ball in her hands in crunch time,'' Fever coach Lin Dunn said. ``She's ready to drive to the rim, she'll pull up and shoot a 15-footer and she'll also shoot a 3 now. And she plays with so much energy, so much intensity that it's contagious.''

4. BACK TO THE FINALS: The four conference finalists have each appeared in the WNBA finals twice in the previous six years, and the winners will make it three in seven. Phoenix won championships in 2007 and 2009, beating Indiana for the latter. The defending champion Fever spoiled Minnesota's bid for two straight titles last year, and Atlanta lost in consecutive trips - to Seattle in 2010 and the Lynx the following year. Minnesota will be looking to become the first team to make three straight trips to the title round since the Detroit Shock in 2006-08.

5. HOME-COURT DISADVANTAGE?: Road teams won seven of the 10 games played in the conference semifinals, with Indiana, Minnesota and Atlanta the only teams protecting their home court. The Dream lost the opener against Washington at home before winning the middle game on the road and then clinching the series in Game 3 at home. In the Mercury-Sparks series, the road team won each game as Phoenix won twice at Los Angeles after the Sparks had lost twice at Staples Center during the season.

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10/04/2013 12:32 AM

Minnesota faces Atlanta in WNBA finals

October 2, 2013


Ever since the Minnesota Lynx lost in the WNBA finals last year, they've been focused on getting back there.

Now they are three wins away from a second championship in three seasons, facing a team they swept two years ago to earn the franchise's first title.

``We're a very hungry, determined group of women,'' said Minnesota's Seimone Augustus. ``All year we've talked about holding our goal and destiny in our hands. We have another chance at a title after not ending last season the way we wanted to.''

Minnesota has looked nearly unbeatable in the playoffs. The Lynx have swept all four of their playoff games after posting the best record in the regular season (26-8). They won both of their home games easily.

One key to Minnesota's success has been the play of Maya Moore. She's coming off a career year and has raised her game in the playoffs, averaging 21.5 points, including a career playoff best 27-point effort in the series clincher against Phoenix in the Western Conference finals.

Moore was the runner-up to Candace Parker for the league's MVP, losing by just 16 points. Almost expecting that her star wouldn't win the MVP award, coach Cheryl Reeve said in early September that she'd rather see Moore raising the MVP trophy in the finals because that meant the Lynx were the champions again.

``She's matured and developed into a young leader,'' Reeve said. ``She's become much more efficient on the offensive side. The overall growth of Maya makes life easier for Seimone, Lindsay (Whalen) and Rebekkah (Brunson).''

The Dream want to avoid losing in the finals for the third time in the past four seasons. The Dream were swept by Seattle in 2010 and Minnesota in 2011. If Atlanta can't beat Minnesota, the Dream would become the second team in league history to lose in the finals three times, joining the New York Liberty - who lost in three of the league's first four championships.

``We learned from our failures,'' said Angel McCoughtry, who leads the Dream with 19.5 points a game. ``We know what it feels like to not win it, and we want to get over that hump this year and bring a championship to Atlanta.''

Atlanta got off to a hot start, winning 10 of its first 11 games before cooling off with eight losses in the next nine. The Dream lost the final four games of the regular season and got blown out in Game 1 of their first-round series against Washington.

But then it all clicked with two straight wins over Washington and a sweep of defending champion Indiana.

``We had a long road streak there in July that tested us a lot going to the West Coast,'' Atlanta coach Fred Williams said. ``All in all we were able to maintain our second place in our division and try to gain home court advantage in the East. Down the stretch we wanted to get into postseason play when it's a different season. We stepped up after that first Washington loss.''

The two teams split their regular-season matchups, each defending its home court. Atlanta has struggled on the road, winning just twice away from home since June 23. Both of those came in the playoffs at Washington and Indiana.

The first two games of the finals will be in Minnesota before the series shifts to Atlanta. If having to face the best team in the league wasn't enough of a problem, the Dream won't even be able to play on their home court; Disney on Ice is booked at the Phillips Arena. The Dream will be forced to play 25 miles away at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth.

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10/06/2013 10:46 AM

Lynx advance to 3rd straight finals

September 29, 2013


PHOENIX (AP) - Maya Moore scored 27 points, Seimone Augustus had 22, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 72-65 Sunday to advance to the WNBA Finals for the third straight year with a sweep in the best-of-three Western Conference finals.

Minnesota will open the finals next Sunday at home against Atlanta, which completed its sweep of Indiana earlier Sunday.

Diana Taurasi had 21 points for Phoenix, but was 6 of 21 from the field. Candice Dupree added 17 points, while No. 1 draft pick Brittney Griner was held to six points and 10 rebounds.

Minnesota beat Phoenix 85-62 in Game 1 on Thursday.

The Lynx swept Atlanta in the 2011 finals and lost to Indiana in four games last season.

Minnesota led by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter, but Taurasi hit a 3-pointer and another basket to cut the lead to 69-63 with 1:24 remaining. Dupree got loose for a layup with 33 seconds left to get Phoenix within 69-65.

The Lynx, who won eight of nine at the end of regular season, have won all four of their playoff games in the postseason, winning by an average of 12 points a game.

Minnesota won all seven meetings with the Mercury this year and has beaten Phoenix 14 straight times dating to 2011.

The Lynx advanced despite missing 12 free throws and the Mercury holding Lindsay Whalen to three points on 1-for-12 shooting. Whalen had 20 points in Game 1.

Minnesota ran off seven straight points after Phoenix had tied it 41-all with 7:45 left in the third quarter and went into the final period with a 53-45 lead.

Griner, after hitting two quick shots in the first two minutes, was held to 3-of-6 shooting in 32 minutes.

The Mercury made a concerted effort on the glass, starting the game by outrebounding Minnesota 8-1 in the first five minutes and grabbing an early 15-9 lead. Phoenix led 21-19 after the first quarter.

Minnesota scored the first nine points of the second quarter and opened up a 38-29 advantage after Augustus hit a 3 with 1:46 remaining. But Dupree scored the last four points for Phoenix and the Mercury got within 38-35 at the break. Augustus had 14 points and Moore 13 for Minnesota in the first half.

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10/06/2013 10:49 AM

Preview: Dream (17-17) at Lynx (26-8)

Date: October 06, 2013 8:30 PM EDT


Ever since the Minnesota Lynx lost in the WNBA finals last year, they've been focused on getting back there.

Now they are three wins away from a second championship in three seasons, facing a team they swept two years ago to earn the franchise's first title.

``We're a very hungry, determined group of women,' said Minnesota's Seimone Augustus. ``All year we've talked about holding our goal and destiny in our hands. We have another chance at a title after not ending last season the way we wanted to.'

Minnesota, which hosts Game 1 Sunday night, has looked nearly unbeatable in the playoffs. The Lynx have swept all four of their playoff games after posting the best record in the regular season (26-8). They won both of their home games easily.

One key to Minnesota's success has been the play of Maya Moore. She's coming off a career year and has raised her game in the playoffs, averaging 21.5 points, including a career playoff best 27-point effort in the series clincher against Phoenix in the Western Conference finals.

Moore was the runner-up to Candace Parker for the league's MVP, losing by just 16 points. Almost expecting that her star wouldn't win the MVP award, coach Cheryl Reeve said in early September that she'd rather see Moore raising the MVP trophy in the finals because that meant the Lynx were the champions again.

``She's matured and developed into a young leader,' Reeve said. ``She's become much more efficient on the offensive side. The overall growth of Maya makes life easier for Seimone, Lindsay (Whalen) and Rebekkah (Brunson).'

The Dream want to avoid losing in the finals for the third time in the past four seasons. The Dream were swept by Seattle in 2010 and Minnesota in 2011. If Atlanta can't beat Minnesota, the Dream would become the second team in league history to lose in the finals three times, joining the New York Liberty - who lost in three of the league's first four championships.

``We learned from our failures,' said Angel McCoughtry, who leads the Dream with 19.5 points a game. ``We know what it feels like to not win it, and we want to get over that hump this year and bring a championship to Atlanta.'

Atlanta got off to a hot start, winning 10 of its first 11 games before cooling off with eight losses in the next nine. The Dream lost the final four games of the regular season and got blown out in Game 1 of their first-round series against Washington.

But then it all clicked with two straight wins over Washington and a sweep of defending champion Indiana.

``We had a long road streak there in July that tested us a lot going to the West Coast,' Atlanta coach Fred Williams said. ``All in all we were able to maintain our second place in our division and try to gain home court advantage in the East. Down the stretch we wanted to get into postseason play when it's a different season. We stepped up after that first Washington loss.'

The two teams split their regular-season matchups, each defending its home court. Atlanta has struggled on the road, winning just twice away from home since June 23. Both of those came in the playoffs at Washington and Indiana.

The first two games of the finals will be in Minnesota before the series shifts to Atlanta. If having to face the best team in the league wasn't enough of a problem, the Dream won't even be able to play on their home court; Disney on Ice is booked at the Phillips Arena. The Dream will be forced to play 25 miles away at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth.


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Aug 20, 2013 Score ATS Results
MIN 75 Over: 163
ATL « 88 Cover: 15.5
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Jul 9, 2013 Score ATS Results
ATL 72 Over: 166
MIN « 94 Cover: 16.5
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10/06/2013 12:41 PM

Sunday, October 6

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Atlanta -8:30 PM ET Minnesota -9.5 500 POD # 1

Minnesota - Under 155.5 500 POD # 2

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10/08/2013 06:19 PM

WNBA Finals
Long Sheet

Tuesday, October 8

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ATLANTA (21 - 19) at MINNESOTA (31 - 8) - 10/8/2013, 8:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
MINNESOTA is 7-2 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
MINNESOTA is 9-1 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
5 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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WNBA Finals

Tuesday, October 8

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Trend Report
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8:00 PM
ATLANTA vs. MINNESOTA
Atlanta is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games at home
Minnesota is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing Atlanta

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