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06/15/2013 11:46 AM

Silver Stars-Sparks Preview

Posted Jun 15 2013 1:48AM

The San Antonio Silver Stars temporarily looked like they might be able to withstand the absences of two key players. More recent results suggest they could be in trouble.

San Antonio looks to shake off its road struggles and knock off the Los Angeles Sparks for the second time in two weeks Saturday night.

With last year's two leading scorers - Sophia Young (16.3 ppg) and Becky Hammon (14.7) - sidelined due to injuries to begin the season, most didn't expect much out of the Silver Stars (2-3). They suffered a 15-point loss to reigning champion Indiana in the season opener, but they bounced back with victories over Los Angeles and Chicago.

All three of those games were at home. Defeats in the first two contests of a four-game trip, including an 87-72 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday, have seemingly brought the Silver Stars a dose of reality.

San Antonio held a 36-35 halftime lead against the Lynx but was done in by an 18-4 run bridging the third and fourth quarters.

Shenise Johnson scored a team-high 16 as part of a San Antonio bench which totaled 32 points. The club's reserves average 34.5 points but haven't been able to compensate for the losses of Hammon and Young, who combined for 37 percent of the team's scoring last year.

Hammon is likely out until July with a broken middle finger, while Young may be lost for the year due to an ACL tear she suffered while playing in China during the offseason.

"You look at our team, and you take two kids out, Sophia Young and Becky Hammon, and it pushes a couple kids up," coach Dan Hughes said. "The other kids now kind of slide into that bench situation. This is a young team that is still learning roles a little bit."

San Antonio could have the benefit of rest, having been idle for three days while Los Angeles (2-2) is coming off a 97-81 loss at Phoenix on Friday.

The Sparks, who had limited their first three opponents to an average of 73.7 points, let the Mercury shoot 50.0 percent from the field.

"I'm disappointed with the loss, but I'm more disappointed with the way we played," coach Carol Ross said. "There wasn't a whole lot of fight, we didn't handle adversity well and we were not resilient. It's disappointing to not just lose, but lose in that way."

Kristi Toliver led Los Angeles with 18 points while Candace Parker added 15.

Parker had 27 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks in the teams' first meeting, but Los Angeles had a three-game winning streak in the series snapped. Johnson scored a team-high 19 for the Silver Stars.

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06/15/2013 11:48 AM

Saturday, June 15

Game Score Status Pick Amount

San Antonio - 10:30 PM ET San Antonio +9 500

Los Angeles - Over 158.5 500 POD # 1

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06/16/2013 09:30 AM

WNBA
Dunkel

Chicago at Atlanta
The Sky look to build on their 5-2 ATS record in their last 7 road games. Chicago is the pick (+4) according to Dunkel, which has the Dream favored by only 2. Dunkel Pick: Chicago (+4). Here are all of today's picks

SUNDAY, JUNE 16

Game 601-602: Indiana at Washington (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Indiana 115.417; Washington 107.537
Dunkel Line & Total: Indiana by 8; 149
Vegas Line & Total: Washington by 2 1/2; 143
Dunkel Pick: Indiana (+2 1/2); Over

Game 603-604: Chicago at Atlanta (3:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago 116.188; Atlanta 118.057
Dunkel Line & Total: Atlanta by 2; 149
Vegas Line & Total: Atlanta by 4; 153
Dunkel Pick: Chicago (+4); Under

Game 605-606: Phoenix at Tulsa (4:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Phoenix 110.967; Tulsa 102.651
Dunkel Line & Total: Phoenix by 8 1/2; 166
Vegas Line & Total: Phoenix by 6 1/2; 169 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Phoenix (-6 1/2); Under

Game 607-608: Seattle at Connecticut (5:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle 105.471; Connecticut 116.533
Dunkel Line & Total: Connecticut by 11; 148
Vegas Line & Total: Connecticut by 8 1/2; 143 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Connecticut (-8 1/2); Over




WNBA
Long Sheet

Sunday, June 16

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INDIANA (1 - 4) at WASHINGTON (3 - 1) - 6/16/2013, 2:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
INDIANA is 85-121 ATS (-48.1 Units) as an underdog since 1997.
WASHINGTON is 228-282 ATS (-82.2 Units) in all games since 1997.
WASHINGTON is 26-45 ATS (-23.5 Units) as a home favorite of 3 points or less since 1997.
WASHINGTON is 38-65 ATS (-33.5 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1997.
WASHINGTON is 143-183 ATS (-58.3 Units) vs. division opponents since 1997.
WASHINGTON is 35-56 ATS (-26.6 Units) off an upset win as an underdog since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
INDIANA is 7-2 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
INDIANA is 8-1 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
5 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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CHICAGO (4 - 1) at ATLANTA (5 - 1) - 6/16/2013, 3:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ATLANTA is 9-21 ATS (-14.1 Units) in home games in June games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
ATLANTA is 5-4 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
ATLANTA is 6-3 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
5 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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PHOENIX (2 - 3) at TULSA (1 - 6) - 6/16/2013, 4:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PHOENIX is 12-27 ATS (-17.7 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 6-17 ATS (-12.7 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 10-23 ATS (-15.3 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 4-15 ATS (-12.5 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
TULSA is 5-3 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
PHOENIX is 6-2 straight up against TULSA over the last 3 seasons
7 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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SEATTLE (1 - 3) at CONNECTICUT (2 - 4) - 6/16/2013, 5:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SEATTLE is 7-19 ATS (-13.9 Units) in road games after 3 or more consecutive unders since 1997.
SEATTLE is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) on Sunday games over the last 2 seasons.
SEATTLE is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
CONNECTICUT is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in home games against Western conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
CONNECTICUT is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in home games in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
CONNECTICUT is 2-2 against the spread versus SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
CONNECTICUT is 2-2 straight up against SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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WNBA

Sunday, June 16

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Trend Report
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2:00 PM
INDIANA vs. WASHINGTON
Indiana is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Indiana is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Washington is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Indiana
Washington is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games at home

3:00 PM
CHICAGO vs. ATLANTA
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Chicago's last 15 games on the road
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing Chicago
Atlanta is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Chicago

4:30 PM
PHOENIX vs. TULSA
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games on the road
Phoenix is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tulsa's last 5 games when playing at home against Phoenix
Tulsa is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Phoenix

5:00 PM
SEATTLE vs. CONNECTICUT
Seattle is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Seattle is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Connecticut's last 5 games
Connecticut is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

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06/16/2013 09:31 AM

Fever-Mystics Preview

Posted Jun 15 2013 3:11PM

Even after President Barack Obama praised the Indiana Fever for their 2012 WNBA championship, Tamika Catchings couldn't help but lament the team's early struggles in 2013.

It's been quite the opposite for the surprising Washington Mystics.

The defending champs look to end a four-game skid while putting a damper on Washington's best start in three years Sunday in the nation's capital.

Indiana visited the White House on Friday to celebrate the team's first title, but Catchings had a business-like mentality soon after the event. The Fever (1-4) are off to their worst start since 2001 after falling 73-61 to Connecticut on Wednesday.

"Right now, our backs are against the wall," Catchings said. "We've got a lot of players injured and a lot of players out, but it's a motivating factor being (at the White House) and having this opportunity. We have to get refocused.''

All-Star Katie Douglas hasn't played since May 31, while Jessica Davenport, Erin Phillips and Jeanette Pohlen have yet to take the court this season.

It's uncertain if Douglas will be able to go Sunday.

Shavonte Zellous, averaging a team-best 18.4 points, scored 14 and Catchings added 11 on Wednesday as Indiana shot a season-worst 34.3 percent. It's averaging 70.4 points, second worst in the WNBA.

"We are just missing too many open shots. We are beat up," coach Lin Dunn said. "We're not clicking on all cylinders. We had mental breakdowns by our younger players.''

While the Fever continue to struggle, the Mystics are surging after winning only five games last season.

First-year coach Mike Thibault has Washington (3-1) off to its best start since winning the first three games of 2010. The Mystics beat defending Western Conference champion Minnesota 85-80 last Saturday.

"We have a chance to get on a little bit of a roll if we can get a win on Sunday," Thibault said.

The coach's biggest contribution may have been convincing free-agent guard Ivory Latta to sign with Washington during the offseason. Latta scored 24 points in the last contest and ranks second in the league averaging 20.5 while adding a team-best 4.5 assists per game.

Monique Currie, who scored a season-best 23 points against Minnesota, suffered through last year's 5-29 effort and sees many differences in this squad.

``We're more than halfway to our total wins from last year just four games in,'' Currie said. "We've been working hard and we deserve to finally kind of change the tide of what has been happening here. We're a lot more attentive, a lot more focused and I think we believe in ourselves a little bit more than we did last year.''

Washington hasn't won three straight since 2010.

The Fever took three of four from the Mystics last season.

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06/16/2013 09:32 AM

Sky-Dream Preview

Posted Jun 15 2013 2:07PM

International obligations have left the Chicago Sky and Atlanta Dream without a top player, but each squad's respective star has helped make the absences a bit easier.

Elena Delle Donne leads the top offensive team in the Eastern Conference against Angel McCoughtry and the Dream, best in the WNBA on defense, as the Sky visit Atlanta on Sunday.

Epiphanny Prince was leading Chicago with 20.7 points per game when she left earlier this month to help the Russian national team in its quest to qualify for the world championships.

Delle Donne, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, stepped up in the Sky's second game without Prince. She scored 23 points and hit two free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining as Chicago (4-1) beat San Antonio 72-70 last Sunday.

"I'm definitely trying to be a little more aggressive, get some double-teams, and get other people open (while Prince isn't playing)," Delle Donne said.

The rookie is fourth in the league with 19.4 points a contest while ranking third with 2.6 blocks.

``We've all been talking about it and the word that we've all used is unique skill set for somebody 6-5, and poise,'' coach Pokey Chatman said.

Delle Donne and center Sylvia Fowles, averaging 13.4 points while leading the WNBA in rebounding at 14.8 per game, have helped the Sky average a conference-best 84.2 points per contest.

They'll likely be in for a tough challenge Sunday, though, as the Dream (5-1) are holding opponents to an average of 68.7 points.

Atlanta played its first of six games Friday without leading rebounder and second-leading scorer Sancho Lyttle, who is competing with Spain's national team overseas.

McCoughtry, the top scorer in the WNBA last season who's averaging 18.8 points this year, scored 23 to go with nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals in a 68-59 win over Seattle on Friday.

Le'Coe Willingham started in Lyttle's place and grabbed eight boards.

``We played Dream basketball - forcing turnovers, contesting shots and running our offense up-tempo,'' McCoughtry said. ``Sancho is a great player, but while she's gone, other people have a chance to step up.''

Atlanta has three players ranked in the top four in the league in steals per game. McCoughtry leads the WNBA with 3.7, followed by teammate Armintie Herrington at 3.4. Lyttle is tied for third with Indiana's Tamika Catchings at 2.8.

``This is a good team, but we can get a lot better,'' McCoughtry said. ``There's a lot of stuff to clean up, but we're off to a pretty good start.''

The Dream went 3-2 in five meetings with the Sky last season. McCoughtry and Fowles each played in four, with McCoughtry scoring 25.0 points per game and Fowles averaging 19.0 points and 10.8 rebounds.

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06/16/2013 09:33 AM

Mercury-Shock Preview

Posted Jun 15 2013 4:41PM

Despite rookie star Brittney Griner being hobbled, the Phoenix Mercury have bounced back from their rough start behind solid performances from their veterans.

First-year guard Skylar Diggins is having trouble finding her touch with the struggling Tulsa Shock.

Visiting Phoenix looks to win a third straight contest while dealing Tulsa its third consecutive defeat Sunday.

Griner, the center taken No. 1 overall in this year's draft, missed an 82-67 victory over Indiana on June 8 and had her minutes limited during Friday's 97-81 win over Los Angeles due to a sprained knee.

Diana Taurasi helped picked up the slack in each contest. She scored 26 points against the Fever as the Mercury (2-3) ended a three-game losing streak before hitting five 3-pointers in a 34-point effort versus the Sparks.

Fifth-year wing DeWanna Bonner also had back-to-back solid games, scoring 24 points and adding 11 boards against Indiana before recording 23 and 12 on Friday.

``It's not rocket science, it's not brain surgery, it's not making borscht, it's just basketball,'' said Taurasi, who added seven assists and six rebounds Friday. ``We've had a lot of people play well.''

Taurasi has averaged 27.0 points over her last three to increase her league-best scoring average to 21.8.

"Diana leads the way and we follow," said forward Charde Houston, who scored 15 points Friday. "When she plays like that, it lifts everyone up."

The Mercury have increased the tempo lately with Griner, who hit all five of her shots for 10 points while adding four blocks in 15 minutes, nursing her injury.

``We're going to go back and do what we do best and that's organized chaos,'' coach Corey Gaines said. ``That's all that is. (Taurasi is) on another level right now."

Diggins, the No. 3 overall pick this year, is trying to raise her level of play as the Shock (1-6) continue to struggle. She's shooting 27.0 percent on the season and has scored 13 points while hitting four of 17 shots over her last two games.

Tulsa fell 83-74 to Minnesota on Friday despite 22 points and nine rebounds from Glory Johnson and 18 points from Candace Wiggins. Diggins missed her first five field-goal attempts before hitting a bucket with 3:47 remaining.

The Shock and Mercury split four meetings last season. Taurasi played less than 10 minutes in the first matchup and missed the final three while dealing with a strained left hip flexor.

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06/16/2013 09:34 AM

Storm-Sun Preview

Posted Jun 15 2013 7:32PM

While the Seattle Storm continue to search for ways to ignite their struggling offense, the short-handed Connecticut Sun hope an extended home stretch will help them get back on track.

Two teams near the bottom of their respective conferences again look to improve their early season play Sunday.

Seattle (1-3) ranks last in the WNBA in scoring (65.3 points per game), field-goal percentage (39.1) and 3-point percentage (25.0). Since beating Phoenix 75-72 on June 2, the Storm have failed to score 60 in back-to-back losses.

They were outscored 17-4 in the third quarter and shot 33.9 percent overall in Friday's 68-59 defeat at Atlanta.

"We're going to have to just keep fighting," said veteran forward Tina Thompson, who matched Temeka Johnson with a team-high 11 points. "We're not going to give in. Just going to keep fighting. Keep working, getting better, executing. I think that if we continue to focus on that then we'll be OK."

On a positive note, Seattle went 7 of 19 (36.8 percent) from beyond the arc against the Dream after missing all 17 of its 3-point attempts during a 67-58 loss to Tulsa on June 7.

"We just have to be aggressive," Johnson said. "Take what we want, not what people give us."

Tanisha Wright averages a team-leading 11.3 points, but she's totaled 14 on 5-of-19 shooting in the last two games.

She managed 18 points on 38.1 percent shooting while the Storm split their two meetings with Connecticut in 2012.

Camille Little scored 27 and Thompson added 20 as Seattle shot 52.3 percent to snap a nine-game road skid to the Sun with an 89-83 win July 1. The Storm have won four of seven against Connecticut since losing seven straight in the series.

Connecticut (2-4) has played four of its first six on the road, but begins a stretch of four in a row and six of seven at home. The Sun have split their first two home games.

Since opening with an 81-69 win over New York on May 25, the Sun have averaged 70.0 points while losing four of five. Ending that slide likely won't be easy with key reserve Tan White (broken finger) set to miss a fourth straight contest and Renee Montgomery (sprained ankle) her fifth in a row.

Allison Hightower scored 17 and Kara Lawson added 16, but Connecticut failed to hold an 11-point third-quarter lead in Friday's 78-68 loss to the Liberty.

"The Liberty looked like a team that really got after it in the second half," said coach Anne Donovan, whose team was outscored 54-35 over the final two quarters.

Tina Charles ranks among the league leaders with 19.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, but the Sun center went 3 for 17 from the field while being held to season lows of seven points and four boards Friday.

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06/18/2013 11:40 AM

WNBA
Dunkel

Washington at Seattle
The Mystics look to build on their 4-1 ATS record in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Washington is the pick (+5) according to Dunkel, which has the Storm favored by only 2 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Washington (+5). Here are all of today's picks

TUESDAY, JUNE 18

Game 651-652: Washington at Seattle (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 106.851; Seattle 109.471
Dunkel Line & Total: Seattle by 2 1/2; 145
Vegas Line & Total: Seattle by 5; 140 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+5); Over




WNBA
Long Sheet

Tuesday, June 18

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WASHINGTON (4 - 1) at SEATTLE (2 - 3) - 6/18/2013, 10:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 229-282 ATS (-81.2 Units) in all games since 1997.
WASHINGTON is 143-185 ATS (-60.5 Units) as an underdog since 1997.
SEATTLE is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in home games after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
SEATTLE is 22-41 ATS (-23.1 Units) off an upset win as an underdog since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
SEATTLE is 3-1 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
SEATTLE is 4-0 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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WNBA

Tuesday, June 18

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10:00 PM
WASHINGTON vs. SEATTLE
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington's last 11 games when playing on the road against Seattle
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Seattle's last 9 games when playing Washington
Seattle is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Washington

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06/18/2013 11:41 AM

Mystics-Storm Preview

Posted Jun 17 2013 3:52PM

With back-to-back victories over last season's WNBA finalists, the Washington Mystics have a chance to match last season's win total.

They'll have to end a seven-game skid in Seattle against the Storm for that to happen Tuesday night.

After defeating Minnesota 85-80 on June 8, Washington (4-1) extended its winning streak to three with Sunday's 64-60 victory over defending champion Indiana.

The Mystics, a league-worst 5-29 last season, have won all of their games by five points or fewer to jump out to their quickest start since opening a franchise-best 7-1 in 2002.

"We're pulling out games,'' said Crystal Langhorne, who scored all 16 of her points in the second half Sunday. "The past few years in the last five minutes of a game, we would lose it. This year we're showing a whole different mentality. We're closing out games."

Washington is also getting the job done outside the nation's capital, winning both times after finishing 1-16 as the road team in 2012. The Mystics can match the second-longest road winning streak in team history - the record is four in 2007 - as they begin a three-game trip.

Washington, though, is winless in Seattle since 2005 after falling 72-55 in its last visit June 24.

The Storm (2-3) have won four straight overall in this series, but this team is still searching for an identity with stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson out for the season with injuries.

"Our mindset is to fight through everything,'' Camille Little said after scoring 15 points with nine rebounds and five assists in Sunday's 78-66 road win over Connecticut. "You can make excuses if you want, but nobody cares if Sue and Lauren aren't playing. Nobody cares what may or may not be going on with our team. We have to believe in ourselves and fight through everything, and tonight we showed that.''

The Storm are also showing they can clamp down on defense, holding their last two opponents to a combined 41.4 percent from the field.

"We were aggressive (defensively), and it sparked our offense," Little said.

Seattle, averaging a league-low 67.8 points, shot a season-best 51.4 percent against the Sun after hitting a season-low 33.9 percent in its previous game, a 68-59 loss at Atlanta on Friday.

Veteran forward Tina Thompson, the Storm's leading scorer (12.2 ppg) and rebounder (5.0), averaged 8.5 points and 2.0 boards against Washington in 2012.

Langhorne had 41 points and 16 rebounds in those contests to lead all players.

Mystics guard Ivory Latta, a teammate of Seattle's Temeka Johnson in Tulsa last season, is among the WNBA's best with 19.8 points per contest. She's shooting 48.7 percent, including an 8-for-14 effort from 3-point range, in the team's longest undefeated stretch since a six-game winning streak to end 2010.

"The chemistry is building,'' Latta said.

Another victory would pull first-year Mystics coach Mike Thibault into a tie with Van Chancellor for the most wins in league history with 211.

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06/18/2013 07:22 PM

Tuesday, June 18

Game Score Status Pick Amount
Washington - 10:00 PM ET Washington +4 500 POD # 1
Seattle - Under 139.5 500 POD # 2

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