cnotes Posts:25919 Followers:33
09/27/2012 01:15 AM

Defense will determine East semifinal

Best-of-three series opens in Indiana on Friday (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET)

The Dream, who have been to consecutive WNBA Finals but have no title to show for it, ride a four-game win streak (and seven wins in nine games) into the playoffs. Atlanta seems to have found its groove in the final weeks of the regular season despite a serious spate of drama in August, when coach Marynell Meadors was dismissed and star Angel McCoughtry, the WNBA's leading scorer, was briefly suspended.




There's been no such excitement in Indiana, where the veteran Fever -- led by Tamika Catchings -- make their eighth consecutive trip to the playoffs. The steady Fever lost three in a row before winning consecutive games to close the regular season and match the franchise record for regular-season victories with 22.



The biggest concern for Indiana is the health of two key backcourt players -- Shavonte Zellous and Briann January -- who suffered head injuries in a Sept. 17 game and haven't played since.



The Fever have the home-court advantage in this series and have played well at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season with a 12-4 mark.




Key to the series



The play of Sancho Lyttle and Lindsey Harding: If these two players -- who have been consistent and steady through a tumultuous year -- play big, the Dream will be a serious threat to return to the Finals.



Bottom line



Indiana will win if Zellous and January are healthy and ready to run the backcourt. Their absence would be a huge blow.



Atlanta will win if it can play defense. The Dream have given up more than 80 points only twice since September began -- and they lost both games.



Who wins?



Michelle Smith: Dream in three games. Despite all the drama in Atlanta this year, the Dream seem to know how to win in the postseason.



Mechelle Voepel: Fever in three games. The rematch of last year's Eastern Conference finals should go to the Fever if they are healthy, but the series likely will be very close and decided by whether Indiana plays defensively as well as it hopes.






PLAYOFF SCHEDULE: (2) FEVER VS. (3) DREAM






Date

Matchup

Tip (TV)




Friday, Sept. 28

Game 1: Atlanta at Indiana


7 p.m. (ESPN2)



Sunday, Sept. 30

Game 2: Indiana at Atlanta


4 p.m. (ESPN2)



Tuesday, Oct. 2

Game 3*: Atlanta at Indiana


TBD (TBD)



* If necessary









REGULAR-SEASON RECAP




Date

Recap

Notable




May 19

At Indiana 92, Atlanta 84

Indiana put five in double figures and hit 12 of 21 3-pointers and 20 of 24 free throws



May 27

Indiana 78, at Atlanta 62

Tamika Catchings tallied 25 points and 12 rebounds, scoring 17 points in the third quarter



June 26

At Atlanta 70, Indiana 58

The Dream won consecutive games for the first time this season



Aug. 18

At Indiana 86, Atlanta 72

Katie Douglas scored 29 points, hitting 7 of 9 3-point attempts



Sept. 5

At Atlanta 71, Indiana 64

Lindsey Harding scored 12 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Dream rallied to win

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:25919 Followers:33
09/27/2012 01:19 AM

Thursday, September 27

Game Score Status Pick Amount

New York - 8:00 PM ET Connecticut -10 500

Connecticut - Under 154 500

San Antonio - 10:00 PM ET San Antonio +7 500

Los Angeles - Over 163.5 500

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:25919 Followers:33
09/27/2012 06:54 PM

WNBA
Dunkel

San Antonio at Los Angeles
The Silver Stars look to build on their 5-1 ATS record in their last 6 games between the two teams. San Antonio is the pick (+7) according to Dunkel, which has the Sparks favored by only 5. Dunkel Pick: San Antonio (+7). Here are all of today's picks

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Game 651-652: New York at Connecticut (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New York 105.657; Connecticut 118.945
Dunkel Line & Total: Connecticut by 13 1/2; 150
Vegas Line & Total: Connecticut by 9 1/2; 154 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Connecticut (-9 1/2); Under

Game 653-654: San Antonio at Los Angeles (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Antonio 114.624; Los Angeles 119.447
Dunkel Line & Total: Los Angeles by 5; 168
Vegas Line & Total: Los Angeles by 7; 164
Dunkel Pick: San Antonio (+7); Over




WNBA

Thursday, September 27

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Trend Report
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8:00 PM
NEW YORK vs. CONNECTICUT
New York is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
New York is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Connecticut
Connecticut is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing New York
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Connecticut's last 6 games when playing New York

10:00 PM
SAN ANTONIO vs. LOS ANGELES
San Antonio is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
San Antonio is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games


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WNBA

Thursday, September 27

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WNBA Playoffs odds: Lynx big faves to win title
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The WNBA Playoffs kick off Thursday, with two games on the postseason schedule.

The New York Liberty take on the Connecticut Sun (-10.5) while the San Antonio Silver Stars visit the Los Angeles Sparks (-7.5). Friday’s slate includes the Atlanta Dream facing the Indiana Fever (-5) and Seattle Storm traveling to the Minnesota Lynx (-12).

Online sportsbook BetOnline.com has set the top-seeded Lynx as the favorites to win the WNBA Championship, pricing Minnesota at -200. Connecticut is the favorite out of the Eastern Conference, set at +325. Here’s the full list of WNBA futures odds:

Atlanta Dream +2,500
Connecticut Sun +325
Indiana Fever +2,000
Los Angeles Sparks +550
Minnesota Lynx -200
New York Liberty +6,600
San Antonio Silver Stars +3,000
Seattle Storm +8,000

BetOnline.com also has series prices available for the best-of-three opening round of the WNBA Playoffs, listed below:

New York Liberty (+550) vs. Connecticut Sun (-710)
Atlanta Dream (+140) vs. Indiana Fever (-160)
San Antonio Silver Stars (+280) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (-330)
Seattle Storm (+800) vs. Minnesota Lynx (-1,100)

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:25919 Followers:33
09/27/2012 06:54 PM

WNBA
Dunkel

San Antonio at Los Angeles
The Silver Stars look to build on their 5-1 ATS record in their last 6 games between the two teams. San Antonio is the pick (+7) according to Dunkel, which has the Sparks favored by only 5. Dunkel Pick: San Antonio (+7). Here are all of today's picks

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Game 651-652: New York at Connecticut (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New York 105.657; Connecticut 118.945
Dunkel Line & Total: Connecticut by 13 1/2; 150
Vegas Line & Total: Connecticut by 9 1/2; 154 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Connecticut (-9 1/2); Under

Game 653-654: San Antonio at Los Angeles (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Antonio 114.624; Los Angeles 119.447
Dunkel Line & Total: Los Angeles by 5; 168
Vegas Line & Total: Los Angeles by 7; 164
Dunkel Pick: San Antonio (+7); Over




WNBA

Thursday, September 27

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Trend Report
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8:00 PM
NEW YORK vs. CONNECTICUT
New York is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
New York is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Connecticut
Connecticut is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing New York
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Connecticut's last 6 games when playing New York

10:00 PM
SAN ANTONIO vs. LOS ANGELES
San Antonio is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
San Antonio is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games


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WNBA

Thursday, September 27

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WNBA Playoffs odds: Lynx big faves to win title
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The WNBA Playoffs kick off Thursday, with two games on the postseason schedule.

The New York Liberty take on the Connecticut Sun (-10.5) while the San Antonio Silver Stars visit the Los Angeles Sparks (-7.5). Friday’s slate includes the Atlanta Dream facing the Indiana Fever (-5) and Seattle Storm traveling to the Minnesota Lynx (-12).

Online sportsbook BetOnline.com has set the top-seeded Lynx as the favorites to win the WNBA Championship, pricing Minnesota at -200. Connecticut is the favorite out of the Eastern Conference, set at +325. Here’s the full list of WNBA futures odds:

Atlanta Dream +2,500
Connecticut Sun +325
Indiana Fever +2,000
Los Angeles Sparks +550
Minnesota Lynx -200
New York Liberty +6,600
San Antonio Silver Stars +3,000
Seattle Storm +8,000

BetOnline.com also has series prices available for the best-of-three opening round of the WNBA Playoffs, listed below:

New York Liberty (+550) vs. Connecticut Sun (-710)
Atlanta Dream (+140) vs. Indiana Fever (-160)
San Antonio Silver Stars (+280) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (-330)
Seattle Storm (+800) vs. Minnesota Lynx (-1,100)

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:25919 Followers:33
09/27/2012 06:55 PM

WNBA
Long Sheet

Thursday, September 27

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NEW YORK (15 - 19) at CONNECTICUT (25 - 9) - 9/27/2012, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW YORK is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in road games after a win by 10 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
NEW YORK is 49-31 ATS (+14.9 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record after 15+ games since 1997.
CONNECTICUT is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
CONNECTICUT is 9-18 ATS (-10.8 Units) after scoring 75 points or more this season.
CONNECTICUT is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) after 3 or more consecutive wins this season.
CONNECTICUT is 13-26 ATS (-15.6 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record after 15+ games after 15+ games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
CONNECTICUT is 9-5 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
CONNECTICUT is 8-6 straight up against NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
9 of 14 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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SAN ANTONIO (21 - 13) at LOS ANGELES (24 - 10) - 9/27/2012, 10:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LOS ANGELES is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) in home games this season.
LOS ANGELES is 37-21 ATS (+13.9 Units) in home games when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1997.
LOS ANGELES is 14-7 ATS (+6.3 Units) after a division game this season.
LOS ANGELES is 10-3 ATS (+6.7 Units) in home games after scoring 75 points or more this season.
LOS ANGELES is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
LOS ANGELES is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
LOS ANGELES is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) in home games versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 22-12 ATS (+8.8 Units) in all games this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 12-5 ATS (+6.5 Units) in road games this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 10-3 ATS (+6.7 Units) in a road game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in road games when playing with 3 or more days rest over the last 2 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 14-7 ATS (+6.3 Units) after a division game this season.
SAN ANTONIO is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) in road games after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 22-11 ATS (+9.9 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 26-14 ATS (+10.6 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 23-39 ATS (-19.9 Units) after 3 or more consecutive overs since 1997.
LOS ANGELES is 27-42 ATS (-19.2 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN ANTONIO is 9-3 against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
SAN ANTONIO is 9-3 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
8 of 12 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:25919 Followers:33
09/28/2012 06:50 PM

WNBA
Dunkel

Atlanta at Indiana
The Dream look to take advantage of an Indiana team that is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games against a team with a winning record. Atlanta is the pick (+4 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Fever favored by only 2. Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (+4 1/2). Here are all of today's picks

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Game 655-656: Atlanta at Indiana (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta 115.718; Indiana 117.660
Dunkel Line & Total: Indiana by 2; 157
Vegas Line & Total: Indiana by 4 1/2; 154
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (+4 1/2); Over

Game 657-658: Seattle at Minnesota (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle 106.611; Minnesota 122.752
Dunkel Line & Total: Minnesota by 16; 145
Vegas Line & Total: Minnesota by 11; 150
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (-11); Under




WNBA
Long Sheet

Friday, September 28

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ATLANTA (19 - 15) at INDIANA (22 - 12) - 9/28/2012, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ATLANTA is 15-26 ATS (-13.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
INDIANA is 31-19 ATS (+10.1 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
INDIANA is 24-14 ATS (+8.6 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
INDIANA is 18-8 ATS (+9.2 Units) in home games vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
ATLANTA is 8-0 ATS (+8.0 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest this season.
ATLANTA is 14-7 ATS (+6.3 Units) after a division game this season.
INDIANA is 54-84 ATS (-38.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15+ games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
ATLANTA is 11-6 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
ATLANTA is 10-7 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
9 of 16 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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SEATTLE (16 - 18) at MINNESOTA (27 - 7) - 9/28/2012, 9:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SEATTLE is 10-22 ATS (-14.2 Units) in road games when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1997.
SEATTLE is 54-80 ATS (-34.0 Units) in road games after a division game since 1997.
SEATTLE is 2-8 ATS (-6.8 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
MINNESOTA is 45-30 ATS (+12.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 24-14 ATS (+8.6 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) in home games in August or September games over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 21-10 ATS (+10.0 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 36-25 ATS (+8.5 Units) after scoring 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 21-9 ATS (+11.1 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
SEATTLE is 43-27 ATS (+13.3 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MINNESOTA is 10-2 against the spread versus SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
MINNESOTA is 7-5 straight up against SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
7 of 12 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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WNBA

Friday, September 28

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Trend Report
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7:00 PM
ATLANTA vs. INDIANA
Atlanta is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing Indiana
Indiana is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing Atlanta

9:00 PM
SEATTLE vs. MINNESOTA
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 7 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing at home against Seattle
Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Seattle


Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:25919 Followers:33
09/28/2012 06:52 PM

Friday, September 28

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Atlanta - 7:00 PM ET Atlanta +4 500
Indiana - Over 153.5 500

Seattle - 9:00 PM ET Minnesota -11.5 500
Minnesota - Under 149.5 500

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:25919 Followers:33
09/29/2012 10:48 AM

Saturday, September 29

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Los Angeles - 3:00 PM ET Los Angeles +3.5 500
San Antonio - Under 166.5 500

Connecticut - 7:00 PM ET New York +3.5 500
New York - Under 151.5 500

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:25919 Followers:33
09/30/2012 11:24 AM

WNBA
Dunkel

Indiana at Atlanta
The Fever look to bounce back from their 75-66 loss in Game 1 and build on their 7-3 ATS record in their last 10 games following a SU defeat. Indiana is the pick (+4 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the game Even. Dunkel Pick: Indiana (+4 1/2). Here are all of today's picks

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Game 663-664: Indiana at Atlanta (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Indiana 116.160; Atlanta 116.195
Dunkel Line & Total: Even; 154
Vegas Line & Total: Atlanta by 4 1/2; 149
Dunkel Pick: Indiana (+4 1/2); Over

Game 665-666: Minnesota at Seattle (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 118.752; Seattle 110.807
Dunkel Line & Total: Minnesota by 8; 142
Vegas Line & Total: Minnesota by 4; 146 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (-4); Under




WNBA

Sunday, September 30

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Trend Report
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4:00 PM
INDIANA vs. ATLANTA
Indiana is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Indiana is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Indiana
Atlanta is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Indiana

9:00 PM
MINNESOTA vs. SEATTLE
Minnesota is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Seattle
Minnesota is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games
Seattle is 3-12 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Minnesota
Seattle is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Minnesota

Sunday, September 30

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Indiana - 4:00 PM ET Indiana +4.5 500

Atlanta - Under 149 500

Minnesota - 9:00 PM ET Minnesota -4 500

Seattle - Under 146.5 500

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:25919 Followers:33
10/02/2012 01:13 AM

Atlanta:

•Over is 7-2 in ATL last 9 road games.
• ATL are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
• Over is 9-4 in ATL last 13 vs. Eastern Conference.



Head to Head:

•Over is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Indiana.
• ATL are 16-7 ATS in the last 23 meetings.

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Seattle:

•Under is 9-2 in SEA last 11 Tue. games.



Minnesota:

•MIN are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Tue. games.
• Under is 14-6 in MIN last 20 Tue. games.



Head to Head:

•SEA are 4-12 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
• Under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings in Minnesota.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs: