Hot Wings Ready to Spice Things Up in Dominant WNBA West

Monday, July 9, 2018 9:32 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 9, 2018 9:32 PM UTC

Only in the WNBA, where finding a winner can be as hard as picking a coconut, could six of the top seven records be from one conference. Now Dallas might be ready to give the West's best a challenge.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Live WNBA Odds">WNBA: Week 8 Lookahead</a></h2><p style="text-align:center"><em>Note: Odds for these games were not available at press time.<br />Check out SBR's <a href="" title="Live WNBA Odds">WNBA odds page</a> during the week for live updates.</em></p><h2 style="text-align:center"> </h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Dallas Wings vs. Los Angeles Sparks (Thursday, 3:30 p.m. ET)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free WNBA Pick: 'Over'</h2><p>Liz Cambage (20.5 ppg, 9.9 rpg), Skylar Diggins-Smith (6.3 apg) and the upstart Wings (10-6 SU, 12-6 ATS) have the best ATS record in the WNBA after a profitable 8-2 ATS run including 3 double-digit SU wins and covers last week to get above the .500 and into a crowded Western Conference conversation. Entering this week's schedule, six of the best seven records in the league were from the West with only Washington (12-7 SU) hanging with the top teams as we approach the All-Star break (July 29).</p><p>Besides getting the money at the betting windows, the Wings have also been on an "over" run (7-2 L9) in the totals market and were 12-6 O/U into this week of play. Candace Parker and Los Angeles (12-8 SU, 10-10 ATS) have played Dallas two times this season, with both games seeing at least 170 points scored and going "over" — an 87-83 Sparks payback win in L.A. on June 26 (158½) and a 101-72 Wings win in Big D on June 22 (163). <a href="" title="Free Sports Picks">Expect the homecourt to reign in another high-scoring affair</a>. <strong>Predicted final score: </strong>Sparks 92, Wings 80.</p><p><img height="503" src="" width="524" /></p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Indiana Fever vs. Atlanta Dream (Friday, 7 p.m. ET)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free WNBA Picks: Dream &amp; 'Under'</h2><p>These two Eastern Conference teams just played in Naptown on July 1 with the Dream holding on for an 87-83 win and near-cover (ATL -3) which (then) dropped the Fever to 1-16 SU. In the two previous meetings, Kelsey Mitchell (14.4 ppg) and Indiana covered ATS getting 9 points in a 72-67 loss at Atlanta on June 14 after finally getting their first win of the season vs. the Dream in Indianapolis, 96-64 (ATL -4) on June 16.</p><p>Here, despite winning their second game of the year last Tuesday at Minnesota, 71-59, and winning outright as huge +900 moneyline underdogs (<a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a>), Candice Dupree (13.0 ppg), Cappie Pondexter (12.0 ppg) and the Fever (2-17 SU, 8-11 ATS) were bounced by 27 two days later in Dallas and the Fever have lost their L7 by an average of 14.0 ppg. The Dream have played 6 "unders" in their L8 games heading into action this week while the "under" in Fever road games is 7-1 the L8, so, lean to the "under" here. <strong>Predicted final score:</strong> Dream 77, Fever 63.</p><p><img height="225" src="" width="511" /></p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Connecticut Sun vs. Minnesota Lynx (Sunday, 7 p.m. ET)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free WNBA Pick: Lynx</h2><p>This is the finale of Sunday's three-game NBA-TV extravaganza (also CHI at NYL, 3 p.m. ET; and PHX at IND, 5 p.m. ET). This inter-conference showdown from the Target Center in Minneapolis sees Maya Moore (18.9 ppg) and the Lynx (11-8 SU, 8-2 L10) hosting Chiney Ogwumike (15.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and the Sun (10-9 SU, 8-11 ATS, L2 SU), a team which has been struggling lately, L7 of 10 and going 3-7 ATS over that span (June 15-July 7). When these two met at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on June 9, Sylvia Fowles (20 points, 14 rebounds) led Minnesota to an 89-75 victory, winning outright as +215 moneyline underdogs (<a href=";book=Bookmaker" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bookmaker</a>; CONN -6½).</p><p><img height="597" src="" width="527" /></p><p>Jasmine Thomas (12.6 ppg), Courtney Williams (12.3 ppg), Alyssa Thomas 912.0 ppg) and the Sun — who traded Alex Bentley (10.0 ppg) to the Dream for Layshia Clarendon and a draft pick on Monday — head in just 4-9 ATS on the road this season, losing 7 of their L9 to the betting number away from home. With Sylvia Fowles (11.9 rpg) and the Lynx playing their best basketball of the season (W8-10) and in a conference where winning home games from here on out will be paramount, expect the hosts to be on their best behavior in this one, especially after the lowly Fever floated into the Land of 10,000 Lakes and handed them their lunch. <strong>Predicted final score: </strong>Lynx 88, Sun 79.</p><p><img height="376" src="" width="512" /></p>
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