Lady luck: Sunday's best WNBA bets
Atlanta Dream at Connecticut Sun (-5, 165.5)
The Dream and Sun will be sick of each other by the time the final horn blows on Sunday’s tilt. Atlanta and Connecticut met just two days ago, with the Dream edging the Sun 94-88 in overtime at home Friday.
It was the fifth win in the past six games (3-3 ATS) for Atlanta, which is frantically trying to hold a playoff spot after winning the Eastern Conference title last summer. Atlanta enters Sunday fourth in the East, 4.5 games back of the lead and 2.5 games behind Connecticut.
The Dream were led by Angel McCoughtry’s 26 points. She netted two huge buckets in overtime and forced the added period by blocking a shot at the end of regulation. McCoughtry also added 12 rebounds and four assists to her impressive stat line.
"She's a winner," Atlanta head coach Marynell Meadors told the media. "She finds a way to score and she finds a way to defend. That block she made at the end of the game was huge."
McCoughtry has been dominant versus the Sun this season. She dropped 36 points on the Sun in a 99-92 loss on July 31 and, over the last two seasons, has averaged almost 29 points per game against Connecticut.Pick:
AtlantaLos Angeles Sparks at Tulsa Shock (+6.5, 151)
Tulsa’s terrible season already has the Shock eliminated from the WNBA playoffs, even with 11 games left on the schedule. The Shock have dropped 17 straight outings and haven’t won since June 18, posting a 5-11-1 over/under mark in that span.
Tulsa’s weaknesses are many, but scoring seems to be the biggest. The team averages just under 68 points and shoots 39 percent from the field – both at the bottom of the WNBA. The Shock have played under the total in four straight games and are 2-7-1 over/under in their last 10 outings.
Tulsa will welcome the Sparks Sunday, who will be coming off a big game against the WNBA-leading Minnesota Lynx Saturday night. Expect a letdown from L.A.’s offense, which averages almost 79 points a night.
The Shock and Sparks have combined for a 2-5-1 over/under mark in their last eight head-to-head meetings.Pick: