Four ways to bet the final week of the WNBA season

Sep 16, 2012 |
Four ways to bet the final week of the WNBA season
Could Phoenix tank the final week of the season to better its lottery chances?
Could Phoenix tank the final week of the season to better its lottery chances?
If you haven’t given WNBA betting a second thought this summer – and you haven’t – now might be a good time.

The ladies head into the final week of the regular season with plenty of postseason positions still up for grabs. The Western Conference has its four playoff teams but a home-court edge between No. 2 and No. 3 is still on the table. In the East, the final postseason ticket is blank while the conference’s top teams jockey for seeding.

With that added motivation pushing squads, here are the best ways to bet the WNBA in the final week of the regular season:

Battle for final Eastern Conference spot

The New York Liberty and Chicago Sky are duking it out for the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference. Heading into Sunday, New York is one game up on Chicago and 8.5 games back in the East.

The Liberty have been hot, winning four of their last five heading into Sunday and covering the spread in three of those contests. The Sky, who take on Phoenix Sunday, have dropped two of their last three but are 3-2 in their last five outings and have covered in all five games. Chicago wraps a West Coast road trip in Seattle Tuesday before closing out the season with two games at home.

Battle for second in the West

The San Antonio Silver Stars suffered the most from the Olympic break, returning to action only to go 4-6 SU and ATS before winning back-to-back games this past week. The Stars are two games back of the Los Angeles Sparks in the West and battling for the home edge when No. 2 and No. 3 meet in the first round of the playoffs.

The Sparks only have two games remaining on the schedule – both at home – and have won three of their last four, going just 2-2 ATS in that span. San Antonio, which takes on lowly Tulsa Sunday, has four games remaining. The pressure is on L.A., which went just 1-3 versus the Silver Stars this season.

Fight for first in the East

Just 1.5 games separate the Connecticut Sun and Indiana Fever in the Eastern Conference standings. The Sun stumbled against Los Angeles Friday, losing for just the fourth time in the past 10 games heading into Sunday. However, despite that solid record, Connecticut is only 3-7 ATS in that stretch and has a showdown with Indiana Wednesday.

The Fever have three of their final games on the road, including Wednesday’s tilt with the Sun. Indiana is a stellar 12-4 at home but just 8-6 SU and ATS on the road this season. It’s gone 1-2 SU and 2-1 ATS head-to-head with Connecticut, with all three of those games coming way back in June.

Betting the tankers

With Baylor superstar Brittney Griner up for grabs as the top pick in next year’s WNBA draft, it wouldn’t be surprising to see some of the bottom feeders take their foot off the gas in the final week of the season in order to better their lottery chances.

Washington is currently in last place overall, sitting at 5-26 SU and 13-18 ATS. Tulsa and Phoenix are sharing a basement apartment in the West, with twin 7-23 records heading into Sunday’s schedule. The Mercury have been one of the worst bets in sports this summer, posting a terrible 10-20 ATS mark. They have four games remaining – all against potential playoff teams – and have just one win in their last five outings.

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