Seattle (6-8) at Dallas (8-8)
When: Saturday, July 1st 2017
Where: College Park Center, Arlington, TX
Time: 8:00 ET | TV: League Pass
Opening Odds: Dallas -1/172
Two teams going in opposite directions square-off on Saturday night as the surging Dallas Wings host the slumping Seattle Storm at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. This will be the first of three meetings between these two squads. Dallas had lost six of seven games before turning things around recently and have now won four straight to even their record at 8-8. Dallas extended their winning streak by beating the red-hot Connecticut Sun 96-82 at home last Sunday. Connecticut had won five straight coming in, but the Wings received a balanced scoring attack with five players scoring in double figures, led by Karima Christmas-Kelly’s 24 points. Theresa Plaisance recorded 16 points and nine rebounds, Glory Johnson scored 15 and Skylar Diggins-Smith contributed with 15 points and nine assists. Diggins-Smith’s 17.6 points per game ranks seventh in the WNBA. The Wings’ recent surge has helped them move up to fourth in the league in scoring at 85.1 points a game. They will have a home-and-home with the Atlanta Dream coming up next week.
Seattle (6-8) comes in with three-straight losses after a 96-89 loss at Connecticut on Thursday. The Storm trailed 83-66 with 7:13 remaining but charged back with a 17-2 run and trailed 90-89 with 1:19 left before falling short. Breanna Stewart had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Jewell Loyd added 21 for the Storm. Sue Bird had 16 points and dished out five assists to move within two assists of 2,500 for her career. Bird, in her 15th WNBA season, trails only Ticha Penicheiro (2,599) on the league’s all-time assists list. Seattle is just 1-5 on the road this season and are 1-5 ATS as well, but its lone win away from home did come in Texas as it beat the winless San Antonio Stars 85-76 on June 6th. Seattle ranks 10th in the league in field goal percentage defense (45.2) and 11th at defending the three (36.0). Seattle will play their next five games at home starting with New York on July 6th.
This seems like a pretty easy pick for me. Seattle has not only won just one road game, they’ve only covered the spread once. Dallas is hot right now and I don’t see them losing this contest. I’ll lay the point.
Pick: Wings -1
HEAD TO HEAD