The defending champion Detroit Shock are 1-4, and we don’t have to look too far back to find another WNBA titlist that started so poorly. Phoenix won in 2007, lost four of five games to begin 2008, and finished out of the playoffs.
The 2008 Mercury and 2009 Shock both made coaching changes after the championship year. Both teams lost one or more key players from the championship team.
Since he took over, coach Rick Mahorn’s Shock are 0-2. Bettors who play halves will note the Shock losing second halves by scores of 45-22 and 41-27. In losing three straight, the Shock have given up 57 turnovers.
The Shock are last in the league in scoring, making four unders until going over 139.5 in their most recent game Sunday. Detroit is shooting .376 on the road.
The Dream are most erratic in their field goal defense: They have allowed three opponents to shoot better than .500, losing each game straight and ATS, while making three overs. They have held four opponents under .400, where they were 3-1 ATS and would be 3-1 on the under if not for two overtimes on opening night.