Last season’s WNBA final four — Detroit, San Antonio, New York, Los Angeles — are a combined 3-9, and have made nine unders.
The defending league champion Detroit Shock haven’t played in more than a week, but got a huge share of the headlines for a coaching change plus the return of the game’s best rebounder, forward Cheryl Ford (expected to play about 15 minutes Friday).
The Shock have made three unders while compiling a 1-2 record. They followed a 29-point thrashing of Los Angeles with a humdrum home loss to Washington — a Shock insider agreed with the notion that smart money was riding on whether or not Detroit felt inspired to play. In Friday’s case, Detroit has history on its side: The Shock are 9-2 for the Fever’s last 11 visits.
Deanna Nolan and Katie Smith make up the best guard tandem in the league (31 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists between them). Forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin’s scoring and rebounding numbers improve with three or more days of rest.
The Fever have an all-league duo in Katie Douglas and Tamika Catchings (30 points, 7 rebunds, 6 assists), while center Ebony Hoffman contributed 31 points during the team’s two wins
Indiana covered the spread when they held the total under 140, and lost to the spread when the total reached 170.