NBA and WNBA

GIQ WNBA Preview — Sacramento Monarchs at Minnesota Lynx

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 24, 2014

Minnesota is 9-1 O/U. Sacramento is 1-8 straight up, but 5-4 O/U because they concede the worst field goal percentage in the league. Minnesota has won three in a row behind Candice Wiggins’ emergence as the team’s big scorer since losing Seimone Augustus. Wiggins has 75 points in three games. In five losses, Sacramento gave […]

GIQ WNBA Preview — Detroit Shock at New York Liberty

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 24, 2014

Last season’s Eastern Conference finalists are in sixth and seventh places: Thursday’s loser lands in the cellar. The teams are at the bottom of the East in scoring and assists, but they’re the best in the conference in shooting percentage allowed. As a result, the Shock started 0-4 O/U, then needed Indiana and Atlanta — […]

GIQ WNBA Preview — Connecticut Sun at Indiana Fever

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 23, 2014

A streak must end tonight in Indiana. Connecticut is 2-0 ATS on the road, while Indiana — the hottest team in the league — has covered six times in a row, including four at home. The Sun, like average teams tend to do, rise and fall to their opposition. In Chicago, the Sun shot .439 […]

GIQ WNBA Summary — Phoenix Mercury 93, Seattle Storm 81

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 23, 2014

Phoenix started the second half on an 11-0 run, extended the run to 25-7, and held on to beat Seattle. Seattle’s .414 field goal percentage was second-lowest allowed by Phoenix at home this season. The Storm’s 29 field goals made was tied for fewest allowed by the Mercury. Diana Taurasi, a 6-0 swingwoman, blocked four […]

GIQ WNBA Preview — Seattle Storm at Phoenix Mercury

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 21, 2014

Phoenix is glad to be home following a 1-2 road trip on which the Mercury were 1-2 ATS while giving up 96 points per game (Phoenix is 8-2 on the over). Seattle is coming off their worst loss of the season, a 27-point embarrassment in Los Angeles. The Storm have lost by their widest margins […]

GIQ WNBA Summary — Minnesota Lynx 109, Phoenix Mercury 80

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 18, 2014

The night Seimone Augustus went down with her knee injury, Phoenix beat Minnesota 104-80, and one Mercury said the loss of Augustus “broke them”. As if a 24-point thumping didn’t provide enough revenge motive for the Lynx, the statement did, and they crushed the Mercury 109-80 in the return. Roneeka Hodges, who took Augustus’s place […]

GIQ WNBA Summary — Indiana Fever 63, New York Liberty 54

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 18, 2014

Believers in the idea that the Fever could repeat Friday’s performance in the home-and-ome series — under the total and spread covered in regulation — won twice. The Fever won the first half 34-23, ahead of -7, and well on pace to get under 141. Tamika Catchings led the Fever in rebounds, assists, and steals. […]

GIQ WNBA Preview — Atlanta Dream at Connecticut Sun

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 16, 2014

The winner lands in fourth place in the East. Atlanta, second in the league in scoring  at 83 points per game, falls off to 70 per game on the road, while Connecticut allows the fewest points off all.  However, Atlanta’s one road win was in Connecticut two weeks ago. Since then, the Sun have won […]

GIQ WNBA Preview — Washington Mystics at Chicago Sky

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 15, 2014

One week ago, in Chicago at Washington -5.5, the home team was the day’s darling for WNBA handicappers, some of whom believed the Mystics were a strong enough play to merit two units. When the Sky won the second quarter 26-11 behind 17 points from the bench to lead 39-29 at half, confident Mystics backers […]

GIQ WNBA Preview — New York Liberty at Indiana Fever

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 15, 2014

The Fever won the first game of the home-and-home in overtime, in which two trends continued: The Liberty are 0-5 when turning the ball over 17 times or more, while the Fever are 4-0 when they win on the boards. Last year’s Liberty were 1-1 avenging home losses, but the Fever have won 10 of […]

GIQ WNBA Summary — Seattle Storm 69, Los Angeles Sparks 67

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 14, 2014

Seattle, averaging 84 points in conference games, extended their record in conference to 6-0, but lost to the spread, the first-half total, and the game total. It was Seattle’s first failure to cover at home. The Storm shot better than .500 in their last two wins, but only .458 on Friday. They led by 16 […]

Becky Hammon had 26 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds,  steals for host San Antonio. The Stars are 2-0 ATS and O/U since Hammon returned from the Euroleague tournament. It was San Antonio’s first win ATS as a favorite. The teams combined to shoot .385, including .190 on threes, and made 39 turnovers. Sophia Young had […]

GIQ WNBA Summary — Atlanta Dream 96, Detroit Shock 86

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 13, 2014

Host Atlanta shot 56 percent to overcome 33 free throws made by Detroit. Chamique Holdsclaw scored 28 for the Dream. Rookie Shavonte Zellous led Detroit with 25 points, including 17-of-19 from the line. The Shock shot .311 to drop their league-worst percentage to .381. (Subtract forwards McWilliams-Franklin, Sanni, and Ford, and the Shock are shooting […]

GIQ WNBA Summary — Indiana Fever 82, New York Liberty 81

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 13, 2014

The visiting Fever came back from a 17-point second half deficit before winning in overtime. Fever guard Katie Douglas scored all of her 28 points in the second half. The Liberty led 50-33 with 2:34 left in the third quarter, but the Fever went on a 26-9 run to tie the game at 59-59 with […]

GIQ WNBA Preview — Los Angeles Sparks at Seattle Storm

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 10, 2014

Seattle dominates lower-tier teams in the conference by 19 points per game, covering -7 and -10 while making two overs. Los Angeles hasn’t beaten anyone but last-place teams — as an underdog, they have missed covering by 2.5 and 9 points.  Seattle leads the league in points differential and field goal percentage allowed. The Storm […]

The Silver Stars and Monarchs are 12th and 13th in the WNBA in scoring differential (but San Antonio lost two games by 14 points while Becky Hammon and Vickie Johnson were out). San Antonio is 2-0 at home, the last-place Monarchs 0-3 on the road. The Monarchs allow a .451 shooting percentage, while the Stars […]

GIQ WNBA Preview — Indiana Fever at New York Liberty

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 9, 2014

For the New York Liberty, it’s a matter of taking care of the ball. In four losses, the Liberty average 17 turnovers per game. In one win, New York made nine turnovers. In their second win, they coughed up 19 turnovers, but made up for that by shooting .574.  Indiana’s opponents average a league-worst 20 […]

GIQ WNBA Preview — Detroit Shock at Atlanta Dream

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 8, 2014

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 […]

GIQ WNBA Summary — Phoenix Mercury 93, Washington Mystics 87

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 8, 2014

The Phoenix Mercury achieved their first road win, 93-87, in Washington. Washington, favored by 2, never led by more than three at 7-4.  Phoenix finished the first quarter on a 16-2 run, after which the spread was never threatened. Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter, who combined for 59 points in the Mercury’s win last season […]

GIQ WNBA Preview — Phoenix Mercury at Washington Mystics

by Frisco Del Rosario on November 6, 2014

Phoenix coach Corey Gaines said he likes it when opponents try to run with the Mercury, because he thinks they’ll wear them out. In four of their five wins, the Mercury entered the final period with point differentials between -2 and +4. They won those periods 84-57. In the game that wasn’t close, the Mercury […]