WNBA Betting – Storm Stumbles Into Chicago To Face Red-Hot Sky

by Dirty on June 13, 2012

Betting on Chicago Sky WNBA Basketball



by Charles Jay 


The Seattle Storm has been trying to get along without one of the WNBA’s great players, and it’s not been a successful pursuit. So it is perhaps bad timing that on Wednesday night, this beleaguered ballclub travels to the Windy City to face the Chicago Sky, one of the league’s hottest teams.


In the WNBA betting odds as they are posted at BetAnySports.com, the Storm is catching some points:


WNBA – Seattle Storm (1-6 SU, 2-5 ATS) at Chicago Sky (6-1 SU, 4-3 ATS)

Wednesday, June 13 – 8 PM ET

Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL


BetAnySports.com odds: Chicago -7.5, Seattle +7.5

Total:  141 (-110 each way)

Money Line: Chicago -360, Seattle  +300



It looks like the people of Seattle got a raw deal in more ways than one.


Right now, the Oklahoma City Thunder is playing in the NBA Finals, just four years after leaving Seattle as the beaten and battered SuperSonics. What they have been left with, at least on the basketball court, is a team that may be in the process of taking a nosedive.


It is, in a way, a fortunate thing that this team is still in the Rain City at all, since Clay Bennett, who bought the Sonics and moved them to Oklahoma City, also owned the WNBA team, but he sold to a group of Seattle women in 2008.


There was some consolation for the loss of the Sonics in 2010 as the Storm registered a 28-6 and rolled through the playoffs undefeated to capture their second WNBA title (the first was in 2004). But after last year’s first-round playoff loss to the Phoenix Mercury, the Storm has gotten off to a start that can best be described as, well, stormy.


The team has won just one of its first seven games, with that lone victory coming against the winless Tulsa Shock.  In the last six games, they have failed to reach 40% from the field, and with these next two road games coming up in Chicago and at Tulsa, then a home game against the undefeated Minnesota Lynx, there is concern that the Storm could quickly sink into irrelevance in what is a relatively short regular season.


On Friday night, Seattle will be facing one of its former standouts who was dealt away in the off-season.


Swin Cash, a three-time All-Star who is known as one of the top defensive players in the WNBA, was traded, along with Le’Coe Willingham and a first-round draft pick, to Chicago in return for the #2 overall pick in this year’s draft, which the Storm used to pick Shekinna Stricklen, the Tennessee star who is a work in progress, hitting just 35% of her shots. Cash, who was on two WNBA championship teams with Detroit and another with the Storm, has joined league scoring leader Epiphanny Prince (25.3 ppg) and rebounding pace-setter Sylvia Fowles (14.6 rpg) in producing five straight wins and the best start in franchise history.


How will the road team answer that?


Well, Sue Bird is still a fixture in Seattle. The seven-time All-Star is now 31, but the legendary point guard is still potent. When she falters, however, the effect is felt everywhere. Against San Antonio she had her worst game of the season, converting just one of eleven shots. She averaged a career-high 14.7 ppg last season but is at 10.9 thus far.


Of course, WNBA bettors know that the biggest difference for the Storm has been the absence of center Lauren Jackson, the four-time league MVP who missed part of last season after hip surgery and has decided to train with the Australian national team until the Olympics are over. As a result, this team is not imposing inside. In an earlier game against Minnesota, 41-year-old  Taj McWilliams-Franklin riddled the Storm with 8-for-8 shooting in the paint. Dealing with Fowles, who also averages 18.6 points on 63.3% shooting, is going to be a major challenge.



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