WNBA Betting — Storm Warning: Seattle On Five-Game Streak as it Visits Liberty

by Dirty on June 30, 2012

Betting on WNBA New York Liberty



by Charles Jay 



One of the WNBA’s hottest teams is back in action on Saturday, and has reinforcements.  The Seattle Storm takes its five-game winning streak into the Prudential Center in Newark to take on the New York Liberty. Game time is set for 4:05 PM ET,  and in the WNBA betting odds  established at BetAnySports.com on this game, it’s a near pick’em, reflecting the respect Seattle is getting as it has reversed its fortunes of late:



WNBA Betting 

Seattle Storm (6-7 SU, 7-6 ATS) at New York Liberty (4-9 SU & ATS)

Saturday, June 30 – 4:05 PM ET

Prudential Center – Newark, NJ


BetAnySports.com Odds


New York Liberty  -1

Seattle Storm  +1


Over 139.5 points  -110

Under 139.5 points  -110



Svetlana Abrosimova, who played on Seattle’s league championship team two years ago, just signed a contract with the team yesterday, returning after two seasons in the Russian Premier League. She’s got experience in coach Brian Agler’s system and of course, many years with Sue Bird, who was her teammate at UConn.


This was a sweet consolation for Abrosimova, who had recently been snubbed by the Russian team that will compete in the Olympics. She had been a member of both the 2000 and 2008 teams.


The Storm has come on strong after an awful start that saw it lose seven of its first eight games. The five-game streak, both straight-up and in WNBA betting, includes a win over previously-undefeated Minnesota (the -155 favorite at BetAnySports to win the league title) on June 17. It would appear that the team has also turned things around on the road, as after losing their first six as the visitor, they have scored wins at Tulsa and Washington. But those are the league’s two worst teams, and the road trip will get a little more difficult with visits to Connecticut and Los Angeles on tap.


Seattle has done a good job of spreading the scoring around in its rotation, with five starters averaging between 7.5 and 13.5 ppg, and super-sub Tina Thompson is at 10.1, with a sizzling 46% from three-point range. Without four-time league MVP Lauren Jackson, who is absent while getting ready for the Olympics with the Australian team, this team has had to achieve some balance.


The Liberty, which missed last year’s playoffs, seems headed in that direction again. Their only win in the last five games has come in Atlanta, but the four losses have been brutal. They’ve all come by nine points or more, and they were under 40% from the field in all of them. A bounceback effort is really necessary for John Whisenant’s team;  New York was out-rebounded 58-37 by the Minnesota Lynx in a dreadful 102-70 loss nine days ago, then turned around and committed 26 turnovers in dropping a rematch with Atlanta. In that game last Sunday, the Dream went on a 20-4 run to start the second half, as the Liberty sleepwalked.


With five days to prepare for this one, a lot of kinks have to be worked out, for certain. And Cappie Pondexter, who coughed the ball up seven times against Atlanta, needs to step up a bit. She’s averaging 3.2 turnovers a game.


The Liberty is 2-3 (both SU and in WNBA betting) in its new home, the Prudential Center, which is across the river from Manhattan in Newark. The team previous played in Madison Square Garden, and in fact, began the season there with a five-point loss to the Sun. But the Garden is undergoing renovations.



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