Let's start in the WNBA, where a full slate of games were on tap for us, and ran throughout the day.
Underdogs split Sunday, with three of them covering and a couple barely missing by a point. Nevertheless, the underdogs are now 17-10-3 over the past 10 game days.
The day started with the New York Liberty (-8', DraftKings) covering by a half-point with a 102-93 win over the Dallas Wings. The Liberty have now won six of their last seven on the floor, have covered two in a row, and have gone over in three straight.
In Las Vegas, the defending champion Aces (-13') were up by as many 24, but squandered their lead and beat the Chicago Sky 93-80, failing to cover. Some may have laid -13 at the closing, but most bettors likely lost. The champs might be 8-1 SU on the year, but they've failed to cover four of their last five. They've also gone over in three straight.
They retired Sue Bird's jersey in Seattle, but the ceremony was washed away when the Washington Mystics (-4) silenced the Storm, 71-65. Money flooded in on the Storm, thinking they'd be able to play for ol' No. 10, but Washington got the cover and snapped a six-game ATS skid. The Mystics have also stayed under in five straight and seven of eight.
The defending Eastern Conference champion Connecticut Sun (-3') continued their impressive start to the season, defying those who thought they'd be in rebuild mode, as they registered an 89-77 win in Atlanta, handing the Dream their third consecutive loss. Connecticut is now 8-2 SU on the year, but is mired in a 2-4-1 ATS slide after covering its first three. The Sun have gone over in three straight and five of six.
The Phoenix Mercury (+3') shook off an off-day airport incident in Dallas and won outright 85-82 over the Indiana Fever. It was only the second win of the season for the Mercury (2-5), while they've alternated wins and losses at the window over the past six games.
In the nightcap, the worst team in the league turned in a home treat for the fans, as the Minnesota Lynx (+1') beat the Los Angeles Sparks outright, 91-86. Though Minnesota is 2-7 SU on the year, it's covered four of its last five. The Sparks have gone over in five of eight this season after Sunday's affair in the Twin Cities ran high by 16 points.
The WNBA is off tonight.
Five of the 12 underdogs got it done in MLB on Sunday, with three games a pick. And the pup that barked loudest was - GULP! - the Oakland Athletics (+180 Caesars), winning in Milwaukee with an 8-6 victory over the Brewers.
Oakland, which closed a three-game visit in Pittsburgh with two wins, has now won five in a row behind an offense that is hitting .290 and has averaged 7.0 runs per game during the win streak.
The Stanley Cup gets back underway with Game 5 on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
My NHL Notes:
- Road teams are 46-40 in the postseason.
- Underdogs are 40-44 in the postseason, with a $100 wager on the pups turning a profit of roughly $1200.
- The Over is 45-40-1, and the Under has cashed 31 of the last 56 games.
- There have been 24 overtime games, and road teams are 15-9 in those games.
- NHL favorites higher than -150 are 14-34 on the puck line this postseason.
Stanley Cup Notes:
- The Panthers have won 12 of their last 15 road games.
- Florida heads to Game 5 of the SCF on a 12-4 win streak in the postseason.
- The Panthers check in at 10th in the postseason with 2.95 goals-for per game.
- Florida's goals-against average during the playoffs is 3.00, ranking sixth.
- Despite the loss, Vegas has won 19 of 26 against Atlantic Division teams.
- The Golden Knights have won 20 of their last 26 at home.
- The Golden Knights rank second in the playoffs with 3.76 goals-for per game.
- Vegas is fourth in the postseason with a goals-against average of 2.57.
- The home team has won 12 of the last 14 meetings.
- The Golden Knights have won seven straight meetings in Las Vegas
- The Over is on a 6-1 run when the teams play at T-Mobile Arena