SEATTLE STORM (7-4)
at SAN ANTONIO SILVER STARS (7-4)
Tip-off: Thursday, 9:00 p.m. EDT
Line: San Antonio -3, Total: 151
The Silver Stars are cooling off at the wrong time, as defending champion Seattle has adjusted to life without Lauren Jackson and visits San Antonio on Thursday night after a couple of impressive victories. Basketball scores.
The Storm are 7-1 SU and 5-2-1 ATS against San Antonio over the past three seasons and the way the two teams have played recently makes SEATTLE the pick to win again.
The FoxSheets have a three-star trend showing Thursday night should be more of the same.
SAN ANTONIO is 4-16 ATS (20.0%, -13.6 Units) after a game where a team made 80% of their free throws or better over the last 2 seasons. The average score was SAN ANTONIO 73.4, OPPONENT 81.8 – (Rating = 3*). Basketball odds.
The Silver Stars have played four straight games under the total, but this three-star trend expects the OVER to occur on Thursday.
SAN ANTONIO is 16-3 OVER (84.2%, +12.7 Units) in home games off a home loss against a division rival since 1997. The average score was SAN ANTONIO 78.1, OPPONENT 73.9 – (Rating = 3*).
Seattle has been without reigning MVP Lauren Jackson since June 21. Jackson will miss up to three months after undergoing surgery on her left hip. But the Storm have gone 4-2 SU (3-3 ATS) without her, including impressive back-to-back wins over Los Angeles and Washington at home. The Storm have not played well on the road this year though. They’re just 2-3 SU and 1-4 ATS away from Seattle.
Meanwhile, after a 7-1 start (SU and ATS) San Antonio has dropped three straight (SU and ATS). After being swept in a home-and-home with New York, the Silver Stars were blitzed at home by a short-handed Los Angeles team, 84-74, on Tuesday night.
They led by eight at the end of the first quarter, but over the final three quarters were outscored by 18 by a Sparks team that was without Candace Parker and had lost five straight. San Antonio point guard Becky Hammon was just 2-for-14 from the field and missed all seven of her three-point attempts in the loss. She’s shooting just 39.1% from the field at home this season. Basketball spreads.
Since blowing out Tulsa in a home-and-home to start the season, the Silver Stars are 1-4 SU and ATS as a favorite.