The WNBA held its All-Star Game on Saturday with Maya Moore winning her third straight All-Star MVP award to lead Team Parker past Team Delle Donne 119-112. Moore joined Lisa Leslie as the only three-time MVPs of the game and became the all-time scoring leader in All-Star history, passing Tamika Catchings’ mark of 108 points. Here’s a look at two intriguing WNBA betting matchups on Tuesday as the second half of the season tips off. Don’t forget to check back for Mybookie Sportsbook latest women pro-basketball odds.
The Mystics are second in the Eastern Conference at 14-11, two games behind Atlanta. Washington entered the break off an ugly 94-68 loss at Connecticut last Tuesday. Connecticut outscored Washington 26-9 in the second quarter to take a 45-35 lead at the break, and the Sun pulled away at the end of the third, closing on a 16-4 run for a 22-point lead.
Elena Delle Donne scored 19 of her 21 points in the first half for Washington. The Mystics were just 28-of-73 shooting, including 4 of 26 from 3-point range. Delle Donne has been selected as a starter for each of the five All-Star Games to which she has been named, including three as a member of the Chicago Sky and the last two as a member of the Mystics. She recently became the fastest WNBA player to 3,000 points (148 games).
Washington also recently made a trade, landing Aerial Powers from the Dallas Wings in exchange for guard Tayler Hill and the team’s 2019 second round pick. Dallas will have the option to switch first round picks in 2019 based on Washington’s record.
Powers, a forward, was chosen in the first round (fifth overall) by the Wings. During her rookie year, she came off the bench and led the team in scoring in several games.
Powers averaged 10.4 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game and 1.1 assists per game on her way to being named to the WNBA All-Rookie team. After three seasons as a professional, Powers has averaged 9.4 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game and 1.1 assists per game. She was arguably the best women’s player ever at Michigan State, the first player in school history to be named to the All-Big Ten First Team for three consecutive years.
Atlanta (16-9) won at Los Angeles 81-71 last Tuesday to extend its winning streak to eight straight. That’s a franchise record. Atlanta tied the game 60-60 to end the third quarter and trailed 67-66 with just more than seven minutes remaining. The Dream used a late run to out-score L.A. 21-11 in the final quarter. Angel McCoughtry scored 15 of Atlanta’s first 21 points, and Brittney Sykes scored 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting off the bench. The Dream allows the third-fewest points per game (78.6) in the league. The team already has surpassed its 2017 win total under first-year coach Nicki Collen.
Chicago at Dallas
When: Tuesday, 8 PM ET (NBA TV)
Chicago (9-17) is fourth in the East but entered the break on a high note with a 101-87 win in Phoenix. Rookie Diamond DeShields tied a season-best with 25 points, and Courtney Vandersloot had 17 points and 11 assists. Allie Quigley added 19 points, with five 3-pointers, for Chicago. Stefanie Dolson had 13 points for her sixth straight game in double figures.
At the All-Star Game, the Sky’s Allie Quigley won the 3-point contest for the second year in a row. She earned 29 of a possible 34 points for the victory. “It was so exciting to do it again,” said Quigley, who led DePaul to four NCAA tournament appearances from 2004 to ’08. “It was a little more interesting than I thought it was going to be, with the tiebreaker.”
Quigley played just 34 combined games in her first four WNBA seasons, with Phoenix, Indiana, San Antonio and Seattle, and was not signed in 2012. If any team other than Chicago had called her in 2013, Quigley said, she would have quit. She signed with the Sky and has been a standout for six seasons, playing in the past two All-Star Games. Quigley is averaging 16.0 points per game and making 43.5 percent of her three-point attempts.
Dallas (14-11) is fifth in the much better Western Conference. The Wings entered the break on a two-game skid, though, dropping their first-half finale 92-75 to Connecticut last Sunday. Liz Cambage had 25 points and 10 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season in the loss. Glory Johnson and Kayla Thornton had 11 points each.
The Wings are one of the WNBA’s best offensive teams this year thanks to the additions of Australian center Cambage and the play of All-WNBA guard Skylar Diggins-Smith. The Wings have scored at least 100 points in five of the first 22 games in 2018.
The previous franchise record for 100-point games in a season was two. At the All-Star break, the team leads the league in scoring with 87.9 points per game while averaging 96.8 in an eight-game stretch over the month of July. The All-Star duo is the second highest scoring pair of teammates in the league, trailing Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi and Britany Griner by only 0.3 points per game.