Los Angeles Sparks vs. Indiana Fever WNBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/15/14
Indiana Fever (10-11) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (9-11)
WNBA Basketball: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
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The Los Angeles Sparks and Indiana Fever play Tuesday night on ESPN2 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This is the first meeting between the two teams this season.
The Sparks are trying to build a little bit of momentum with back-to-back road wins, as they’re 9-11 and fourth place in the Western Conference. The Sparks rely heavily on their offensive game led by Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike, as the Sparks have scored 80 or more points 10 times this season. Overall, the Sparks average 78.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allow 78.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting. With this being a team that often trades baskets, it’s the questionable defense that has hurt the Sparks all season long. They’ll need to tighten things up in order to win three straight.
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The Fever are 10-11, but have won four of their last six games and now playing their third straight home game. The Fever are a team that doesn’t really do anything particularly well and has struggled mightily with Tamika Catchings out due to injury. The good news for Indiana is Catchings has recently returned and scored a combined 35 points in her first two games back. Overall, the Fever average 75.6 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allow 77.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Indiana now looks to make a run now that it’s at full strength.
The Sparks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Fever are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference. The Sparks are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Even with a healthy Catchings, the Sparks are the much better team in this mathup and are starting to play well. I'll take the Sparks and the small chalk.