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Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 7/5/15 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Sparks (2-7) vs. Phoenix Mercury (5-5)

WNBA Basketball: Sunday July 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm (Staples Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Sparks +3 -- Over/Under: 149 See the Latest Odds

TV: Live Access, TWC SN / TWC D

The Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks meet Sunday afternoon at the Staples Center.

The Phoenix Mercury look to get a game above .500 with a victory. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 74.8 points on 41.1 percent shooting and are allowing 72.4 points on 40.3 percent shooting. DeWanna Bonner is averaging 18 points and 6.6 rebounds while Brittney Griner is averaging 16.7 points and nine rebounds. Candice Dupree is the third double-digit scorer and Leilani Mitchell is dishing 2.3 assists. The Phoenix have scored 84 or more points in three of their last five games and are playing far better with the return of Griner. Now the Mercury have to be more consistent offensively, allowing 70-plus points in five of their last six games. The Mercury are just 1-4 on the road this season.

Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 7/5/15 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Sparks look to build on their first two wins of the season. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 71.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting and are allowing 78.7 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Kristi Toliver is averaging 29.3 points and 4.3 assists while Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 16.8 points and 9.4 rebounds. Jantel Lavender is grabbing 9.6 rebounds and Erin Phillips is dishing 4.2 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks have combined for 184 points in their last two games and clearly are a much more competitive team when Toliver is on the court. However, allowing 79 or more points in five straight games isn’t going to get it done. The Sparks only two wins have come at home.

The Mercury are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Sparks are 11-28 ATS in their last 39 Sunday games and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Mercury are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall. 

Both teams got key players back and are starting to turn things up on the offensive end. They're both kind of shaky on the defensive end as of late. I look for a ton of points to be scored and the over to hit. 

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Over 149

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