Los Angeles Sparks vs. New York Liberty - 5/21/16 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Liberty vs. Los Angeles Sparks
WNBA Basketball: Saturday May 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Liberty -3.5 -- Over/Under: 154.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: League Pass, MSG, TWC SN / TWC D
The Los Angeles Sparks and New York Liberty meet Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
The Los Angeles Sparks look to build on their solid 2-0 start to the season. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 96 points on 54.5 percent shooting and allowing 66 points on 49 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 34 points and five rebounds while Kristi Toliver is averaging 14 points and four assists. Nneka Ogwumike is the third double-digit scorer and Essence Carson is dishing three assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The Sparks are allowing 10 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 24 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won five of their last nine road games.
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The New York Liberty also look to remain unbeaten after a 2-0 start. The New York Liberty are averaging 83 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 73.5 points on 35 percent shooting. Tina Charles is averaging 24 points and 3.5 assists while Sugar Rodgers is averaging 21.5 points and six rebounds. Lindsey Harding is dishing six assists and Kiah Stokes is grabbing five rebounds. The New York Liberty are shooting 43.5 percent from beyond the arc and 82.4 percent from the free throw line. The Liberty are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.5 rebounds per game. The New York Liberty have won 10 of their last 13 home games.
The Sparks are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Liberty are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The Sparks are 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
The Sparks are coming off a game Friday night and are now running into a physical Liberty team that plays well at home and locks down defensively. I'm high on both of these teams this season, but I have to side with the rested club that's at home. Not to mention the line is low.