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Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 6/17/16 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Sparks vs. Mercury

WNBA Basketball: Friday June 17, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Staples Center)

the Line Sparks -7.5 -- Over/Under: 171 See the Latest Odds

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The Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks clash late Friday night at the Staples Center.

The Phoenix Mercury look for another victory after winning four of their last six games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 85.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 86.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 21.4 points and 4.3 assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 12.6 points and 6.3 rebounds. Penny Taylor is the third double-digit scorer and DeWanna Bonner is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 85.4 percent from the free throw line. The Mercury are allowing percent 39.5 shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.2 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have lost five straight road games.

Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 6/17/16 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Sparks look to build on their historic 10-0 start to the season. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 87.9 points on 50.2 percent shooting and allowing 71.4 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 18.4 points and 9.2 rebounds while Candace Parker is averaging 15.7 points and 4.4 assists. Kristi Toliver is the third double-digit scorer and Jantel Lavender is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Sparks are allowing 25.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won seven straight home games.

The Mercury are 18-38-1 ATS in their last 57 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Sparks are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Mercury are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Los Angeles and 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.

The Mercury have yet to win a road game this season and the Sparks have beaten Phoenix in two of the last three meetings. It's just tough not to back Los Angeles until it cools off from this hot winning streak. I'll take the Sparks and the chalk at home. 

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Los Angeles Sparks -7.5

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