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Los Angeles Sparks vs. Phoenix Mercury - 8/28/16 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mercury vs. Sparks

WNBA Basketball: Sunday August 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)

The Line: Mercury +4.5 -- Over/Under: 165.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury clash late Sunday night at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on ESPN2.

The Los Angeles Sparks could use a win after losing three of their last four games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 85.4 points on 49.5 percent shooting and allowing 75.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 19.9 points and 9.1 rebounds while Candace Parker is averaging 16 points and 5.1 assists. Kristi Toliver is the third double-digit scorer and Jantel Lavender is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Sparks are allowing 30.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have split their last six road games.

Los Angeles Sparks vs. Phoenix Mercury - 8/28/16 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Phoenix Mercury look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 86.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 85.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 18.6 points and 4.1 assists while DeWanna Bonner is averaging 15.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. Brittney Griner is the third double-digit scorer and Penny Taylor is dishing 3.8 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 83.6 percent from the free throw line. The Mercury are allowing percent 38.5 shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.4 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last eight home games.

The Sparks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mercury are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games. The Sparks are 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Phoenix.

I'm not sure why the Phoenix Mercury are getting points at home, but I'll take them. The Sparks have lost three of their last four and are playing their seventh straight road game. Los Angeles hasn't had a home game since July 10th. You may be seeing tired lefs here. Give me the home team and the points. 

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Phoenix Mercury +4.5

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