Chicago Sky vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 9/28/16 WNBA Game One Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sparks vs. Sky
WNBA Basketball: Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Sparks -9.5 -- Over/Under: 166 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Sky and Los Angeles Sparks play game one of the WNBA semifinals Wednesday at the Staples Center on ESPN2.
The Chicago Sky are fresh off eliminating the Atlanta Dream Sunday afternoon. The Chicago Sky are averaging 86.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 85.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Courtney Vandersloot is averaging 21 points and 13 assists while Jessica Breland is averaging 20 points and 16 rebounds. Cappie Pondexter is the third double-digit scorer and Tamera Young is dishing three assists. The Sky are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 82.9 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Sky are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The Chicago Sky have split their last eight road games.
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The Los Angeles Sparks have had the luxury of getting 12 days off since their last game. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 83 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 75.9 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 19.7 points and 9.1 rebounds while Candace Parker is averaging 15.3 points and 4.9 assists. Kristi Toliver is the third double-digit scorer and Jantel Lavender is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Sparks are allowing 30.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won 10 of their last 13 home games.
The Sky are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Sparks are 19-44-1 ATS in their last 64 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Sky are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Sparks have won the last five meetings against the Sky and all of those games were won by double digits. Elena Delle Donne is still out for Chicago and that's not a good thing when going up against a Sparks team that plays at a high level at home and has several scoring options. Don't love big chalk, but Los Angeles should be able to cover it, especially after getting so much rest between games.