Chicago Sky vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 9/30/16 WNBA Game Two Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sparks vs. Sky
WNBA Basketball: Friday September 30, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Sparks -11.5 -- Over/Under: 167.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Sky and Los Angeles Sparks play game two of the WNBA semifinals Saturday at the Staples Center on ESPNews.
The Chicago Sky need a win here to have a realistic chance of winning the series. The Chicago Sky are averaging 86.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 86.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Courtney Vandersloot is averaging 15.5 points and three rebounds while Cappie Pondexter is averaging 14 points and three assists. Tamera Young is the third double-digit scorer and Jessica Breland is grabbing 11.5 rebounds. The Sky are shooting 36.8 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 35.7 rebounds per game. The Chicago Sky have lost four of their last five road games.
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The Los Angeles Sparks can take full control of this series by snagging another victory. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 83.3 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 75.9 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 30 points and nine rebounds while Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 27 points and six assists. Jantel Lavender is the third double-digit scorer and Kristi Toliver is dishing three assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Sparks are allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won 11 of their last 14 home games.
The Sky are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. The Sparks are 20-44-1 ATS in their last 65 home games and 4-16-1 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest. The Sky are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Los Angeles and 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.
It's going to be hard for the Sky to compete in this series without another offensive weapon in Elena Delle Donne. However, this is a ton of points to lay again with a Sparks team that can struggle at times and hasn't been the best team in the world in terms of covering numbers. The Sky still have a talented roster that can put points on the board and play hard. Chicago won't win, but is more than capable of keeping it within the number given the fact this is probably a must win game.
I'll take the points here.