Los Angeles Sparks at Connecticut Sun
|Date & Time||Thursday September 19, 2019, 6:30 PM (EDT)|
Mohegan Sun Arena
The Line: Connecticut Sun -2.5 -- Over/Under: 161
The Los Angeles Sparks and Connecticut Sun meet Thursday in game two of the WNBA semifinals at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Los Angeles Sparks need a victory here to even up the series before heading home for game three. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 80.2 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 77.2 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 16.1 points and 8.8 rebounds while Chelsea Gray is averaging 14.5 points and 5.9 assists. Riquna Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Candace Parker is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have lost six of their last eight road games.
The Connecticut Sun can take control of this series with a victory and a 2-0 lead. The Connecticut Sun are averaging 80.9 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 77.9 points on 44 percent shooting. Jonquel Jones is averaging 14.6 points and 9.7 rebounds while Courtney Williams is averaging 13.2 points and 3.8 assists. Alyssa Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Jasmine Thomas is dishing 5.1 assists. The Connecticut Sun are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Connecticut Sun are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.7 rebounds per game. The Connecticut Sun have won 16 of their last 18 home games.
The Sparks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Sun are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Sparks are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Connecticut and the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The over is 6-2 in Sparks last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 5-1 in Sun last 6 overall.
The Los Angeles Sparks are an experienced team loaded with champions, so they know they can't afford to go down two games and have a realistic chance of winning this series. With that said, the Connecticut Sun continue to be dominant at home where they've won 16 of their last 18 games and are winning by an average of 9.9 points. The home team has also now won eight of the last nine meetings between the Sparks and Sun. I once again have to eat the small chalk with the Sun.