Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 7/21/15 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Sparks (2-12) vs. Phoenix Mercury (9-6)
WNBA Basketball: Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 11:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Sparks +4.5 -- Over/Under: 153 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks meet Tuesday night at the Staples Center.
The Phoenix Mercury look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 77.3 points on 42.9 percent shooting and are allowing 73.3 points on 40 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 18 points and 7.9 rebounds while DeWanna Bonner is averaging 17.1 points and 6.3 rebounds. Candice Dupree is the third double-digit scorer and Leilani Mitchell is dishing 2.9 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are coming off a last-minute loss to the Liberty in which they fell apart in the fourth quarter. The Mercury have lost just twice since Griner returned to the lineup. Four of the Mercury’s six losses this season have come on the road.
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The Los Angeles Sparks need a win to snap a five-game losing streak. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 71.4 points on 42.9 percent shooting and are allowing 78.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 17.9 points and 10.5 rebounds while Kristi Toliver is averaging 17.6 points and 5.4 assists. Jantel Lavender is grabbing 9.1 rebounds and Erin Phillips is dishing 3.2 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks aren’t exactly winning games, but six of their last seven games have resulted in either wins or losses by seven or less points. The Sparks are getting closer to winning, they just have to learn how to play a full game and finish. Both of the Sparks victories this season have come on their home court.
The Mercury are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Tuesday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Sparks are 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 home games and 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference. The Mercury are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles.
The over has hit in four of the last seven meetings between these two teams, which includes a 4-0 record in the last four matches in LA. Both offenses have picked up lately, especially the Mercury's, and I expect that to continue here.