Los Angeles Sparks vs. Phoenix Mercury - 8/21/15 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Phoenix Mercury (15-10) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (8-17)
WNBA Basketball: Friday August 21, 2015 at 10:00 pm (US Airways Center)
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -4.5 -- Over/Under: 147 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBATV, TWC SN / TWC D
The Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury meet Friday night at the US Airways Center.
The Los Angeles Sparks look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 72.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 74.9 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 16.4 points and 9.8 rebounds while Temeka Johnson is averaging 5.6 points and 3.9 assists. Jantel Lavender is grabbing 8.9 rebounds and Kristi Toliver is dishing 4.2 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are still in the playoff hunt but need to get back on track after losing three of their last four games. The Sparks are 2-9 SU on the road and have split their last four. This game begins a four-game road trip. Nnemkadi Ogwumike is questionable with a concussion.
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The Phoenix Mercury look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 76.3 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 73.2 points on 39.7 percent shooting. DeWanna Bonner is averaging 16.8 points and 6.2 rebounds while Brittney Griner is averaging 15.4 points and 8.5 rebounds. Candice Dupree is the third double-digit scorer and Monique Currie is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Phoenix Mercury have scored 64 or less points in three of their last four games and are 3-9 SU when scoring 75 or less points. The Mercury are 10-3 SU on their home court and have won six of their last eight. The Mercury haven’t lost three straight games all season.
The Sparks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Mercury are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Sparks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Phoenix and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
With the injury to Ogwumike, I don't like the Sparks against great comp. If forced to pick, I'm siding with the healtheir Mercury at home.