Sparks vs. Mystics
WNBA Basketball: Friday May 19, 2017 at 10:30 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Sparks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 159.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Sparks meet Friday in WNBA action at the Staples Center.
The Washington Mystics look for a quick 2-0 start after beating the San Antonio Stars on Sunday. The Washington Mystics are averaging 89 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 74 points on 40 percent shooting. Elena Delle Donne is averaging 24 points and five rebounds while Tayler Hill is averaging 15 points and four assists. Emma Meesseman is the third double-digit scorer and Tianna Hawkins is grabbing six rebounds. The Washington Mystics are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 87.1 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Mystics are allowing 42.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The Washington Mystics have lost seven of their last 10 road games.
The Los Angeles Sparks also look for a 2-0 start after beating the Seattle Storm on Saturday. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 78 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 68 points on 52 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 23 points and three rebounds while Odyssey Sims is averaging 20 points and six assists. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Tiffany Jackson-Jones is grabbing eight rebounds. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 44.4 percent from beyond the arc and 50 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 25 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 22 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won three straight regular season games.
The Mystics are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Friday games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Sparks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mystics are 9-2-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Los Angeles, 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and over is 21-8 in the last 29 meetings.
Assuming Candace Parker plays in this game, the Sparks should be able to get the job done on their home court. The Sparks are a well oiled machine, while the Mystics are terrific offensively but are still trying to learn to play together and will have struggles on the defensive end. The Sparks are polished and Ogwumike picked up where she left off last season. I have to side with the Sparks and the reasonable line at home, especially if Parker plays.