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Chicago Sky vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 8/16/19 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Sparks at Chicago Sky
Date & Time Friday August 16, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Wintrust Arena
Chicago, Illinois
The Line
The Line: Chicago Sky +1.5 -- Over/Under: 163.5
TV Channel
LEAGUE PASS, THE U TOO, SPECTRUM SPORTSNET
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The Los Angeles Sparks and Chicago Sky meet Friday in WNBA action at the Wintrust Arena.

The Los Angeles Sparks look for a win after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 78.8 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 77.5 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 16.9 points and 9.5 rebounds while Chelsea Gray is averaging 13.6 points and 5.8 assists. Riquna Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Chiney Ogwumike is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 85.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have split their last six road games.

The Chicago Sky look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Chicago Sky are averaging 81.9 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 80.9 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Diamond DeShields is averaging 14.9 points and 5.9 rebounds while Allie Quigley is averaging 13.6 points and 2.8 assists. Courtney Vandersloot is the third double-digit scorer and Jantel Lavender is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Chicago Sky are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 82.3 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Sky are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The Chicago Sky have won each of their last four home games.

The Sparks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Sky are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The Sparks are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Chicago and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 5-0 in Sky last 5 overall. The over is 4-0 in Sparks last 4 overall.

The Los Angeles Sparks have beaten the Sky in each of the last six meetings and eight of the last nine meetings overall. While the play is still shaky on the road and the Sky are playing some of their best ball in years, it's the Sparks that are looking more and more like the championship team we've seen these last two seasons. In a near toss-up, I have to side with the Sparks and the small line. 

Pick:
Los Angeles Sparks -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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