Los Angeles Sparks (2-0) vs. Connecticut Sun (1-0)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 24, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Connecticut Sun -3.5 -- Over/Under: 161
The Los Angeles Sparks and Connecticut Sun meet Thursday in WNBA action at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Los Angeles Sparks look for a 3-0 start to the season when they play their third straight road game. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 82 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 73 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 22 points and 9.5 rebounds while Odyssey Sims is averaging 19 points and 2.5 assists. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Essence Carson is grabbing four rebounds. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 25.7 percent from beyond the arc and 82.9 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won five straight road games.
The Connecticut Sun play for the first time since Sunday when they smoked the Las Vegas Aces. The Connecticut Sun are averaging 101 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 65 points on 26.1 percent shooting. Alex Bentley is averaging 18 points and five assists while Alyssa Thomas is averaging 13 points and 16 rebounds. Jasmine Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Shekinna Stricklen is grabbing one rebound. The Connecticut Sun are shooting 52.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Connecticut Sun are allowing 14.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Connecticut Sun have won six of their last eight home games.
The Sparks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 Thursday games and 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Sun are 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Regardless if Candace Parker plays or not, the Connecticut Sun looked crazy good in their season opener and are downright loaded this season. Connecticut is also eager to get off to a good start and build on how they finished last season. This is a statement game for the home team. If the Sparks are without one of their top players, they're going to have a hard time matching the energy of the Sun in this spot. I'll lay the bucket.