Los Angeles Sparks at Las Vegas Aces
|Date & Time||Sunday May 26, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
Mandalay Bay Events Center
The Line: Las Vegas Aces -1.5 -- Over/Under: 161.5
The Los Angeles Sparks and Las Vegas Aces meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
The Los Angeles Sparks will be led by coach Derek Fisher, who has no previous coaching experience outside of winning 29.4 percent of his games in two years with the New York Knicks. The Sparks will also begin the season without their star player in Candace Parker, who is sidelined two to five weeks with a hamstring injury. While those two things raise question marks for the Sparks early in the year, LA still has an MVP in Nneka Ogwumike and a consistent double-digit scorer in Chelsea Gray. The Sparks also went out and added post depth in Chiney Ogwumike, so the sisters will be playing together for the first time since their Stanford days. Alana Beard is also back for another season at 37 years old, and she brings that championship leadership that always seems to keep this team grounded. The Los Angeles Sparks are a championship quality roster, but it’s likely going to take time to figure things out with a new voice at head coach.
The Las Vegas Aces went from dark horse title contenders to favorites to win the title overnight with the trade for Liz Cambage. Arguably the best post scorer in the league, the Aces added experience and an elite talent to an already very intriguing roster. Cambage and A'ja Wilson now form the best front court in the league and a tandem good enough to bring the hardware to Sin City. And while that gets most of the attention, we also can’t forget talented guards Kayla McBride, Kelsey Plum and rookie Jackie Young, who all have the ability to take their game to new heights with more talent around them. The Las Vegas Aces still have experience questions and were the worst three-point shooting team in the league last year with just 3.9 made per game. Still, Las Vegas has something to be excited for outside of the Golden Knights.
The Sparks are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 Sunday games. The Aces are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Sparks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings. The under is 3-1-1 in Aces last 5 overall. The over is 6-2 in Sparks last 8 road games.
The Los Angeles Sparks have a new coach and will be without one of their top players in Parker. While there's championship DNA on this roster, it could take time for the Sparks to get going to their full potential. The Las Vegas Aces are loaded with young talent and depth, and there should be a packed house in Vegas with the increased expectations of Cambage now on the squad. However, it looks like Cambage won't play in this game due to injury. Still, this is kind of a statement game for the Aces and a chance to solidify why many view them as the team to beat. I'll lay the bucket with Las Vegas, even if I don't love it without Cambage on the court.