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Los Angeles Sparks vs. Connecticut Sun - 5/31/19 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Connecticut Sun at Los Angeles Sparks
Date & Time Friday May 31, 2019, 10:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Staples Center
Los Angeles, California
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Sparks -1 -- Over/Under: 165.5
TV Channel
ESPN3, SPECTRUM SPORTSNET, NESN+
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The Connecticut Sun and Los Angeles Sparks meet Friday in WNBA action at the Staples Center.

The Connecticut Sun look for a quick 3-0 start to the season when they take to the road for the first time. The Connecticut Sun are averaging 86 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 73 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Jonquel Jones is averaging 17.5 points and 11 rebounds while Jasmine Thomas is averaging 14 points and 6.5 assists. Alyssa Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Williams is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Connecticut Sun are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Connecticut Sun are allowing 21.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.5 rebounds per game. The Connecticut Sun have split their last six road games.

The Los Angeles Sparks look for their first win of the season after losing their season opener to the Las Vegas Aces. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 70 points on 36.4 percent shooting and allowing 83 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Maria Vadeeva is averaging 24 points and five rebounds while Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds. Chelsea Gray is dishing four assists and Marina Mabrey is grabbing three rebounds. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 28.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have split their last six home games.

The Sun are 20-9 ATS in their last 29 games playing on 2 days rest, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Sparks are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Sun are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles. The under is 47-23 in Sparks last 70 overall. The over is 4-1 in Sun last 5 overall.

The Connecticut Sun have played two games to get their feet under them, while the Sparks are still without one of their top players and have had a ton of time off between games. While the Sparks are much more comfortable at home and better than what they showed against the Aces, they've lost three straight to the Connecticut Sun, and this years squad may be even better. The Sun are deep offensively and can light it up from three to put some serious runs together. I wouldn't be shocked at a Sparks victory, but I'll side with the Sun in this toss-up based on them having an extra game of preparation and bing dominant in both contests.

Pick:
Connecticut Sun +1

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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