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Los Angeles Sparks vs. Dallas Wings - 7/18/19 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Dallas Wings at Los Angeles Sparks
Date & Time Thursday July 18, 2019, 3:30 PM (EDT)
Location
State Farm Arena
Los Angeles, California
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Sparks -7.5 -- Over/Under: 152
TV Channel
NBA TV, SPECTRUM SPORTSNET, NBA TV CANADA
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The Dallas Wings and Los Angeles Sparks meet Thursday in WNBA action at the Staples Center.

The Dallas Wings could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Dallas Wings are averaging 70.8 points on 38.6 percent shooting and allowing 76 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Arike Ogunbowale is averaging 15.1 points and 2.5 rebounds while Kayla Thornton is averaging 11.2 points and 2.1 assists. Allisha Gray is dishing 2.6 assists and Glory Johnson is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Dallas Wings are shooting 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 81.9 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Wings are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The Dallas Wings have lost all eight road games this season.

The Los Angeles Sparks look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 78.8 points on 40.9 percent shooting and allowing 79.1 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds while Chelsea Gray is averaging 13.2 points and 5.6 assists. Riquna Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Chiney Ogwumike is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 84.3 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.2 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won their last three home games.

The Wings are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 3-13 ATS in their last 16 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Sparks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, 7-20-1 ATS in their last 28 Thursday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wings are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and 27-8-2 ATS in the last 37 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Sparks last 7 overall. The under is 12-4 in Wings last 16 overall.

The Dallas Wings have yet to win on the road and are losing those games by an average of 11.6 points while shooting just 36.9 percent from the field. It doesn't help that the Wings are on the end of a back-to-back, which is rare in this league. The Los Angeles Sparks haven't been the most consistent team in the world, but they usually play their best ball at home where they've covered five of their last seven and win by an average of 4.3 points. I don't love the number here and underdogs have dominated lately, but if forced to pick, I'd lean toward the Sparks due to the Wings inability to play well on the road. 

Pick:
Los Angeles Sparks -7.5

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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