Indiana Fever (2-21) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (14-9)
|Date & Time||Friday July 20, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Sparks -16.5 -- Over/Under: 157
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The Indiana Fever and Los Angeles Sparks meet Friday in WNBA action at the Staples Center.
The Indiana Fever could use a feel good victory here to rebound from a rough 2-21 record. The Indiana Fever are averaging 75.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting and allowing 85.3 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Candice Dupree is averaging 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds while Kelsey Mitchell is averaging 13.1 points and 2.5 assists. Cappie Pondexter is the third double-digit scorer and Natalie Achonwa is gabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Indiana Fever are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 81.9 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Fever are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The Indiana Fever have lost 10 of their last 11 road games.
The Los Angeles Sparks could also use a victory here after losing six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 79.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 77.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 17.6 points and 4.6 assists while Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 16.1 points and 7.4 rebounds. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Odyssey Sims is dishing 3.1 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 81.4 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.2 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have lost three straight home games.
The Fever are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Sparks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Fever are 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Los Angeles, 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
I've backed the Indiana Fever as big underdogs this season and it's come back to bite me, as they're just 6-10 ATS this season when an underdog of at least 7.5 points. The Fever are just an awful, awful basketball team. However, I'm not laying massive chalk with the way the Los Angeles Sparks have played the last couple of weeks, even though they've covered nine straight as double-digit favorites. Instead I'm siding with the over. It's a popular trend when these teams meet and the Fever are giving up 93 points in their last five games. The Sparks should have their way offensively in this contest.