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Los Angeles Sparks vs. Indiana Fever - 8/22/19 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Indiana Fever at Los Angeles Sparks
Date & Time Thursday August 22, 2019, 10:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Staples Center
Los Angeles, California
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Sparks -10.5 -- Over/Under: 157.5
TV Channel
CBS SPORTS NETWORK, SPECTRUM SPORTSNET
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The Indiana Fever and Los Angeles Sparks meet Thursday in WNBA action at the Staples Center.

The Indiana Fever look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Indiana Fever are averaging 77 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 80.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Kelsey Mitchell is averaging 12.7 points and 2.7 assists while Erica Wheeler is averaging 11.7 points and 2.7 rebounds. Candice Dupree is the third double-digit scorer and Natalie Achonwa is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Indiana Fever are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.1 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Fever are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The Indiana Fever have lost each of their last four road games.

The Los Angeles Sparks look to stay hot after winning 12 of their last 16 games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 78.9 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 77.8 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 17 points and 9.4 rebounds while Chelsea Gray is averaging 14.4 points and 5.8 assists. Riquna Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Chiney Ogwumike is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 84.8 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.2 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won each of their last nine home games.

The Fever are 10-3-3 ATS in their last 16 Thursday games, 6-18 ATS in their last 24 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Sparks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games,  1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-21-1 ATS in their last 31 Thursday games. The Fever are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Sparks last 6 overall. The over is 4-0-1 in Fever last 5 overall.

There's history of the Fever and Sparks playing games that come down to the wire, and while the Sparks are playing improved basketball, they're only winning their last five games by an average of 1.4 points. The Fever have won three of their nine games this season in their last six tries and are only losing on the road by an average of 7.5 points, so we're getting some value here. I don't love backing a bad team like the Fever often, but this feels like too many points to pass up. 

Pick:
Indiana Fever +10.5

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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