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Los Angeles Sparks vs. New York Liberty - 6/15/19 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Liberty at Los Angeles Sparks
Date & Time Saturday June 15, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Staples Center
Los Angeles, California
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Sparks -13.5 -- Over/Under: 159
TV Channel
NBA TV, SPECTRUM SPORTSNET
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The New York Liberty and Los Angeles Sparks meet Saturday in WNBA action at the Staples Center.

The New York Liberty could use a victory to rebound from a rough 2-5 record. The New York Liberty are averaging 77.6 points on 39.7 percent shooting and allowing 84.6 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Tina Charles is averaging 19.1 points and 7.9 rebounds while Kia Nurse is averaging 13.9 points and 2.3 assists. Asia Durr is the third double-digit scorer and Bria Hartley is grabbing five rebounds. The New York Liberty are shooting 26.7 percent from beyond the arc and 81.1 percent from the free throw line. The New York Liberty are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.9 rebounds per game. The New York Liberty have lost their last 10 road games.

The Los Angeles Sparks look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 79.3 points on 41.1 percent shooting and allowing 78 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Maria Vadeeva is averaging 24 points and five rebounds while Chelsea Gray is averaging 16.5 points and 5.2 assists. Nneka Ogwumike is the third double-digit scorer and Chiney Ogwumike is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 85.2 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 30.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won their last four home games.

The Liberty are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Sparks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 0 days rest. The Liberty are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 40-17 in Sparks last 57 home games. The under is 8-3 in Liberty last 11 games playing on 0 days rest.

The New York Liberty got their boots smoked by the Aces last night and the Sparks are always one of the more dominant home teams in the league. With that said, the Sparks have covered just three of their last 10 home games and this game is on the end of a back-to-back for both sides. Consecutive games in the WNBA are rare and often lead to sluggish play from both sides. I'll also keep saying that the Liberty are better than what they've shown up to this point. When these teams met less than two weeks ago, the Liberty lost by just five points. I'll take a shot with the free buckets. 

Pick:
New York Liberty +13.5

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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