New York Liberty (7-23) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (18-13)
|Date & Time||Tuesday August 14, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Sparks -15 -- Over/Under: 157
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The New York Liberty and Los Angeles Sparks meet Tuesday in WNBA action at the Staples Center.
The New York Liberty could use a feel good victory here considering they haven’t won a game since July 15. The New York Liberty are averaging 78 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 84.8 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Tina Charles is averaging 19.9 points and 7.1 rebounds while Kia Nurse is averaging 8.7 points and 1.4 assists. Bria Hartley is dishing 3.8 assists and Amanda Zahui B. is grabbing three rebounds. The New York Liberty are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The New York Liberty are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The New York Liberty have lost four straight road games.
The Los Angeles Sparks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 79.2 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 77.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 18 points and 4.9 assists while Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 15.6 points and seven rebounds. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Odyssey Sims is dishing 2.9 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.7 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have lost four of their last six home games.
The Liberty are 5-15 ATS in their last 20 Tuesday games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Sparks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Liberty are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles, 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the under is 25-12 in the last 37 meetings.
The Liberty and Sparks just played a few days ago and the game was decided by one point. I'm never trying to lay numbers this insane, as you're asking too much from one team. The Liberty are awful, but a 15 point spot is a bit too steep for me. Instead I'm siding with the over in this contest. The over has hit in six of the Liberty's last seven games, and they're one of the worst defensive teams in the league with those numbers getting even worse on the road. The meeting a few days ago combined for 163 points. Give me the over.