Phoenix Mercury (2-1) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (2-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday May 27, 2018, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: Los Angeles Sparks -8 -- Over/Under: 160
LEAGUE PASS, SPECSN
The Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Staples Center.
The Phoenix Mercury look for their second road win of the season to build on their 2-1 start to the season. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 81.3 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 82.3 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 20.3 points and 1.3 assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 20 points and seven rebounds. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 4.3 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 89.4 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 27 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last eight road games.
The Los Angeles Sparks look for a statement victory here when they take their home court for the first time. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 86 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 82.7 points on 50.3 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 21 points and 7.7 rebounds while Odyssey Sims is averaging 19.3 points and four assists. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Essence Carson is grabbing three rebounds. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 42.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 24.3 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks haven’t lost a regular season home game since July 20.
The Mercury are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Sparks are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 vs. Western Conference and 25-10 ATS in their last 35 games overall. The Mercury are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Regardless if Candace Parker plays or not, this is a lot of points to leave on the table with the Phoenix Mercury. The Mercury are getting whatever they want offensively as of late and have their top-two players playing at a high level. The Sparks have been very shaky on the defensive end and despite this being their home opener, the Mercury are an experienced team that's been in tough venues before, so this shouldn't be that big of a deal. Rivarly game, the Mercury in better form, give me the points.