Phoenix Mercury (16-12) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (16-11)
|Date & Time||Sunday August 5, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Sparks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 160.5
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The Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Staples Center.
The Phoenix Mercury look for a big road victory after losing seven of their last nine games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 84.4 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 82.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 20.9 points and 4.9 assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 20.2 points and 7.3 rebounds. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 3.2 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 84.6 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last six road games.
The Los Angeles Sparks could also use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 79.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 76.8 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 18.3 points and 4.8 assists while Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 16 points and 7.3 rebounds. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Odyssey Sims is dishing three assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.7 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have lost five of their last six home games.
The Mercury are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Sparks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 16-5 ATS in their last 21 Sunday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest. The Mercury are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles, 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles.
These have been two of the more inconsistent teams to figure out, as they've been so up and down despite both being title contenders heading into the season. Both clubs are coming off impressive wins and are veteran squads that know now is the time to make that playoff push. The difference for this game is that the Sparks are usually covering machines at home, and they've won nine of the last 10 meetings against the Mercury while covering nearly all of those games as well. Sometimes you just follow the trends. Give me the Sparks and the reasonable chalk.