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Los Angeles Sparks vs. Phoenix Mercury - 8/8/19 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Phoenix Mercury at Los Angeles Sparks
Date & Time Thursday August 8, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Staples Center
Los Angeles, California
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Sparks -6 -- Over/Under: 152.5
TV Channel
ESPN2, NBA TV CANADA
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The Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks meet Thursday in WNBA action at the Staples Center.

The Phoenix Mercury look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 75.9 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 74.8 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 19.3 points and 7.2 rebounds while DeWanna Bonner is averaging 18.7 points and 7.4 rebounds. Leilani Mitchell is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 3.6 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 86.5 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have lost four of their last five road games.

The Los Angeles Sparks look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 78.3 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 77.2 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 16.6 points and 9.6 rebounds while Chelsea Gray is averaging 13.2 points and 5.9 assists. Chiney Ogwumike is the third double-digit scorer and Riquna Williams is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 84.9 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.1 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won their last six home games.

The Mercury are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Sparks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 8-21-1 ATS in their last 30 Thursday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Mercury are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles. The under is 36-15 in Sparks last 51 home games. The under is 4-1 in Mercury last 5 road games.

The Phoenix Mercury have been covering games lately, but they're still banged up and are running into a healthy Sparks team that's playing their best ball of the year and winning at home by an average of 5.2 points. A healthy Sparks team around this time of year is pretty scary, and a banged up Mercury squad without Diana Taurasi will have trouble keeping up. I'll lay the reasonable chalk with the home team.

Pick:
Los Angeles Sparks -6

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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