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Los Angeles Sparks vs. Washington Mystics - 8/23/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Sparks (20-15) vs. Washington Mystics (22-12)
Date & Time Thursday August 23, 2018, 6:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Washington Mystics -4.5 -- Over/Under: 156.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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WNBA | Los Angeles Sparks (20-15) vs. Washington Mystics (22-12)
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The Los Angeles Sparks and Washington Mystics meet Thursday in the second round of the WNBA playoffs at the Charles E. Smith Center.

The Los Angeles Sparks are coming off a first round victory over the Minnesota Lynx, 75-68. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 78.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 76.7 points on 45 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 17.9 points and 4.7 assists while Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 15.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Odyssey Sims is dishing 2.8 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.2 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.2 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have lost four straight road games.

The Washington Mystics enter the playoffs winning eight of their last 10 games. The Washington Mystics are averaging 84.5 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 81.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Elena Delle Donne is averaging 21 points and 7.3 rebounds while Kristi Toliver is averaging 13.8 points and 4.4 assists. Ariel Atkins is the third double-digit scorer and LaToya Sanders is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Washington Mystics are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 85.8 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Mystics are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Washington Mystics have won four straight home games.

The Sparks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference, 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 Thursday games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win. The Mystics are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Sparks are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Washington, 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Washington Mystics have been one of the hotter teams in the league over the last month, as the offense is on fire and they're outscoring teams by 9.4 points in their last five games. Washington has also won the last two meetings against Los Angeles by a combined margin of 5.5 points. Also, despite a win over the Minnesota Lynx, the Los Angeles Sparks have been really a shaky team the last couple of weeks and continue to struggle defensively at times. The Mystics will control the pace of this game and open things up. 

Pick:
Washington Mystics -4.5

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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