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New York Liberty vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 8/8/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Sparks (17-11) vs. New York Liberty (7-21)
Date & Time Wednesday August 8, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: New York Liberty +8.5 -- Over/Under: 155
TV Channel
LEAGUE PASS, MSG+, SPECSN
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The Los Angeles Sparks and New York Liberty meet Wednesday in WNBA action at the Westchester County Center.

The Los Angeles Sparks look for a big road victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 79.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 76.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 18.1 points and 4.9 assists while Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 15.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Odyssey Sims is dishing 2.9 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 81.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won three straight road games.

The New York Liberty could also use a victory here in order to snap a seven-game losing streak. The New York Liberty are averaging 78 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 84.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Tina Charles is averaging 19.6 points and 7.2 rebounds while Bria Hartley is averaging 8.5 points and 3.7 assists. Kia Nurse is grabbing 2.2 rebounds and Epiphanny Prince is dishing 1.7 assists. The New York Liberty are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The New York Liberty are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.4 rebounds per game. The New York Liberty have lost three straight home games.

The Sparks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Liberty are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games, 1-10 ATS in their last 11 vs. Western Conference and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Sparks are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 25-11 in the last 36 meetings.

The New York Liberty have shown time and time again that they're the punching bag in this league and are a team that's counting the days until the offseason. The Liberty continue not to play a lick of defense and are being outscored by 12.8 points in their last five games. The last time the Liberty and the Sparks played, Los Angeles won by 26 points. The Sparks have won six of the last seven meetings against the Liberty and most of those games weren't close. The Sparks are also 4-2 ATS this season when a double-digit favorite. Give me the road team in a beatdown.

Pick:
Los Angeles Sparks -8.5

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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