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Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 6/23/19 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury
Date & Time Sunday June 23, 2019, 6:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Phoenix, Arizona
The Line
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -1 -- Over/Under: 154
TV Channel
LEAGUE PASS, FSAZ+
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The Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Los Angeles Sparks need a victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 75.8 points on 40.2 percent shooting and allowing 81.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Maria Vadeeva is averaging 24 points and five rebounds while Chelsea Gray is averaging 14.7 points and 4.4 assists. Nneka Ogwumike is the third double-digit scorer and Chiney Ogwumike is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.1 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have split their last six road games.

The Phoenix Mercury need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 71.6 points on 38.9 percent shooting and allowing 77.4 points on 42.9 percent shooting. DeWanna Bonner is averaging 21.7 points and 3.6 assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 16.7 points and 7.1 rebounds. Leilani Mitchell is grabbing 1.8 rebounds and Briann January is dishing 3.4 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 85.2 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 42.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.4 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last two home games.

The Sparks are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 Sunday games. The Mercury are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Sparks are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings in Phoenix. The under is 4-1 in Mercury last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Sparks last 5 vs. Western Conference.

Neither of these teams are playing well and enter this game in a serious slump. The problem is the Los Angeles Sparks are as healthy as they've been all year and it's only a matter of time before they put things together with Parker back on the court. The Phoenix Mercury can't score and look lost without their best player. The Sparks have also won nine of the last 10 meetings against the Mercury. In a toss-up game, I'm leaning toward the Sparks on the road. 

Pick:
Los Angeles Sparks +1

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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