Los Angeles Sparks (18-12) vs. Phoenix Mercury (17-14)
|Date & Time||Sunday August 12, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Phoenix Mercury +1 -- Over/Under: 161.5
The Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Los Angeles Sparks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 79.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 76.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 18 points and 4.9 assists while Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 15.6 points and seven rebounds. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Odyssey Sims is dishing 2.9 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.8 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won four of their last five road games.
The Phoenix Mercury could also use a win here after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 84.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 83 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 20.6 points and 4.8 assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 20.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 3.4 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 85.1 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have lost five of their last six home games.
The Sparks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss, 9-1 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mercury are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Sunday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Sparks are 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Phoenix, 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Los Angeles Sparks have won the last nine meetings against the Phoenix Mercury, and that's usually enough to blindly pick them in a near toss-up spot. However, both clubs have looked shaky all year and aren't playing to their ability. The Sparks seem to be on cruise control entering the playoffs and the Mercury have piled up an insane amount of losses despite clinching a playoff spot already. If there was a game the Mercury would step up in, it would be this one, as it is against a rival and this contest is big in terms of playoff seeding. I'll take a stab with the Mercury at home.