Los Angeles Sparks (11-3) vs. Seattle Storm (10-5)
|Date & Time||Thursday June 28, 2018, 9:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Seattle Storm -1.5 -- Over/Under: 162
The Los Angeles Sparks and Seattle Storm meet Thursday in WNBA action at the Key Arena.
The Los Angeles Sparks look to keep the ball rolling after winning seven of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 79.9 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 75.1 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 16.2 points and 7.4 rebounds while Candace Parker is averaging 16.7 points and 4.3 assists. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Odyssey Sims is dishing 3.2 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.1 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won four of their last six road games.
The Seattle Storm look for a statement victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Seattle Storm are averaging 87.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 81.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Breanna Stewart is averaging 22.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while Jewell Loyd is averaging 17.1 points and 3.9 assists. Natasha Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Sue Bird is dishing 6.6 assists. The Seattle Storm are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 82.4 percent from the free throw line. The Seattle Storm are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.4 rebounds per game. The Seattle Storm have won five of their last seven home games.
The Sparks are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games, 5-14-1 ATS in their last 20 Thursday games and 21-8 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The Storm are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. The Sparks are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Seattle, 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the under is 36-12-3 in the last 51 meetings.
The Seattle Storm beat the Sparks by 25 points on the road a few weeks ago and have actually won seven of the last 10 meetings overall. It's tough to trust the Sparks as long as Nneka Ogwumike is banged up with a back injury. The Storm play in a lot of close games, but they're an offensive machine that averages 85.6 points on 46.7 percent shooting at home. With a less than 100 percent Ogwumike, the Sparks will have a hard time keeping up with those offensive numers. I'll lay the bucket with Seattle at home.