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Washington Mystics vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 8/17/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Sparks (19-13) vs. Washington Mystics (21-11)
Date & Time Friday August 17, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Washington Mystics -3 -- Over/Under: 156
TV Channel
NBA TV, MONUMENTAL, SPECSN
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WNBA | Los Angeles Sparks (19-13) vs. Washington Mystics (21-11)
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The Los Angeles Sparks and Washington Mystics meet Friday in WNBA action at the Capital One Arena.

The Los Angeles Sparks look for a statement road victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 79.1 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 76.9 points on 45 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 18 points and 4.9 assists while Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 15.7 points and 6.9 rebounds. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Odyssey Sims is dishing 2.9 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won four of their last six road games.

The Washington Mystics look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Washington Mystics are averaging 85.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 81.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Elena Delle Donne is averaging 21 points and 7.2 rebounds while Kristi Toliver is averaging 13.7 points and 4.5 assists. Ariel Atkins is the third double-digit scorer and LaToya Sanders is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Washington Mystics are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 85.6 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Mystics are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Washington Mystics have won three straight home games.

The Sparks are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 Friday games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mystics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Sparks are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Washington, 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

The Washington Mystics are downright rolling right now, which includes six straight covers and outscoring teams by 11.4 points in their last five games. The Los Angeles Sparks seem to be on cruise control with the playoffs right around the corner, and their defense has dropped off big time as of late. And while the Sparks have owned the Mystics over the years, Washington did win the last meeting back in July by nine points. I'll lay the bucket with the road team here.

Pick:
Washington Mystics -3

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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