Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 9/12/17 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sparks vs. Mercury
WNBA Basketball: Tuesday September 12, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Sparks -9.5 -- Over/Under: 156 See the Latest Odds
The Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks meet Tuesday in game one of the WNBA playoffs at the Staples Center on ESPN2.
The Phoenix Mercury look for their third playoff victory after eliminating the Connecticut Sun on Sunday. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 82 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 81.6 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 21.9 points and 7.6 rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 17.9 points and 2.7 assists. Monique Currie is the third double-digit scorer and Leilani Mitchell is dishing 3.6 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last eight road games.
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The Los Angeles Sparks ended their season winning seven straight games and haven’t played in a week. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 83.5 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 75.2 points on 43 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 18.8 points and 7.7 rebounds while Candace Parker is averaging 16.9 points and 4.3 assists. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Odyssey Sims is dishing 3.5 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 82.4 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won seven straight home games.
The Mercury are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 3-14 ATS in their last 17 Tuesday games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Sparks are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 18-6 ATS in their last 24 games overall. The Mercury are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles, 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Sparks have outscored the Mercury 172-126 in the last two meetings and is outscoring teams by 13 points at home this season. However, the Mercury are showing these playoffs that experience matters come playoff time, as they blew out the Steattle Storm and beat a red hot Connecticut squad on the road. Of course, beating the defending champion Sparks is a different animal, but the Mercury are a battle tested team that's ready to at least put up a fight. There's value in the points here.