Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 10:00 PM (IMG Academy)
The Line: Los Angeles Sparks -5.5 -- Over/Under: 167.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks meet Wednesday in WNBA action at the IMG Academy.
The Phoenix Mercury look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 87.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 85.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 18.1 points and 7.6 rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 16.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. Skylar Diggins-Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Bria Hartley is dishing 4.3 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.5 rebounds per game.
The Los Angeles Sparks look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 86.2 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 78.9 points on 44 percent shooting. Riquna Williams is averaging 13 points and 1.5 rebounds while Candace Parker is averaging 12.7 points and 3.7 assists. Nneka Ogwumike is the third double-digit scorer and Chelsea Gray is dishing 5.1 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 41.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.3 rebounds per game.
The Mercury are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Sparks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 9-4 in Mercury last 13 overall. The over is 5-2 in Sparks last 7 Wednesday games. The Mercury are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles and 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
The Phoenix Mercury are the better offensive team here and are a club I have a hard time passing up points with, but they've been hit or miss since Taurasi got hurt, and their defense can let you down a lot. The Los Angeles Sparks are easily the more balanced team and have been covering numbers left and right during this winning stretch. If it's not broken, don't fix it. Give me the Sparks and the chalk.