Connecticut Sun vs. Los Angeles Sparks
Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 9:00 PM (IMG Academy)
The Line: Los Angeles Sparks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 160.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Connecticut Sun and Los Angeles Sparks meet Thursday in the second round of the WNBA playoffs at the IMG Academy.
The Connecticut Sun look for another playoff win after beating the Chicago Sky on Tuesday. The Connecticut Sun are averaging 80.4 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 79.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting. DeWanna Bonner is averaging 19.7 points and three assists while Alyssa Thomas is averaging 15.5 points and nine rebounds. Brionna Jones is the third double-digit scorer and Jasmine Thomas is grabbing 1.7 rebounds. The Connecticut Sun are shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Connecticut Sun are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.5 rebounds per game.
The Los Angeles Sparks enter the playoffs splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 84.9 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 80.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 14.7 points and 4.6 assists while Chelsea Gray is averaging 14 points and 3.7 rebounds. Nneka Ogwumike is the third double-digit scorer and Riquna Williams is dishing 1.5 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 39.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.4 rebounds per game.
The Sun are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 playoff games as an underdog and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Sparks are 12-25-1 ATS in their last 38 Thursday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The over is 5-2 in Sun last 7 games as an underdog. The under is 4-1 in Sparks last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Sun are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
The Los Angeles Sparks beat the Sun both games in the bubble, and while both contests came down to the wire, they were still wins for the Sparks, and they got whatever they wanted offensively. The Connecticut Sun have been a much better team over the last couple of weeks and just bounced a good Sky squad. Still, I have trust issues with the Sun, and the Sparks are one of the best teams entering the playoffs and are on a short list of legit title contenders. I'll eat the reasonable chalk.