The Los Angeles Sparks (four-five) and Phoenix Mercury (2-five) rectangular off in the Valley of the Sun, and both teams are searching out a far-wished win to jump-start their seasons after uncharacteristic gradual starts offevolved.
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The Sparks blasted the Mercury in Phoenix on June 14, winning eighty five-68 despite getting into as 3 1/2-point underdogs. The ‘under’ (154.5) related in that recreation, and the under is five-1 across the beyond six everyday-season meetings between these rivals.Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury: By the Numbers
- The Sparks have posted a ten-3 ATS mark in their beyond thirteen games played on a Sunday.
- The Mercury have published a 2-6-1 ATS mark in the beyond 9 games, and they’re 1-5-1 ATS within the past seven against Western Conference golf equipment. Phoenix is, however, five-2 ATS of their beyond seven contests on a Sunday.
- Chelsea Gray leads the Sparks with 14.7 factors consistent with recreation (PPG) throughout nine outings while checking in with four.4 assists in step with contest (APG). Nneka Ogwumike is proper on her heels with 14.three PPG through 9 contests.
- DeWanna Bonner is posting huge numbers, averaging 21.7 PPG with 3.6 APG and 1.3 steals in line with sport (SPG) thru seven games. Brittney Griner is likewise doing her component with sixteen.7 PPG and 1.8 blocked pictures per game (BPG), however they’re the only players in double-digit points.
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- The below is four-1 in L.A.’s past five in opposition to Western Conference teams, and 20-7 in their past 27 games on a Sunday.
- The beneath is four-1 in Phoenix’s past five outings, and 4-1 in the beyond 5 in the Western Conference.
Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury: Injuries
Sparks G Alana Beard (leg) is indexed as probably, because the Sparks hold to get wholesome. F Candace Parker (hamstring) simply made her debut on June 18 after missing the primary seven outings. F Maria Vadeeva (private), who dropped 24 inside the 2d beginning loss, stays out till mid July.
The Mercury have been without G Diana Taurasi (returned) for the complete season, but he is at the least indexed as questionable for Sunday, as she nears a go back. The Mercury could desperately use her as a miles-wanted tertiary scoring alternative. Sophie Cunningham (lower back) is also indexed as questionable with a back disorder.Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury: Picks and Betting Tips
Moneyline/Spread: The Sparks (-one hundred and five) belted the Mercury (-115) simply ultimate week, but the return of Taurasi might exchange the complexion of the game so long as she isn’t too rusty. Still, she is a 50-50 proposition. The Sparks are nevertheless worth taking, and the spread is +1 for L.A. (-a hundred and ten) is quite attractive. L.A. is 8-3 ATS within the past eleven conferences.
Over/under: The UNDER 153.5 (–a hundred and ten) has connected in 9 of the beyond 13 conferences in Phoenix. The below is also 4-1 in Phoenix’s beyond 5 universal. Taurasi’s ability return might provide the Merc a mild injection of offense, however the under is still the play here.
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