In this battle for the fourth playoff spot, the third in the East Connecticut Sun (20-13), who are red-hot having lost only once in their last nine games, are hosting the second in the West Los Angeles Sparks (19-14), who on the other hand have won only once in their last four.
Date/Time: 08-19-2018 15:00 EDT
Spread: Connecticut Sun -5
Connecticut Sun have a 20-13 record (16-17 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the third place of the East. They have won eight of their last nine matches and in their last game they won at home against the Minnesota Lynx with a 96-79 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Chiney Ogwumike with 14.4 ppg, adding 7.3 boards per game. She is followed by Courtney Williams with 12.6 ppg, 6 boards and 3 dimes per game, while Jasmine Thomas adds 12.4 ppg, 3.2 boards and a team high 4.8 dimes per game.
Los Angeles Sparks have a 19-14 record (15-8 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Phoenix Mercury in the second place of the West. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Washington Mystics with a 67-69 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Candace Parker with 17.8 ppg, adding 4.8 dimes and a team high 8.1 boards per game. She is followed by Nneka Ogwumike with 15.5 ppg and 6.8 rebounds per game, while Chelsea Gray adds 14.9 ppg and a team high 5.1 dimes per game.
Connecticut have won both previous meetings against Los Angeles earlier this season (at home by 8 points and on the road by one). Connecticut are 12-4 at home this season, while Los Angeles are 8-8 on the road. Connecticut have the best offense in the league with 87.6 ppg to Los Angeles’ 78.7, while Los Angeles have the best defense, allowing 76.6 ppg to Connecticut’s 81.5. Connecticut have better percentages both in field goals (46.5% to 45.4%) and in 3-pointers (36.2% to 34.9%). They are also better both in rebounding (37 to 31.2) and in assists made (19.5 to 18.5), while Los Angeles are only better in turnovers committed (12.1 to 13.4). Connecticut have already won twice against Los Angeles and have been very strong at home. Vegas odds give them a -5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Los Angeles Sparks vs Connecticut Sun Prediction: Connecticut Sun -5 (-108)
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