With last season’s WNBA finalists Los Angeles Sparks coming off a huge win on the road against the champions, they are now visiting the Indiana Fever who will be playing their third game this season, having lost both previous ones and are looking to bounce back today. WNBA Los Angeles Sparks vs Indiana Fever Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 05-22-2017 19:00 EDT
Spread: Indiana Fever +7
Indiana Fever are 0-2 on the season. The Fever dropped their last game, a 82-75 road contest against the Washington Mystics. They are led in scoring by Candice Dupree with 13.5 ppg. Dupree adds a team high 9 rebounds per game. She is followed by Natalie Achonwa with 12.5 ppg and 9 rebounds per game, while Kelsey Mitchell adds 10.5 ppg.
Los Angeles Sparks have a 1-0 record this season and in their last game they won on the road against the Minnesota Lynx with a 76-77 score. Last season they had a 26-8 record and were placed second in the West and the whole league. They are led in scoring by Odyssey Sims with 21 ppg, while Nneka Ogwumike follows with 19 ppg and a team high 9 rebounds per game. Chelsea Gray adds 18 ppg and team highs both in assists made with 8 per game and in steals with 6 per game.
Sparks led the Fever 2-1 wins last season and both teams split wins in Indiana (Fever won by 3 points and Sparks by 11). Fever were 6-11 at home last season, while Sparks were 10-7 on the road. Sparks are better both offensively, scoring 77 ppg to Fever’s second-worse of 69.5 and defensively, allowing 76 ppg to Fever’s 82. Sparks have a slightly better field goal percentage, shooting with 40.3% to Fever’s 39.9%, while Fever have a better 3-point percentage (26.7% to 16.7%). Fever are also better in rebounding (35.5 to 25) and in assists made (14.5 to 13), while Sparks commit fewer turnovers per game (7 to 11.5). Sparks are short-handed by injuries and Vegas odds give them a -7 spread for this game but don’t expect them to beat the odds as Fever will force a closer game than that.
Los Angeles Sparks vs Indiana Fever Prediction: Indiana Fever +7 (-104)
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