In this battle between the second-best squads of each conference, the second in the East Washington Mystics (20-11), who want to extend their currently lengthy winning streak, are hosting the second in the West Los Angeles Sparks (19-13), who are looking to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 08-17-2018 19:00 EDT
Spread: Washington Mystics -2.5
Washington Mystics have a 20-11 record (18-12-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the second place of the Eastern Conference. They have won seven of their last eight matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Indiana Fever with a 76-62 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Elena Delle Donne with 21.2 ppg, adding a team high 7.2 boards per game. She is followed by Kristi Toliver with 13.9 ppg and a team high 4.4 dimes per game, while Ariel Atkins adds 11.4 ppg.
Los Angeles Sparks have a 19-13 record (14-17 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the second place of the Western Conference. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the New York Liberty with a 74-66 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Candace Parker with 18 ppg, adding 4.8 dimes and a team high 8.1 boards per game. She is followed by Nneka Ogwumike with 15.7 ppg and 6.9 boareds per game, while Chelsea Gray adds 15.1 ppg, 3.4 boards and a team high 5.2 dimes per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team has won on the road (Los Angeles by 11 points and Washington by 9). Washington are 10-5 at home this season, while Los Angeles are 8-7 on the road. Mystics are better offensively, scoring 85.1 ppg to Sparks’ 79.1, while Sparks have the best defense in the league, allowing 76.9 ppg to Mystics’ 81.6. Sparks have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 45.7% to Mystics’ 44.9%, while Mystics have a better 3-point percentage (36.1% to 34.9%). Sparks are better in assists made (18.6 to 17.8) and in turnovers committed (12.1 to 12.4), while Mystics are better in rebounding (32.6 to 30.9). Washington are coming in this game hot and Vegas odds give them a -2.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory today.
Los Angeles Sparks vs Washington Mystics Prediction: Washington Mystics -2.5 (-108)
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