In Game 3 of this 2019 WNBA Semifinal, the squad that held the best record in the West and third totally Los Angeles Sparks (22-12), who are still looking for their first win in this series, are hosting the second-seeded Connecticut Sun (23-11), who utilized the home court advantage and won both games that gave them a 2-0 lead.
Date/Time: 09-21-2018 19:00 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Sparks -3.5
Los Angeles Sparks finished the regular season with a 22-12 record (17-16-1 against the spread) and were placed 3rd in the league. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Sun in Game 2 with a 68-94 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nneka Ogwumike with 18.3 ppg, adding a team high 7.7 boards per game. She is followed by Candace Parker with 12.7 ppg, adding 7 boards and 4 dimes per game.
Connecticut Sun finished the regular season with a 23-11 record (14-19-1 against the spread) and were placed 2nd in the league. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won at home against the Sparks in Game 2 with a 94-68 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Jonquel Jones with 21.5 ppg, adding 10 boards per game. She is followed by Courtney Williams with 20 ppg, 6.5 boards and 5.5 dimes per game.
In their five previous meetings so far this season the Sun lead the Sparks 3-2 wins with each team having won at home (Sparks won both home games by an average of 12 points). Sparks are 16-2 at home so far season, while the Sun are 8-9 on the road. Sun are better offensively, scoring 81.3 ppg to Sparks’ 79.9, while both teams have identical defenses, allowing 77.6 ppg each. Sparks have a better field goal percentage (43.4% to 42.4%), while Sun have a better 3-point percentage (35.6% to 33.9%). Connecticut are better both in dimes made (19.3 to 18.6) and in boards grabbed (36.8 to 34.2), while both teams are almost equal in turnovers committed (14.2 to 14.3). Bookmakers give the Sparks a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds and stay perfect at home against the Sun this season.
Connecticut Sun vs Los Angeles Sparks Game 3 Prediction: Los Angeles Sparks -3.5 (-111)
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