Liberty open as WNBA underdog vs Sparks

New York LibertyLos Angeles Sparks
July 4, 3:30 PM | STAPLES Center

New York Liberty vs Los Angeles Sparks Odds

5-5TEAM RECORD6-4

The Sparks hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Thursday as the Liberty pay a visit to STAPLES Center in WNBA betting action.

Los Angeles battles the Liberty, currently with a 5-5 mark (5-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 3-7 for the Sparks and 3-6-1 for the Liberty.

View New York vs Los Angeles Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Liberty listed as 10.5-point underdogs. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 156.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 82.9 PPG, against a Liberty defense that ranks No. 4 at 75.6 PPG. The Sparks field goal percentage has averaged 46.9% so far, more than the Liberty shooters have achieved on the year, 43.3% per game.

Defensively, the Liberty feature the league's No. 6-rated defense on the road, allowing 79.8 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the league in scoring at home.

New York lost its last outing, a 94-87 result against the Mercury on July 2. The Liberty covered in that game as a 11.5-point underdog, while the 181 combined points took the game OVER the total. Cappie Pondexter scored 17 points in a failed effort to lead the Liberty to victory (they lost 94-87 to Phoenix at US Airways Center on Tuesday).

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 96-66 result against the Lynx on July 2. The Sparks covered in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 162 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The battle between the Sparks and Lynx didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Minnesota was handed a 96-66 defeat on Tuesday at STAPLES Center.

New York Liberty Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-6
Before playing Chicago are 6-4
After playing Phoenix are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4

Los Angeles Sparks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-6
Before playing San Antonio are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

A few Liberty at Sparks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New York's last 9 games when playing Los Angeles
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New York's last 11 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of New York's last 18 games
New York is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Los Angeles
Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Los Angeles's last 9 games when playing New York

Next up:
New York home to Chicago, Sunday, July 7
Los Angeles home to San Antonio, Saturday, July 6

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