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Mercury home to Sparks in WNBA betting action

Los Angeles SparksPhoenix Mercury
July 14, 6:00 PM | US Airways Center

Los Angeles Sparks vs Phoenix Mercury Odds

9-4TEAM RECORD8-6

The Mercury will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Sparks tip off at US Airways Center on Sunday in WNBA play.

The Sparks will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 6-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Mercury are 5-9 ATS. Los Angeles is 5-8 on the totals; Phoenix is 8-6.

View Los Angeles vs Phoenix Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Phoenix opened as 2.5-point underdogs, while the WNBA total was set at 174.5 for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Phoenix's No. 2-ranked offense (84.5 PPG) against a Sparks defense that ranks No. 5 at 75 PPG. The Mercury have averaged 45.7% from the field per game, less than the Sparks have managed so far this season (49.4% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Sparks own the league's No. 12-rated mark, allowing 88 points per game when on the road. Phoenix, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in home scoring.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 94-78 winner as they battled the Shock on the road. The Sparks covered in the match as a 7.5-point favorite, while 172 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Los Angeles got 30 points from Candace Parker en route to a 94-78 victory over Tulsa on Thursday at BOK Center.

Phoenix lost its last outing, an 88-80 result against the Silver Stars on July 10. The Mercury failed to cover in that game as a 9.5-point favorite, while the 168 combined points took the game OVER the total. Candice Dupree scored 22 points in a failed effort to lead the Mercury to victory (they lost 88-80 to San Antonio at US Airways Center on Wednesday).

Los Angeles Sparks Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Atlanta are 8-2
After playing Tulsa are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

Phoenix Mercury Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Los Angeles are 6-4
After playing San Antonio are 6-4
After a loss are 2-8

A few Sparks at Mercury trends to consider:
Los Angeles is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Phoenix
Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Los Angeles's last 14 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games at home
Phoenix is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 7 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Phoenix's last 14 games when playing Los Angeles

Next up:
Los Angeles home to Atlanta, Wednesday, July 17
Phoenix at Los Angeles, Thursday, July 18