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Pointspread favors Sparks in battle with Mercury

Phoenix MercuryLos Angeles Sparks
Sep 15, 3:00 PM | STAPLES Center

Phoenix Mercury vs Los Angeles Sparks Odds

19-14TEAM RECORD23-10

The Sparks will be trying to slam the Mercury on Sunday when the teams tip off at STAPLES Center in WNBA betting action.

The Sparks currently sports a record of 23-10, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 12-21 ATS. The Mercury are 19-14 and 14-18-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Sparks post a 12-21 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Mercury have gone 15-18 against the number.

View Phoenix vs Los Angeles Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 7.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, while the total was hovering around 168.5 at most shops.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 81.7 PPG, against a Mercury defense that ranks No. 12 at 80 PPG. The Sparks field goal percentage has averaged 47.5% so far, more than the Mercury shooters have achieved on the year, 45.5% per game.

Defensively, the Mercury feature the league's No. 12-rated defense on the road, allowing 82.7 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the league in scoring at home.

The Mercury were an 82-61 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Silver Stars. They covered the 10.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (143) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Mercury blew out San Antonio on Friday, running up the score in an 82-61 win at US Airways Center.

Los Angeles won its last outing, an 85-84 result against the Lynx on September 12. The Sparks failed to cover in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 169 combined points took the game OVER the total. Nneka Ogwumike scored 25 points and chipped in with 11 rebounds for Los Angeles on Thursday, leading the Sparks to an 85-84 victory over Minnesota at STAPLES Center.

Phoenix Mercury Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
After playing San Antonio are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Los Angeles Sparks Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
After playing Minnesota are 8-2
After a win are 8-2

A few Mercury at Sparks trends to consider:
Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Phoenix's last 11 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Phoenix's last 16 games when playing Los Angeles
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games
Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Los Angeles's last 11 games when playing at home against Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games at home
Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Phoenix