Sparks open as WNBA underdog vs Mercury

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June 14, 10:00 PM | US Airways Center

Los Angeles Sparks vs Phoenix Mercury Odds

2-1TEAM RECORD1-3

The Sparks will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Mercury in Phoenix at US Airways Center on Friday in WNBA action.

Phoenix will face the 2-1 Sparks, who own a 1-2 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Mercury are 2-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Sparks are 1-2 favoring the OVER.

View Los Angeles vs Phoenix Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Phoenix opened as 2.5-point favorites, while the WNBA total was set at 169 for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Phoenix's No. 9-rated squad against Los Angeles's No. 6-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Phoenix rates No. 8 in the league with 4.2 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 7 with 4.7 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Sparks own the league's No. 10-rated mark, allowing 83 points per game when on the road. Phoenix, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in home scoring.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 76-69 winner as they battled the Shock at home. The Sparks failed to cover in the match as a 18-point favorite, while 145 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Los Angeles got 21 points from Kristi Toliver en route to a 76-69 victory over Tulsa on Saturday at STAPLES Center.

Last time out for Phoenix, they were an 82-67 winner as they battled the Fever on the road. The Mercury covered in the match as a 3.5-point underdog, while 149 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Diana Taurasi scored 26 points for Phoenix on Saturday, leading the Mercury to an 82-67 victory over Indiana at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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

Phoenix Mercury Trends:
When playing on Friday are 1-9
Before playing Tulsa are 5-5
After playing Indiana are 5-5
After a win are 2-8

A few Sparks at Mercury trends to consider:
Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
Los Angeles is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Los Angeles's last 13 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Los Angeles's last 19 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Phoenix's last 13 games when playing Los Angeles
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
Phoenix is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Los Angeles

Next up:
Los Angeles home to San Antonio, Saturday, June 15
Phoenix at Tulsa, Sunday, June 16

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