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WNBA betting line favors Sparks over Mercury

Phoenix MercuryLos Angeles Sparks
Sep 18, 10:30 PM | STAPLES Center

Phoenix Mercury vs Los Angeles Sparks Odds

7-24TEAM RECORD22-10

Phoenix travels to Los Angeles on Tuesday, hoping to boost its 7-24 mark with a victory over the Sparks.

Los Angeles battles the Mercury, currently with a 7-24 mark (10-21 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 18-14 for the Sparks and 14-16-1 for the Mercury.

View Phoenix vs Los Angeles Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Mercury are listed as 21-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, with the total listed at 165.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 2-ranked offense (83.2 PPG) against a Mercury defense that ranks No. 12 at 86.7 PPG. The Sparks have averaged 45.4% from the field per game, more than the Mercury have managed so far this season (38.7% on average).

Defensively, the Mercury feature the league's No. 12-rated defense on the road, allowing 85.3 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the league in scoring at home.

Phoenix lost its last outing, an 86-55 result against the Sky on September 16. The Mercury failed to cover in that game as a 12.5-point underdog, while the 141 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Phoenix was crushed on Sunday, getting run out of the gym by Chicago and falling 86-55 at US Airways Center.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 93-82 winner as they battled the Sun at home. The Sparks covered in the match as a 6.5-point favorite, while 175 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Candace Parker scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double, leading Los Angeles over Connecticut, 93-82, on Friday at STAPLES Center.

Phoenix Mercury Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Minnesota are 4-6
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

Los Angeles Sparks Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Minnesota are 4-6
After playing Connecticut are 2-8
After a win are 8-2

A few Mercury at Sparks trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Phoenix's last 9 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Phoenix's last 23 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Phoenix's last 12 games when playing Los Angeles
Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Los Angeles is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Los Angeles's last 9 games when playing at home against Phoenix
Los Angeles is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games

Next up:
Phoenix home to Minnesota, Friday, September 21
Los Angeles home to Minnesota, Thursday, September 20

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