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WNBA odds preview - Mercury vs. Sparks

Phoenix MercuryLos Angeles Sparks
Aug 12, 10:30 PM | STAPLES Center

Phoenix Mercury vs Los Angeles Sparks Odds

13-9TEAM RECORD8-13

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

The Sparks bring a 8-13 record (7-14 ATS) to the battle against the 13-9 Mercury, who are 12-9-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Los Angeles go 12-6-3 so far and the Mercury go 12-10.

View Phoenix vs Los Angeles Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Sparks in this one, they're listed as 5.5-point underdogs on the betting line for the contest. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 182 for Monday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 7-ranked offense, averaging 78.2 PPG, against a Mercury defense that ranks No. 12 at 87.6 PPG. The Sparks field goal percentage has averaged 44.3% so far, less than the Mercury shooters have achieved on the year, 46.9% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Mercury own the league's No. 12-rated mark, allowing 89.5 points per game when on the road. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 5 in home scoring.

Last time out for Phoenix, they were a 109-95 winner as they battled the Dream at home. The Mercury covered in the match as a 6-point favorite, while 204 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. DeWanna Bonner scored 25 points and chipped in with 13 rebounds for Phoenix on Thursday, leading the Mercury to a 109-95 victory over Atlanta at US Airways Center.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 71-66 winner at home against the Shock. They failed to cover the 10.5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (137) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Los Angeles got 23 points from Ticha Penicheiro en route to a 71-66 victory over Tulsa on Tuesday at STAPLES Center.

Phoenix Mercury Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-3
Before playing Seattle are 8-2
After playing Atlanta are 3-4
After a win are 7-3

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

A few Mercury at Sparks trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Phoenix's last 7 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
Phoenix is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Los Angeles
Phoenix is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Los Angeles's last 7 games when playing at home against Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 6 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games
Los Angeles is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Phoenix

Next up:
Phoenix home to Seattle, Tuesday, August 16
Los Angeles home to Atlanta, Tuesday, August 16

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