Washington (10-5) at Los Angeles (11-3)
When: Sunday, July 2nd 2017
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 5:00 ET | TV: League Pass
Opening Odds: Los Angeles -5.5/162
The Los Angeles Sparks will put their perfect home record on the line when they host the Eastern Conference-leading Washington Mystics on Sunday afternoon. The Sparks have won seven in a row overall and are 6-0 at Staples Center this season. Los Angeles, the defending WNBA Champions, started the season 2-2, but improved defensively and have won nine of their last ten including three in a row on their recent road trip out East. They will begin the day just 1.5 games behind West-leading Minnesota and will play the Lynx on July 6th. Nneka Ogwumike, the reigning WNBA MVP, recorded 21 points and nine rebounds in the win over Connecticut on Tuesday, while Chelsea Gray added 15 points and five assists. Candace Parker contributed 14 points with seven rebounds and five blocked shots. Gray has moved into the starting point guard position and has excelled after taking over for Kristi Toliver, who left Los Angeles to sign with Washington. The Sparks shoot the ball extremely well, ranking first in FG% (49.4) and second in three-point percentage (38.2).
Washington is two games ahead of the New York Liberty in the Eastern Conference and have won three in a row overall, but are just 3-3 on the road. The Mystics are coming off a 67-54 victory over New York on Thursday as Elena Delle Donne and reserve Ivory Latta scored 15 points apiece, while the starters combined to make only 10-of-41 shots from the field. The bench players came through for Washington, combining for 30 points on 11-of-27 shooting. Starting guard Tayler Hill was a horrendous 0-for-11 from the field including missing all six three-point attempts, but she managed to make all six of her free-throws. The Mystics will be meeting Los Angeles for the second of three meetings this season. Washington dropped the first game on May 19th at Staples Center 99-89 as they allowed L.A. to shoot 54.8% from the field and 10-of-21 from long range. Washington plays their next five games on the road.
The Sparks are on a roll right now and are terrific at home. The Mystics are struggling offensively, scoring nine points in the first quarter last time out. They managed to pull it out, but they won’t get so lucky with Los Angeles. The Sparks roll.
Pick: Sparks -6
HEAD TO HEAD