Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 7/25/20 WNBA Picks and Prediction
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Mercury vs. Sparks
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 3:00 PM (IMG Academy)
The Line: Phoenix Mercury +4.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Phoenix Mercury and the Los Angeles Sparks face off on Saturday in their first game of the WNBA season at IMG Academy.
The Los Angeles Sparks have been one of the best teams in the WNBA for many years and last season was no different. They made it all the way to the semifinals after having 22 wins during the regular season. This was already a loaded team last season and they brought in Seimone Augustus, a player who was a problem for them for years when she was a member of the Minnesota Lynx. Adding Augustus to a team that already includes players like Candace Parker, Nneka Ogwumike, and Chelsea Gray is a problem for the rest of the league. As talented as the Sparks as they won’t have Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver, both players who decided to sit out.
The Phoenix Mercury for years were one of the best teams in the WNBA but they are coming off a year where they only won 15 games. The good news for the Mercury is they did get better with the moves they made this offseason. The team swung a trade to bring in Skylar Diggins-Smith a player who is going to be a difference maker for this squad.
The over is 3-3 in the last six games played between the two squads. The Sparks are 4-2 straight up in the last six meetings against the Mercury.The Sparks are 3-7 against the spread in their last ten games played between the two squads. The under is 4-1 in the Sparks last five games overall. The Mercury are 0-5 against the spread in their last five games overall and 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games against the Western Conference.
There is no doubt that the Mercury got a lot better this offseason, but that still isn’t going to be enough to compete against the Sparks in this game. The Sparks are loaded with offensive talent and as the game goes on, the Mercury are going to get worn down in this game. The Sparks will pull away late and do enough to win and cover the spread.