Los Angeles Sparks (0-0) vs. Las Vegas Aces (0-0)
Sunday, May 26 at 8:00 PM ET
Mandalay Bay Event Center
Coverage: WNBA League Pass
Free WNBA Pick: Under
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Sparks star forward Candace Parker is sidelined for two to five weeks with a hamstring injury and the team will miss her production but they still have 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike and Chelsea Gray can put points to help them counter Parker’s absence.
The Sparks traded for Chiney Ogwumike, Nneka’s sister, which means that the two of them will play together for the first time since being in Stanford and they also have Alana Beard, who has championship experience and leadership, so all of them can hold down the fort while Parker comes back. They have a new head coach in Derek Fisher and he does lack experience in the WNBA but the talent level on this roster will keep them competitive.
The Liz Cambage trade makes the Aces serious title contenders because she has scoring talent and experience and their roster was already pretty solid. Pairing Cambage with A’ja Wilson on their frontcourt will cause serious headaches to opponents all season long and this team also has formidable backcourt talent like Kelsey Plum, Kayla McBride and rookie Jackie Young, who was taken first overall in the 2019 WNBA Draft after an incredible college career at Notre Dame.
Cambage is out tonight due to an injured Achilles. She said she’s feeling good but head coach Bill Laimbeer doesn’t want to take any chances. Once Cambage comes back the Aces will have a starting lineup that features three No. 1 draft picks, a No. 2 and a No. 3 pick. With Candace Parker and Liz Cambage out this looks to be a low-scoring game.
The Under is:
19-7 in Los Angeles’ last 26 Sunday games
25-12 in Los Angeles’ last 37 games against Western Conference opponents
3-0-1 in Las Vegas’ last four home games
3-1-1 in Las Vegas’ last five games overall
8-3 in the last 11 meetings