The Sparks finally earned their first win of the season last night, but there's no time to rest as they get set for their 2nd game in as many nights. Which WNBA odds are we looking to exploit?
The Sparks have been priced out as favorites once again, one night after notching their first win of the season. Most sportsbooks have them laying five points right now, but some are also offering a line of four and a half. You may want to jump on those odds quickly before they move up.
We find a total of 147 on the WNBA odds board for Friday night. The Shock have been one of the better teams in the league offensively this season, but the Sparks have been struggling in that department, ranking 12th in the NBA in scoring offense.
Los Angeles Sparks
Oh how sweet it must have been for the Sparks last night. They've been waiting for weeks and weeks to notch their first win, and it finally came to fruition last night at home versus San Antonio.
That's not to say it was easy. Far from it, actually. Los Angeles was down five heading into the fourth quarter, but they turned up the heat when it mattered most and went on to win by five in front of the delighted crowd inside Staples Center. It was pretty much the Nneka Ogwumike and Jantel Lavender show; Ogwumike had 27 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Lavender put up 21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and a steal in 34 minutes of action. The pair combined for 48 of the Sparks' 86 total points.
This is a team that's going to keep needing others to step up, considering Candace Parker remains out indefinitely, with Alana Beard also still on the sidelines. The impetus is going to keep falling on the likes of Ogwumike, Lavender and Kristi Toliver.
Whereas the Sparks were finally able to enjoy a win, the Shock were completely annihilated by the Mercury last night. They were outscored 26-9 in the first quarter and were never able to recover, losing 86-55 on the road.
It's obviously difficult to find any positives from the performance, as Tulsa shot a putrid 28.2 percent from the floor overall. They hit just 4-of-22 from beyond the arc and were outscored 44-24 by Brittney Griner and company. Karima Christmas was the only member of the Shock to hit double figures in the blowout loss, and she added 10 rebounds and four assists in what was easily the best individual performance of the night for Tulsa.
Fortunately for the Shock, they quickly get another chance to redeem themselves and get back on track as they head to Los Angeles. Owning an 8-3 record on the season, Tulsa has been getting the job done for the most part this season (especially on the glass), and we expect them to fare much better tonight.
We backed the Sparks last night and they were able to get the victory, but we're not so confident about their chances here tonight.
Yes, the Shock were blown out of the water yesterday, but that was an aberration and for the most part they've been excellent this season. They've been the WNBA's best rebounding team and are ranked second in scoring offense, so that should hold them in good stead tonight against a very shorthanded Los Angeles squad.
The Sparks are still without their best player in Parker and Beard and Frahiya Abdi are still banged up too. We like LA last night regardless against a weak San Antonio team, but Tulsa is on another level. We like the Shock to compete at a high level here and perhaps even win straight up, so we'll be grabbing those five points and backing the road team.
WNBA Pick: Tulsa Shock +5 at BetDSI