The Sparks have found their competitive edge, but will they be able to maintain their intensity when they take on the Stars on the road tonight? Let's see which WNBA picks are most appealing.
The Sparks are on the road, but they're still the favorites on the WNBA odds board for Tuesday night. They're laying four points in San Antonio across the board at all of the top sportsbooks.
If you're more interested in trying to beat the total, that number is currently at 155 points. Both teams are ranked in the bottom half of the league offensively, but they've been poor defensively as well. That makes an O/U play a little more scary for this evening's action.
San Antonio Stars
Let's start our breakdown with the home team. The Stars, classified as the underdogs tonight, have only won two games all season long. They finished last season 16-18 overall, which is obviously isn't all that great, but they've failed to come close to even sniffing .500 because of this rough start.
It was six days ago that the Stars last took the court, and it came against this same Sparks team. LA picked up the 86-81 win at home in what was their first victory of the entire season. San Antonio shot a tidy 55.0 percent from the floor and had plenty of success getting buckets, but the Stars couldn't stop Nneka Ogwumike and Jantel Lavender. The Stars were led by Dearica Hamby, Danielle Robinson and Sophia Young-Malcolm in that defeat.
Whereas the Sparks have that star quality, the Stars instead have been relying on numerous sources for production, but obviously the overall results leave a lot to be desired. San Antonio will try to avoid a third straight loss when the team welcomes LA.
Los Angeles Sparks
Having won two of their last three, it looks like the Sparks are starting to find theit stride. They recently had Kristi Toliver return from injury, and she's helped out a lot, and the likes of Ogwumike and Lavender among others have really played well as of late too.
LA still has a lot of work to do, however, after a very rough start to their season. This is a group that lost its first seven games, so the Sparks can't really afford many more slipups for the rest of this campaign. Remember it's not a particularly long regular season, so each individual matchup is that much more important. The Sparks surely must be anxiously awaiting the return of Candace Parker to help LA climb out of this hole. She's still out indefinitely, as is Alana Beard.
Nonetheless, with the way Toliver and company have been playing as of late, we still feel confident in this team's chances of securing the win in this spot. The guard has averaged a ridiculous 26 points in her first four games of the season, and she's put up 5.6 assists per game to boot. She should have another productive game in this situation. What's more, the Sparks should also have a big rebounding advantage over San Antonio; the combo of Ogwumike and Lavender have been pulling down 20 boards a game for the team thus far.
Yes, the Sparks have a very poor overall record and will be on the road, but they have the more talented team and we think they're starting to find their edge. We can expect LA to climb the standings now that they're getting healthier, and it's scary to think what'll happen when Parker and Beard come back.
San Antonio hasn't been playing well in any department to be honest, and we don't think the home court advantage will be enough.
When finalizing your WNBA picks for this slow Wednesday night, consider putting your faith in Toliver, Ogwumike and company. The Sparks should be able to win this game rather easily, so we feel good about adding them as four-point favorites.
WNBA Pick: Los Angeles Sparks -4 at 5Dimes