Los Angeles Sparks vs. Washington Mystics
It feels like it's been an eternity since the last time we saw the Sparks on the court. Off since last Sunday, Los Angeles has had a full week to practice and rest any injuries ahead of this visit to the Mystics.
The Sparks have won two out of their first three games, beating Seattle (80-69) on the road and San Antonio (83-62) at home, with their one loss coming against Phoenix.
Candace Parker is off to another great start, averaging 21.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG and 4.3 APG in three games. Alana Beard is averaging 16.5 PPG, while Kristi Toliver is putting up 12.3 PPG and 3.7 APG thus far. Los Angeles, however, would love to start getting more production out of Nneka Ogwumike, who averaged 14.6 PPG and 7.6 RPG in 2013 but has had some back trouble early in 2014.
This afternoon the Sparks will face off against the Mystics, with the WNBA odds listing the road team as 4.5-point favorites.
Washington has alternated losses and wins through their first four games, topping Indiana (79-63) and New York (68-60) while falling to Minnesota (77-89) and Seattle (65-73), with both losses coming on their home floor. Ivory Latta (15.3 PPG) has been the standout player for the Mystics so far.
Today, though, we have to roll with the more talented Sparks to come in and take care of business away from home. They'll have the best player on the court in Parker, have been the WNBA's best defensive team (68.3 PPG allowed) in the early stages of the season, and they also have a ton of experience within the squad, which should help here on the road against a solid Washington team.
We're not going to over-think this WNBA pick. Los Angeles is the superior team and we expect them to prove it.
Free WNBA Pick: Sparks -4.5
Minnesota Lynx vs. San Antonio Stars
After winning the title last year, the Lynx haven't skipped a beat here in 2014. They're undefeated at 6-0, with wins over Washington, Connecticut, Tulsa, New York, Chicago and San Antonio.
This afternoon they will take on the Stars once again, this rematch coming after the two teams squared off just two nights ago in Minnesota. The Lynx cruised to the 88-72 victory, easily covering the betting lines as eight-point favorites.
We've been lauding Maya Moore for her play this season and it continued against San Antonio, as she poured in 26 points while also recording nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. She now has averages of 29.2 PPG, 8.8 RPG and 2.8 APG on the year. Amazing stuff.
Will Moore be able to guide Minnesota to another win tonight and keep her team undefeated? Oddsmakers have the Lynx favored by three points for today's game against the Stars.
San Antonio is an even 3-3 this season, having beaten Tulsa twice and Phoenix. They were crushed by Minnesota, as we mentioned, and also lost on the road to Atlanta (75-79) and Los Angeles (62-83). Coming into this meeting with the Lynx, the Stars are ranked eighth in the WNBA in both scoring offense (74.8 PPG) and defense (79.8 PPG allowed).
And, after looking at the different lines available for today's WNBA action, we feel it's in our best interest to keep siding with the red-hot Lynx until they give us a reason not to.
With the way Moore's playing right now, no one seems to be able to stop Minnesota from imposing their will offensively. They're averaging a very impressive 87.2 points per game so far, by far the best mark in the league, and we think they'll showcase that efficiency once more.
WNBA Free Pick: Lynx -3