WNBA Sunday: New York Liberty at Los Angeles Sparks and O'Sullivan picks between two teams who can't score
All right, a 2-1 day to ease the pain a bit, even if that one loss was courtesy of another late fade by the Connecticut Sun, who apparently don’t understand that WNBA games last 40 minutes, not 28 or 32.
Seattle O’Sullivan so far: 34-26
New York Liberty at Los Angeles Sparks, 4 pm EDT
The Pick: Los Angeles -2.5 (-110), Los Angeles ML (-154), U 160.5
Both teams are coming off beatings in their last games. New York got pasted by the Las Vegas Aces, 103-76, while Los Angeles took it on the chin from the Phoenix Mercury, 80-66. The Liberty have lost four out of five and three of four on this current road trip. Today’s game is their last before limping back home, with Sabrina Ionescu’s ankle, literally. Of the Sparks' five wins, three have come against a Chicago Sky team with an injured Candace Parker, and one against the league-worst Indiana Fever. Los Angeles continues to throw rocks at the backboard, scoring the fewest points per game (74.5) with the worst FG% (39.3%) in the WNBA. They’ve only scored more than 80 points in a game three times this season, and once was against the, you guessed it, the Fever. But they do guard, giving up the second-fewest points per game in the league (78.6), and turning the other team over 19.1 times per game, the WNBA’s best. Both teams have a negative point differential. Despite Friday’s loss to the Mercury, I continue to like the Sparks guards' tenacity and ability to drag the game down to their level. I think this is close but the Sparks win, pull out a cover, and I’ll take the under too.