Just two games on the WNBA slate for Sunday and we’ll look at the late game between the Seattle Storm (13-4) and the Los Angeles Sparks (6-10).
Seattle at Los Angeles Betting Odds
The Storm are favored by 12.5 and the total on the game is down to 162.5 after opening 163.5. Seattle is -900 on the moneyline.
Seattle is tied with Las Vegas for the best record in the league at 13-4 but are in a bit of a slump, going 1-2 their last three games, with the lone win a 91-88 victory over the Atlanta Dream at home the other night. Seattle has gotten away from playing defense the past three games and the end result was two losses and needing a last-second miss from Atlanta to come away with a win. I definitely expect to see the team a little more focused on the defensive side of things tonight.
Scoring points is no problem for Seattle, with Breanna Stewart (21.0) and Jewell Loyd (18.1) leading the way and Sue Bird chipping in with 11 points per game. Seattle scores 88.3 points and allows 81, while on the road the Storm score 89.8 and allow 77.6.
Los Angeles Sparks
The Sparks have been hurt by injuries this season and are just 6-8 coming into this one. While the Sparks weren’t expected to battle with Seattle or Las Vegas, they were thought to be in that next tier of teams but it hasn’t worked out yet. If LA can stay close to .500 until everybody’s back, they’ll be set for the second half of the season after the Olympic break.
With the injury to Nneka Ogwumike, the Sparks don’t have anybody averaging more than 14 points a game, but do have four players averaging 9 points or more, so the Sparks have a few players who can score. The Sparks average 74.6 points a game and allow 79.8, while at home LA scores 75.9 points and surrender 78.1.
Seattle at Los Angeles Pick
I have this one 82-73 for Seattle, so will follow the numbers and play the under in this one. As is often the case, we’ve lost some value since I started writing this with the slight drop in the total. Both teams play at a pretty average clip and the Storm is No. 2 in offensive efficiency, but the Sparks are No. 12. Both teams are in the top five in defensive efficiency.