Mystics vs Sparks Preview, Betting Odds, & Free Pick [7/2/17]

Washington (10-5) at Los Angeles (11-3)
When: Sunday, July 2nd 2017
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 5:00 ET | TV: League Pass
Opening Odds: Los Angeles -5.5/162

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The Los Angeles Sparks will put their perfect home record on the line when they host the Eastern Conference-leading Washington Mystics on Sunday afternoon. The Sparks have won seven in a row overall and are 6-0 at Staples Center this season. Los Angeles, the defending WNBA Champions, started the season 2-2, but improved defensively and have won nine of their last ten including three in a row on their recent road trip out East. They will begin the day just 1.5 games behind West-leading Minnesota and will play the Lynx on July 6th. Nneka Ogwumike, the reigning WNBA MVP, recorded 21 points and nine rebounds in the win over Connecticut on Tuesday, while Chelsea Gray added 15 points and five assists. Candace Parker contributed 14 points with seven rebounds and five blocked shots. Gray has moved into the starting point guard position and has excelled after taking over for Kristi Toliver, who left Los Angeles to sign with Washington. The Sparks shoot the ball extremely well, ranking first in FG% (49.4) and second in three-point percentage (38.2).

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Washington is two games ahead of the New York Liberty in the Eastern Conference and have won three in a row overall, but are just 3-3 on the road. The Mystics are coming off a 67-54 victory over New York on Thursday as Elena Delle Donne and reserve Ivory Latta scored 15 points apiece, while the starters combined to make only 10-of-41 shots from the field. The bench players came through for Washington, combining for 30 points on 11-of-27 shooting. Starting guard Tayler Hill was a horrendous 0-for-11 from the field including missing all six three-point attempts, but she managed to make all six of her free-throws. The Mystics will be meeting Los Angeles for the second of three meetings this season. Washington dropped the first game on May 19th at Staples Center 99-89 as they allowed L.A. to shoot 54.8% from the field and 10-of-21 from long range. Washington plays their next five games on the road.

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The Sparks are on a roll right now and are terrific at home. The Mystics are struggling offensively, scoring nine points in the first quarter last time out. They managed to pull it out, but they won’t get so lucky with Los Angeles. The Sparks roll.

Pick: Sparks -6


  • Mystics are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest.
  • Mystics are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games.
  • Mystics are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 Sunday games.
  • Mystics are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference.
Los Angeles
  • Sparks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
  • Sparks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
  • Sparks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Sparks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
  • Sparks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games.
  • Sparks are 6-20-1 ATS in their last 27 games playing on 1 days rest.


  • Under is 5-0 in Mystics last 5 Sunday games.
  • Over is 5-0 in Mystics last 5 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
  • Over is 4-1 in Mystics last 5 vs. Western Conference.
  • Over is 17-8 in Mystics last 25 road games.
Los Angeles
  • Under is 4-1 in Sparks last 5 overall.
  • Under is 4-1 in Sparks last 5 Sunday games.
  • Under is 4-1 in Sparks last 5 games following a straight up win.
  • Over is 13-5 in Sparks last 18 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Over is 5-2 in Sparks last 7 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.


  • Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Los Angeles.
  • Mystics are 9-3-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Los Angeles.
  • Over is 22-8 in the last 30 meetings.
  • Mystics are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.