Connecticut Sun vs Los Angeles Sparks WNBA Game 3 Picks 9/22/2019
Sunday, September 22, 2019
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Nneka Ogwumike and the Los Angeles Sparks (22-12, 1st in the Western Conference) play the Connecticut Sun (23-11, 2nd in the Eastern Conference) at Walter Pyramid on Sunday in Game 3 of the WNBA Semifinals. The Sparks open as 4.5 favorites while the total is set at 162. The Sun have a 2-0 series lead after winning by a score of 94-68 on Thursday. Jonquel Jones led Connecticut with 27 points, 13 boards, and 1 dime. Nneka Ogwumike led the Sparks with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The Sun have been hot and cold for Las Vegas oddsmakers, having gone 17-18 ATS. The Sparks are covering the spread 50.0% of the time, going 18-18 against the spread.
Valuable Connecticut Sun Betting Trends
The Sun have been an inconsistent Under bet for O/U wagerers, having gone 17-19.
The Sun are covering the spread 31.3% of the time away from home, having gone 5-11 ATS.
Important Los Angeles Sparks Betting Trends
Los Angeles is covering 72.2% of the time at Walter Pyramid, going 13-5 against the spread.
The Sparks have been an inconsistent Under bet for O/U wagerers, having gone 19-18.
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Key Connecticut Sun Injuries
06/26/19 G Layshia Clarendon Ankle is out 3-4 months
Key Los Angeles Sparks Injuries
07/21/19 G Karlie Samuelson Knee is out indefinitely
Courtney Williams comes into this game averaging 13.2 points per contest while being on the court 29.1 minutes per night so far this year for the Sun. She grabs 5.6 rebounds per contest and hands out 3.8 assists per game as well. Her field goal percentage is 44% while her free throw percentage is currently at 80%. Jasmine Thomas averages 11.1 points per game in 29.7 minutes per contest this season. She averages 5.1 assists per contest and 2.9 rebounds per game for Connecticut. Her field goal percentage is 39% for the year while her free throw percentage is 80%.
Nneka Ogwumike averages 16.1 points per game while playing 27.9 minutes per contest this year for the Sparks. She grabs 8.8 rebounds per game and has 1.8 assists per contest on the year. Her field goal percentage is 51% and her free throw percentage currently is at 83%. Chelsea Gray averages 14.5 points per game this season and she sees the court an average of 32.6 minutes per contest. She also averages 3.8 rebounds per contest and 5.9 assists per game. Her field goal percentage is 42% and her free throw percentage is 92%.
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Useful Team Statistics
Connecticut averages 80.8 points per game this season, which ranks them 4th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 2.9 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team, which has them ranked 7th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 3rd in the WNBA. They average 36.8 rebounds per contest and 19.2 assists per game, which ranks them 2nd and 6th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 8th with 13.2 per game. The Sun allow 77.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 7th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 31% average from behind the arc, ranking them 11th and 1st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 33.3 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 19.6 assists per contest, which puts them in 10th place in the league. They force 14.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 9th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles is 5th in the league with 80.1 points per game this year. They are 4th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is 2.8. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 5th in the WNBA. They are 7th in the league in rebounding with 34.2 boards per game, and 7th in assists per contest with 18.6. The Sparks are 7th in turnovers per game with 13.5. The Sparks surrender 77.2 points per contest, which ranks them 3rd in the WNBA. Their defense is allowing a 41% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 2nd and 9th in those defensive statistics. They rank 1st with 16.9 assists allowed per contest and 10th with 36.3 rebounds surrendered per game. The Sparks are 11th in the WNBA in forcing turnovers with 15.1 per game this season.
The Sun are 3rd in the league in defensive rating with 98.7, and their offensive rating of 102.4 is ranked 9th. They are 4th in the WNBA in pace with 78.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 48% is 5th. As a unit they are 8th in the league in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 29% of their shot attempts, ranking 7th in the WNBA. Connecticut is 11th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 3rd in the WNBA.
Los Angeles is 7th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.5 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 46%, which is 11th in the WNBA. The Sparks are 4th in the league in defensive rating with 98, and their offensive rating of 101.6 is ranked 10th. They are 5th in the WNBA in pace with 78.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 48% is 4th. As a unit they are 5th in the league in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 30% of their shot attempts, ranking 6th in the WNBA.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Connecticut +4.5
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