Dallas Wings vs Los Angeles Sparks Prediction, 5/14/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Wings vs Los Angeles Sparks
Date: Friday, May 14, 2021
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (+4.5)
The Los Angeles Sparks (15-7 last season) host the Dallas Wings (8-14 last year) at Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday. Dallas opens this game as 4.5 point underdogs. The O/U opens at 165.
The Dallas Wings played the New York Liberty and earned the victory with a final of 82-79 in their last contest. Dallas finished the game having earned a 38.6% field goal percentage (27 out of 70) and buried 9 of their 36 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Wings made 19 of 22 shots for a percentage of 86.4%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 35 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 14 assists for the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and having 10 steals. When talking about the defense, Dallas allowed the other team to shoot 47.8% from the field on 32 out of 67 shooting. New York earned 6 assists and had 4 steals for this game. Additionally, New York collected 34 boards (6 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 4 rejections. New York ended up going 70.6% from the charity stripe by converting 12 of 17 attempts. They also knocked down 3 out of their 19 attempts from distance.
Arike Ogunbowale is one player who had an impact for the matchup. She accounted for 26 points on 8 out of 20 shooting. She played 35:20 minutes played and snagged 5 boards. Ogunbowale ended up going 40.0% from the floor and also totaled 4 assists. An additional woman that was a factor in this matchup for the Wings was Marina Mabrey. She snagged 6 rebounds in her 35:35 min played. She went 47.4% from the floor in the game by hitting 9-of-19 (24 points). Overall, Mabrey had 1 assist.
Dallas will play this contest after finishing with a record of 8-14 last year. The Wings shot 32.3% from downtown (196 of 607) and 81.5% from the charity stripe. They averaged 83.4 points per game (7th in the league) while connecting on 41.5% from the floor. They turned it over 11.0 times per contest and as a unit committed 19.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Dallas pulled in 32.7 boards per game and tallied 343 assists throughout last season, which had them ranked 11th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. When they were on the defensive end, the Wings were able to force their opponents into 13.5 turnovers per contest and they drew 17.6 personal fouls. They gave up 37.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they were ranked 10th in basketball in points per game allowed (87.0). The Wings defense gave up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.1% (694 of 1,472) and they surrendered 36.5 rebounds per game as a squad. They were 12th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 451 surrendered throughout last year.
In their last game, the Los Angeles Sparks took a loss by a score of 73-59 against the Connecticut Sun. The Sparks earned 28 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 35 in this matchup. They turned the ball over 14 times, while recording 5 steals for the game. The Sun earned 15 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Sparks to the charity stripe for a total of 18 attempts. They were able to knock down 17 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 94.4%. When talking about three-point attempts, Los Angeles converted 2 out of their 18 tries (11.1%). When the final whistle was blown, the Sparks finished 20 for 60 from the floor which had them at 33.3%. The Sparks allowed the Sun to make 27 of their 71 attempts from the field which had them at 38.0% in the matchup. They shot 45.0% from beyond the arc by going 9 out of 20 and walked away from this one shooting 10 of 10 at the charity stripe (100.0%). When discussing rebounding, Los Angeles permitted Connecticut to get 34 in all (5 on the offensive side).
Candace Parker ended up being a major contributor for the Sparks for the contest. She converted 6 out of 13 in this matchup giving her a rate of 46.2%, and totaled 14 rebounds. Parker recorded 22 points in her 40:00 minutes on the hardwood and added 5 assists in this game. Another woman that was pivotal for Los Angeles was Seimone Augustus. She came away with 1 assist in her 22:04 minutes played, and she put in 3 of 6 from the floor. Augustus walked away from this one going 50.0% from the field in addition to earning 10 points and 3 total rebounds.
Los Angeles had a win-loss mark of 15-7 last season. The Sparks committed 18.3 fouls per contest and they hit 79.2% from the charity stripe. They earned an assist 20.0 times per contest (5th in the WNBA) and they lost possession by turning the ball over 13.9 times per contest. Los Angeles earned 1,868 points over the course of last year (84.9 per contest) and they averaged 31.4 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Sparks shot 48.1% from the field, which had them ranked 2nd in the league. The Sparks were ranked 4th in the WNBA in points allowed per contest with 80.3. The Los Angeles defense gave up 37.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (179 of 480) and opponents connected on 78.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They forced their opponents into 17.0 TO's per game and let teams shoot 44.9% from the floor (7th in the WNBA). They relinquished 20.0 assists and 34.1 boards per contest, which was ranked 10th and 6th in the WNBA.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-4.5) and over 165 points
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