Los Angeles Sparks vs Chicago Sky Prediction, 5/6/2022 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Sparks vs Chicago Sky
Date: Friday, May 6, 2022
Location: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL
The Chicago Sky (16-16 last season) play the Los Angeles Sparks (12-20 last year) at Wintrust Arena on Friday.
The Los Angeles Sparks faced off with the Dallas Wings and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 87-84 in their last game. Los Angeles ended the game having earned a 50.8% FG percentage (31 out of 61) and buried 13 of their 27 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Sparks made 9 of 12 attempts for a percentage of 75.0%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 27 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 19 assists for this game while creating 14 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In regard to defending, Los Angeles let their opponent shoot 50.0% from the field on 30 out of 60 shooting. Dallas earned 4 assists and had 9 steals for this contest. On top of that, Dallas pulled down 25 rebounds (4 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Dallas ended up going 89.5% at the charity stripe by burying 17 of their 19 shots. They also buried 10 out of their 22 attempts from three-point range.
Arike Ogunbowale is a player who was a factor in the matchup. She accumulated 20 points on 7 out of 11 shooting. She played 36 minutes and collected 2 rebounds. Ogunbowale finished shooting 63.6% from the floor and also totaled 3 assists.
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Los Angeles steps onto the hardwood after finishing with a mark of 12-20 last season. They had an average of 72.8 points per game (12th in basketball) while hitting 41.1% from the field. The Sparks shot 33.5% on three-point attempts (216 of 644) and 76.6% from the free throw line. As a team, Los Angeles grabbed 29.3 rebounds per game and accounted for 494 dimes over the course of last season, which was 12th in the league in terms of passing. They lost possession by turning the ball over 13.2 times per contest and as a team committed 19.3 fouls per contest. Defensively, the Sparks forced 17.2 turnovers per game and they drew 18.5 personal fouls. They relinquished 34.3% on 3-point shots while they were 2nd in the league in points per game allowed (77.1). The Sparks defensively gave up and opponent field goal percentage of 41.9% (849 of 2,024) and they surrendered 38.3 boards per contest as a group. They were ranked 1st in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 530 conceded over the course of last season.
In their last game, the Chicago Sky got the victory with a final of 98-87 against the Indiana Fever. The Sky were able to pull down 26 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards totaling 35 for the game. They gave up possession 10 times, while earning 8 steals for the contest. The Fever had 19 fouls for this contest which got the Sky to the charity stripe for a total of 24 tries. They were able to make 19 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 79.2%. When it comes to 3-pointers, Chicago made 9 out of 23 tries (39.1%). When the game finished, the Sky ended up shooting 35 out of 71 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 49.3%. The Sky permitted the Fever to bury 33 out of their 69 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 47.8% for the contest. They finished 37.5% from three-point range by shooting 6 out of 16 and ended up going 15 out of 18 at the charity stripe (83.3%). In reference to how they attacked the glass, Chicago allowed Indiana to pull down 31 in total (9 offensive).
Brittney Griner was important for the Sky in the matchup. She made 12 out of 19 for the game giving her a rate of 63.2%, and tallied 7 rebounds. Griner totaled 28 points in her 38 mins on the court and had 2 dimes for this contest.
Chicago had a record of 16-16 last season. Chicago totaled 2,664 pts last season (83.3 per game) and they pulled in 34.9 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Sky connected on 44.1% from the floor, which had them ranked 6th in the WNBA. The Sky committed 19.0 fouls per contest and they shot 84.5% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates was at 21.8 times per game (1st in basketball) and they turned it over 13.8 times per game. The Sky on the defensive side of the court were 8th in basketball in PPG allowed with 81.9. They gave up 18.9 assists and 35.9 rebounds per contest, which was ranked 5th and 8th in basketball. The Chicago defense surrendered 35.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter (210 of 597) and opponents converted on 78.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They forced 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and allowed teams to shoot 43.3% from the floor (7th in the league).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago
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