Los Angeles Sparks vs Indiana Fever Prediction, 5/8/2022 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Sparks vs Indiana Fever
Date: Sunday, May 8, 2022
Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Amazon Prime
The Indiana Fever (6-26 last season) play the Los Angeles Sparks (12-20 last year) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Sparks took the court against the Dallas Wings and took a loss by a score of 87-84 in their last game. Los Angeles ended the contest with a 50.8% field goal percentage (31 out of 61) and buried 13 out of their 27 3-pointers. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Sparks made 9 of their 12 attempts for a percentage of 75.0%. Concerning pulling down rebounds, they compiled 27 with 5 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 19 assists for the game in addition to forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In reference to defense, Los Angeles allowed their opponent to shoot 50.0% from the field on 30 of 60 shooting. Dallas distributed 4 dimes and had 9 steals for the matchup. In addition, Dallas pulled down 25 rebounds (4 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 5 blocks. Dallas walked away from this one shooting 89.5% from the charity stripe by converting 17 of 19 tries. They also made 10 out of their 22 attempts from distance.
Arike Ogunbowale is one player who was a contributor for the matchup. She left the arena with 20 points on 7 of 11 shooting. She saw the court for 36 mins played and pulled down 2 rebounds. Ogunbowale walked away from this one shooting 63.6% from the floor and earned 3 assists.
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Los Angeles heads into this contest after finishing with a mark of 12-20 last season. They turned the ball over 13.2 times per contest and as a unit committed 19.3 personal fouls per game. As a squad, Los Angeles snagged 29.3 rebounds per contest and accumulated 494 assists over the course of last season, which was 12th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Sparks connected on 33.5% on shots from distance (216 of 644) and 76.6% from the charity stripe. They had an average of 72.8 points per game (12th in the WNBA) while connecting on 41.1% from the field. On defense, the Sparks forced 17.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.5 personal fouls. They conceded 34.3% on three-point shots while they were 2nd in the WNBA in opponents PPG (77.1). The Sparks allowed a FG percentage of 41.9% (849 of 2,024) and they conceded 38.3 rebounds per game as a squad. They were ranked 1st in the WNBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 530 relinquished throughout last season.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Indiana Fever took a loss by a score of 98-87 against the Chicago Sky. The Fever pulled down 22 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 31 for the game. They also coughed up the ball 15 times, while recording 6 steals in this contest. The Sky were called for 18 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Fever to the free throw line for a total of 18 shots. They were able to knock down 15 of those for a rate of 83.3%. With respect to 3-pointers, Indiana knocked down 6 of their 16 attempts (37.5%). Overall, the Fever ended up going 33 for 69 from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.8%. The Fever permitted the Sky to convert 35 out of their 71 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 49.3% for the game. They shot 39.1% from 3-point land via 9 of 23 and finished the contest at 19 of 24 at the free throw line (79.2%). In the matter of team rebounding, Indiana allowed Chicago to pull down 35 in total (9 offensive).
Diamond DeShields pitched in for the Fever for the matchup. She converted 8 out of 13 for the matchup giving her a field goal percentage of 61.5%, and had 7 rebounds. DeShields racked up 30 points in her 23 minutes on the hardwood and had 6 assists for the game.
Indiana had a win-loss mark of 6-26 last year. Indiana scored 2,410 pts throughout last season (75.3 per contest) and they grabbed 34.3 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Fever shot 41.7% from the floor, which ranked 10th in the WNBA. The Fever were responsible for committing 17.8 personal fouls per game while shooting 80.0% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists was at 16.7 times per contest (11th in the league) and they turned the ball over 13.8 times per contest. The Fever on defense were ranked 11th in the WNBA in points allowed per game with 85.1. The Indiana defense allowed 37.2% on 3-point shots (251 of 674) and their opposition knocked down 81.3% of their foul shots. They forced 12.0 turnovers per game and allowed teams to shoot 45.9% from the floor (11th in basketball). They gave up 20.3 dimes and 33.4 rebounds per game, which was ranked 11th and 3rd in basketball.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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