The Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Sparks face off on Thursday in a WNBA basketball showdown at the Entertainment & Sports Arena.
The Washington Mystics have had some issues this season and coming into this game they sit with a 3-5 record overall. Coming into this game the Washington Mystics have lost two of their last three games but they are coming off a win in their last game. The Mystics faced off with the Minnesota Lynx and the offense put up 85 points which led to the victory. On the season the Washington Mystics are averaging 81 points per game which is strong but their defense is giving up 81.8 points per game and the defense needs to improve in this game. Tina Charles has been the best player for the Washington Mystics averaging 25.9 points while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from behind the three-point line.
On the other side of this matchup is the Los Angeles Sparks who sit with a 4-3 record overall which puts them in 3rd place in the Western Conference. The Sparks come into this game having won two games in a row and in the last game it was the defense that was the difference. Against the Chicago Sky the Sparks gave up only 63 points and that led to the victory. On the season the Sparks are averaging 76.1 points per game while their defense is giving up 76.6 points per game. The Sparks are shooting 40.3 percent from the field Nneka Ogwumike has been the best player from the Sparks and coming into this game he is averaging 16.4 points while shooting 58.6 percent from the field.
The Sparks are the better team and their defense is going to lock down in this game. Look for the Sparks to find success and score enough to come away with the cover of the spread.