Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury 06-02-23 WNBA Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 06/02/2023 at 6:05 PM ET

Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury 06-02-23 WNBA Picks & Predictions

The Los Angeles Sparks continue a road trip Friday night with a match up in Phoenix against the Phoenix Mercury. Los Angeles comes into Friday one game below .500 on the year on a two game skid after a 28 point blowout loss against Las Vegas. Defensively Los Angeles was obliterated giving up 93 points on 46.3% shooting from the floor including 59 points in the first half. Offensively Los Angeles was terrible making less than 37% of their shots and turned the ball over 19 times to score just 65 total points in the game.

Nneka Ogwumike led the way for the Los Angeles offense with 16 points and five rebounds on eight shots in 19 minutes of action. Karlie Samuelson chipped in 13 points as the only other Los Angeles starter in double figures, while the other three Los Angeles starters scored 15 total points. Los Angeles had little production off the bench with 21 total points from the reserves.

The Phoenix Mercury stay at home Friday night one game below .500 on the year following their first win of the season over Minnesota in their last game. Defensively Phoenix had issues giving up 81 points on 40% shooting, but the Mercury won the rebounding battle and forced 11 turnovers to get the win. Offensively Phoenix was lights out with 90 points on 49% shooting and 46.4% from beyond the arc.

Diana Taurasi led the way for the Phoenix offense with 23 points and 10 assists on twelve shots in 32 minutes of action. Brittney Griner added 19 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes, while Moriah Jefferson and Sophie Cunningham chipped in 13 points each. Sug Sutton led the way off the Phoenix bench with 14 points in 33 minutes of action.

Both teams have struggled a bit to start the year, but Phoenix is the better team in this matchup. Los Angeles comes into Friday struggling as Phoenix is fresh off their first win. Look for the size and depth of Phoenix to be the difference in this matchup as the Mercury will pick up their second consecutive victory at home Friday night against the Los Angeles Sparks. Final Score Prediction, Phoenix Mercury win and cover 83-71.

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