WNBA Thursday Best Bets: Connecticut continues to roll

Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike (30) shoots against Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles (34).

The Sun enter tonight’s contest on a 10-game winning streak, while the Sparks are on a 5-game skid. Los Angeles is currently sitting in 10th place in the overall standings as they continue to strive for a top-8 seed. This will be the third and final meeting between the Sun and Sparks, with the Sun up 2-0 in the series. The first outing was a tight match-up as the Sparks dropped a heart-breaker by 4. Two days later, the Sparks lost by 15.

First Half Sparks +5.5 (-110)

The Sparks playing in Staples Center is a different squad compared to playing anywhere else. The first two outings took place in Connecticut, with the Sun having the best home record in the league. Even then, the Sparks were leading at half in game 1 and only down by 3 in game 2. I’m going to side with the Sparks here as there has only been 1 time in their last 5 games they were not leading or within 5 at half.

Connecticut Sun & Over 142.5 (+130)

There is no question the Connecticut Sun will win this game. If you can sneak Sun ML (-590) into a parlay, please go for it. I’m going to take the over 142.5 here as I think the Sun will score more than half and Sparks are averaging roughly 71.3 points per game post all-star break, but have been on the road for 3 of their last 9 games. Also, the Sparks are going for their 19th consecutive win at Staples Center – plus battling for a playoff opportunity.

Sparks Over 66.5 (-105)

I know last outing against Connecticut, the Sparks only reached 61 points – and that they are facing the league’s best defensive team again tonight. However, in 14 games at home, LA has only failed to reach 67 points three times. In the 9 games post month-long pause, LA is averaging a league-low of 71.3 points per game while the Sun is only giving up 64.5 points per game. I will take my chances as the Sparks have the second-highest field goal percentage (42.7) against the Sun’s defense and the Sparks need this one to keep the playoff hope alive.

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