GIQ WNBA Preview — Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury

by Frisco Del Rosario on October 25, 2014

The LifeLock Phoenix Mercury are 4-1, and on top of the Western Conference for winning four games at home, pouring in exactly 400 points at the US Airways Center.

In the Mercury’s last two games, Diana Taurasi has scored 59 points on
20-for-35 shooting, while Cappie Pondexter added 33 points plus 15 rebounds and 15 assists. But Phoenix has credited a newcomer — micro point guard Temeka Johnson — with energizing their offense.

Phoenix has covered the spread and hit the over in each of their wins.

The Farmers Insurance Group Los Angeles Sparks were chosen in the league coaches’ pool to win the 2009 title, but the Sparks fell to 1-3 after dropping all three road games in a five-night road trip.

While MVP Candace Parker is on maternity leave, 13-year veteran Tina Thompson has assumed her power forward role, averaging 12 points plus
8 rebounds on the road swing. The Lisa Leslie farewell tour has begun — the diva made 13 points and 10 rebounds per road game.

Los Angeles has scored 15 fewer points per game on the road than at home. The Sparks’ road woes extend to the sportsbooks, where they are
1-3 against the spread. Friday’s game in Phoenix is their fourth straight away game, but they’ve had six days to rest.

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