Los Angeles Sparks vs. Phoenix Mercury: Preview, Predictions and Picks for June 2, 2024

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Jun 2, 2024 8:10 AM
On Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 6:00 PM, the Los Angeles Sparks will take on the Phoenix Mercury at the Footprint Center in a highly anticipated WNBA Commissioner's Cup matchup. Hamby, fresh off a 24-point performance, is expected to lead the charge for the Sparks, who will look to build on their 2-5 record. Meanwhile, the Mercury will aim to protect their home turf, where they hold a 2-1 record this season.
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Sparks vs Mercury statistics

Stat Sparks Mercury
Streak L1 L4
Last Ten Games 2-5 3-5
Points Per Game 78.6 79.6
Rebounds Per Game 33.4 35.8
Assists Per Game 19.1 19.1
Blocks Per Game 3.7 5.1
Steals Per Game 7.3 7.3
Field Goal % 43.5 39.8
Three Point % 34.8 33.1
Points Against 82.3 86.5

Phoenix Mercury recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/31/24 @ Minnesota Lynx L 95-71
5/29/24 @ New York Liberty L 81-78
5/28/24 @ Connecticut Sun L 70-47
5/25/24 vs Dallas Wings L 107-92
5/23/24 vs Washington Mystics W 83-80

Los Angeles Sparks recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/30/24 @ Chicago Sky L 83-73
5/28/24 @ Indiana Fever W 88-82
5/26/24 vs Dallas Wings L 84-83
5/24/24 vs Indiana Fever L 78-73
5/21/24 vs Washington Mystics W 70-68

Sparks vs Mercury predictions

Coming off a stellar 24-point outing, Dearica Hamby is expected to lead the charge for the Los Angeles Sparks in their upcoming clash against the Phoenix Mercury. With her impressive season averages of 20.6 points and 12.7 rebounds per game, it’s clear that Hamby is a formidable force on the court. Her performance could be pivotal for the Sparks, especially given their need to improve their record. Additionally, her ability to facilitate plays, demonstrated by her 3.9 assists per game, could play a crucial role in setting the tempo against Phoenix.

On the flip side, Phoenix Mercury has their own standout in Kahleah Copper, who's been nothing short of sensational. Scoring an average of 24.2 points per game, Copper's offensive prowess will undoubtedly pose a challenge for the Sparks' defense. Furthermore, Natasha Cloud, with her solid track record of 7.1 assists per game, will be crucial in orchestrating Phoenix's offense, ensuring that the ball gets into the right hands at the right time. It'll be interesting to see how they leverage Natasha Mack’s rebounding skills against the Sparks, given her average of 7.4 rebounds per game.

As for predicting the winner, the game is shaping up to be a closely contested battle. However, considering the strong home record of the Phoenix Mercury and their slightly better overall season performance thus far, they might have a slight edge in this matchup. That said, if Hamby can replicate or exceed her recent performance and the rest of the Sparks step up, they could very well flip the script. It’s all set for a thrilling encounter where either team could seize the victory.

Phoenix Mercury injuries

  • Rebecca Allen (G): Out
  • Brittney Griner (C): Out

Los Angeles Sparks injuries

  • Layshia Clarendon (G): Out
  • Azura Stevens (F): Out

Sparks vs Mercury game info

Venue Footprint Center
Location Phoenix, AZ
Tip-off Sun 6:00 PM

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