Sparks vs. Storm WNBA Prediction – Friday, May 20, 2022

| May 19, 2022 5:17 pm PDT

The Los Angeles Sparks and Seattle Storm will have their first matchup of the 2022 season on Friday night. Both teams have struggled to start the season, each holding a 2-3 record. It’s not that surprising for Los Angeles, but we expected more from Seattle.

Seattle will be the home team for Friday’s night matchup, so that should give them the upper hand. They could start a march back up the standings with a victory.

Will the Storm open as the favorite? Let’s check out the odds.

Sparks vs. Storm Odds for May 20th

Sportsbook Los Angeles Sparks Seattle Storm Bonus Offered Visit Site
Bovada (+8.0) (-110) (-8.0) (-110) 50% up to $250 Visit Bovada
BetOnline (+8.5) (-110) (-8.5) (-110) 60% up to $1,000 Visit BetOnline
MyBookie (+8.0) (-110) (-8.0) (-110) 100% up to $1,000 Visit MyBookie

I assumed the Seattle Storm would open as the favorite, but eight points? Is that too many for a team that’s off to a slow start? The basketball betting sites are giving Seattle much respect.

The Los Angeles Sparks had a nice start, covering the spread in their first two games. They’ve failed to cover in three straight games, including as a (+7.5) point underdog against the Connecticut Sun.

This will only be the second time in 2022 that the Storm are the favorite. They covered the (-8.5) point spread in their season opener against the Minnesota Lynx.

The point total will be 157 for this matchup. Both teams have hovered around that total this season. Which direction will they go in on Friday?

Los Angeles first-round pick Rae Burrell has missed the last two games with a knee injury. Breanna Stewart recently returned after spending time in the health and safety protocols.

Sparks vs. Storm Preview

There wasn’t much hope for the Los Angeles Sparks ahead of the 2022 season. The early 2022 WNBA Finals odds had them as a bottom-five team. However, they surprised everyone with an upset victory over the Chicago Sky on opening night.

We thought there might be hope for Los Angeles, but a three-game losing streak has moved them down the standings. We know their struggles are through no fault of Nneka Ogwumike.

  • 16.6 points
  • 8.2 rebounds
  • 2.4 steals

Ogwumike was the Sparks’ best player in 2021. Her numbers look better in 2022, but she’ll need help if Los Angeles wants to compete for a playoff spot.

The Seattle Storm haven’t played to their potential this season. Everyone expected them to be in contention for the championship, but a 2-3 start doesn’t exude confidence. They are coming off an impressive home victory over the Chicago Sky.

The biggest difference for Seattle in 2022 has been their offense. Last season, they were second in the WNBA with 84.8 points per game. This season, they’re ninth with 77.2 points per game.

It’s interesting to see them struggle this much because their top two players have produced big scoring numbers.

  • Jewell Lloyd: 18.6 points per game
  • Breanna Stewart: 17.0 points per game

Stewart missed two games after going into the health and safety protocols. Stewart was critical of the WNBA’s travel policy after two Seattle players were in COVID protocol. She returned for Wednesday’s victory over Chicago.

Jewell Lloyd should be in store for a bounce-back performance. The 2015 No. 1 pick had five points on 2-10 shooting in Wednesday’s game. It’s impressive Seattle scored the victory with those numbers.

It’ll be interesting to see if Seattle’s offense breaks out against a less than stellar Las Angeles defense.

Sparks vs. Storm Game Props

  • Los Angeles Sparks Over 74.5 Points (-120)
  • Seattle Storm Under 82.5 Points (-125)
  • Los Angeles Sparks First Team to Reach 20 Points (+200)

The Los Angeles Sparks have dropped their last three games, but their offense hasn’t been the issue. They’ve scored over 74.5 points in four of their five games, including three games over 80 points.

They scored 77 points in two of their three road games. Their lone bad game of the 2022 season was a 77-60 loss against the Connecticut Sun. I wouldn’t buy into that game as Connecticut has the best defense in the WNBA.

We should see the Sparks hit 75 points for the fifth time this season.

The biggest issue with the Seattle Storm this season has been their offense. Check out their points scored in each game.

  • Vs. Lynx: 97 points
  • @ Aces: 74 points
  • @ Mercury: 77 points
  • Vs. Mercury: 64 points
  • Vs. Sky: 74 points

Seattle’s offense had a great start to the season, scoring 97 points against the Minnesota Lynx. However, they haven’t cleared 80 points in four consecutive games. Los Angeles doesn’t have the best defense, but they should be able to hold Seattle under 83 points.

My final prop for Friday’s matchup is all about finding value. Los Angeles and Seattle have struggled in the first quarter. The Storm have won the first quarter twice, while the Sparks have won once.

Neither team has been great, so this is a good opportunity to find value. It’s almost a coin flip for the first team to reach 20 points. Seattle might have a better chance, but their odds don’t present value.

Hopefully, Los Angeles will have a great start, hitting the 20-point mark early.

Sparks vs. Storm Pick

  • Los Angeles Sparks (+8.5)

The Los Angeles Sparks and Seattle Storm enter Friday’s matchup with the same record. I believe Seattle is the better team, but I have my doubts about a nine-point victory.

Los Angeles has only lost by 3+ points once this season. Seattle only has one victory over three points. Things could be different when they play each other, but I’m siding with the trends for this matchup.

Hopefully, Nneka Ogwumike will have help from her teammates. That’ll go a long way towards Los Angeles covering the spread.

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