[8:02 PM] Sparks @ Sky

Who will WIN this matchup?

Los Angeles Sparks (26-8)

@ Chicago Sky (18-16)


Current odds:

Los Angeles Sparks: (-350)

Chicago Sky: (+285)


The line for this game is Sparks by 7 points.

Defense was the difference for the Chicago Sky with their season on the line and facing elimination in Game 3 of its WNBA playoff semifinal Sunday against Los Angeles Sparks. The reward? Chicago earned a 70-66 win and another shot at Los Angeles in Game 4, set for Tuesday night at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. Los Angeles still holds a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, meaning everything the Sky accomplished on Sunday will be for naught if it can’t replicate the effort at least one more time.

The Sky held Los Angeles forward Candace Parker, who came into the game averaging 25 points in the first two contests in the series, to just nine points on 3-of-14 shooting from the floor. The Sparks shot just 36.6 percent as a team and just 18.2 percent from three-point range.

Los Angeles took a whopping 33 three-point shots in Game 3 after attempting 41 in the first two games of the series combined. Conversely, Chicago was just 1 of 3 from long-range and took 69 two-point shots.

The Sky is still playing without star forward Elena Delle Donne, who on Sunday missed her ninth straight game after undergoing right thumb surgery on Sept. 13.

The Sparks won Games 1 (95-75) and 2 (99-84) and have captured five of the six meetings between the two teams this season, including twice on Chicago’s home floor with Delle Donne in the lineup. Los Angeles has scored at least 93 points in four of those victories.



StreakSmarts Pick: Los Angeles Sparks

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick