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PHO vs LAS Dream11 Prediction WNBA Live Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Phoenix Mercury vs Los Angeles Sparks

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PHO vs LAS Dream11: The WNBA is closing towards the Playoffs and we have seen another riveting season as things get more and more interesting with each day. I wish the season was a couple of weeks longer as some teams are now being tested in big ways after sitting at the top for most parts. But some teams just seem to not get any rhythm and two such teams Phoenix Mercury and the Los Angeles Sparks will meet here.

The Mercury has fallen apart in absence of Brittney Griner, and the last season runner-ups have lost 16 and won 12 games, mostly struggling on the defensive end. They did a great job in the last game, winning 94-78 against Phoenix Mercury as Skylar Diggins-Smith collected 35 points.

The Sparks are pretty much in the similar territory to the Mercury, having won 12 and lost 15 games. They have not been in a great rhythm and have seen Liz Cambage leave the team. They come into this game after an embarrassing 66-84 in another poor outing.

The Mercury and the Sparks last met in the first week of July where the Sparks won 78:75. The Sparks have won two out of the three meetings thus far.

Home: Phoenix Mercury
Visitors: Los Angeles Sparks
Match Timing: 29 July, @ 07:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Footprint Center

WNBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Mercury’s defense has struggled

The Mercury has not been up-to-the-mark on the defensive end and without Griner, their defensive rotation has surely taken a hit. The offense has remained strong regardless, as they have a shooter like Taurasi, an iso scorer like Skylar, while Sophie Cunningham is having a breakout season and has had incredible moments this season. Overall. the team has struggled on the rebounding end, give up too many open looks from deep, and have not been up to the mark in terms of shot selection at times.

The Sparks need better shooting

The team chemistry of the Sparks has not been at its best, to be frank, both Mercury and the Sparks have had their chemistry issues. The biggest issue for the Sparks has been the lack of deep shooting and identifying a consistent scorer other than Nneka Ogwumike. With Liz’s exit, the team can pitch a better running lineup with perhaps rookie Nelson-Ododa fitting in as a diver to the rim, but overall, a lot will depend upon how the coaching staff adjusts now. Time is running out!

Performance Predictions

Highest scorer: Nneka Ogwumike: 22
Highest rebounder: Nneka Ogwumike: 8
Top assists maker: Skylar Diggins-Smith: 7
Score Prediction: Mercury 89     Sparks 75

Phoenix Mercury vs Los Angeles Sparks WNBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Los Angeles Sparks Teams News:

  • Rae Burrell is OUT.
  • Kristi Tolliver, Chiney Ogwumike, Lexie Brown are PROBABLE

Sparks Expected Starting Five
Isolation Forward: PF: Nneka Ogwumike
Scrapper: C: Chiney Ogwumike
Stretch-Three: SF: Katie Lou-Samuelson
Sharpshooter: SG: Kristi Tolliver
Leading Playmaker: PG: Jordin Canada

BENCH: Brittney Sykes, Chennedy Carter, Jordan Canada, Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Lexie Brown.

Phoenix Mercury Teams News:

  • Brittney Griner, Diamond DeShields, Kia Nurse are OUT.

Mercury Expected Starting Five
Defensive Specialist: F: Brianna Turner
Off-The-Ball Sharpshooter: F: Sophie Cunningham
Two-Way Energy Bunny: G: Shey Peddy
All-Around Isolation Scorer: PG: Skylar Diggins-Smith
Playmaking and Deep Shooting Guard: PG: Diana Taurasi

BENCH: Megan Gustafson, Reshanda Gray, Kaela Davis, Sam Thomas, Jenna Simms.

WNBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Nneka Ogwumike(LAS)
Points: 10
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 01
Steals: 01
Blocks: 01

Isolation Scorer Nneka has been in prime form offensively once again and she is an incredible player. I believe she will be in 18-24 points and 5-8 rebounds range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 WNBA Prediction scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-45

Skylar Diggins-Smith(PHO)
Points: 35
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 06

Skylar has been a huge factor offensively and her bag of tricks keeps on expanding, as she makes lovely floaters, runners, jumpers, and what-not. I believe she will be in 20+ points, 4-7 assists, and 3-6 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-44

Diana Taurasi(PHO)
Points: 28
Rebounds: 07
Assists: 07
Steals: 03
Blocks: 02

Taurasi continues to be an exceptional shooter whose playmaking and rebounding have been great too. The veteran can be in 15-21 points range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-35

Brittney Sykes(LAS)
Points: 02
Rebounds: 03
Assists: 02
Blocks: 01
Brittney’s offense isn’t dazzling as it was last month but she remains a huge factor both as a defender and a long-range shooter. I believe she will be in 8-13 points and 1-3 blocks/steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-34

Chiney Ogwumike(LAS)
Ogwumike missed the last game and she was in the terrific form before that, and with Liz’s absence, her role will increase. I believe she will be in 10-16 points and 8-12 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-32

Sophie Cunningham(PHO)
Points: 19
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 02

Guard Sophie has become an incredible scorer who can knock down deep shots and also posing promise as a future All-Star. I believe she will be in 15-21 points and 4-6 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-34

PHO vs LAS DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

  • Shey Peddy(PHO) had 8 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block in the last game. Shey has struggled on the offensive end this season but can give strong two-way production overall. I believe she will be in 8-14 points, 4-6 rebounds, and 1-3 steals/blocks range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 12-23
  • Brianna Turner(PHO) had 2 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks in the last game. Turner is a fantastic defender who can help in box-outs and rebounding overall. I believe she will be in 2-6 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks/steals range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-31
  • Katie Lou-Samuelson(LAS) had 10 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds in the last game. Katie’s impact has been vital on the long-range shooting but her production can take a hit. I believe she will be in 11-16 points range..
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 13-23
  • Jordin Canada(LAS) had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals in the last game. Canada is a superb passer whose scoring has been rather limited. I believe she will be in 8-12 points and 4-6 assists range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 13-23
  • Chennedy Charter(LAS) had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in the last game. Charter is an elite driver to the rim and a terrific dribbler with a limited shooting range. I expect a 8-14 points range.
  • Expected Fantasy Points Range: 13-23
  • Olivia Nelson-Ododa(LAS) had 7 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block in the last game. Olivia has shown promise as an inside scorer and rebounder and can see an increased role here. I believe she will be in 4-8 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 12-21

PHO vs LAS Dream11 Team

(If Chiney plays)
PG: S Diggins-Smith(SP), J Canada, C Carter
SG: D Taurasi(PP)
SF: K Lou-Samuelson
PF: C Ogwumike, S Cunningham
C:    O Nelson-Ododa

(If Chiney doesn’t play)
PG: S Diggins-Smith(SP), C Carter
SG: D Taurasi, K Toliver
SF: K Lou Samuelson
PF: N Ogwumike(PP), S Cunningham
C:    O Nelson-Ododa

Where to watch WNBA Live Score?

Skylar Diggins-Smith and Nneka Ogwumike will once again put on a show, which will make for interesting viewing, does that tickle your fancy? You can watch this game on the WNBA League Pass which is an avenue WNBA action can be seen. You can watch the highlights of the game on the official YouTube of the WNBA. To learn the scores, news, and stats, visit the official website of the WNBA.

Shubham Singh

Basketball is an intense sport and NBA has the most varied talents in the world. I like analysing basketball and uncover the nuances that dictate the game.