NBA TV will host Friday’s matchup between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Chicago Sky with tip-off set for 8:00 p.m. ET at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois.
The Sparks made some notable moves in the offseason as they signed All-Star center Liz Cambage in free agency and acquired Chennedy Carter in a trade from the Atlanta Dream. Those two players alone should be able to help Los Angeles improve from their 12-win 2021 season. Los Angeles has +3000 odds to win the WNBA championship this season.
The Sky are looking to repeat as WNBA champions after defeating the Phoenix Mercury in four games in the WNBA Finals last season. Chicago lost both Diamond DeShields and Stef Dolson in free agency but signed Emma Meesseman. However, the Sky still have their core in Candace Parker, Kahleah Cooper, Allie Quigley, and Courtney Vandersloot intact. The Sky have +450 odds to win the WNBA championship this season.
Sparks vs. Sky
Picks & predictions
Pick: Sky -3.5
The defending champs bring back plenty from 2021, and it should be loud and lit in Chi-town for the ceremonies before tonight’s contest. Adding 2019 WNBA Finals MVP Emma Meesseman to Candace Parker, Kahleah Copper, Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot is a ton of fire power.
But the Sparks add one of the truly elite if not enigmatic talents in the game in Liz Cambage. While there’s no bigger force in the game when she’s on the floor, she can also take time to have teammates adjust to her post-dominant game. After a turbulent offseason, expect the Sparks to improve as the campaign continues. But for tonight, it should be just too much Sky at home.
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