Phoenix Mercury Hosts Struggling Los Angeles Sparks in Must-Win Matchup

Phoenix Mercury host Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)

The Los Angeles Sparks are on a mission to snap their eight-game road losing streak as they face off against the Phoenix Mercury.

The Mercury, boasting a 5-6 conference record, are a force to be reckoned with, leading the WNBA in assists per game with 19.8. Natasha Cloud, Phoenix’s star player, averages an impressive 7.1 assists per game.

Natasha Cloud (WNBA)

The Sparks have struggled in conference games, holding a 2-6 record. They’ve also faltered in games decided by 10 points or more, with a dismal 0-8 record.

However, Los Angeles has shown resilience, allowing only 45.3% field goal shooting from opponents, 3.3 percentage points lower than Phoenix’s season average.

The matchup on Friday marks the first meeting between the two teams this season. Cloud leads the Mercury in points, assists, and steals, while Aari McDonald has been a bright spot for the Sparks, averaging 8.4 points and 3.4 assists per game.

In their last 10 games, Phoenix has gone 5-5, averaging 82.1 points per game, while Los Angeles has struggled, going 2-8 and averaging only 77.4 points per game.

Despite their differences, both teams are eager to come out on top in this crucial matchup. Will the Sparks finally break their road losing streak, or will the Mercury continue to shine? Only time will tell.