Los Angeles is feeling good after protecting home court in their three-game homestand that was completed on Sunday. They will look to improve on their 3-4 road record starting in Dallas on Tuesday, embarking on a three-game road trip.
Los Angeles will be making their trip to Dallas to face former Sparks head coach Brian Agler, who spent four seasons on the sidelines with the team. He also led the Sparks to two straight WNBA finals appearances, winning the title in 2016.
Current Sparks assistant coach Fred Williams will be making his return to Dallas with Los Angeles. Williams was fired by the Wings last season but is still revered by former players. Williams had a 41-58 record while coaching the Wings during his tenure.
The Wings (4-9) travel back home to play the Sparks after losing two straight games by double digits.
Against the Chicago Sky, Dallas started to gain some momentum in the third quarter as they outscored Chicago 19-11. The Sky were then able to make a run in the fourth, outscoring Dallas 26-12, to come away with the win.
Dallas were in the midst of a good run before their two-game skid. They had a good stretch of games where they had won four of six games that included a big win over the Minnesota Lynx. Dallas in that game were able to make a comeback from a 14 point deficit and pulled out a win over Minnesota.
Arike Ogunbowale has been a leading scorer for the Wings so far this season. Ogunbowale averages 14 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. She has scored in double digits in the last six games that include her 22 point performance against the Chicago Sky.
The Wings defense and ability to crash the boards have been key for them so far. They have out-rebounded their opponents 36.9 to 33.8. and their opponents average 41.8 percent shooting from the field along with 32.2 percent from the three.
Los Angeles (7-6) has won three of their last five games with a mostly healthy team. Alexis Jones is currently out for some time with a knee sprain but the Sparks have been playing as a complete unit. Jones’ absence is not all that bad because players are continuing to step up on a game-by-game basis.
On this three-game winning streak, the Sparks have been able to take their time on offense, as they have been trusting each other ‘s ability to make the quality shots.
Their offense has been starting from their defensive pressure. They are able to take care of individual assignments and utilize help defensively in different circumstances.
Los Angeles steamrolled over the Washington Mystics on Sunday behind a triple-double performance by Chelsea Gray and a 30+ point game from Nneka Ogwumike. Ogwumike and Riquna Williams started the game on a three-point flurry, shooting a combined 10-17 shots from that range overall.
The Sparks shot a season-best 51.6 percent from three-point range to help them secure their highest scoring game this season, putting up 98 points.
Los Angeles pulled away from Washington in the third quarter after building a 20-point lead at one point, the largest of the game. Los Angeles held Washington to 11 points in the third.
The Sparks are looking to continue this momentum to Dallas and the rest of their road trip in Indiana and Atlanta.
If the Sparks maintain consistency in their energy on both ends of the floor. It is imperative for the Sparks to sustain their defensive pressure and ball movement on the offensive end as they continue to have confidence in one another.
The Sparks will be without Maria Vadeeva (overseas commitments) and Alexis Jones (right knee sprain) against the Wings.
Los Angeles will play the Dallas Wings at 10 a.m. PT streamed on Twitter.