Stephen Nover's WNBA Game of the Week - 25-15 WNBA
(WNBA) Los Angeles vs. Phoenix, 06/02/2023 10:00 PM, Score: 99 - 93
Money Line: -135.00 Phoenix (Home)
Result: Loss
Early revenge spot here for Phoenix. The Mercury were buried by the Sparks, 94-71, on the road in their opening game on May 19. It was Brittney Griner's first game back after being detained in Russia. 

Griner has played in three games now and is regaining her considerable skills as one of the league's elite players. Diana Taurasi still is good, too. She scored 23 points helping the Mercury go 1-2 on the season with a 90-81 win against Minnesota in Phoenix's last game. That was on May 25 so the Mercury should be well rested and prepared having had ample practice time. 

The Sparks may have received some home cooking in their win against the Mercury in Los Angeles. The Sparks made an astounding 27 of 29 free throws in that game for 93 percent. Phoenix, despite having Griner in the middle, shot nine fewer free throws. 

The Sparks are dealing with multiple injuries and are in transition under new coach Curt Miller.