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New York Liberty vs. Los Angeles Sparks how to watch, live stream: WNBA odds, picks for Aug. 2, 2022

Teams battling for the three remaining WNBA playoff spots meet on Tuesday when the Los Angeles Sparks (12-17) travel to take on the New York Liberty (11-18). Five of the eight postseason slots are locked in already, with a trio remaining up for grabs. Only the Indiana Fever have been eliminated from postseason contention, so the Sparks and Liberty join the Wings, Mercury, Dream and Lynx in pursuit. You can stream this game live on Paramount+.

Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will host this 7 p.m. ET tipoff. Caesars Sportsbook lists New York as the 3.5-point favorite in the latest Liberty vs. Sparks odds. The over-under for total points is set at 163. The game will be streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan

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How to watch New York Liberty vs. Los Angeles Sparks

  • Liberty vs. Sparks date: Tuesday, August 2
  • Liberty vs. Sparks time: 7 p.m. ET
  • Liberty vs. Sparks streaming: Paramount+

WNBA picks for New York Liberty vs. Los Angeles Sparks

Before you tune in to Tuesday’s match, you need to see the New York Liberty vs. Los Angeles Sparks picks from SportsLine’s WNBA insider Calvin Wetzel

Wetzel, HerHoopsStats.com’s lead betting writer, incorporates his mathematical background and strong knowledge of women’s hoops to turn the site’s prediction model into picks. Now, Wetzel has turned his attention to the WNBA after going 590-430 overall (+127.40 units, +13.6 percent) during the 2021-22 women’s college basketball season. Anyone who has followed him has seen huge returns.

For Sparks vs. Liberty, Wetzel is backing New York to cover this 3.5-point spread at home. New York is in the more desperate spot entering this matchup. If the season ended today, the Liberty would be on the outside looking in at the playoffs, so they really need to pile up some wins with seven games remaining in the regular season.

The Liberty have two of the more complete players on the floor with guard Sabrina Ionescu averaging 16.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, while forward Natasha Howard averages 15.4 points and 7.4 boards. New York enters this matchup in better form overall as well, winning two of its last three, including a victory over the league-leading Aces. The Sparks, meanwhile, have dropped three straight.

Wetzel notes that the Liberty can be a tough team to get a read on because of the variance their 3-point shooting brings. But they average almost 10 made 3-pointers per game, and against a Los Angeles squad that hasn’t defended the perimeter well this season, that should be the edge they need to pick up the win and the cover of this small spread. 

How to watch, live stream the WNBA on Paramount+

Now that you know what to pick, get ready to watch the WNBA. Visit Paramount+ now to see the WNBA, your live local CBS sporting events, some of the world’s other top soccer matchups and much more.

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