Thursday night brings just one WNBA game on the schedule as Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury will host Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks. The reigning WNBA Champions are already guaranteed a spot in the league's playoffs and are looking to try to grab the top overall seed. Meanwhile, Phoenix is still looking to clinch a spot for themselves. A win tonight could help with that goal. Here's the latest WNBA game preview including matchup odds, game time, televised coverage and Sparks vs. Mercury live streaming options.

L.A. vs. Phoenix

The Los Angeles Sparks enter tonight's game at 22-8 overall and just a 9-7 road record. However, they've reeled off three-straight victories including a 20-point win at home over San Antonio two days ago and a 115-106 double overtime win at Chicago. The team is currently holding the No. 2 playoff spot which would give them a bye. However, they're 1.5 games behind the Minnesota Lynx for the top overall record which would give them home court advantage through the postseason.

As for the Phoenix Mercury, the team is 15-15 and sitting in sixth place in the overall WNBA standings.

The team is still looking to clinch a playoff spot. They'll need to make sure they get wins over their final four games, as the Chicago Sky (11-18) are still technically alive for a potential playoff spot. Phoenix has gone 4-6 over their last 10 games including a recent 36-point loss at Minnesota.

Tonight's point spread is four points in favor of the Los Angeles Sparks on the road. For moneyline bettors, the Mercury are +160 or +165 underdogs, while the Sparks are -180 to -190 favorites. The over/under points total is 163.5 points for the complete game. In their head-to-head meetings, Los Angeles owns a 6-4 advantage over the last 10 games.

TV & live streaming

The start time for tonight's Los Angeles Sparks vs. Phoenix Mercury matchup is approximately 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix will be the host venue. For live game coverage, the ESPN2 channel is the exclusive television channel. Live streaming is available to cable and satellite subscribers through their WatchESPN web portal or any available apps for mobile devices, smart TVs, and streaming media players.

Another live streaming option is the SlingTV channel service.

Viewers with a hi-speed internet connection can sign up at Sling.com to get SlingTV for one week, free of charge, as part of a trial offer. The most basic channel package offers ESPN, ESPN2, and many other channels to enjoy for the next week.

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