Potential Playoff Matchup?
We have an exciting WNBA matchup heading up on Tuesday night as the visiting Phoenix Mercury and the Connecticut Sun square off.
The Mercury are fighting to make the postseason while the Sun are trying to capture the top seed in the WNBA with just a handful of games to go in the regular season.
With the WNBA playoffs coming up and looking at the WNBA playoff odds, this should be an entertaining matchup.
Phoenix Fighting for Postseason
The Phoenix Mercury are 7-5 in their last 12 games and in seventh place in the WNBA. The top eight teams make the postseason.
Phoenix scores the ball very well and is fifth with 82.9 points per game. They are shooting 81.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Even on the defensive side, they are defending the rim well as their 4.7 blocks per game leads the WNBA right now.
Guard Skylar Diggins-Smith has been doing incredibly well and is competing for the WNBA MVP Award. She is averaging 20 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.9 blocks with three double-doubles.
Hot as the Sun
The Connecticut Sun have have won four of their previous five games and are in third place, three back of the first-place Chicago Sky. They have been built on shooting and playing good defense.
A huge reason for their success is the fact they are third in the WNBA with 85.1 points per game and are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc. They lead the league with nine steals per game, so they are defensively stout as well.
Forward Brionna Jones is averaging 13.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.4 blocks for the Sun.
Mercury vs Sun Head-to-Head
These teams played once this season, when the Mercury picked up a 92-88 victory on June 3.
This is the first of two meetings this week at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. They face off on Thursday as well.
Mercury vs Sun Game Information
- Game: Mercury (13-17) vs Sun (20-10)
- Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.
- Day/Time: Tuesday Aug. 2, 7 p.m. ET
- Mercury vs Sun Live Stream: WNBA.com
Mercury vs Sun Betting Lines
|Team||Point Spread||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
|Phoenix Mercury||+10 -110||+450||167½-110o||79-115o
|Connecticut Sun||-10 -110||-575||167½-110u||89-115o
Mercury vs Sun Prediction
Both offenses rank among the top five in terms of points per game and this should be a great matchup.
The four-point different in the first meeting gives me hope that the Mercury will keep this game close.
Phoenix has players like Diggins-Smith and Brianna Turner that can step their game up and dominate. Guard Diamond DeShields is missing for the Mercury and guard Bria Hartley is listed as out for the Sun.
When betting online, go with the Mercury getting double-digit points on the road to cover the spread.