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Favored Aces Look to Make It 11 Wins in Row vs Mercury

The good news is that the Phoenix Mercury won its first game of the season the last time out behind a monster effort from Kahleah Copper. The bad news is that next up is a matchup with the two-time defending WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces. Phoenix will be the underdog for the third game in a row. The Mercury covered the WNBA betting line in both of their games this season.

Phoenix lost the four regular-season meetings to the Aces by an average of 20.5 points. Things were a little more competitive in the first matchup this season as the Mercury trailed by three points with 1:17 to play before losing 89-80. Phoenix did cover as 16.5-point underdogs. The game fell just under the 169.5-point total.

Favored Aces Look to Make It 11 Wins in Row vs Mercury
A'ja Wilson #22 of the Las Vegas Aces/Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Las Vegas is first at +100 in the odds of winning the WNBA championship. Phoenix (+3000) is tied for sixth in the championship odds.

 

Mercury vs Aces Game Information

  • Game: Mercury (1-1) vs Aces (2-0)
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, May 21, 10 p.m. ET
  • Location: Michelob ULTRA Arena, Las Vegas, NV
  • Mercury vs Aces Live Stream: WNBA.com

 

 

Newcomers Copper, Cloud, Allen Rising for Mercury

The Phoenix Mercury looks pretty different right now with last year’s leading scorer Brittney Griner sidelined. That leaves Diana Taurasi, Sophie Cunningham and Sug Sutton as the only available players for Phoenix who averaged at least 10 minutes per game during the 2023 season.

The new additions are off to pretty solid starts. A 38-point effort the last time out by Kahleah Copper pushed her season average to 28.5 points per game. Natasha Cloud is another double-digit scorer for the Mercury while Rebecca Allen is contributing eight points and five rebounds per game.

Copper, Cloud and Allen combined for 47 points in the first matchup with the Aces this season. Copper is showing up in the Las Vegas odds when it comes to the WNBA MVP odds.

Four of the last five games for the Mercury finished over the total.

 

It is Good to be the Champs

The Las Vegas Aces will be the last of the 12 WNBA teams to play on the road this season as they will play their first four games at home before taking part in the road opener on May 29 against the Minnesota Lynx.

The Aces have outscored their first two opponents 39-16 at the foul line and are +24 in points off turnovers.

“With a minute left, we’re down three and then all of a sudden they’re at the foul line again, which wasn’t a huge shock for the whole night,” Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi said not long after the first meeting of the season came to an end.

Both Phoenix and Las Angeles made the Aces work for their first two wins of the season.

Phoenix hit nine more 3-pointers in the first meeting only to lose by nine.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” Las Vegas’ leading scorer A’ja Wilson said after the first meeting of the season. “We still have a lot of things that we have to hone in on.”

Three of the last four games for the Aces went under the total.

 

Mercury vs Aces Best Bet

Both teams will be missing key pieces with Brittney Griner out for the Mercury and Las Vegas anxiously waiting for point guard Chelsea Gray to return.


Despite being -2 in offensive rebounds in the first matchup, the Aces had 36 of the 60 points in the paint in the first meeting this season against the Mercury.

Thanks to a quirk in the schedule, four of the last five games for the Mercury have come against the Aces. The teams will play once more from June to August.

When it comes to the WNBA over/under picks, each of the first two games for the Mercury had the total set at 170. One of the two games went over that total. In the win against Los Angeles, the Aces snapped a run of three straight games landing under the total.

 

Mercury vs Aces Prediction

Aces 88, Mercury 78

 

Questions Of The Day

When was the last time that Phoenix defeated the Las Vegas Aces?


Las Vegas has won 10 games in a row against Phoenix with nine of them coming in the regular season. The last time by Phoenix in the series came in Game 5 of the WNBA Semifinals in 2021.

How many former No. 1 overall picks are on the rosters for the Phoenix Mercury and the Las Vegas Aces?


Las Vegas is led by former top picks A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young. Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner are former No. 1 overall picks by Phoenix. Griner is currently sidelined.

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