Mercury Puts Up Fight in Game 1
The Phoenix Mercury and Las Vegas Aces played game on Aug. 17 in Sin City, where the Aces won 79-63. The Mercury put up a good fight, trailing 42-37 at halftime and 51-46 after three quarters until Las Vegas pulled away in the final quarter.
Diamond DeShields led the short-handed Mercury with 18 points while Brianna Turner pulled down 16 rebounds. The Aces were led by Kelsey Plum, who scored 22, while two players reached double digits in rebounds. Kiah Stokes led Vegas with 13 boards while A’ja Wilson hauled in 12.
With game two once again being played in Vegas, the Aces will get the added advantage of having home court.
The Aces played well in the regular season in Vegas, finishing with a record of 13-5 when playing at home.
Las Vegas closed out the regular season with a four-game win streak, and three of those final games came on home court, including two against playoff teams.
The Mercury, on the other hand, have struggled on the road, finishing with a 4-14 away record.
With Vegas’ proven ability to win at home, the Aces shouldn’t have a problem picking up another victory.
The Hits Keep Coming
As if things weren’t bad enough for the Mercury already with many of their top players missing, Phoenix suffered another loss in the first playoff game.
The Mercury had come into the season without their leading scorer of last season in Brittney Griner, and earlier on in the season, Phoenix had gone through a contract divorce with Tina Charles, the team’s second-leading scorer at the time. While in a postseason push, the Mercury suffered another blow when their top two scorers in Skylar Diggins-Smith and Diana Taurasi both missed the few remaining regular-season games due to different reasons.
Despite that, Phoenix made it into the playoffs due to other players on the roster stepping up, one of whom was Shey Peddy.
However, the Mercury may now be without Peddy as well, as she went down with a non-contact injury with 2:03 remaining in the third quarter. Phoenix was still in the game then, trailing 53-51 with 7:15 remaining, which is when Vegas started to pull away.
Although the Mercury have been able to withstand so much adversity, with Peddy’s status up in the air for game two, another injury may be tough to overcome.
Mercury vs Aces Game Information
- Game: Mercury 15-21 (4-14 on the road) vs Aces 26-10 (13-5 at home)
- Location: Michelob ULTRA Arena, Las Vegas, NV
- Day/Time: Saturday, Aug 20, 9 p.m. ET
- Mercury vs Aces Live Stream: WNBA.com
Mercury vs Aces Betting Lines
|Team||Point Spread||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
|Phoenix Mercury||+16½ -110||+1100||167-110o||
|Las Vegas Aces||-16½ -110||-2000||167-110u||
Mercury vs Aces Game Prediction
The Mercury gave the Aces a good test in the first game of the series, almost causing another upset in the playoffs, as No. 2 Chicago were downed by No. 7 New York. However, Vegas pulled away in the end.
With the game in Vegas once more and Phoenix missing many of their top players, the Aces should be able to sweep the Mercury and close out round one of the playoffs.