Washington Mystics vs. Phoenix Mercury WNBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/15/14
Phoenix Mercury (16-3) vs. Washington Mystics (9-12)
WNBA Basketball: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm (US Airways Center)
The Line: Phoenix Mercury See the Latest Odds
The Washington Mystics and Phoenix Mercury square off Tuesday night on national television. Phoenix crushed Washington, 81-66, when these teams played a month ago.
The Mystics are trying to build a little momentum with back-to-back road wins, but still find themselves three games below a .500 record. Despite the poor record, the Mystics are the best defensive team in the league by allowing just 74.4 points per game. Emma Meesseman and Stefanie Dolson have made a nice duo that has combined for 45 blocks this season. Offensively is where the Mystics struggle, as they average just 73.5 points on 42.3 percent shooting. However, the Mystics are coming off a 91-point performance against Tulsa where they shot 48.6 percent from the field. Washington fans can only hope that carries over to this game.
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The Mercury are the best team in the league and are currently riding a 10-game winning streak. There aren’t many weaknesses with this team, as Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and Candice Dupree all average at least 15 points per game. Overall, the Mercury average 84.5 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allow 74.9 points on 41.5 percent shooting. The Mercury are highly effective at both ends of the floor, and they haven’t allowed more than 66 points in their last three games. This is by far the hardest team to beat when everybody is clicking.
The Mystics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest. The Mercury are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mystics are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Phoenix.
The line on this game is way too high, which is why I'm taking the over. The Mercury score a ton of points at will and not even the Mystics are capable of stopping them. Just look at their last game if you need any more evidence.