Phoenix Mercury vs. Seattle Storm WNBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/22/14
Seattle Storm (9-15) vs. Phoenix Mercury (18-3)
WNBA Basketball: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Key Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Mercury See the Latest Odds
The Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm meet Tuesday night on national television. This will be the fourth time these teams have played, and the Mercury have won all three of the first meetings.
There’s not much to say about the Mercury, as they’re the best team in the WNBA and are currently riding a 12-game winning streak. The Mercury are led by five players averaging double-digit points, which easily gives them the best and most efficient offense in the league. Diana Taurasi leads the way with an average of 17.8 points and 5.9 assists per game. Brittney Griner isn’t too far behind with an average of 15.4 points and eight rebounds per game. Overall, the Mercury average 85.6 points on 49.3 percent shooting and allow 75.5 points on 41.9 percent shooting. It’s tough seeing the Mercury lose any time soon as long as this team continues to click on all cylinders.
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The Storm have lost five of their last seven games, but have a chance to turn things around with seven of their next eight games taking place at home. The issues for the Storm all season has been a lack of scoring and rebounding, as they’re ranked dead last in both categories. Camille Little leads the way with an average of 12.9 points and shoots 47.2 percent from the field, but that’s obviously not enough to beat the better teams in the league. Overall, the Storm average 70.2 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allow 75 points on 45.5 percent shooting. The Storm, however, do have the best defense in the league and are 4-1 when holding their opponent under 70 points. They’ll need a performance like that to have a chance in this one.
The Mercury are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference. The Storm are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Mercury are 8-18 ATS in the last 26 meetings and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Seattle.
The Storm don't have enough scoring power and were blown out in all three previous matchups this season against the Mercury. No reason to think this game will be any different.