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Minnesota Lynx vs. Phoenix Mercury WNBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/29/14

Phoenix Mercury (2-0) vs. Minnesota Lynx (2-0)

WNBA Basketball: Friday, August 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm (US Airways Center)

The Line: Phoenix Mercury -4.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBATV

The Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury will meet Friday night in game one of the WNBA playoffs at the US Airways Center. The Mercury won the regular season series, 3-1.

The Minnesota Lynx won their first playoff series by sweeping the San Antonio Stars. Maya Moore averaged 21 points in that series and three blocks, while Lindsay Whalen chipped in 20.5 points and 7.5 assists. As a team, the Minnesota Lynx shot 52.1 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from downtown, percentages that were too much for the Stars to overcome. Over the course of the season, the Lynx average 82.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allow 77.7 points on 42.7 percent shooting. The Lynx are the second best scoring team in the WNBA and by far the best passing team in the league, averaging 20.3 assists per game.

Minnesota Lynx vs. Phoenix Mercury WNBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/29/14

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The Phoenix Mercury swept the Los Angeles Sparks and have won nine of their last 10 games heading into this series. Diana Taurasi is averaging 21.5 points and five assists in the playoffs, while Candice Dupree is grabbing 7.5 rebounds and dropping an average of 14.5 points. As a team, the Phoenix Mercury shot 47.7 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three in the two-game series against the Sparks. Over the course of the season, the Mercury averaged 83.6 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allow 73.9 points on 41.2 percent shooting. The Mercury are the best scoring team in the league, second best assist team and have the second best defense in the WNBA. Many consider the Mercury the team to beat.

The Lynx are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Conference Finals games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mercury are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games following a S.U. win and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Lynx are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Phoenix.

The Mercury may appear to be the more flashier team, but the Lynx are the defending champs and still have argubaly the best player in the world in Moore. These games are going to be increidbly close, and I suggest you get all of the points you can. I'm taking the Minnesota Lynx and wouldn't be surprised if they won SU.

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Minnesota Lynx +4.5

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