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Chicago Sky vs. Phoenix Mercury WNBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/7/14

Phoenix Mercury (29-5) vs. Chicago Sky (15-19)

WNBA Basketball: Saturday, September 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm (US Airways Center)

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TV: ABC

The Chicago Sky and Phoenix Mercury will meet Sunday afternoon for game one of the WNBA finals at US Airways Center.

The Chicago Sky have really become a better basketball team since the return of Elena Delle Donne. The Sky entered the playoffs with a losing record but have been able to eliminate the Atlanta Dream and Indiana Fever, winning nine of their last 14 games overall. In the playoffs, Delle Donne leads the team with 17.3 points and 11 blocks, but a banged up back has limited her the past couple of games. With that being the case, the Sky are thrilled with the emergence of Sylvia Fowles, who is averaging 17.2 points and 10.5 rebounds in the playoffs. Overall, the Chicago Sky are averaging 76.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 78.3 points on 41.8 percent shooting, numbers that have improved the last couple of weeks.

Chicago Sky vs. Phoenix Mercury WNBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/7/14

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Since the middle of June, the Phoenix Mercury have lost just three games, which includes eliminating the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx. The Mercury have been firing on all cylinders for quite some time and it has a lot to do with the duo of Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner. Taurasi is leading the Mercury in the playoffs with 22.8 points, while Griner is dishing in 17.2 points and 5.8 rebounds. With all of the firepower the Mercury have, it’s easy to see why they’ve been the favorite to win it all for quite some time. Overall, the Phoenix Mercury average 83.7 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allow 74.1 points on 41.2 percent shooting. The Mercury are 21-0 when holding their opponent to 74 or less points this season.

The Sky are 5-17 ATS in their last 22 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Mercury are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games following a S.U. win. The Sky are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

The days off should help Delle Donne's back, and the Sky have proven to be a nasty team that never quits when its down. I like the Chicago Sky to keep this game under double digits. 

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