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Phoenix Mercury vs. Minnesota Lynx - 8/30/15 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Lynx (19-10) vs. Phoenix Mercury (17-12)

WNBA Basketball: Sunday August 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Target Center)

The Line: Minnesota Lynx -6.5 -- Over/Under: 146 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The Phoenix Mercury and Minnesota Lynx square off Sunday night at the Target Center.

The Phoenix Mercury need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 75.2 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 73.3 points on 40.1 percent shooting. DeWanna Bonner is averaging 16.8 points and six rebounds while Brittney Griner is averaging 14.8 points and 8.7 rebounds. Candice Dupree is the third double-digit scorer and Monique Currie is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Phoenix Mercury have scored 68 or less points in five of their last eight games and are 0-8 SU this season when scoring less than 70 points. The Mercury are 6-8 SU on the road and have lost three of their last four. This ends a three-game road trip for the Mercury.

Phoenix Mercury vs. Minnesota Lynx - 8/30/15 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Lynx need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 76.1 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 72.2 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Maya Moore is averaging 20.7 points and 6.9 rebounds while Sylvia Fowles is averaging 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Lindsay Whalen is dishing 4.4 assists and Rebekkah Brunson is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx have scored under 70 points in four of their last five games and are 2-7 SU this season when that’s the case. The Lynx are 10-3 SU on their home court and have won six of their last eight. This will be the fourth home game for the Lynx in August.

The Mercury are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Lynx are 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mercury are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall. 

These are the best two teams in the WNBA, and they've built a rivalry that has produced a lot of close games. Considering this game will play a huge role in who gets the top seed in the West, I expect both clubs to show up. Give me the points. 

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Phoenix Mercury +6.5

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