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Tulsa Shock vs. Phoenix Mercury - 9/17/15 Conference Semifinals Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Phoenix Mercury (0-0) vs. Tulsa Shock (0-0)

WNBA Basketball: Thursday September 17, 2015 at 10:00 pm (US Airways Center)

The Line: Phoenix Mercury -6.5 -- Over/Under: 147 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Tulsa Shock and Phoenix Mercury square off in game one Thursday at the US Airways Center.

The Tulsa Shock ended the regular season winning six of their last eight games. The Tulsa Shock are averaging 77.7 points on 39.5 percent shooting and are allowing 77.1 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Odyssey Sims is averaging 16 points and 3.8 assists while Plenette Pierson is averaging 12.8 points and 4.1 rebounds. Karima Christmas is grabbing five rebounds and Courtney Paris is dishing 1.3 assists. The Tulsa Shock have allowed 70 or less points in four of their last seven games and have won five straight games when that’s the case. The Shock are 6-11 SU on the road and have lost seven of their last nine. Riquna Williams is questionable with a calf injury.

Tulsa Shock vs. Phoenix Mercury - 9/17/15 Conference Semifinals Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Phoenix Mercury ended the regular season splitting their last 10 games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 75.1 points on 43.7 percent shooting and are allowing 72.3 points on 39.6 percent shooting. DeWanna Bonner is averaging 15.8 points and 5.7 rebounds while Brittney Griner is averaging 15.1 points and 8.1 rebounds. Candice Dupree is the third double-digit scorer and Leilani Mitchell is dishing 2.7 assists. The Phoenix Mercury have allowed 67 or less points in four of their last eight games. The Mercury are 11-1 SU this season when allowing 70 or less points. The Mercury are 13-4 SU on their home court and have won six of their last eight.

The Shock are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Mercury are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Shock are 1-3-2 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Phoenix and 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.

Both teams are playing great defensively as of late. And while the Mercury have beaten the Shock in seven of their last 10 meetings, a lot of those games were close, especially their most recent match a few days ago. I like the Mercury to win, but the Shock will keep it close. 

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