Seattle Storm vs. Phoenix Mercury - 5/20/16 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Phoenix Mercury vs. Seattle Storm
WNBA Basketball: Friday May 20, 2016 at 10:00 pm (US Airways Center)
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -11.5 -- Over/Under: 160.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: League Pass
The Seattle Storm and Phoenix Mercury square off late Friday night at the US Airways Center.
The Seattle Storm look for a win after losing their season opener to the Los Angeles Sparks. The Seattle Storm are averaging 66 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 96 points on 54.5 percent shooting. Breanna Stewart is averaging 23 points and six rebounds while Jewell Loyd is averaging 20 points and five assists. Crystal Langhorne is grabbing five rebounds and Sue Bird is dishing one assist. The Seattle Storm are shooting 10 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Storm are allowing 40 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 25 rebounds per game. The Seattle Storm have lost four straight road games.
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The Phoenix Mercury could use a victory after a rough 0-2 start to the season. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 84.5 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 96 points on 50 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 25 points and 5.5 assists while DeWanna Bonner is averaging 15.5 points and three rebounds. Brittney Griner is the third double-digit scorer and Sonja Petrovic is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free throw line. The Mercury are allowing percent 25 shooting from deep and are grabbing 28 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have won seven of their last nine home games.
The Storm are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. The Mercury are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Storm are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Phoenix and 1-8 ATS in the last 9 meetings overall.
Both of these teams have players who can downright put the ball in the hoop, as Stewart balled her in WNBA debut, and of course the Mercury are led by some of the best players in the world in Taurasi and Griner. This total seems a tad low for all the talent on the court. Take the over.