San Antonio Stars vs. Phoenix Mercury - 7/16/16 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mercury vs. Stars
WNBA Basketball: Saturday July 16, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
The Line Mercury -8 -- Over/Under: 159 See the Latest Odds
TV: League Pass
The San Antonio Stars and Phoenix Mercury square off Saturday night at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The San Antonio Stars could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The San Antonio Stars are averaging 72.8 points on 40.3 percent shooting and allowing 80.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Kayla McBride is averaging 17.1 points and 1.9 assists while Moriah Jefferson is averaging 11.5 points and two rebounds. Dearica Hamby is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and Monique Currie is dishing 1.9 assists. The San Antonio Stars are shooting 29.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Stars are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Stars have lost nine of their last 10 road games.
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The Phoenix Mercury look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 86.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 87.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 19.1 points and 4.2 assists while DeWanna Bonner is averaging 14.9 points and 4.7 rebounds. Brittney Griner is the third double-digit scorer and Penny Taylor is dishing 3.8 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 83.6 percent from the free throw line. The Mercury are allowing percent 38.5 shooting from deep and are grabbing 31 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have won six of their last nine home games.
The Stars are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Mercury are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
This is a risky bet due to Taurasi being suspended due to so many technical fouls. However, the Mercury have beaten the Stars in eight of the last 10 meetings, which includes a 30-point beat down last September. Even without it's leading scorer, Phoenix has to be the pick here.