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Seattle Storm vs. Phoenix Mercury - 9/15/16 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mercury vs. Storm

WNBA Basketball: Thursday September 15, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)

The Line: Mercury -5 -- Over/Under: 164.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: League Pass

The Seattle Storm and Phoenix Mercury clash late Thursday night at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Seattle Storm look to keep rolling after winning five of their last six games. The Seattle Storm are averaging 81.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 80.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Breanna Stewart is averaging 18.4 points and 9.3 rebounds while Jewell Loyd is averaging 16.9 points and 3.3 assists. Sue Bird is the third double-digit scorer and Crystal Langhorne is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Seattle Storm are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 83 percent from the free throw line. The Storm are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.2 rebounds per game. The Seattle Storm have split their last eight road games.

Seattle Storm vs. Phoenix Mercury - 9/15/16 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Phoenix Mercury look for some consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 84.7 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 84.5 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 17.9 points and 3.8 assists while DeWanna Bonner is averaging 14.9 points and 5.3 rebounds. Brittney Griner is the third double-digit scorer and Penny Taylor is dishing 3.6 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 83.7 percent from the free throw line. The Mercury are allowing percent 36 shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have won five of their last six home games.

The Storm are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mercury are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Storm are 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Phoenix and 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.

I love the way the Storm are playing and think they could do some damage once the playoffs start. However, the Phoenix Mercury are still playing for a playoff spot and have consistently played their best ball at home. Also, Phoenix has beaten Seattle in eight of the last 10 meetings. Have to side with the home team and reasonable number.

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Phoenix Mercury -5

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