Chicago Sky vs. Phoenix Mercury WNBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/12/14
Phoenix Mercury (29-5) vs. Chicago Sky (15-19)
WNBA Basketball: Friday, September 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Allstate Arena)
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The Phoenix Mercury can win the WNBA Championship Friday night with a win over the Chicago Sky at the Allstate Arena.
The Phoenix Mercury have dominated the Sky in the first two games of this series, including a game two victory of 97-68. The Mercury are getting every and any shot they want throughout both games and have shot better than 55 percent in both meetings. The Mercury have five different players who are averaging 11 or more points in the playoffs, including Diana Taurasi who leads the way with 21.6 points per game. With several players who can takeover at any moment, the Phoenix Mercury is a machine that has lost only three times since the middle of June. Overall, the Mercury average 84 points on 49 percent shooting and allow 73.7 points on 40.9 percent shooting. A win here would give the Phoenix Mercury their third overall championship.
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The Chicago Sky are running out of answers as they hope to avoid elimination on their home court. The good news for the Sky is that Elena Delle Donne’s back may be feeling better, as she played very well in game two, shooting 8-12 and scoring 22 points. The Sky will need Delle Donne and others to step up in this matchup considering they’ve been held to under 40 percent shooting in both matchups. Add that shooting to 24 combined turnovers and the Sky haven’t helped themselves in this series. Sylvia Fowles is just 10-31 shooting in this series, which isn’t good enough when the Mercury have so many scoring options. On the season, the Chicago Sky average 76.1 points on 43 percent shooting and allow 78.9 points on 42.5 percent shooting. The Sky are still looking for their first WNBA championship win in franchise history.
The Mercury are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest. The Sky are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mercury are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Chicago.
I know the Mercury have crushed the Sky in this series and what not, but the days off benefit Chicago more. It also helps that the Sky are at home, a place where they have won five of their last seven games. It’s a potential elimination game and with Delle Donne and others, the Sky aren’t going to go down quietly.
I like the points in this matchup.