Phoenix Mercury vs. Indiana Fever - 9/21/16 WNBA First Round Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Fever vs. Mercury
WNBA Basketball: Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Fever -1.5 -- Over/Under: 161.5 See the Latest Odds
The Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever meet Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the WNBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on ESPNews.
The Phoenix Mercury head into this matchup splitting their last eight games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 84.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 83.3 points on 44 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 17.8 points and 3.9 assists while DeWanna Bonner is averaging 14.5 points and 5.4 rebounds. Brittney Griner is the third double-digit scorer and Penny Taylor is dishing 3.6 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 83.9 percent from the free throw line. The Mercury are allowing percent 35.6 shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have lost six of their last eight road games.
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The Indiana Fever head into this matchup after splitting their last 10 games. The Indiana Fever are averaging 80.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 80.9 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Tamika Catchings is averaging 12.7 points and 4.8 rebounds while Tiffany Mitchell is averaging 8.6 points and 1.4 assists. Shenise Johnson is grabbing 3.5 rebounds and Briann January is dishing 4.7 assists. The Indiana Fever are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 84.5 percent from the free throw line. The Fever are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game. The Indiana Fever have won five of their last eight home games.
The Mercury are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Fever are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Mercury are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Even though the Mercury are a team built for playoff success, they've also had their struggles on the road all season long. The Fever have beaten the Mercury in four of the last five meetings and have the Catchings factor, which is why we played them Sunday. She isn't going to want her career to end at home.
Give me the home team and small line.