Minnesota Lynx vs. Phoenix Mercury - 10/2/16 WNBA Game Three Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mercury vs. Lynx
WNBA Basketball: Sunday October 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
The Line: Mercury PK -- Over/Under: 173 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury square off Sunday afternoon in game three of the WNBA semifinals at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on ESPN.
The Minnesota Lynx will make the WNBA Finals for the fifth time in six years with a victory here. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 86.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 77.7 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Maya Moore is averaging 28.5 points and six rebounds while Lindsay Whalen is averaging 17.5 points and four assists. Sylvia Fowles is the third double-digit scorer and Rebekkah Brunson is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.7 percent from the free throw line. The Lynx are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Lynx have won five of their last seven road games.
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The Phoenix Mercury need a victory here in order to force a game four on Tuesday night. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 85.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 84.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 26.5 points and three assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 14.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. Penny Taylor is the third double-digit scorer and Candice Dupree is grabbing four rebounds. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 84.5 percent from the free throw line. The Mercury are allowing percent 35.5 shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.8 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have won four straight home games.
The Lynx are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Mercury are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games. The Lynx are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Phoenix and 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Phoenix Mercury still have the talent and experience to get back in this series and won't go down quietly to their hated rival. People forget that the Mercury were the favorite to win the WNBA Finals before the season started. Also, the home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between these two teams. So, while the Lynx are firing on all cylinders, you have to like the Mercury to extend this series another game on their home court.