Sky vs. Mercury
WNBA Basketball: Thursday June 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Allstate Arena)
The Line: Sky +4.5 -- Over/Under: 160 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Phoenix Mercury and Chicago Sky meet Thursday in WNBA action at the Allstate Arena.
The Phoenix Mercury look to stay hot after winning three of their last four games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 79 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 67.2 points on 37 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 20.2 points and 7.4 rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 12.8 points and 2.5 rebounds. Leilani Mitchell is the third double-digit scorer and Eshaya Murphy is grabbing two rebounds. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 19.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.8 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have lost six of their last nine road games.
The Chicago Sky need a victory here after a rough 1-5 start to the WNBA season. The Chicago Sky are averaging 74 points on 38.2 percent shooting and allowing 83.2 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Tamera Young is averaging 15.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while Cappie Pondexter is averaging 14.7 points and 8.3 assists. Allie Quigley is the third double-digit scorer and Stefanie Dolson is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Chicago Sky are shooting 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Sky are allowing 26.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.3 rebounds per game. The Chicago Sky have won 10 of their last 17 home games.
The Mercury are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Sky are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mercury are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Chicago.
The Phoenix Mercury are starting to look like the Phoenix Mercury that's a championship contender and not that hit or miss team we saw last season. Hopefully for my sanity that continues, as they were easily the most frustrating team trying to figure out last season. The Chicago Sky just cant get going, as the offense has struggled to find an identity without Elena Delle Donne and the defense hasn't been much better. The jury is still out on the Mercury given they've played just one road game so far, but given their form overall and the way they destroyed Dallas, I'll eat the small chalk.