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Atlanta Dream vs. Phoenix Mercury - 7/8/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Phoenix Mercury (14-5) vs. Atlanta Dream (8-9)
Date & Time Sunday July 8, 2018, 3:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Atlanta Dream +4 -- Over/Under: 160
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WNBA | Phoenix Mercury (14-5) vs. Atlanta Dream (8-9)
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The Phoenix Mercury and Atlanta Dream meet Sunday in WNBA action at the McCamish Pavilion.

The Phoenix Mercury look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 83.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 79.3 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 20.4 points and five assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 20.1 points and 7.5 rebounds. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Sancho Lyttle is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 85.9 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have won eight of their last nine road games.

The Atlanta Dream look for a statement victory in order to get back to a .500 record. The Atlanta Dream are averaging 75.6 points on 39.3 percent shooting and allowing 79.9 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Tiffany Hayes is averaging 17.4 points and 3.4 rebounds while Angel McCoughtry is averaging 17.3 points and 2.5 assists. Renee Montgomery is dishing 3.2 assists and Jessica Breland is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. The Atlanta Dream are shooting 28.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Dream are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Dream have won four of their last six home games.

The Mercury are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Dream are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Sunday games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games. The over is 4-0 in Dream last 4 overall and the under is 7-3 in Mercury last 10 overall.

We only have to lay four points with the Phoenix Mercury, the hottest team in the league, that's outscoring teams by eight points in their last five games. The Atlanta Dream have played their best ball at home this season, but they're still being outscored by a point and are shooting just 37 percent from the field. The Dream have little to no offensive firepower and play these sluggish, defensive battles every time out. The Mercury have beaten the Dream in seven of the last nine meetings and most of those games weren't very close. Give me the road team and the reasonable chalk.

Phoenix Mercury -4

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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