Phoenix Mercury (14-7) vs. Connecticut Sun (10-10)
|Date & Time||Friday July 13, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Connecticut Sun -3.5 -- Over/Under: 167.5
LEAGUE PASS, NBCSB
The Phoenix Mercury and Connecticut Sun meet Friday in WNBA action at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Phoenix Mercury look to get back on track after splitting their last eight games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 82.7 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 80.1 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 20 points and 7.2 rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 19.6 points and 4.7 assists. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Sancho Lyttle is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last six road games.
The Connecticut Sun need a victory here in order to get a game above a .500 record. The Connecticut Sun are averaging 86 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 82.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Chiney Ogwumike is averaging 15.4 points and 7.9 rebounds while Jasmine Thomas is averaging 12.6 points and 4.4 assists. Courtney Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Jonquel Jones is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Connecticut Sun are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. The Connecticut Sun are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.1 rebounds per game. The Connecticut Sun have won five of their last seven home games.
The Mercury are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Friday games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Sun are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mercury are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Phoenix Mercury have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Connecticut Sun, and they've been easily the much more consistent team this season. The Sun haven't been able to string together good performances and are being outscored by 5.4 points in their last five games. The Phoenix Mercury have also won outright six of their last eight games as an underdog. Yes, there's a chance Diana Taurasi doesn't play due to illness, which has to do with this line, but getting points with the better team is something I don't pass up often.