Phoenix Mercury at Connecticut Sun
|Date & Time||Thursday August 1, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Mohegan Sun Arena
The Line: Connecticut Sun -7.5 -- Over/Under: 153
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The Phoenix Mercury and Connecticut Sun meet Thursday in WNBA action at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Phoenix Mercury look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 75.2 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 74.8 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 19.7 points and 7.3 rebounds while DeWanna Bonner is averaging 19.1 points and 2.7 assists. Leilani Mitchell is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 3.7 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 86.1 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.8 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last six road games.
The Connecticut Sun look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Connecticut Sun are averaging 79.4 points on 41.6 percent shooting and allowing 75.3 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Jonquel Jones is averaging 15.9 points and 10.3 rebounds while Jasmine Thomas is averaging 12.1 points and 5.6 assists. Alyssa Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Williams is dishing 3.3 assists. The Connecticut Sun are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The Connecticut Sun are allowing 28.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.4 rebounds per game. The Connecticut Sun have won their last four home games.
The Mercury are 20-9-1 ATS in their last 30 road games, 21-10 ATS in their last 31 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Sun are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Mercury are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Sun last 4 vs. Western Conference. The under is 7-3 in Mercury last 10 overall.
We know how good the Connecticut Sun are at home, and they're winning by an average of 14 points while allowing less than 40 percent shooting during this five-game winning streak. However, the Phoenix Mercury are as healthy as they've been all season and have been covering machines on the road these last two years. I just don't understand why the Mercury continue to be such big underdogs given their recent success. Give me the points.