Phoenix Mercury (15-12) vs. Las Vegas Aces (12-13)
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 1, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Las Vegas Aces -1.5 -- Over/Under: 174
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The Phoenix Mercury and Las Vegas Aces meet Wednesday in WNBA action at the Mandalay Bay Event Center.
The Phoenix Mercury could use a feel good victory here after losing seven of their last eight games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 83.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 81.6 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 20.3 points and 4.8 assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 19.8 points and 7.2 rebounds. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 3.1 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 85.3 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.8 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last six road games.
The Las Vegas Aces look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Las Vegas Aces are averaging 83 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 84.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting. A'ja Wilson is averaging 20 points and 8.6 rebounds while Kayla McBride is averaging 19.3 points and 3.1 assists. Tamera Young is the third double-digit scorer and Kelsey Plum is dishing 3.4 assists. The Las Vegas Aces are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Las Vegas Aces are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.4 rebounds per game. The Las Vegas Aces have won four of their last five home games.
The Mercury are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Aces are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mercury are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Las Vegas, 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
We've been backing the Las Vegas Aces for the last few weeks and it's done nothing but paid off, especially when they've won outright as big underdogs. The Las Vegas Aces are a young team that's learning their potential and playing with more and more confidence. Before Las Vegas was trying to figure itself out, now it takes the floor expecting to win. The Phoenix Mercury are a team that's falling apart and playing on the end of a rare back to back won't help things against a young, rested club. Las Vegas and the small chalk seems too good to be true.