Phoenix Mercury (2-3) vs. Minnesota Lynx (2-3)
|Date & Time||Friday June 1, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Lynx -8.5 -- Over/Under: 158
The Phoenix Mercury and Minnesota Lynx meet Friday in WNBA action at the Target Center.
The Phoenix Mercury look for a statement victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 82.2 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 86 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 20.8 points and six rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 16.2 points and 2.4 assists. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing four assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 88 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 39 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 26.6 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last eight road games.
The Minnesota Lynx also need a victory here in order to get back to a .500 record. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 76.4 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 76.6 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Sylvia Fowles is averaging 16.6 points and 12.8 rebounds while Maya Moore is averaging 15.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. Seimone Augustus is the third double-digit scorer and Rebekkah Brunson is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Lynx are allowing 29.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.8 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Lynx have won five of their last six home games.
The Mercury are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Lynx are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Friday games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mercury are 5-15-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Minnesota, 3-12-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings and the under is 20-9-1 in the last 30 meetings.
The Minnesota Lynx have gotten off to such a slow start and haven't been able to find their footing offensively, so I'm not sure how you can lay such big chalk with them here. The Phoenix Mercury haven't shown the ability to defend, but their offensive depth has shown up big time and has the ability to keep them in games regardless of the subpar defense. If shots are falling for the Mercury, they'll be in this game until the end with a chance to steal it late.