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Phoenix Mercury vs. Connecticut Sun - 6/16/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Connecticut Sun (7-3) vs. Phoenix Mercury (8-3)
Date & Time Saturday June 16, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -2 -- Over/Under: 170
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WNBA | Connecticut Sun (7-3) vs. Phoenix Mercury (8-3)
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The Connecticut Sun and Phoenix Mercury meet Saturday in WNBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Connecticut Sun look for a bounce back performance here after splitting their last six games. The Connecticut Sun are averaging 92.4 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 78.9 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Courtney Williams is averaging 14.6 points and 6.2 rebounds while Jasmine Thomas is averaging 13.9 points and 5.1 assists. Chiney Ogwumike is the third double-digit scorer and Alyssa Thomas is grabbing 9.9 rebounds. The Connecticut Sun are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Connecticut Sun are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.1 rebounds per game. The Connecticut Sun have won three of their last five road games.

The Phoenix Mercury look to keep the ball rolling while building on their six-game winning streak. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 82.5 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 79.7 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 20.8 points and 7.3 rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 19.5 points and 4.4 assists. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 4.2 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 86.4 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last four home games.

The Sun are 16-7-1 ATS in their last 24 games playing on 0 days rest, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games and 22-10 ATS in their last 32 road games. The Mercury are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Sun are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Phoenix and the over is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Phoenix.

The Connecticut Sun look a little shaky in their last five games, as they're allowing 88.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting and haven't been as consistent offensively as they were earlier in the year. It doesn't help that they'll likely be without Alyssa Thomas yet again, and they're on the end of a back to back. The Phoenix Mercury are one of the hotter teams in the league right now and are outscoring clubs by 7.8 points in their last five games thanks to a defense that's allowing just 38.7 percent shooting. The Mercury and the small line has to be the play here.

Phoenix Mercury -2

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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