Connecticut Sun (10-7) vs. Phoenix Mercury (13-5)
|Date & Time||Thursday July 5, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -6.5 -- Over/Under: 169
LEAGUE PASS, FSAZ+
The Connecticut Sun and Phoenix Mercury meet Thursday in WNBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Connecticut Sun could use a victory here after losing six of their last nine games. The Connecticut Sun are averaging 86.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 81.9 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Chiney Ogwumike is averaging 15.6 points and 7.9 rebounds while Jasmine Thomas is averaging 12.9 points and 4.4 assists. Courtney Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Alex Bentley is dishing 4.2 assists. The Connecticut Sun are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Connecticut Sun are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.1 rebounds per game. The Connecticut Sun have lost five of their last seven road games.
The Phoenix Mercury look to keep the ball rolling after winning 11 of their last 13 games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 83.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 79.4 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 19.9 points and 7.6 rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 20.1 points and 5.1 assists. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Sancho Lyttle is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 86 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last six home games.
The Sun are 5-2-2 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The Mercury are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Sun are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Phoenix, 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
There's still no line yet due to Alyssa Thomas being questionable with a shoulder injury. I'm just going to pick the Phoenix Mercury to win this game, as the Sun have been awful on the road this season and the Mercury have been argubaly the best and hottest team in the league. Still banged up, the Sun are in over their heads here. The Phoenix Mercury win another game.