Dallas Wings (15-19) vs. Phoenix Mercury (20-14)
|Date & Time||Tuesday August 21, 2018, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -6.5 -- Over/Under: 176
The Dallas Wings and Phoenix Mercury meet Tuesday in the first round of the WNBA playoffs at the Wells Fargo Arena.
The Dallas Wings enter the playoffs in horrible form, losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Dallas Wings are averaging 86.6 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 85.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Elizabeth Cambage is averaging 23 points and 9.7 rebounds while Skylar Diggins-Smith is averaging 17.9 points and 6.2 assists. Allisha Gray is dishing 2.4 assists and Azura Stevens is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Dallas Wings are shooting 30.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Wings are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.6 rebounds per game. The Dallas Wings have lost seven straight road games.
The Phoenix Mercury enter the playoffs riding a four-game winning streak. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 85.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 83.2 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 20.7 points and 5.3 assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 20.5 points and 7.7 rebounds. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 3.3 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 84.9 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last eight home games.
The Wings are 39-18-3 ATS in their last 60 Tuesday games, 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Mercury are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games following a straight up win, 5-17 ATS in their last 22 Tuesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wings are 3-7-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Phoenix, 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Dallas Wings won the last meeting against the Phoenix in blowout fashion, but that team is long gone. The Wings are ice cold right now and are being outscored by 10.8 points in their last five games. The Wings aren't getting it done offensively, and that's bad considering the pace they play at that kills them defensively. The Phoenix Mercury turned things around to close out the season and are averaging 95.6 points in their last five games. The Mercury are an experienced playoff team as well. I'll eat the chalk in this spot. I have zero confidence in the Wings.