Indiana Fever (5-24) vs. Phoenix Mercury (16-14)
|Date & Time||Friday August 10, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -12.5 -- Over/Under: 167.5
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The Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury meet Friday in WNBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Indiana Fever look to play spoiler at this point in the season after splitting their last six games. The Indiana Fever are averaging 75.3 points on 40.9 percent shooting and allowing 84.3 points on 47 percent shooting. Candice Dupree is averaging 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds while Kelsey Mitchell is averaging 12.8 points and 2.6 assists. Cappie Pondexter is the third double-digit scorer and Natalie Achonwa is gabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Indiana Fever are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Fever are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game. The Indiana Fever have lost four of their last seven road games.
The Phoenix Mercury need a victory here as well after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 84.5 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 83.3 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 20.9 points and 4.8 assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 20.8 points and 7.3 rebounds. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 3.4 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 85.1 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have lost five straight home games.
The Fever are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Mercury are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 Friday games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Fever are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Phoenix, 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Phoenix Mercury have won six of the last seven meetings against the Indiana Fever and most of those games weren't close. This should be a blowout, but I'm not the type who is going to lay double-digit chalk with a team that's lost nine of their last 11 games. Right now, there's no difference between the Fever and Mercury. Phoenix is allowing 50.1 percent shooting in its last five games and has only been a double-digit favorite once this season. The Fever are 6-7 ATS this season as a double-digit underdog. Don't love this game and don't like backing the Fever, but I have no choice but to take the points if forced.