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Phoenix Mercury vs. Las Vegas Aces - 7/19/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Las Vegas Aces (10-13) vs. Phoenix Mercury (15-8)
Date & Time Thursday July 19, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -8 -- Over/Under: 169
TV Channel
LEAGUE PASS
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WNBA | Las Vegas Aces (10-13) vs. Phoenix Mercury (15-8)
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The Las Vegas Aces and Phoenix Mercury meet Thursday in WNBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Las Vegas Aces look for a big road victory here after winning five of their last seven games. The Las Vegas Aces are averaging 82.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 85.1 points on 44 percent shooting. A'ja Wilson is averaging 19.9 points and 8.7 rebounds while Kayla McBride is averaging 19.1 points and three assists. Tamera Young is the third double-digit scorer and Kelsey Plum is dishing 3.6 assists. The Las Vegas Aces are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Las Vegas Aces are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.9 rebounds per game. The Las Vegas Aces have won three of their last four road games.

The Phoenix Mercury look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 10 games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 83.7 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 80.7 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 20.7 points and 7.3 rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 20 points and 4.8 assists. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 3.3 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 84.5 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have won four of their last five home games.

The Aces are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 vs. Western Conference and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Mercury are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Aces are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Phoenix, 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.

We've been backing the Las Vegas Aces quite a bit recently and it's paid off. The Aces have not only been covering machines on the road, but they've also covered four of their last six as underdogs and have won three of their last four games outright as an underdog. The Las Vegas Aces are a young team that's starting to find themselves and playing with confidence. The Phoenix Mercury have been an up and down team all year and are being outscored by 2.6 points while allowing 85.4 points in their last five games. I'm going to continue backing this young Las Vegas team. Give me the points.

Pick:
Las Vegas Aces +8

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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