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Phoenix Mercury vs. Minnesota Lynx - 6/22/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Lynx (5-6) vs. Phoenix Mercury (10-3)
Date & Time Friday June 22, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -2 -- Over/Under: 162.5
TV Channel
ESPN 3, FSAZ+, FOX SPORTS NORTH PLUS
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WNBA | Minnesota Lynx (5-6) vs. Phoenix Mercury (10-3)
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The Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury meet Friday in WNBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Minnesota Lynx look for a strong road victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 79.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 79.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Maya Moore is averaging 18.1 points and 2.4 assists while Sylvia Fowles is averaging 18 points and 12.3 rebounds. Seimone Augustus is the third double-digit scorer and Rebekkah Brunson is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Lynx are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.9 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Lynx have lost four of their last five road games.

The Phoenix Mercury look to keep the ball rolling while building on their eight-game winning streak. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 83.7 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 79.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 20.4 points and 7.3 rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 20.2 points and 4.5 assists. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Sancho Lyttle is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 87.4 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have won four of their last six home games.

The Lynx are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Friday games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Mercury are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Lynx are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Phoenix, 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Phoenix.

We only have to lay a bucket with the hottest team in the league at home that's outscoring teams by 11 points while holding teams to 38.1 percent shooting in their last five games? Sign me up. The Mercury are beating teams like a drum right now, while the Minnesota Lynx still can't find their footing and are allowing almost 47 percent shooting on the road this season. Not to mention this is a rivalry match, so you can expect to get the very best from Phoenix once again. I'll gladly lay the two points with the team in much, much better form. 

Pick:
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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