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Phoenix Mercury vs. Minnesota Lynx - 7/16/17 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Lynx vs. Mercury
Date & Time Sunday July 16, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Lynx -15 -- Over/Under: 164
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The Phoenix Mercury and Minnesota Lynx meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Xcel Energy Center on NBATV.

The Phoenix Mercury could use a statement victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 82.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 79.6 points on 43 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 22.4 points and 8.4 rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 18.1 points and 2.7 assists. Leilani Mitchell is dishing 3.8 assists and Danielle Robinson is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80.3 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 29.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have won five of their last seven road games.

The Minnesota Lynx look to keep rolling while building on their impressive 14-2 record. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 87.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 77.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Sylvia Fowles is averaging 20.1 points and 10 rebounds while Maya Moore is averaging 15.4 points and 3.9 assists. Seimone Augustus is the second double-digit scorer and Rebekkah Brunson is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Lynx are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Lynx have won six of their last seven home games.

The Mercury are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games. The Lynx are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Mercury are 1-8 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Minnesota, 1-10 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the under is 19-8-1 in the last 28 meetings.

I know the Lynx have beaten up on the Mercury over the years, which includes a blowout victory a couple days ago. However, 15 points is a ton to lay when the Mercury are still a talented team that has also had great success on the road. I just can't pass up the value here even though Minnesota is more than capable of covering if it shows up the whole game.

Phoenix Mercury +15

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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