Seattle Storm (19-7) vs. Phoenix Mercury (15-11)
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 31, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -1 -- Over/Under: 166.5
The Seattle Storm and Phoenix Mercury meet Tuesday in WNBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Seattle Storm look to keep the ball rolling after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Seattle Storm are averaging 87 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 79.5 points on 43 percent shooting. Breanna Stewart is averaging 22.8 points and 8.2 rebounds while Jewell Loyd is averaging 16 points and 3.6 assists. Natasha Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Sue Bird is dishing 7.3 assists. The Seattle Storm are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 82.5 percent from the free throw line. The Seattle Storm are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game. The Seattle Storm have won five of their last six road games.
The Phoenix Mercury could use a feel good victory here after losing six of their last seven games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 83.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 81.6 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 20.3 points and 4.8 assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 19.8 points and 7.2 rebounds. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 3.1 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 85.3 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.8 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have lost three straight home games.
The Storm are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 5-11 ATS in their last 16 Tuesday games and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Mercury are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-15 ATS in their last 20 Tuesday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Storm are 5-13 ATS in the last 18 meetings and the under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Phoenix.
We've been backing the Seattle Storm all season long, they've covered a ton and they continue to get these odd lines. The Storm are the best team in the league and for whatever reason are underdogs on the road to a subpar, incosnsitent Mercury squad that's lost six of their last seven. The Mercury are getting blasted defensively during this losing stretch, which isn't good considering the Storm's offensive cosnsitency. Bottom line, getting the Storm as an underdog against anybody is value you can't pass up.