Seattle Storm (28-9) vs. Phoenix Mercury (23-16)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 2, 2018, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -2.5 -- Over/Under: 171.5
The Seattle Storm and Phoenix Mercury meet Sunday in game four of the WNBA semifinals at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Seattle Storm will advance to their third ever WNBA Finals and first since 2010 with a victory here. The Seattle Storm are averaging 87.4 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 80.1 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Breanna Stewart is averaging 22 points and 8.6 rebounds while Jewell Loyd is averaging 15.8 points and 3.8 assists. Natasha Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Sue Bird is dishing 7.1 assists. The Seattle Storm are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.5 percent from the free throw line. The Seattle Storm are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game. The Seattle Storm have won five of their last seven road games.
The Phoenix Mercury need a victory here in order to force a game five on Tuesday. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 86.5 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 83.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 20.7 points and 5.3 assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 20.5 points and 7.7 rebounds. 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 84.6 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.9 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have won six straight home games.
The Storm are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 14-6-2 ATS in their last 22 Sunday games. The Mercury are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Storm are 15-7 ATS in the last 22 meetings in Phoenix, 6-15 ATS in the last 21 meetings and the over is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Phoenix Mercury finally put together a complete performance in game three and ended up wiping the floor with the Seattle Storm. If the Mercury got off to that fast of a start in game one or two, the Mercury could be sitting in the WNBA Finals right now. Regardless, the Mercury are highly experienced and have that playoff grit about them that won't allow them to go down easily. I'll lay the bucket with the Mercury, as there's a good chance we'll see a deciding game five between these two heavyweights.