Washington Mystics (16-11) vs. Phoenix Mercury (16-13)
|Date & Time||Tuesday August 7, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -3 -- Over/Under: 170
NBA TV, MONUMENTAL
The Washington Mystics and Phoenix Mercury meet Tuesday in WNBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Washington Mystics look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Mystics are averaging 83.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 82 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Elena Delle Donne is averaging 20.2 points and 7.4 rebounds while Kristi Toliver is averaging 13.5 points and 4.6 assists. Ariel Atkins is the third double-digit scorer and LaToya Sanders is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Washington Mystics are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Mystics are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Washington Mystics have split their last six road games.
The Phoenix Mercury could also use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 84.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 82.6 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 20.6 points and 4.8 assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 20.3 points and 7.1 rebounds. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 3.4 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 84.8 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have lost four straight home games.
The Mystics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games, 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 road games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference. The Mercury are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference, 5-16 ATS in their last 21 Tuesday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Mystics are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Phoenix Mercury need a victory to stop the bleeding and kind of right the ship if they're going to position themselves for a decent playoff spot. This is a more than winnable game and there's too much talent on this roster for the below average play to continue. The Mercury have won seven of the last nine meetings against the Mystics and the last matchup was a 10-point win on the road. The Washington Mystics have also been shaky at best on the road. I'll lay the bucket with the Mercury at home.