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Seattle Storm vs. Phoenix Mercury - 5/23/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Phoenix Mercury (2-0) vs. Seattle Storm (0-1)
Date & Time Wednesday May 23, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -5 -- Over/Under: 161.5
TV Channel
LEAGUE PASS
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WNBA | Phoenix Mercury (2-0) vs. Seattle Storm (0-1)
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The Seattle Storm and Phoenix Mercury meet Wednesday in WNBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Seattle Storm look for a bounce back performance after losing their opener to the Mercury on Sunday. The Seattle Storm are averaging 82 points on 37.9 percent shooting and allowing 87 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Breanna Stewart is averaging 22 points and 15 rebounds while Natasha Howard is averaging 14 points and four rebounds. Sue Bird is the third double-digit scorer and Alysha Clark is grabbing three rebounds. The Seattle Storm are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 88 percent from the free throw line. The Seattle Storm are allowing 40 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Seattle Storm have split their last six road games.

The Phoenix Mercury look for a quick 3-0 start to the season after beating Dallas and Seattle in their first two games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 86.5 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 80 points on 37 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 21 points and 8.5 rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 19 points and 3.5 rebounds. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing five assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc and 89.1 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last eight home games.

The Storm are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mercury are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Storm are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the under is 25-12 in the last 37 meetings.

The Seattle Storm put up a fight against the Mercury in the first game, but this is a team that is fiesty at home and usually struggles on the road. The Phoenix Mercury are outscoring teams by 6.5 points in their first two games and have the ability to be even better on the offensive end. The Mercury entered this season as a legit title contender, and while still early in the season, they're off to a very impressive start. As long as the number isn't crazy high, you have to side with Phoenix, especially at home.

Pick:
Phoenix Mercury -5

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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