Phoenix Mercury at Seattle Storm
|Date & Time||Saturday May 25, 2019, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Seattle Storm +2 -- Over/Under: 159
The Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm meet Saturday in WNBA action at the Key Arena.
The Phoenix Mercury are a team you can never count out with their championship pedigree, depth and experience. So even while Diana Taurasi recovers from back surgery and there being no timetable on her return, the Mercury are still a club you shouldn’t overlook. Brittney Griner is still one of the more dominant players in the post and DeWanna Bonner is fresh off one of her most explosive seasons. Briann January brings the defensive edge to the table and the addition of Essence Carson is sure to help as well. The Phoenix Mercury just have a bunch of veterans who know their role and know what it takes to win championships. The Mercury are the San Antonio Spurs of the WNBA, a team that’s hard to kill and will be in the thick of things come postseason time.
The Seattle Storm won’t be able to properly defend their WNBA title due to the loss of Breanna Stewart, who suffered a torn Achilles and is out of the season. Arguably the best player in the game, the Storm are very handicapped and went from being the favorites to repeat to pretty much an afterthought in the title picture. The good news is that Jewell Loyd and Natasha Howard were consistent double-digit scorers last season, so there’s a duo that won’t let them go down without a fight. And while 38 years old, Sue Bird is still capable of getting buckets and is the ultimate floor general. With more playing time for players such as Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Alysha Clark, the Storm could benefit from their three-point shooting. The Seattle Storm have their work cut out for them, but this is still a playoff contender who can’t be overlooked.
The Mercury are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference, 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Storm are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mercury are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Seattle and the over is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings. The under is 10-4-1 in Storm last 15 home games. The over is 7-2-1 in Mercury last 10 overall.
I strongly considered the Seattle Storm and the free bucket in this spot because of it being a packed house in their season opener and everything that comes with the celebration of winning a title. The problem is Stewart did so much for this squad and it's going to take time to adjust. I always have high respect for the Phoenix Mercury, and they're a deep roster that's used to playing without Taurasi for stretches. I'll lay the small line with the Mercury on the road.