Phoenix Mercury (22-14) vs. Seattle Storm (26-8)
|Date & Time||Sunday August 26, 2018, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Seattle Storm -7 -- Over/Under: 169.5
The Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm meet in game one of the WNBA semifinals at the Key Arena.
The Phoenix Mercury won two playoff games already and are coming off a win over the Connecticut Sun on Thursday. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 86.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 83.3 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 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 84.7 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have won three of their last four road games.
The Seattle Storm enter the playoffs winning 11 of their last 13 games. The Seattle Storm are averaging 87.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 79.7 points on 43.5 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 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.7 percent from the free throw line. The Seattle Storm are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game. The Seattle Storm have won four straight home games.
The Mercury are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Storm are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games, 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Mercury are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Seattle, 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
We've been on the Seattle Storm all season long and even suggested back when they were still +400 or +500 to place a future bet on them to win the title. Well, the Storm are now the favorites to win and those prices are gone. Anyway, I love the Storm and still think they should get it done. However, the Phoenix Mercury are finally tapping into their ability and that playoff experience is showing. Bonner has taken her game to another level recently and Taurasi looks possessed to make another finals run. The Mercury have instantly become the dark horse and are sure to give the Storm all they can handle. Points will be key in this series. Give me the Mercury.