Phoenix Mercury (24-16) vs. Seattle Storm (28-10)
|Date & Time||Tuesday September 4, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Seattle Storm -4 -- Over/Under: 170.5
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The Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm meet Tuesday in game five of the WNBA semifinals at the Key Arena.
The Phoenix Mercury will advance to their fifth ever WNBA Finals and first since 2014 with a victory here. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 86.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 83.3 points on 43 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 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 84.4 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.1 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last six road games.
The Seattle Storm will advance to their third ever WNBA Finals and first since 2010 with a victory here. The Seattle Storm are averaging 86.9 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 80.2 points on 44 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 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.3 percent from the free throw line. The Seattle Storm are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game. The Seattle Storm have won 10 of their last 11 home games.
The Mercury are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games, 7-17 ATS in their last 24 Tuesday games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Storm are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mercury are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Seattle, 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.
In a do or die game five, I want the team that has experienced champions who have been in spots like this before. The Phoenix Mercury are loaded with veterans who have been there done that, and it allowed them to climb out of an 0-2 hole when the series looked over. We have no idea how the Storm are going to respond in a game with this much pressure, and it doesn't help that Bird is questionable with a broken nose. I want the experienced Mercury and the points.