Seattle Storm vs. Phoenix Mercury - 8/8/20 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Phoenix Mercury vs. Seattle Storm
Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 3:00 PM (IMG Academy)
The Line: Seattle Storm -5 -- Over/Under: 169 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm meet Saturday in WNBA action at the IMG Academy.
The Phoenix Mercury look to stay hot while building on a four-game winning streak. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 91.8 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 87.8 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Bria Hartley is averaging 18.2 points and four rebounds while Brittney Griner is averaging 17.5 points and seven rebounds. Diana Taurasi is the third double-digit scorer and Skylar Diggins-Smith is dishing four assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game.
The Seattle Storm look for a statement victory to build on a strong 5-1 record. The Seattle Storm are averaging 84.8 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 77.8 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Breanna Stewart is averaging 20.2 points and 8.3 rebounds while Jewell Loyd is averaging 12.8 points and two rebounds. Jordin Canada is the third double-digit scorer and Sue Bird is dishing 3.3 assists. The Seattle Storm are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Seattle Storm are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game.
The Mercury are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 games as an underdog and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Storm are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as a favorite. The over is 6-2 in Mercury last 8 overall. The over is 6-2 in Storm last 8 overall. The Mercury are 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Seattle and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Seattle Storm are obviously the better team here and should be the favorites, but the Mercury have played improved basketball over their last few games and the defense isn't as sloppy. When the Mercury are playing to the level they're capable of, they're able to beat any team in this league and provide great value in the underdog role. As we hit on them in their last contest, give me the Mercury and the free points.