Phoenix Mercury vs. Atlanta Dream - 8/14/20 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Phoenix Mercury vs. Atlanta Dream - 8/14/20 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Dream vs. Phoenix Mercury

Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10:00 PM (IMG Academy)

The Line: Phoenix Mercury -9.5 -- Over/Under: 167.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Atlanta Dream and Phoenix Mercury meet Friday in WNBA action at the IMG Academy.

The Atlanta Dream need a win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Atlanta Dream are averaging 80.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 90.9 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Chennedy Carter is averaging 17 points and 3.9 assists while Betnijah Laney is averaging 15.9 points and 3.9 rebounds. Elizabeth Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Williams is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Atlanta Dream are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 82.7 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Dream are allowing 39.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game.

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The Phoenix Mercury look for a win after splitting their last four games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 86.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 85.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 17.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 16.9 points and 3.4 rebounds. Bria Hartley is the third double-digit scorer and Skylar Diggins-Smith is dishing 4.3 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game.

The Dream are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mercury are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 Friday games, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Mercury last 7 games as a favorite. The Dream are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Phoenix and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Atlanta Dream had their chances to beat the Mercury already this season when they had a six point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Dream just fell apart. The Phoenix Mercury are obviously the better team here and should win, but they've also been shaky at best defensively and have struggled big time since the injury to Diana Taurasi. I'd lean toward the Dream and the free buckets.

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Randy’s Pick Atlanta Dream +9.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.