Minnesota Lynx vs. Phoenix Mercury
Friday, August 21, 2020 at 10:00 PM (IMG Academy)
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -2.5 -- Over/Under: 163 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury meet Friday in WNBA action at the IMG Academy.
The Minnesota Lynx look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 81.3 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 75.9 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Napheesa Collier is averaging 15.2 points and 3.2 assists while Sylvia Fowles is averaging 14.6 points and 9.7 rebounds. Crystal Dangerfield is the third double-digit scorer and Damiris Dantas is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Lynx are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game.
The Phoenix Mercury need a win after losing four of their last seven games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 86.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 85.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 17.7 points and 7.5 rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 16.8 points and 4.3 rebounds. Skylar Diggins-Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Bria Hartley is dishing 4.8 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game.
The Lynx are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Mercury are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite, 19-7 ATS in their last 26 Friday games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference. The over is 6-1 in Lynx last 7 overall. The Lynx are 8-0 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Phoenix and 19-7-2 ATS in the last 28 meetings.
The Phoenix Mercury are the better team in terms of talent, especially with the return of Diana Taurasi, but it's the Minnesota Lynx who are having more consistent success this season and have been much better defensively. A Mercury win wouldn't surprise me, but we're getting the free bucket with the team in better form. I'll take it.