Washington Mystics vs. Phoenix Mercury
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 9:00 PM (IMG Academy)
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -4 -- Over/Under: 165.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Washington Mystics and Phoenix Mercury meet Tuesday in the first round of the WNBA playoffs at the IMG Academy.
The Washington Mystics enter the playoffs on a solid four-game winning streak. The Washington Mystics are averaging 80 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 81.5 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Myisha Hines-Allen is averaging 17 points and 8.9 rebounds while Aerial Powers is averaging 16.3 points and 2.5 assists. Ariel Atkins is the third double-digit scorer and Emma Meesseman is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Washington Mystics are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 82.5 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Mystics allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game.
The Phoenix Mercury enter the playoffs winning seven of their last nine games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 86.1 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 84.1 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 18.7 points and 4.2 rebounds while Skylar Diggins-Smith is averaging 17.7 points and 3.3 rebounds. Brittney Griner is the third double-digit scorer and Bria Hartley is dishing 4.5 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 82.5 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game.
The Mystics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Mercury are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 7-2 in Mystics last 9 overall. The over is 7-3 in Mercury last 10 games as a favorite. The Mystics are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
These teams met about two weeks ago and the Phoenix Mercury won by 22 points. The Mercury are 2-0 SU against the Mystics this season in the bubble. The Mystics turned things around over the last week with four straight wins, but we can't forget the major issues they had for much of the heart of this season. The Mercury are deep, experienced and led by one of the top coaches in the league. I'll eat the small number with the Mercury, a team you don't count out this time of year.