Seattle Storm vs. Phoenix Mercury
July 9, 2021 9:00 pm EDT
The Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm face off on Friday in a WNBA basketball showdown at Talking Stick Resort Arena The last time these two teams faced off was in the preseason, a game the Storm won.
The Phoenix Mercury come into this game with an 8-9 record overall which puts them in 4th place in the Western Conference. One issue for the Mercury is they have dealt with a lot of injuries including to Diana Taurasi who is questionable for this game. The Phoenix Mercury are coming off a win in their last game against the Las Vegas Aces. It took over time to get the job done, but they were able to win by nine points. Phoenix on the season is averaging 79.8 points per game while their defense is giving up 81.8 points per game. Brittney Griner has been the top player for Phoenix averaging 20.2 points while shooting 58.5 percent from the line. Skylar Diggins-Smith has been strong for this team also averaging 18.8 points while shooting 47.8 percent from the field.
On the other side of this matchup is the Seattle Storm who sit with a 15-4 record overall which puts them in 1st place in the WNBA standings. Coming into this game, Seattle has won three games in a row, and it’s usually been the offense that has led to the success. In the last game though, the Storm’s defense locked down giving up 62 points. Seattle comes into this game averaging 87.2 points per game while their defense is giving up 79.6 points per game. At times the defense has been an issue, so they have to feel good about the way the defense looked good in the last game. Breanna Stewart has been the best player for Seattle averaging 21.3 points while shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from behind the three-point line.
The Storm is the better team, and they are going to have no issue getting the job done in this game. Look for Seattle to run up the score, Phoenix is going to have no issue, and Seattle will cover this spread. In terms of the total, it’s a lean to the over.