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Las Vegas Aces vs. Phoenix Mercury 5/17/22 WNBA Picks, Predictions, Odds

Phoenix Mercury vs. Las Vegas Aces
May 17, 2022 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Phoenix +5.5
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The Phoenix Mercury and Las Vegas Aces face off on Tuesday in a WNBA showdown at Michelob ULTRA Arena. 

The Las Vegas Aces come into this game with a 3-1 record overall, and they are coming off quite an impressive victory in the last game. In the last game against the Atlanta Dream, the offense was elite, scoring 96 points, and that led to the easy victory. Two games ago, against the Washington Mystics, the defense gave up 89 points. The Aces are averaging 90.8 points, while their defense is giving up 81 points per game. The offense is ranked 1st in the league, while their defense is ranked 7th. The offensive rating is 110.3 which is 1st in the league. Jackie Young has been the top player, averaging 17.8 points and 3.8 assists. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Phoenix Mercury, who sits with a 2-1 record, and they have won two games in a row. In the first game of the season, the Mercury gave up 106 points to the Las Vegas Aces, and they were defeated. In the last game against the Seattle Storm, the defense was strong, giving up 64 points, and that led to the five-point victory. The Mercury are averaging 84.7 points, while their defense is giving up 82.3 points per game. Their offensive rating is 5th while their defensive rating is 12th. Skylar Diggins Smith has been the top player for the averaging 19.3 points. 

The better team is the Aces, and the biggest reason is because of their offense. The offense scored 96 points in this game, and this game is going to get out of hand early. Look for the Aces to get close to 100 points again, and Las Vegas will cover the spread. 

Shane Mickle's Free Pick:
Las Vegas -5.5

Shane Mickle

I have been following sports for as long as I can remember and started writing about them back in high school. My favorite sports include MLB, NBA, NFL, CFB, CBB, and the UFC. Follow me on Twitter at @shanemickle

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