Two teams sitting on the top three places of their respective conference are clashing tonight, when the third in the West Phoenix Mercury (18-14), looking to extend their small winning streak, are hosting the leaders of the East Atlanta Dream (22-10), who have been red hot having lost only once in their last sixteen games.
Date/Time: 08-17-2018 22:00 EDT
Spread: Phoenix Mercury -3
Phoenix Mercury have an 18-14 record (19-13 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the third place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Las Angeles Sparks with an 86-78 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Diana Taurasi with 20.6 ppg, adding a team high 5.1 dimes per game. She is followed by Brittney Griner with 20.5 ppg and a team high 7.5 boards per game, while DeWanna Bonner adds 17 ppg, 6.9 boards and 3.1 dimes per game.
Atlanta Dream have a 22-10 record (22-10 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the first place of the East and second in the league. They have won 15 of their last 16 games and in their last game they won on the road against the New York Liberty with an 86-77 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Tiffany Hayes with 17.3 ppg, adding 3.5 boards per game. She is followed by Angel McCoughtry with 16.5 ppg and 6 boards per game, while Renee Montgomery adds 10.2 ppg and 3.6 dimes per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team has won once (Atlanta at home by 6 points and Phoenix on the road by 7). Phoenix are 7-8 at home this season, while Atlanta are 9-6 on the road. Phoenix are better offensively, scoring 84.9 ppg to Atlanta’s 81.1, while Atlanta are better defensively, allowing a third-best of 78.8 ppg to Phoenix’s 82.8. Phoenix have better percentages both in field goals (45.5% to 42.4%) and in 3-pointers (35.4% to 30.8%). They are also better in assists made (20.2 to 18.2), while Atlanta are better in rebounding (36 to 32.2) and both teams are almost equal in turnovers committed (13.6 and 13.7). Phoenix have been below average at home this season and Vegas odds give them a -3 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick Atlanta for another win.
Atlanta Dream vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction: Atlanta Dream +3 (-112)
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