In this battle between two squads sitting on opposite sides of the Western Conference table, the fifth Dallas Wings (10-8), looking to extend their current winning streak, are hosting the second Phoenix Mercury (14-6), who want to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Date/Time: 07-10-2017 20:00 EDT
Spread: Dallas Wings 0
Dallas have a 10-8 record (12-6 against the spread) so far this season and are sitting in the second to last place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the New York Liberty with a 97-87 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Liz Cambage with 20.5 ppg, adding a team high 9.9 boards per game. She is followed by Skylar Diggins-Smith follows with 19.3 ppg, 3.8 boards and a team high 6.3 dimes per game, while Alisha Gray adds 9.4 ppg.
Phoenix Mercury have a 14-6 record (13-7 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the second place of the West and the whole WNBA. In their last game they saw a four-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Atlanta Dream with a 70-76 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Diana Taurasi with 20.3 ppg, adding a team high 4.9 dimes per game. She is followed by Brittney Griner with 20 ppg and a team high 7.4 boards per game, while DeWanna Bonner adds 15.2 ppg, 6.5 boards and 3.2 dimes per game.
Phoenix have won both previous meetings against Dallas so far this season (at home by 8 points and on the road by three). Dallas are 6-3 at home this season, while Phoenix are 9-3 on the road. Dallas have the third-best offense in the league with 86.3 ppg to Phoenix’s 83.2, while Phoenix have the third-best defense, allowing 79.1 ppg to Dallas’ 81.6. Phoenix have better percentages both in field goals (45.2% to 44.2%) and in 3-pointers (35.8 to 31.2%). They are also better in assists made (20.4 to 17.4) and in turnovers committed (14.2 to 15.1), while Dallas are better in rebounding (36.7 to 32.2). Mercury have been one of the best road teams in the league and Vegas odds give a 0 spread for this game and expect the Mercury to beat the odds for the road victory.
Phoenix Mercury vs Dallas Wings Prediction: Phoenix Mercury 0 (-103)
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