In this single elimination game of the WNBA playoffs, the fifth Mercury are facing the defending champions Mystics. Washington struggled throughout the year without their star player Elena Delle Donne, but with 4 straight victories to close the regular season they managed to clinch the eighth place of the league. The winner will face the Minnesota Lynx in the second round.
Date/Time: 09-15-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Phoenix Mercury -5.5 Total: +165.5
Mercury finished the regular season with a 13-9 record (12-10 ATS) and were 4th in the league. They have lost two of their last three matches. In their last game they lost by the Storm, 60-83. They were a -4.5 underdog and didn’t cover the spread.
Diana Taurasi leads the team both in scoring with 18.7 ppg and in assists made with 4.5 per game. Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins-Smith add 17.7 ppg apiece.
Mystics finished the regular season with a 9-13 record (10-11-1 ATS) and were 8th in the WNBA. They have four consecutive wins. In their last game they won Atlanta, 85-78. They were a 6-point favorite and managed to beat the odds.
Myisha Hines-Allen leads the team both in scoring with 17 ppg and in rebounding with 8.9 per game. Aerial Powers adds 16.3 ppg and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Phoenix won both meetings against the Washington this season.
They won once by 22 points and once by just one.
Mercury are better both offensively (86.1 to 80) and in field goal percentage (45% to 43.3%).
They also grab more rebounds (39.8 to 36.8) and dish more assists (20.4 to 19.7).
On the other hand, Mystics are better defensively (81.5 to 84.1 ppg) and in turnovers committed (13.7 to 15.2).
Both teams have a similar 3-point percentage (34.3% to 34.1%).
Bookmakers give the Mercury a -5.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They are superior than the Mystics and they will surely win by more than 6 points tonight and advance to the next round.
Mystics vs Mercury Prediction: Phoenix Mercury -5.5 (-114)