Two squads sitting on opposite sides of their respective conference are clashing today, when the team that currently holds the best record in the whole WNBA, the Washington Mystics (9-4), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the second-worse in the West Phoenix Mercury (6-6), who on the other hand have lost only once in their last 5 games.
Date/Time: 07-10-2018 11:30 EDT
Spread: Washington Mystics -8
Washington Mystics have a 9-4 record (8-5 ATS) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the whole league. In their last game they saw a five-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against Los Angeles with an 81-98 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Elena Delle Donne with 15.8 ppg, adding a team high 8.2 boards per game. She is followed by Emma Meesseman with 13.3 ppg and 4.3 boards per game.
Phoenix Mercury have a 6-6 record (5-6-1 ATS) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the West. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won at home against Atlanta with a 65-63 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Brittney Griner with 19.6 ppg and 7.5 boards per game. She is followed by DeWanna Bonner with 18.5 ppg, adding 2.8 dimes and a team high 7.8 boards per game.
In their three meetings last season the Mystics led the Mercury 2-1 wins with each team winning on the road (Mercury won by 10). Mystics are 4-1 at home so far season, while the Mercury are 2-4 on the road. Mystics are better offensively, scoring a league-best of 86.4 ppg to Mercury’s 73.7, while Mercury are better defensively, allowing 74.4 ppg to Mystics’ 75.1. Mystics have better percentages both in field goals (45.5% to 40.8%) and in 3-pointers (34.6% to 33.5%). They are also better in dimes made (20.6 to 16.4) and in turnovers committed (11.4 to 12.7), while Mercury are better in boards grabbed (32.7 to 32). Bookmakers give the Mystics a -8 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home win.
Phoenix Mercury vs Washington Mystics Prediction: Washington Mystics -8 (-112)
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