In this all-Western battle between two teams sitting on the bottom three places of the conference, the second-worse Phoenix Mercury (15-16), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the third-worse Seattle Storm (16-15), who on the other hand want to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 09-03-2018 22:00 EDT
Spread: Phoenix Mercury -2.5
Phoenix Mercury have a 15-16 record (17-13-1 ATS) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the Western Conference. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against Chicago with a 78-105 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Brittney Griner with 20.7 ppg, adding 7.3 boards per game. She is followed by DeWanna Bonner with 17.9 ppg and a team high 7.9 boards per game.
Seattle Storm have a 16-15 record (16-14-1 ATS) so far this season and currently sit in the fourth place of the Western conference. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against Atlanta with a 92-75 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Natasha Howard with 18 ppg, adding a team high 8.1 boards per game. She is followed by Jewel Lloyd with 12.2 ppg.
Both teams are tied 1-1 wins so far this season (Mercury won on the road by 2 points and Storm at home by 9). Mercury are 9-5 at home so far season, while the Storm are 5-9 on the road. Mercury are better offensively, scoring 76.5 ppg to Storm’s 74.7, while Storm are better defensively, allowing 74.7 ppg to Mercury’s 76.6. Both teams have almost identical percentages both in field goals (42.1% to 42%) and in 3-pointers (33.4% to 33%). Mercury are better in dimes made (18 to 17.4), in turnovers committed (13 to 15.8) and in boards grabbed (32.9 to 32.1). Bookmakers give the Mercury a -2.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Seattle Storm vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction: Phoenix Mercury -2.5 (-110)
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