Date/Time: 07-23-2018 22:00 EDT
Spread: Phoenix Mercury -6.5
In this battle between the second-worse teams of each conference, the 5th in the West Phoenix Mercury (9-8), looking to extend their current small winning streak, are hosting the 5th in the East Indiana Fever (6-14), who on the other hand are struggling mightily and have won only once in their last ten games.
Phoenix Mercury have a 9-8 record (7-9-1 ATS) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against Dallas with a 70-66 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Brittney Griner with 18.9 ppg, adding 7.2 boards per game. She is followed by DeWanna Bonner with 18.5 ppg and a team high 7.7 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersIndiana Fever have a 6-14 record (10-10 ATS) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the Eastern Conference. They have lost 9 of their last 10 matches and in their last game they lost on the road against Chicago with a 70-78 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kelsey Mitchell with 13.3 ppg, followed by Erica Wheeler with 12 ppg and a team high 5.7 dimes per game.
The Mercury have won both previous meetings against the Fever this season (at home by 22 points and on the road by 7). Mercury are 5-2 at home so far season, while the Fever are 4-6 on the road. Fever are better offensively, scoring 77.2 ppg to Mercury’s 72.9, while Mercury are better defensively, allowing 73.2 ppg to Fever’s 79.6. Fever have better percentages both in field goals (41.9% to 40.8%) and in 3-pointers (33.7% to 32.4%). Both teams dish exactly 16.5 dimes per game, while Mercury are better in turnovers committed (12.1 to 13.3) and Fever are better in boards grabbed (35.8 to 32.5). Bookmakers give the Mercury a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home win.
Indiana Fever vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction: Phoenix Mercury -6.5 (-110)