Date/Time: 06-30-2018 19:00 EDT
Spread: Seattle Storm +2.5
In this all-Western showdown, two squads sitting on opposite sides of the conference table are clashing, when the team with the best record currently in the West, the Seattle Storm (8-5), who have lost only once in their last 4 games, are hosting the second-worse Phoenix Mercury (4-5), who also want to extend their current small winning streak.
Seattle Storm have an 8-5 record (7-5-1 ATS) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the West. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won at home against Chicago with a 79-76 score. They are led in scoring by Natasha Howard with 18.5 ppg, adding a team high 9.2 boards per game. She is followed by Jewel Lloyd with 15.8 ppg and 3.1 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersPhoenix Mercury have a 4-5 record (4-4-1 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 at home against Indiana with a 91-69 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeWanna Bonner with 20.2 ppg, adding 3.2 dimes and a team high 7.9 boards per game. She is followed by Brittney Griner with 17.2 ppg and 7 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Seattle won at home with a 77-68 score. Seattle are 5-0 at home so far season, while the Mercury are 1-4 on the road. Mercury are better offensively, scoring 74.9 ppg to Storm’s 74.1, while Storm are better defensively, allowing 72.1 ppg to Mercury’s 75.9. Mercury have better percentages both in field goals (41.8% to 41.3%) and in 3-pointers (37.2% to 30.2%). They are also better in dimes made (17.2 to 16.2) and in turnovers committed (13.7 to 14.2), while Storm are better in boards grabbed (32.5 to 32). Bookmakers give the Mercury a -2.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick the Storm for the home victory.
Phoenix Mercury vs Seattle Storm Prediction: Seattle Storm +2.5 (-114)