Date/Time: 08-04-2018 18:00 EDT
Spread: Phoenix Mercury +6
Two squads sitting on opposite sides of their respective conference are clashing today, when the second-worse in the West Phoenix Mercury (10-10), looking to end their current small losing streak, are hosting the 2nd in the East Washington Mystics (14-6), who on the other hand want to extend a winning streak of their own.
Phoenix Mercury have a 10-10 record (10-9-1 ATS) so far this season and are currently tied with Minnesota in the fourth of the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against Connecticut with a 62-68 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeWanna Bonner with 19.1 ppg, adding a team high 7.4 boards per game. She is followed by Brittney Griner with 19 ppg and 7.1 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersWashington Mystics have a 14-6 record (11-9 ATS) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the Eastern Conference. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against Seattle with a 99-79 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Elena Delle Donne with 18.7 ppg, adding a team high 8.5 boards per game. She is followed by Kristi Toliver with 13.6 ppg and a team high 5.7 dimes per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once (Mercury on the road by 23 points and Mystics at home by 6). Mercury are 6-2 at home so far season, while the Mystics are 8-3 on the road. Mystics are better offensively, scoring a league-best of 86.8 ppg to Mercury’s 74.5, while Mercury are better defensively, allowing 74.4 ppg to Mystics’ 77.4. Mystics have better percentages both in field goals (45% to 41.4%) and in 3-pointers (34.1% to 33.8%). They are also better in dimes made (20.8 to 17.6), in turnovers committed (11.4 to 12.4) and in boards grabbed (32.3 to 31.7). Bookmakers give the Mystics a -6 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win against an inferior Mercury team.
Washington Mystics vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction: Washington Mystics -6 (-109)