The interconference showdown from Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, will see the Connecticut Sun (16-8) taking on the Phoenix Mercury (11-12) this Wednesday night.
Layshia Clarendon is the only player injured for Connecticut Sun.
Phoenix Mercury has 5 injured players: Diana Taurasi, Alanna
Smith, Essence Carson, Sancho Lyttle,
and Brittney Griner who is questionable due to possible suspension.
What’s at Stake?
Two squads sitting on opposite sides of their respective conference are clashing today, when the second-worse in the West Phoenix Mercury (11-12), who have won only once in their last 5 games, is hosting the 2nd in the East Connecticut Sun (16-8), who are looking to end their current small losing streak and return to the winning ways as well.
Phoenix Mercury has lost in their last game at home against
Dallas with a 77-80 score, and they are
currently sitting in the second to last place of the Western Conference.
Connecticut Sun has back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against Las Vegas with an 81-89 score, and they currently sit in the second place of the Eastern Conference.
The Sun have won both previous meetings against the Mercury this season, both at home and by an average of 10.5 points.
The Suns had troubles with shooting making only 37% of their field goals including 29% for three points (5-17). On the other side, Mercury made 40% of its field goals and had 25% for three points (5-20).
Connecticut averages 78.6 points per game this season (5th in the WNBA), with the shooting of 41% ( 10th in the league). The Sun allows 76.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 6th in the WNBA. Opponents average 34.0 rebounds a game which ranks them 5th in the league.
Phoenix is tallying 75.8 points per game (9th in the league) while making 42% of their field goals (6th in the league). On the other side, the Mercury are allowing 75.4 points per game which ranks them 4th in the WNBA.
Britney Griner is leading the way for the Suns, averaging 19.4 points and 7 rebounds per contest, while DeWanna Bonner is averaging 18 points and 7.4 rebounds.
Phoenix Mercury is led in scoring by Jonquel Jones with 15.1 ppg, adding a team-high 10.3 boards per game. She is followed by Courtney Williams with 11.8 ppg, 5.3 boards and 3.4 dimes per game.
The Suns will be listed as strong favorites for a reason, but Phoenix has improved a lot since their previous H2H matchup, so I expect to see a thrilling battle. Still, I would go with the hosts to win and cover the spread. The Mercury are covering the spread 50.0% of the time at Talking Stick Resort Arena, going 6-6 against the spread.
Likewise, I would take the under on the totals, and it seems like a better pick than the Mercury to cover. Both teams play well offensively and at the defensive end. Furthermore, these two teams have been a bad Over option with Suns having gone 10-14, and Mercury having gone 10-13.