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WNBA odds preview - Lynx vs. Mercury

Minnesota LynxPhoenix Mercury
Aug 9, 10:00 PM | US Airways Center

Minnesota Lynx vs Phoenix Mercury Odds

16-4TEAM RECORD11-9

Minnesota pays a visit to Phoenix on Tuesday, hoping to send the Mercury to a loss while also covering the spread in WNBA action at US Airways Center.

The Mercury sport records of 11-9 and 10-9-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Lynx sit at 16-4 and 12-8 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 11-9 for the Mercury and 9-10-1 for the Lynx.

View Minnesota vs Phoenix Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Mercury installed as 1.5-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks at 186.5.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Phoenix's No. 1-ranked offense (90.8 PPG) against a Lynx defense that ranks No. 3 at 74 PPG. The Mercury have averaged 47% from the field per game, more than the Lynx have managed so far this season (45.6% on average).

Defensively, the Lynx feature the league's No. 3-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.6 points per game. Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the league in scoring at home.

The Lynx were an 84-78 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Sparks. They failed to cover the 7.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (162) made winners of OVER bettors. Minnesota earned an 84-78 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday, getting 24 points from Lindsay Whalen at STAPLES Center.

Last time out for Phoenix, they were a 96-95 loser as they battled the Sun at home. The Mercury failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point favorite, while 191 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Diana Taurasi scored 29 points for Phoenix on Sunday, but the Sun managed a 96-95 victory over the Mercury at US Airways Center.

Minnesota Lynx Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Chicago are 2-7
After playing Los Angeles are 5-5
After a win are 9-1

Phoenix Mercury Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Atlanta are 6-1
After playing Connecticut are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few Lynx at Mercury trends to consider:
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing Minnesota
Phoenix is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Phoenix's last 11 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota at Chicago, Friday, August 12
Phoenix home to Atlanta, Thursday, August 11

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