Washington Mystics vs. Phoenix Mercury - 9/15/20 WNBA Picks and Prediction
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Mercury vs. Mystics
WNBA Basketball: Tuesday, September 15th at 9:00 PM ET
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The Washington Mystics and Phoenix Mercury face off on Tuesday in a first round playoff game. This is a single elimination game with the winner moving on and the loser going home.These two teams faced off twice inside the bubble and the Mystics were able to win each of the games.
Washington has been up and down inside the bubble but a strong finish to the season has allowed them a postseason berth. Coming into this game the Mystics have won four games in a row and the last win they needed to even qualify for the playoffs. The last game was against the Atlanta Dream and Washington stepped up putting up 85 points and that led to a seven point victory. On the season the Mystics are averaging 80 points per game while the defense is giving up 81.5 points per game. This is a team that has dealt with all kinds of injuries this season and if they were fully healthy, this would be the best team in the WNBA. Myshia Hiles-Allen has been the best offensive player averaging 17 points while shooting 42.6 percent from the field.
On the other side of this matchup is the Phoenix Mercury who come into this game having won seven of their last nine games. In the Mercury’s last game that they lost, they rested their best players and that led to the defeat. On the season the Mercury are averaging 86.1 points per game while shooting 45 percent from the field. The Mercury are giving up 84.1 points per game while shooting 42.5 percent from the field. Diana Taurasi comes into this game averaging 18.7 points per game while shooting 40.9 percent from the field. Skyler Diggins-Smith has also found a lot of success this season averaging 17.7 points per game while shooting 474 percent from the field.
The Mercury are the better team and they have more playmakers on this team. Look for Taurasi and Diggins-Smith to have a big game and that will be enough to come away with a big victory in this game.