Mercury Hosts Storm to Start WNBA 2nd Half

Phoenix Mercury Basketball

Mercury Look to Get on Winning Track

The Seattle Storm and the Phoenix Mercury will kick off the unofficial start of the WNBA 2nd half on Tuesday. They meet at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Oddsmakers opened the Storm as 0-point favorites versus the Mercury, while the game’s total opened at 166. The line is now Phoenix -3.5 and the total is at 167.

The Mercury were Losers of six of their last seven games. That included three straight at home to end the first half of the season. Phoenix is now just thinking about survival in their WNBA playoff hunt.

Before their recent skid the Mercury were 14-5 and challenging the Seattle Storm for the best record in the WNBA. It is no coincidence the skid coincides with losing power forward Sancho Lyttle to a season-ending knee injury June 30.

The Mercury are now 15-11 and only one game ahead of the No. 8 (and final playoff) team Connecticut.

Mercury Has Most of Starters Back

The Mercury lost their last game. It was a 101-87 setback against Chicago. They were without veteran guard Diana Taurasi, who served a one-game suspension for excessive technical fouls. Fellow All-Star Brittney Griner also ejected in the third quarter of the game.

Taurasi, Griner and All-Star forward DeWanna Bonner will be together again for the matchup against Seattle. The Storm sit atop the WNBA with a 19-7 record.

The Mercury on Monday signed 28-year-old forward Devereaux Peters to a seven-day contract. They hope to make up for the loss of Lyttle. Peters was originally selected with the third overall pick of the 2012 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx.

Peters will make her 2018 WNBA debut with the Mercury as she enters into her sixth WNBA season.

Storm Look to Take Control of West

Last time out for Seattle, they were a 92-72 winner as they battled the Indiana Fever on the road. The Storm covered in the match as a -11-point favorite. The 164 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Seattle is 1-1 against the Mercury this season. This includes an 87-71 win in Phoenix on May 23. They are preparing to face a hungry team with only eight regular-season games remaining.

Storm forward Breanna Stewart leads the WNBA averaging 22.8 points a game.

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