Just one game in the WNBA today, although it looks to be a pretty decent, as the Las Vegas Aces make the short trip in the desert to face the Phoenix Mercury.
Las Vegas at Phoenix Betting Odds
Oddsmakers aren’t making it easy for us, releasing WNBA lines later and later, but the Aces came out as 6.5-point favorites at William Hill and the total of the game is down a half-point to 167.5. Las Vegas is a hefty -280 on the money line.
Las Vegas Aces
The Aces are off to a bit of a slow start at 2-2, having dropped their first game of the season against Seattle and then winning their next two, only to be upset at home by a very good Connecticut team. The Aces were just 40.7% from the field against the Sun, but the big key was getting Liz Cambage in foul trouble, as the Las Vegas center only played 21:31 and finished with 10 points. The Aces outscored the Sun by 13 points when she was on the floor and were outscored by 20 when she was on the bench.
Las Vegas shoots 47.7% for the season and allow 40.6% on defense. The Aces ride with Cambage, but have some other talented players. They weren’t able to overcome her absence last time out, however.
The Mercury are also 2-2 on the season, having won at Minnesota and at Washington. The Mercury have had a few days to get ready for this one, as they last played May 21, which has been a profitable situation over the years, with a rested home dog covering the number 55.5% of the time with four days or more in between games.
Brittney Griner had a brutal game against the Sun in the loss at home and the Mercury’s two losses have both come against Connecticut. Diana Turasi had a decent game, as did Skylar Diggins-Smith, but they didn’t get much help, as they were the only two players in double figures. The Mercury did have 4,100 fans at the game.
Las Vegas Aces at Phoenix Mercury Pick
I have this one 87-83 for the Aces, so will take the Mercury +6.5 in this one. Typically a good team at home, the Mercury should look to make some amends for a dismal home effort last game. Should be a good game here.