Lady luck: Friday's best WNBA bets
Phoenix Mercury at Connecticut Sun (-5, 180)
While the Phoenix Mercury have dropped four straight games against the spread, they’re still in the middle of the Western Conference’s tight playoff race.
This upcoming road trip is a big one, but the Mercury could be in a tough spot if WNBA leading scorer Diana Taurasi’s back spasms don’t let up. She missed her second consecutive game Tuesday, a 74-70 loss to New York.
"We're a scared team right now, playing without Diana," guard Alexis Gray-Lawson told reporters. "Just imagine if she comes back, we'll be even better. So (we) can't wait till she gets back."
Taurasi’s currently listed as questionable, but you have to think that even if she does play, she probably won’t be 100 percent.
Connecticut is averaging 91 points per game over its last five, about 13 points more than its season average. The Sun should be able to get this done at home. Pick:
SunSan Antonio Silver Stars at Minnesota Lynx (-8, 151.5)
The Silver Stars have dropped each of their last four games, covering just once during the slump. Snapping that slide could be a tall order against the league-leading Lynx.
San Antonio is coming off a disappointing 63-55 loss at Seattle that showcased the club’s spotty offense. The Silver Stars shot just 32 percent from the floor and managed just nine points in the opening quarter.
"We have to build from this. We came out aggressive and had a mentality that was focused and determined. This next game against Minnesota, we just have to carry that over," forward Sophia Young said. "Obviously these next couple of games are important for us to win so we have to get it in our minds that it's a must-win."
We’re not buying into the desperation routine. Pick: