Mercury And Lynx To Hold The Lead At Half-Time

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 3:13 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2019 3:13 PM UTC

We are starting a little WNBA bankroll finally after a nice stretch of picks last week. However, the women of the W had a few days off over the last few days, so will that derail our momentum? Hell no! Let’s kick the books ass again with a pair of winning WNBA Picks!
<div><div style="text-align:right"><em><strong>Jordan’s WNBA Picks: </strong>20-17-1</em></div><h2> </h2><h2><strong>Dallas Wings at Phoenix Mercury</strong></h2><div><a href="" target="_blank" title="Dallas Wings vs Phoenix Mercury Odds Board"><strong>Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 03:30 PM EDT</strong></a></div><p>Diana Taurasi sat out the Mercury’s last game in Minnesota, but after a few days off to rest, she should be back in there in her first home game of the season. That kind of anticipation could mean a lot to the Mercury. Despite it being camp day, that stadium will be loud with cheers for Taurasi.</p><p>On top of all that, the Mercury have played much better at home this season and that should be even more true with the Wings coming to town in an early-afternoon game.</p><p>However, the full-game spread is pretty sharp. Despite me leaning towards the Mercury in that one, I’m laying off in favor of the first half spread of -4.</p><p>The Wings are allowing 100.3 points per 100 possessions in their first halves this season and on the road, their first half defense gets even worse down to 107.7, which is second-worst in the league.</p><p>Phoenix on the other hand is averaging 99 points per 100 possessions in the first halves of their games, while allowing 92.1. Those are both good enough for third-best in the W right now.</p><p>Predictably, those numbers get better in Phoenix, with a 103.4 first half home offensive rating. Even though they have allowed a few more points per 100 possessions at home, this Dallas team is one of the worst in the league offensively without Skylar Diggins-Smith, so they don’t frighten me enough.<a href="" target="_blank" title="More Sports Picks &amp; Predictions"> I think the energy alone will be enough for Phoenix to cover the 1H</a>, but don’t be surprised if they have close to a double-digit halftime lead.</p><ul> <li><strong>My Pick: Mercury 1H ATS</strong></li> <li><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a></strong></li></ul><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;📸 7.16 | Practice &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;17 de julho de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2><strong>Seattle Storm at Minnesota Lynx</strong></h2><div><a href="" target="_blank" title="Seattle Storm vs Minnesota Lynx Odds Board"><strong>Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 08:00 PM EDT</strong></a></div><p>Both of these teams are extremely good defensively and the WNBA Odds are showing that right now. However, they may also be a lot more even than the full-game <a href="" target="_blank" title="WNBA Odds Board">WNBA Odds</a> are suggesting. The Storm are not to be undervalued, but with all of their injuries, it’s hard to trust them on the road.</p><p>The Lynx may be one of the more banged up teams in the. League, but that hasn’t stopped them from being money at home in almost all facets this season.</p><p>This has been especially true in the first halves of their home games. The Lynx have an 87.8 home defensive rating in the first half, which is the best first half defense in the league right now.</p><p>Seattle on the other hand has shown some cracks in their defense, especially when playing on the road in the first half. They are allowing nearly 100 points per 100 possessions in the first halves of their road games this season.</p><p>With that in mind and with both teams dealing with injuries, I like the home team laying a couple points in the first half. I like the Mercury 1H a lot more though, so I think I’m laying at least 2-3 units on that one and just 1 on the Lynx.</p><ul> <li><strong>My Pick: Lynx 1H ATS</strong></li> <li><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Pinnacle</a></strong></li></ul></div>
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