Minnesota Lynx at Phoenix Mercury 8/10/22 - WNBA Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 08/09/2022 at 10:32 PM ET

Minnesota Lynx at Phoenix Mercury 8/10/22 - WNBA Picks & Predictions

The Minnesota Lynx look for a second consecutive victory when visiting the Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday. Minnesota is 13-20 following its 81-71 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday. Napheesa Collier made her debut for Minnesota this season while Kaylee McBride scored 20 points to help Minnesota keep their postseason hopes alive. Minnesota is ninth in the playoff standings and one game behind Phoenix which holds the eighth and final spot.

Sylvia Fowles is leading Minnesota in scoring and rebounding with averages of 14.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, while Moriah Jefferson is the leader in assists with an average of 5.0 assists per game. Minnesota has four players averaging double-figures in scoring and as a team is scoring an average of 82.7 points per game.

Phoenix looks for its second consecutive victory when hosting Minnesota on Wednesday. Phoenix is 14-19 and defeated the New York Liberty 76-62 on Saturday. Diamond DeShields was the leading scorer for Phoenix with 25 points, while Shey Peddy scored 20. Phoenix currently holds the eighth and final spot in the WNBA playoff race but is just one game ahead of ninth place Minnesota.

Skylar Diggins-Smith is leading Phoenix in scoring and assists with averages of 19.7 points and 5.5 assists per game, while Brianna Turner is the leading rebounder with an average of 7.0 rebounds per game. Minnesota has five players averaging double-figures in scoring, but one of those five Diana Taurasi will not play for the rest of the regular season. The Mercury are scoring an average of 81.5 points per game.

Minnesota is battling for the eighth and final spot in the WNBA playoff race and a victory over Phoenix on Wednesday will tie the Lynx with the Mercury. Phoenix is playing the remainder of the regular season without veteran point guard Diana Taurasi and will miss her double-digit scoring average as well as playmaking abilities. Phoenix has failed to cover the number in four the last six, while Minnesota has covered four the last six. Final Score Prediction, Minnesota Lynx wins and covers ATS 82-77.

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