Phoenix Mercury at Las Vegas Aces 9/28/21 - WNBA Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 09/27/2021 at 8:28 PM ET

Phoenix Mercury at Las Vegas Aces 9/28/21 - WNBA Picks & Predictions

On Tuesday, the Phoenix Mercury visit the Las Vegas Aces for Game 1 of their best-of-five WNBA semifinal series. Phoenix defeated the Seattle Storm 85-80 in the second round of the postseason to reach the semifinals. Brittney Griner was the leading scorer for Phoenix in the overtime victory with 23 points and also grabbed a team-high 16 rebounds. Diana Taurasi came up big late as the veteran point guard scored six points during the overtime.

During the regular season, Brittney Griner was the leading scorer and rebounder for Phoenix with averages of 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Skylar Diggins-Smith was the second-leading scorer and leader in assists with averages of 17.7 points and 5.3 assists per game. Diana Taurasi was the third-leading scorer with an average of 15.2 points per game and one of only three players for Phoenix averaging double-figures in scoring.

Las Vegas received a bye directly to the WNBA semifinals after winning the Western Conference regular-season at 24-8 and finishing second in the WNBA playoff standings behind the Connecticut Sun. Las Vegas won each of it's last four games of the regular season and seven of the last eight including an 84-83 victory over Phoenix in the final game of the regular season.

During the regular season, A’ja Wilson was the leading scorer and rebounder for Las Vegas with averages of 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Liz Cambage was the third leading scorer and second-leading rebounder with averages of 14.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Chelsea Gray was the leader in assists with an average of 5.9 per game.

Las Vegas will be well rested for Game 1 of its best of five semifinal series against Phoenix, while the Mercury have played two postseason games. Las Vegas has covered the number in six of the last nine overall and the Aces have won seven of the last eight straight up. Las Vegas stars A’ja Wilson, Liz Cambage and Chelsea Gray will offset the talented Phoenix front court led by Brittney Griner and the Aces will win and cover at home on Tuesday. Final Score Prediction, Las Vegas Aces win and cover ATS 91-81.

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