Phoenix Mercury vs Minnesota Lynx 8/21/20 - WNBA Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/21/2020 at 10:48 AM ET

Phoenix Mercury vs Minnesota Lynx 8/21/20 - WNBA Picks & Predictions

The Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury meet up and both teams come in on streaks, the Lynx have two in a row and three of their last four. The Lynx are coming off a solid 91-84 win over the Dallas Wings to improve their record on the season to 8-3 on the year. The Mercury comes in on a two-game losing streak, falling 83-74 to the LA Sparks their last time out and dropping back to .500 on the year at 6-6. 

The Mercury are one of the best offenses in the WNBA this season coming in averaging 86.7 points per game ranking 3rd in the MLB this season. Center Brittaney Griner leads Phoenix in scoring with 17.7 points per game and rebounding with 7.5 per game. The Mercury have three other players averaging 15 or more points, including starting point guard Diana Taurasi who averages 16.8 points per game while contributing a team-high in assists with 5.6 per game. 

Minnesota comes in averaging 81.3 points per game, the 7th ranked scoring offense in the WNBA this season. As a team the Lynx shoot the three-ball exceptionally well, shooting 37% as a team which is the third-best clip in the WNBA. Leading the Lynx in scoring is Napheesa Collier who averages 15.2 points per game and adds 8.7 rebounds, good for second on the team. The Lynx will be missing Sylvia Fowles in this game who was averaging a WNBA high 9.7 rebounds per game while adding in 14.6 points per game. 

The Lynx frontcourt is one of the best defensively in the league and it shows allowing 75.9 points per game, ranking 2nd in the WNBA in scoring defense. Opposing teams are shooting 42.3% from the field, which also ranks the Lynx second in the WNBA this year. The Mystics have allowed 81.8 points per game ranking 6th in scoring defense.

The Mercury have really struggled as of late dropping their last two games while the Lynx seem to have found their groove and are now sitting in second place in the Western Conference. However, without Fowles the Lynx will have real trouble stopping Brittney Griner and the balanced and deep scoring attack of the Mercury. Minnesota's defense is one of the best in the WNBA, but without Fowles to neutralize Griner, the Mercury will have plenty of opportunities and take advantage. Phoneix stops the losing streak and get back on track with a win. Final score prediction, Phoenix Mercury win 92-86. 

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