Stephen Nover - Chicago Sky vs Phoenix Mercury

Stephen Nover's WNBA Playoff Game of the Year

Handicapper
Stephen Nover
League
WNBA
Competition
Chicago Sky vs Phoenix Mercury
Time
10/13/2021 09:00 PM
Bet Type
Point Spread
Pick
Phoenix Mercury -3.5 (-110) (William Hill)
Outcome
Win
Analysis
This really is a must-win spot for Phoenix. If the Mercury lose they trail 2-0 in the best-of-five WNBA championship series and have to play in Chicago for Game 3. The Sky are playing their best ball. Granted. But they were in a great spot for Game 1 when they defeated the Mercury, 91-77, this past Sunday. Chicago had been idle for four days having taken out Connecticut in four games. The Mercury, meanwhile, had to come back and defeat Las Vegas on the road this past Friday to win the five-game Western Conference series. The Mercury were still feeling physically and mentally exhausted from nipping the Aces, 87-84, while being forced to play for the third time in five days. Now, though, the Mercury have had a chance to regroup. Brittney Griner gives Phoenix a dominating inside presence. Griner is having a strong postseason averaging 20.9 points and 9.3 rebounds. I don't see veteran stars Griner, Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith losing this clutch game and getting swept at home.

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