WNBA spread pick and prediction:
Betting Odds – Phoenix (-3.5), Over/Under (164)
The 2020 WNBA schedule has been action packed to start the season for both the Phoenix Mercury and the Washington Mystics. For the Mystics after winning the 2019-2020 WNBA championship, the return to the playoffs and a chance to repeat has started slow as the team has won just of their first 11 contests. In the end the Phoenix Mercury vs Washington Mystics spread pick and prediction will look to be a difficult one to make heading into their matchup on Sunday. The slow start currently has the team sitting just outside of the 8th and final spot in the WNBA playoff seedings. In the WNBA playoff standings structure the best eight teams from either the Western or Eastern Conference make the playoffs.
Meanwhile the Mercury, started off the season read hot winning six of their first ten games before dropping back to back games heading into Friday August 21st, 2020. Despite their recent two game losing streak the Mercury are holding onto the sixth seed in the WNBA playoff standings just ahead of the Indiana Fever who are 5-7 on the year. Their recent success has made the Mercury a fan favorite WNBA spread pick.
When looking at this matchup the Mercury are loaded with star power that includes four players different players averaging over 15 points per game. That includes Britney Griner (17.7 ppg), Diana Taurasi (16.8 ppg), Skylar Diggins-Smith (15.1) and Bria Hartley (15.0 ppg). Meanwhile on the other side, the Mystics are led by Myisha Hines-Allen who is averaging 15 points a game to go with nearly eight rebounds (7.6 rpg).
Here is an WNBA spread pick, preview and prediction for the Phoenix Mercury vs Washington Mystics on Sunday August 23rd, 2020:
Phoenix Mercury vs Washington Mystics Injury Report
Phoenix Mercury – The Mercury enter the weekend with a very clean injury report that includes none of their key starters for the matchup.
Washington Mystics – The 2020 WNBA season has been filled with injuries as the team is without star Aerial Powers who is out for the season while Kiara Leslie and Shey Peddy are both listed as questionable for the weekend.
Phoenix Mercury vs Washington Mystics Betting Trends
Overall Against the Spread Trends – Entering the weekend, the favorite has been the solid bet for sports handicappers while making them the easy spread pick for sports handicappers when making their WNBA predictions and sports bet. On the year the favorite have gone 43-27-2 against the spread while the underdog has covered the spread in just 27 of the first 72 games of the season.
Overall Over vs Under Trends – On the year teams around the WNBA have covered the over in just 36 of the first 72 contests on record while the under has been the final outcome 36 times.
Phoenix Mercury Betting Trends – Entering the weekend the Mercury have been solid against the spread as the favorite covering the spread in four of their last five contests while also posting an 11-5 mark against the spread dating back to last season playing on one day’s rest.
Washington Mystics Betting Trends– The Mystics enter the weekend struggling to cover the spread over their past eight contests posting a 0-7-1 mark. In addition to their overall success against the spread the Mystics have an 0-6 record against the spread with only one days rest and this will be the case on Sunday after the team takes the court on Friday.
Phoenix Mercury (-3.5) vs Washington Mystics (+3.5)
CentSports Free WNBA Spread Pick – Phoenix Mercury
CentSports Phoenix Mercury vs Washington Mystics Prediction: On paper if both of these teams were at full staff it had the potential to be a blockbuster matchup. That said, the Mercury have the advantage in this matchup as they have the healthier team as well as they are led by four solid All-Star candidates. In the end, the Mystics just don’t have the depth and health to compete in this matchup.