Phoenix Mercury vs Washington Mystics 5/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Phoenix Mercury vs Washington Mystics 5/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Washington Mystics are hosting the Phoenix Mercury at the Entertainment & Sports Arena in Washington on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 8:00 ET. The Mystics finished in the 8th place of the league last season, taking the last ticket for the playoffs. But they got eliminated in the first round by today’s opponents Phoenix Mercury in an extremely close game with an 84-85 score. Both squads are looking to bounce back after their latest defeats this season.

The Mystics finished last season with a 9-13 record and were placed third in the East but eighth overall. In the opening game of this season they lost by Chicago Sky at home with a 56-70 score. They had one of the worse shooting games in recent memory, connecting with just 25% of their shots from the field and with 13% from behind the arc. Only Tina Charles managed to score double digits with 14, adding 6 rebounds. 

Myisha Hines-Allen led the team both in scoring last season with 17 ppg and in rebounding with 8.9 per game. Aerial Powers followed with 16.3 ppg and 4.8 rebounds per game.  

Mystics had the second-worse offense in the WNBA last season with 80 ppg, while allowing 81.5 ppg defensively. They had a 43.3% field goal percentage and a 34.1% 3-point percentage.

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Phoenix Mercury vs Washington Mystics Predictions 5/18/2021

The Mercury have a 1-1 record so far this season and are sitting on top of the Western Conference. They are coming off a road defeat against the Connecticut Sun with a 78-86 score. Three of their players had 16+ points, led by Diana Taurasi with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Skylar Diggins-Smith followed with 18 points and 4 assists. 

Diggins-Smith leads the team in scoring with 18 ppg, adding 4.5 assists per game. Taurasi follows with 16.5 ppg. 6 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists per game.  

Mercury average 77.5 ppg offensively and allow 80.5 ppg defensively. They have a 42.4% field goal percentage and a 26.7% 3-point percentage. 

Phoenix Mercury won all three matchups against the Washington Mystics last year. They won the only road game with an 87-88 score. They are 4-2 against the spread in their previous six matchups. Over is 6-1 in their previous seven overall matchups and 6-1 in their previous 7 in Washington. Over is 23-9 in their previous 32 total matchups. Mystics had a 5-6 home record last season, while the Mercury were 7-4 on the road. All of their three games this season combined have been under 164 points that is today’s total. I’m going to pick under the total today.

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Phoenix Mercury vs Washington Mystics 5/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 8:00 ET 

Location: Entertainment & Sports Arena in Washington, WA

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021

TV: –

WNBA Odds/Point Spread: Washington Mystics -2 

WNBA Totals: +164

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