Sunday, October 17 2021

In Wednesday night’s WNBA games, the Phoenix Mercury are playing against the Atlanta Dream and the Minnesota Lynx are facing the Las Vegas Aces; free WNBA picks today are available. All table odds were retrieved from Bovada. The Mercury-Dream matchup begins at 7 p.m. ET inside the Gateway Center Arena. Phoenix are nine-point favorites. For the Lynx-Aces matchup, this game starts at 9 p.m. ET at the Michelob Ultra Arena. Las Vegas are four-point favorites.

Mercury vs. Dream preview, prediction and free pick

In Mercury’s 86-81 win over the Indiana Fever, center Brittney Griner led the team on the stat sheet, finishing her performance with 21 points, 10 rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes played. Forward Kia Nurse had 19 points, three rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes played. They are now entering this game against the Dream with an 18-10 overall record for the season.

As for the Dream, they earned their seventh win on Sunday, defeating the Dallas Wings 69-64. Their current record is now 7-20. Forward Tiffany Hayes ended her performance with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes played. Guard Courtney Williams had 17 points, five rebounds and two assists. Atlanta held Dallas to only 12 points in the opening quarter. For a reminder, other free WNBA picks are accessible at Basketball Insiders.

Injuries:

Mercury: Diana Taurasi is listed as doubtful for tonight’s game due to an ankle injury.

Dream: Cheyenne Parker is out for the season, Crystal Bradford is out for the season, Chennedy Carter is out indefinitely due to a suspension and Tianna Hawkins was downgraded to out due to a foot injury.

Moreover, the Mercury are 17-10-1 at the spread this season. They are 6-7-1 at home and 11-3 away. Plus, the team is 5-0 straight up in their last five games played. In their past eight games on the road, they are 7-1 ATS. On the flip side, the Dream are 1-11 in their previous twelve games played. Additionally, the total has gone under in Atlanta’s last five games.

Not to mention, the team is 1-6 in their past seven home games. Considering Phoenix have won the last five head-to-head games versus Atlanta, they are the obvious choice. It should also go without saying that the Dream are a mess. Pick Mercury to win, they will cover the spread and expect the total to go under 110.

Lynx vs. Aces preview, prediction and free pick

In Minnesota’s 93-75 blowout win over Washington Mystics, forward Napheesa Collier finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes played. Aerial Powers ranked second on the team in scoring, putting up 20 points, along with three rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes played. The team improved their record to 18-9.

Now, in the Aces’ 92-84 loss versus the Chicago Sky, Kelsey Plum earned 23 points, three rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes played. Forward A’ja Wilson concluded her showing with 18 points, 12 rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes played. Afterwards, Las Vegas fell to 20-8, obtaining only their eighth loss of the season.

Injuries:

Lynx: Layshia Clarendon was downgraded to out for tonight’s game due to a leg injury. Both Damiris Dantas and Rennia Davis are out for the season due to foot injuries as well.

Aces: Angel McCoughtry was downgraded to out because of a knee injury, but of course, Dearica Hamby was upgraded to probable. To add to the list, Liz Cambage was downgraded to out. She tested positive for COVID-19 one week ago.

The Lynx are 15-11-1 ATS this season. They are also 6-7 ATS on the road. In Minnesota’s last five games played, they haven’t lost. To add to that, the team is 5-2 ATS in their past seven away games. The total has gone over in 17 of Minnesota’s previous 24 away games, too.

Upon further review of the Aces’ betting trends, the team is 6-2 straight up in their last eight games. The total has gone over in 15 of their past 23 games. Not only are they 10-2 in their previous 12 games played at home, the total has gone over in seven of the last nine home games. Pick the Lynx to win and the total will go under 164.5. There are only two games on today for free WNBA picks.

Source: Basketball Insider

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