The Mercury have benefited from playing six games at home, but face three road games in five nights. Phoenix’s only road game could be considered a red flag: an 18-point loss in Sacramento’s only win.
The Silver Stars are 0-4 against the spread, 1-3 straight up, and — perhaps most pertinent — 1-1 when Becky Hammon isn’t playing for the Russian nationals and Vickie Johnson isn’t on bereavement.
In other words, Wednesday’s game is between two teams we’ve seen very little of: Mercury on the road, Stars with a full roster. Maybe this is a good game to lay off.