WNBA Odds – Lynx Goes After Record 10th Straight Against Mercury

by Dirty on June 15, 2012

Betting on Mercury WNBA Basketball



by Charles Jay 



Who can possibly stop the Minnesota Lynx?


With a perfect 9-0 record and an average victory margin of 14 points, the defending champions have just tied the WNBA record for most wins at the start of the season. Of course, they have had to be that good, with the Los Angeles Sparks (who set that record twice in earlier years) on their tail with a 6-1 mark. They next meet up with Candace Parker’s team on July 5, and that has the potential to be a scintillating return match, as the Sparks hit 49% from the field – the highest percentage against Minnesota this season – and covered the nine-point WNBA betting spread, albeit in a nine-point loss, back on May 24.


For now, it is time to take care of immediate business, which means a meeting with the Phoenix Mercury, in which the Lynx can set the league standard for most wins to start the year. The game tips off at 10 PM ET at the US Airways Center. In the WNBA odds at BetAnySports.com, they’re laying a ton:


WNBA – Minnesota Lynx (9-0 SU,  6-3 ATS) at  Phoenix Mercury (2-5 SU, 1-6 ATS)

Friday, June 15 – 10 PM ET

US Airways Center – Phoenix, AZ


BetAnySports.com odds: Minnesota -11.5, Phoenix +11.5

Total:  171.5 (-110 each way)



It has been very difficult to hold Minnesota below 50% shooting; in fact, it has been done only once this season, en route to 53% overall accuracy, which leads the league by a pretty wide margin. In the early going, they are the leaders in several other categories as well: three-point shooting (43.1%), assists (19.3), field goal percentage defense (38.8%), scoring (86.7 ppg) and scoring defense (72.9 ppg).


Saturday night’s game brought some anxious moments in the first half against the winless Tulsa Shock, but Maya Moore, last season’s rookie of the year, took control with fourteen points in the third quarter on her way to 26 for the game, and it was soon over.


Moore, a four-time All-American at UConn, where she led her team to a pair of national titles, was the #1 pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft, and was able to quickly find her place on a team that was loaded, scoring a little more than 13 points a game last season. This year she’s up to 14.7 ppg over the first nine games, and is a dazzling 49% from three-point range.


Her progress is one of the factors that allows the Lynx to play without one of their other stars, at least for short periods.


Seimone Augustus, who has averaged close to twenty points a game since joining the Lynx back in 2006, has been hampered by a strained quadriceps, and has sat out the last couple of victories. Of course, coach Cheryl Reeve can afford to be careful with the former LSU All-American, because there is quite a bit of depth on the roster. The concern has been whether she’d be ready for Friday’s game against the Mercury, who the Lynx beat in the Western Conference finals last year, but it appears all systems are “go.”


Phoenix, which will come into the game with a 2-5 record (1-6 against the WNBA odds), has a talented scoring duo with Candice Dupree (18.1 ppg) and DeWanna Bonner (18.6 ppg), but they are still without Diana Taurasi, the living WNBA legend who is out with a strained hip flexor. They have lost four out of the last five games in her absence, and although she is supposed to be alright in time for the Olympics, she was be considered doubtful to make post on Friday.



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