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PHO vs IND Dream11 Prediction WNBA Live Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Phoenix Mercury vs Indiana Fever

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PHO vs IND Dream11: The WNBA has reached the halfway stage and we already know the name of the starters. But more than that, this is a crucial period for teams that have fallen behind and they will need to recover quickly as the window is closing. This goes for the Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever both, of who will meet here,

Mercury had not begun in the intended fashion, losing 12 out of their 19 games following a Finals Appearance with a sub-par effort. Not having Griner has exposed the aged legs at the perimeter whereas Tina Charles and Mercury parted ways, to sum up their season. They come into this game after an electric performance, beating the Wings 83:72 as Skylar Diggins-Smith racked up 26 points. Fever has had a terrible start to the season, winning just five out of their 19 games, but have done much better springing two wins in four games. In their last game, they lost the Wings 68:94 in one of the worst performances of the season. Will Mercury exploit their vulnerabilities? #FreeBG

Host: Phoenix Mercury
Visitors: Indiana Fever
Match Timing: 28 June, @ 07:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Footprint Center

WNBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Mercury’s defense can improve

With Tina Charles in the fray, the Mercury’s rotations were not looking on-point and that is why the team decided to part ways and have utilized smaller lineups with more switching capabilities. With Sophie Cunningham in the starting lineup, the Mercury looked like a better defensive team and their offense has improved. Skylar Diggins-Smith is having another riveting season while Taurasi’s offense has been electric. To be honest, the small-ball lineup with Skylar, Diana, Cunningham, Peddy, DeShields, and Turner looked like a strong defensive unit.

Fever needs a lot of work

Indiana Fever has been unable to get their defense going too. Their inside defense has been a travesty whereas their offense has been also erratic for most parts. I believe the current lineup lacks the discipline and experience of playing together and the Fever once again looks far away from a playoff team. In their last game, they were unable to stop both dribble-drives and shooting, whereas as usual, Kelsey Mitchell only showed up to put up points. Fever needs more chemistry together.

Performance Predictions

Highest scorer: Skylar Diggins-Smith: 27
Highest rebounder: Brianna Turner: 10
Top assists maker: Kelsey Mitchell: 6
Score Prediction: Mercury 83 Fever 77

Phoenix Mercury vs Indiana Fever WNBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Dallas Wings Teams News:

  • Satou Sabally is OUT.

Phoenix Mercury Teams News:

  • Brittney Griner, Kia Nurse are OUT.
  • Tina Charles has LEFT the team.

Mercury Expected Starting Five
Post Forward: F: Brianna Turner
Defensive Threat: F: Sophie Cunningham
Two-Way Energy Bunny: G: Shey Peddy
Isolation Scorer: PG: Skylar Diggins-Smith
Playmaking Guard: PG: Diana Taurasi

BENCH: Megan Gustafson, Karlie Samuelson, Diamond DeShields, Sam Thomas, Kristine Anigwe.

Indiana Fever Team News

  • No injuries to report so far.

Fever Expected Starting Five
Two-Way Rookie Forward: PF: NaLyssa Smith
Inside Presence: C: Queen Egbo
High-Scoring Guard: SG: Victoria Vivians
Driving Guard: SG: Danielle Robinson
Primary Ball-Handler: SG: Kelsey Mitchell

BENCH: Alanna Smith, Emily Engstler, Destanni Henderson, Lexie Hull, Alaina Coates, Tiffany Mitchell.

WNBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

NaLyssa Smith(IND)
Points: 04
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 00

Forward NaLyssa was off her game and showed rookie jitters but overall, she is an elite rebounder and scorer. I believe she will be in 11-17 points and 6-11 rebounds range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Prediction scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-32

Skylar Diggins-Smith (PHO)
Points: 26
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 03
Steals: 03
Blocks: 02
Skylar has once again been an impressive campaigner, especially on the offensive end, scoring from multiple areas in a variety of ways. I believe he ill be in 20-27 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-45

Kelsey Mitchell(IND)
Points: 22
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 04

Guard Kelsey is having another All-Star level season and is one of the best scorers in the league. I believe she will be in 18-23 points and 4-8 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31

Diana Taurasi(PHO)
Points: 18
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 02
Diana has been shooting it well whereas she has also done a great job of running the floor and collecting easy points. I believe she will be in 15-22 points range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31

Victoria Vivians(IND)
Points: 10
Rebounds: 03
Assists: 00
Guard Vivians started the season on a high note but her offensive touch has disappeared as of now. I believe she will be in 11-16 points,. 4-7 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 15-24

Diamond DeShields(PHO)
Points: 16
Rebounds: 10
Assists: 03
Steals: 01
Blocks: 01

DeShields was playing with a lot of energy in the last game, hustling hard and being active in all aspects. I believe she will be in 12-17 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-41

PHO vs IND DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

  • Shey Peddy(PHO) had 5 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals in the last game. Guard Peddy brings tremendous energy and has gotten it done. I believe she will be in 7-11 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31
  • Brianna Turner(PHO) had 2 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block in the last game. Brianna is an elite rebounder who can also provide strong defense but is not assertive offensively. I believe she will be in 4-8 points, 8-12 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 10-21
  • Emily Engstler(IND) had 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block in the last game. Emily has shown great promise as a defender and rebounder but she needs more touches on the scoring end. I believe she will be in 5-11 points, 6-11 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 13-23
  • Queen Egbo(IND) had 12 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block in the last game. Queen can become one of the best inside players. I believe she will be in 7-12 points, 6-11 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 13-23
  • Sophie Cunningham(PHO) had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game. Cunningham had a winning performance in the last game on both ends. I believe she will be in 8-14 points and 4-6 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 15-22
  • Megan Gustafson(PHO) had 2 points, 1 steal in the last game. Center Megan is not playing many minutes these days. I believe she will be in 2-4 points and 2-3 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 2-8
  • Danielle Robinson(IND) had 2 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal in the last game. Guard Danielle is a veteran presence but her offense has been rather off. I believe she will be in 4-8 points, 4-6 assists, and 1-2 steals range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 10-20
  • Emma Cannon(IND) had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal in the last game. Emma can give in decent minutes. I believe she will be in 5-8 points and 2-5 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 6-15
  • Destanni Henderson(IND) had 3 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal in the last game. Guard Henderson has done a great job off the bench. I believe she will be in 2-5 points and 2-3 assists range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 6-15
  • Lexie Hull(IND) had 1 rebound in the last game. Hull’s minutes have reduced significantly.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 1-8

PHO vs IND Dream11 Team

(Recommended)
PG: S Diggins-Smith (SP)
SG: D Taurasi (PP)
SF:  D DeShields, V Vivvians, S Cunninahgm
PF: B Turner
C:   E Cannon, Q Egbo

(Alternate)
PG: K Mitchell (SP), S Peddy
SG: D Taurasi, D Henderson
SG: D DeShields, S Cunningham
PF: N Smith (PP)
C:    E Cannon

Where to watch WNBA Live Score?

Do you wanna watch Skylar Diggins-Smith making tough shouts throughout the game? You can catch this brilliant game on the WNBA League Pass an avenue for all live games and replays are available. To know the highlights, go to the official YouTube channel of the WNBA. To know the scores, news, and stats, go to the official website of the WNBA.

Shubham Singh

Basketball is an intense sport and NBA has the most varied talents in the world. I like analysing basketball and uncover the nuances that dictate the game.