SEA vs PHO Dream11: The WNBA is an amazing league. There are a bunch of wizards who can perform the toughest type of manoeuvres on both ends to get the job done. It is not easy to sustain the momentum in this league as the scoring can be tough as unlike the WNBA, the size difference is huge and the Centers can be as tall as NBA Point Guards at times. Trust me, that only makes it more interesting and relatable as you see 5 foot 6 inches Guard taking it inside hard against much taller players. Anyway, let us jump into the game between the Seattle Storm and the Phoenix Mercury.
The team meet just a couple of days ago as the Mercury beat the Storm 97:77 behind a 22 points night by Tina Charles. The Storm were without Breanna Stewart, who is out due to the annoying COVID-19 and despite a 26-point outburst by Jewell Loyd, the Seattle defense couldn’t keep the Mercury at bay. The Mercury will once again fancy themselves against the Storm, will they be able to get back-to-back wins against the Stewart-less Storm?
Host: Seattle Storm
Visitors: Phoenix Mercury
Match Timing: 15 May, @ 12:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Climate Pledge Arena
Depth issues for Storm, Mercury can be troublesome even without Griner
After suffering a horrendous loss against the Aces in the opening game, the Mercury showed that they have a lot of options at their disposal. Tina had 22 and also clasped 11 rebounds, showing why Mercury fans were excited to have her, meanwhile Diggins-Smith and Taurasi also got their offense going. Off the bench, Diamond DeShields and Sophie Cunningham for a formidable scoring punch while Breanna Stewart as a starter can be a remarkable inside scorer. Shey Peddy is also impressive and in the last game, five players hit the double-digit mark.
This is not the case for the Storm especially without Stewart. Jewell Loyd can perform a number of moves at an offensive threat and her 26-point performance speaks volumes about her. Sue Bird recover after a poor shooting night and nailed four triples while Magbebor looked much more impressive. Gabby Williams hasn’t even shot close to 50% so far and she will need to get it together. Seriously, Storm needs something big from Gabby in this game to match-up to the Mercury.
Highest scorer: Sklay Diggins-Smith: 24
Highest rebounder: Tina Charles: 12
Top assists maker: Sue Bird: 8
Score Prediction: Mercury 90 Storm 82
Phoenix Mercury vs Seattle Storm NBA Live, Team News and Lineups
Seattle Storm News
Storm Expected Starting Five
Rebounding Forward: PF: Jantel Lavender
All-Around Wing: SF: Gabby Williams
Inside Presence: C: Ezi Magbebor
Scoring Guard: SG: Jewell Loyd
Floor General: PG: Sue Bird
BENCH: Reshanda Gray, Stephanie Talbot, Jade Melbourne, Briann January.
Phoenix Mercury Teams News:
Mercury Expected Starting Five
Post Forward: F: Brianna Turner
High-Yielding Scorer: C: Tina Charles
Two-Way Guard: G: Shey Peddy
Isolation Scorer: PG: Skylar Diggins-Smith
Playmaking Guard: PG: Diana Taurasi
BENCH: Sophie Cunningham, Diamond DeShields, Megan Gustafson, Emma Cannon, Sam Thomas, Jennie Simms, Kristine Anigwe.
NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks
Skylar is an athletic Guard who knows how to shoot from outside while her driving skills include a lot of acrobatic moves. I expect her to be in 19-26 points, 3-6 assists, and 3-5 rebounds range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-42
Loyd nailed 9 of her 19 shots in the last game and she will be the focal point on the offensive end with Breanna out of the picture. I believe she will be in 22-27 points and 3-6 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-41
Tina showed what she is about in the last game, convering eight of her 13 shots while being a huge factor in the rebounding. The veteran Center can be in 20+ points and 8+ rebounds range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-42
Bird made four of her seven attempts from three in the last game and still remains one of the best playmakers, despite being 40+ years old. I believe she will be in 9-15 points and 5-8 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31
Diana turned on the heat in the last game and nailed four of her six attempts from long range while doing a great job of passing the ball. I expect a 13-18 points and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-34
Magbebor is a young Center who can become a strong scorer in the league and she shot 5/12 in the last game while clasping three offensive rebounds. I believe she will be in 10-14 points and 5-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-34
PG: D DeShields, S Diggins-Smith(PP), S Bird
SG: J Loyd
SF: S Talbot
PF: G Williams
C: T Charles(SP), E Magbegor
PG: D DeShields, S Peddy
SG: D Taurasi, J Loyd(SP)
SF: S Cunningham
PF: G Williams
C: T Charles(PP), E Magbegor
Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are rivals for more than 15 years now and their rivalry can potentially end soon, don’t you wanna catch some last glimpses of them going at each other? You can watch this exciting battle through the WNBA League Pass through which you have all the live games and also the full-game replays. To learn the scores, news, and stats, visit the official website of the WNBA.