Minnesota plays Phoenix on 4-game home slide
Phoenix Mercury (6-11, 3-7 Western Conference) at Minnesota Lynx (4-13, 2-6 Western Conference)
Minneapolis; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Minnesota takes on Phoenix looking to stop its four-game home skid.
The Lynx have gone 2-6 against Western Conference opponents. Minnesota is ninth in the WNBA with 78.8 points and is shooting 43.0% from the field.
The Mercury’s record in Western Conference action is 3-7. Phoenix is sixth in the Western Conference with 5.8 offensive rebounds per game led by Brianna Turner averaging 2.0.
The two teams play for the second time this season. The Lynx defeated the Mercury 84-71 in their last meeting on June 22. Kayla McBride led the Lynx with 18 points, and Skylar Diggins-Smith led the Mercury with 25 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Aerial Powers is averaging 12.8 points for the Lynx. McBride is averaging 15.1 points over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
Diggins-Smith is averaging 18.7 points, 5.3 assists and 1.7 steals for the Mercury. Diana Taurasi is averaging 15.1 points and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 39.7% over the past 10 games for Phoenix.
LAST 10 GAMES: Lynx: 3-7, averaging 79.3 points, 36.3 rebounds, 19.2 assists, 5.9 steals and 2.1 blocks per game while shooting 43.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 82.0 points per game.
Mercury: 4-6, averaging 79.9 points, 30.0 rebounds, 19.1 assists, 7.4 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 42.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 83.8 points.
INJURIES: Lynx: Moriah Jefferson: out (quad).
Mercury: Kia Nurse: out (knee).