The Mercury visits Las Vegas to start the playoffs
Phoenix Mercury (14-21, 7-11 Western Conference) at Las Vegas Aces (26-10, 15-3 Western Conference)
Vegas; Wednesday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Las Vegas Aces host the Phoenix Mercury to open the first round of the WNBA playoffs. Las Vegas went 3-0 against Phoenix in the regular season. The Aces won the final game of the regular season 100-80 on May 21. Kelsey Plum led the Aces with 24 points and Diamond DeShields led the Mercury with 19 points.
The Aces are 15-3 in Western Conference games. Las Vegas ranks second in the Western Conference in rebounding with 35.4 rebounds. A’ja Wilson leads the Aces with 9.3 boards.
The Mercury’s record in Western Conference action is 7-11. Phoenix is 9-15 in games decided by 10 or more points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Plum is averaging 20.4 points per game and averaging 2.6 rebounds for the Aces. Jackie Young is averaging 1.5 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Las Vegas.
Skylar Diggins-Smith is averaging 19.2 points, 5.5 assists and 1.6 steals for the Mercury. Sophie Cunningham is averaging 14.2 points over Phoenix’s last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Aces: 8-2, averaged 90.1 points, 34.7 rebounds, 20.8 assists, 7.9 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 47.7% from the field . Their opponents are averaging 80.4 points per game.
Mercury: 4-6, averaged 76.1 points, 30.9 rebounds, 18.7 assists, 6.7 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 42.0 percent from the field. Their opponents average 80.0 points.
INJURIES: As: None listed.
Mercury: Diana Taurasi: absent for the season (quad), Kia Nurse: absent (knee).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.