Last Updated Aug 15, 2022, 5:06 PM

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The Dallas Wings will head to the Phoenix Mercury for a Friday night contest. Tip off is slated for 10 p.m. ET from Footprint Center. Coverage will be nationally televised on NBA TV. 

The Wings are coming off splitting a pair against the visiting New York Liberty. The Wings defeated the Liberty 86-77 in the first game. In the last game, the Liberty beat the Wings 91-73. In that game, Marina Mabley led the Wings with 19 points, six assists, and two steals. Teaira McCowan had a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. 

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The Mercury most recently lost 86-77 vs. the visiting Minnesota Lynx on Aug. 10. Sophie Cunningham paced the Mercury with 24 points along with two steals. Shey Peddy collected a double-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Diamond Deshields dished out 10 dimes. 

The Mercury will be without Skylar Diggins-Smith (personal reasons) and Diana Taurasi (calf).

Prior to the action on Aug. 11, the Wings (17-17) had the third-best record in the Western Conference. The Wings are 8-10 at home and 9-7 on the road. They rank No. 6 in the league in point differential (-0.3). 

Before the game on Aug. 11, the Mercury (14-20) were tied with the Lynx for the fourth-best record in the Western Conference. The Mercury is 10-6 at home and 4-14 on the road. They have the third worst point differential (-3.1) in the league. 

The Wings have five players averaging double digits in points. Arike Ogunbowale is tied for third in the league in points per game (19.7) and is third in 3-pointers made per game (2.8). Ogunbowale also leads the Wings in assists (3.6) and steals (1.5). Awak Kuier averages a team-best 0.8 blocks. McCowan is tops for the Wings in rebounds (6.9). Allisha Gray is second on the Wings in points (13.3) and steals (1.2) while being third in rebounds (4.9). 

The Wings rank fifth in points per game (82.2) and ninth in 3-point percentage (33.6) and field goal percentage (42.8). Defensively, the Wings are seventh in blocks (3.7), eighth in points off turnovers (16.5) and ninth in defensive rating (103.8) and second chance points (10.9). 

The Mercury have five players averaging double digits in points, led by six-time WNBA All-Star Diggins-Smith (19.7). Diggins-Smith ranks third in the WNBA in points per game while also leading the Mercury in assists (5.5). Diggins-Smith is second on the Mercury in steals (1.5). If you're eyeing bets on this contest, use VIBONUS at signup with SI Sportsbook for $100 in free bets if you win $5!

Future Basketball Hall of Fame member Taurasi is third on the Mercury in points (16.7) and second in the WNBA in three-pointers made per game (3.0). Taurasi has spent her entire career with the Mercury since 2004 and has captured three WNBA titles, two Finals MVPs and 14 All-WNBA selections (10 First Team, four Second Team). 

The Mercury is seventh in the league in points per game (81.4), 10th in field goal percentage (42.6), and second to last in three-point percentage (32.6). Defensively, the Mercury is third in fast break points (8.9), fourth in points off turnovers (14.9), and 10th in defensive rating (104.1). 

The Wings defeated the Mercury in two of the three meetings this season. In the last matchup, the Mercury exacted revenge with an 83-72 victory in Dallas on June 25. 

The Wings will top the Mercury to end the season series with a 3-1 edge.

Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.

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