Point Spread: 6.00 | -105.00 Minnesota (Away)
Minnesota has lost its last three games by a combined seven points. Phoenix has been a disappointment this season. The Mercury haven't won by more than five points in regulation in 12 of their last 14 games. They lack depth and have been horrible at closing games out. This is the largest Phoenix has been favored all season.
One problem the Mercury have had is the on-going saga of their star big player, seven-time All-Star Britteney Griner. She's been detained in Russia since February. This has been a constant black cloud and distraction for the team. Members of the Mercury just met with State Department officials recently to try to get Griner released. Her safety remains a constant worry for her teammates. This is what veteran guard Diana Taurasi said, "We want (Griner) to come home as soon as possible; it's No. 1 on our list.''
The Lynx don't have that distraction. They are desperate for a victory having come so close recently against better competition.