10:00 PM ET: Las Vegas Aces vs Phoenix Mercury
Phoenix Mercury is going to visit the Las Vegas Aces in a best-of-five Semi-Finals. Aces finished with the second-best record during the Regular Season and earned a bye till the Semis. Meanwhile, Mercury is coming into this game after grinding out a couple of tough wins in the elimination round.
Aces are the deepest team in the league, having a stellar starting lineup and terrific bench players. A’ja Wilson is a handful to deal with in the low-post and in open court situations, running the fastest pace offense in the league. PG Chelsea can light it up from a distance and dish out pretty assists while Riquna Williams is a perennial shooting threat. Jackie Young presents a lot of challenges in fastbreak situations while Cambage’s size will give a lot of trouble to Griner. Plum and Hamby can also fill in the scoring sheet off the bench.
On the other hand, Mercury runs a more half-court style of offense. Phoenix’s ace Griner will give fits to the Aces defense but Las Vegas has size on the post. Mercury has a superb inside player in Turner and a gifted scorer and shooter in Skylar Diggins-Smith while Kia Nurse stretches the floor at the SF position. In terms of a match-up, Mercury will have to deal with a lot of depth with the scintillating Kelsey Plum coming off the bench along with Hamby and Stokes. This is a mouth-watering match-up and Mercury will need to pull up their socks to contain the speed of Aces as they are comparatively less athletic on many fronts.