Stephen Nover's WNBA Wednesday Totals Dominator - 4-0 WNBA July Totals
(WNBA) Dallas vs. Phoenix, 07/10/2024 3:30 PM, Score: 84 - 100
Total: 174.00 | -110.00 Under
Result: Loss
These teams just played each other last Wednesday. There were 200 points scored in the Mercury's, 104-96, road win.

So why get involved in the Under, especially when Dallas is involved? The Wings have the worst defense in the WNBA and seven of their last eight games have gone Over.

Certainly a fair question.

Let's start with this being the second-largest total on a Wings game this season. It's also a rare afternoon start for a weekday game. That's a plus for the Under because of the unfamiliar setting.

It's the fourth meeting between the two teams. So they certainly know each other.

Examining the 104-96 Phoenix win from a week ago, you'll find unbelievable hot shooting and 57 free throw attempts. The Mercury made 55 percent of their field goal attempts and were 21-of-23 from the foul line for 91 percent. Phoenix shoots 43 percent from the floor on the season, which ranks eighth. Diana Taurasi scored 16 points in that game.

Taurasi will miss her second straight game because of a lower leg injury. Taurasi's absence could mean more minutes for Sophia Cunningham, who is more of a scrapper than a scorer, and little-used Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, who averages 2.2 points a game.

The Wings hit 49 percent of their field goal attempts in last Wednesday's loss to the Mercury and shot 34 free throws. Dallas shoots 44 percent from the floor on the season.

Arike Ogunbowale is Dallas' best player. She takes the majority of the shots and is shooting a career-worst 36.6 percent from the floor, while averaging 20.6 field goal attempts.