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Mercury puts 16-game home win streak on line in Game 1 against Sky in WNBA Finals

  • Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi (3) launches a shot from beyond half court and makes it to beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter as Minnesota Lynx's Lindsay Whalen, right, watches during Game 3 in the WNBA Western Conference basketball finals Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Phoenix. The Mercury defeated the Lynx 96-78, winning the series and advancing to the WNBA Finals. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi (3) launches a shot from beyond half court and makes it to beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter as Minnesota Lynx's Lindsay Whalen, right, watches during Game 3 in the WNBA Western Conference basketball finals Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Phoenix. The Mercury defeated the Lynx 96-78, winning the series and advancing to the WNBA Finals. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner, right, blocks the shot of Minnesota Lynx's Monica Wright during the second half of Game 3 in the WNBA Western Conference basketball finals Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Phoenix. The Mercury defeated the Lynx 96-78, winning the series and advancing to the WNBA Finals. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner, right, blocks the shot of Minnesota Lynx's Monica Wright during the second half of Game 3 in the WNBA Western Conference basketball finals Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Phoenix. The Mercury defeated the Lynx 96-78, winning the series and advancing to the WNBA Finals. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

Glance at the regular season records and the Phoenix Mercury would seem to be a shoe-in to win the WNBA Finals over the Chicago Sky.

Not so fast.

Chicago finally has all of its players, and the Mercury know the Sky's 15-19 regular season record is deceiving.

Phoenix's Diana Taurasi calls Chicago "probably one of top two or three teams in the league."

The Sky better be good, because Phoenix enters Sunday's Game 1 with an 18-game home winning streak. The Mercury haven't lost in Phoenix since May 23, to San Antonio in the third game of the season.

The Mercury beat Chicago twice in the regular season, but the Sky were missing star forward Elena Delle Donne and point guard Courtney Vandersloot for both of those games.