Las Vegas Aces at Phoenix Mercury WNBA Picks & Predictions 7/19/2018
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Talking Stick Resort Arena
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The Las Vegas Aces travel to Talking Stick Resort Arena to take on the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday, July 19, 2018. The opening line for this game has Phoenix as 8 point favorites.
The Aces have a record of 10-13. They are 7th in the Western Conference. They have a point differential of -2.5 as they average 82.6 points per game while giving up 85.1 per contest. The Mercury have an overall mark of 15-8. They are 3rd in the Western Conference. They total 83.6 points per contest and give up 80.7, which is a point differential of 2.9.
Valuable Las Vegas Aces Betting Trends
The Las Vegas Aces are 5-6 against the spread
The Las Vegas Aces are 12-10 against the over/under
Important Phoenix Mercury Betting Trends
The Phoenix Mercury are 4-4 against the spread
The Phoenix Mercury are 7-2 against the over/under
Key Las Vegas Aces Injuries
06/12/18 C Isabelle Harrison Suspension is out indefinitely
Key Phoenix Mercury Injuries
07/03/18 F Sancho Lyttle ACL is out for season
A'ja Wilson comes into this game averaging 19.9 points per contest while being on the court 30.8 minutes per night so far this year for the Aces. She grabs 8.7 rebounds per contest and hands out 2.5 assists per game as well. Her field goal percentage is 44% while her free throw percentage is currently at 78%. Kayla McBride averages 19.1 points per game in 32.7 minutes per contest this season. She averages 3.0 assists per contest and 3.9 rebounds per game for Las Vegas. Her field goal percentage is 46% for the year while her free throw percentage is 90%.
Brittney Griner averages 20.7 points per game while playing 32.9 minutes per contest this year for the Mercury. She grabs 7.3 rebounds per game and has 1.8 assists per contest on the year. Her field goal percentage is 55% and her free throw percentage currently is at 81%. Diana Taurasi averages 20.0 points per game this season and she sees the court an average of 30.2 minutes per contest. She also averages 3.3 rebounds per contest and 4.8 assists per game. Her field goal percentage is 45% and her free throw percentage is 94%.
Useful Team Statistics
Las Vegas averages 82.6 points per game this season, which ranks them 6th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -2.5 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 8th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 5th in the WNBA. They average 36.7 rebounds per contest and 20.3 assists per game, which ranks them 2nd and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 7th with 13.3 per game. The Aces allow 85.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 11th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 7th and 6th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 35.3 rebounds a game which ranks 9th and they give up 20.1 assists per contest, which puts them in 11th place in the league. They force 12.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 2nd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Phoenix is 5th in the league with 83.6 points per game this year. They are 3rd in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 2.9. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 1st in the WNBA. They are 11th in the league in rebounding with 31.6 boards per game, and 2nd in assists per contest with 20.6. The Mercury are 4th in turnovers per game with 13.4. The Mercury surrender 80.7 points per contest, which ranks them 5th in the WNBA. Their defense is allowing a 42% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 3rd and 10th in those defensive statistics. They rank 1st with 16.6 assists allowed per contest and 8th with 34.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Mercury are 7th in the WNBA in forcing turnovers with 13.0 per game this season.
The Aces are 7th in the league in defensive rating with 105.2, and their offensive rating of 102 is ranked 5th. They are 1st in the WNBA in pace with 80.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 46% is 10th. As a unit they are 10th in the league in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 15% of their shot attempts, ranking 12th in the WNBA. Las Vegas is 8th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 5th in the WNBA.
Phoenix is 3rd in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 47%, which is 10th in the WNBA. The Mercury are 5th in the league in defensive rating with 104.1, and their offensive rating of 107.8 is ranked 6th. They are 7th in the WNBA in pace with 77.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 2nd. As a unit they are 1st in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 1st in the WNBA.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Las Vegas -8
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