Mystics at Storm WNBA Finals Game 1 Pick, Odds, & Prediction 9/7/2018
Friday, September 7, 2018
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The Washington Mystics travel to Key Arena to play the Seattle Storm on Friday in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. The opening line for this matchup has Seattle as 5 point favorites.
The Mystics head into this matchup after beating Atlanta by a score of 86-81 in Game 5 of their series. The Storm are coming off an exciting 94-84 win over Phoenix in Game 5 as well. Even though Seattle is the favorite, don't be surprised to see this series go the distance as well.
Valuable Washington Mystics Betting Trends
The Washington Mystics are 20-18-1 against the spread
The Washington Mystics are 19-20 against the over/under
Important Seattle Storm Betting Trends
The Seattle Storm are 24-15 against the spread
The Seattle Storm are 19-18-2 against the over/under
Key Washington Mystics Injuries
05/19/18 C Emma Meesseman Personal is out for season
Key Seattle Storm Injuries
No key injuries to report
Kristi Toliver comes into this contest averaging 13.9 points per game while playing 32.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Mystics. She pulls down 2.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.4 assists per game as well. Her field goal percentage is 43% while her free throw percentage is currently at 92%. Elena Delle Donne averages 20.7 points per game in 32.2 minutes per contest this season. She averages 2.3 assists per contest and 7.2 rebounds per game for Washington. Her field goal percentage is 49% for the year while her free throw percentage is 89%.
Sue Bird averages 10.1 points per game while playing 26.6 minutes per contest this year for the Storm. She grabs 1.7 rebounds per game and has 7.1 assists per contest on the year. Her field goal percentage is 47% and her free throw percentage currently is at 83%. Breanna Stewart averages 21.8 points per game this season and she sees the court an average of 31.6 minutes per contest. She also averages 8.4 rebounds per contest and 2.5 assists per game. Her field goal percentage is 53% and her free throw percentage is 82%.
Useful Team Statistics
Washington averages 82.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 6th in the WNBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.1 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 7th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 5th in the league. They average 31.6 rebounds per game and 17.3 assists per game, which ranks them 11th and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 11th with 11.0 per game. The Mystics allow 79.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 3rd in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 7th and 3rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 33.1 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 18.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 5th place in the league. They force 12.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 8th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Seattle is 2nd in the league with 87.2 points per game this year. They are 1st in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 7.6. They shoot 38% from 3-point range, which is good for 1st in the WNBA. They are 5th in the league in rebounding with 35.4 boards per game, and 2nd in assists per contest with 21.2. The Storm are 6th in turnovers per game with 12.7. The Storm surrender 79.7 points per contest, which ranks them 5th in the WNBA. Their defense is allowing a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 3rd and 4th in those defensive statistics. They rank 2nd with 18.1 assists allowed per contest and 5th with 34.0 rebounds surrendered per game. The Storm are 7th in the WNBA in forcing turnovers with 12.6 per game this season.
The Mystics are 3rd in the league in defensive rating with 106.6, and their offensive rating of 110.7 is ranked 7th. They are 11th in the WNBA in pace with 76.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 4th. As a unit they are 3rd in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 3rd in the WNBA. Washington is 10th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.0 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 7th in the WNBA.
Seattle is 6th in the WNBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 48%, which is 10th in the league. The Storm are 1st in the WNBA in offensive rating with 111.1, and their defensive rating of 101.5 is ranked 11th. In terms of pace they are 6th in the league with 77.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 1st. As a team they are 2nd in the WNBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 2nd in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction? WNBA game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Washington -5 and under 166 points
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