Phoenix Mercury at Connecticut Sun WNBA Playoffs Picks & Predictions 8/23/2018
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Mohegan Sun Arena
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The Phoenix Mercury travel to Mohegan Sun Arena to play the Connecticut Sun on Thursday, August 23, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Connecticut as 6 point favorites.
The Mercury have a record of 20-14. They are 3rd in the Western Conference. They have a point differential of 2.5 as they average 85.8 points per game while giving up 83.2 per contest. The Sun have a record of 21-13. They are 3rd in the Eastern Conference. They have a point differential of 5.9 as they average 87.6 points per game while giving up 81.7 per contest.
Valuable Phoenix Mercury Betting Trends
The Phoenix Mercury are 21-14 against the spread
The Phoenix Mercury are 20-15 against the over/under
Important Connecticut Sun Betting Trends
The Connecticut Sun are 16-18 against the spread
The Connecticut Sun are 16-17-1 against the over/under
Key Phoenix Mercury Injuries
08/19/18 F Sancho Lyttle ACL is out for season
Key Connecticut Sun Injuries
08/22/18 F Chiney Ogwumike Knee is upgraded to probable Thursday vs Phoenix Mercury
Diana Taurasi comes into this contest averaging 20.7 points per game while playing 30.0 minutes per night so far this season for the Mercury. She pulls down 3.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.3 assists per game as well. Her field goal percentage is 45% while her free throw percentage is currently at 93%. Brittney Griner averages 20.5 points per game in 32.6 minutes per contest this season. She averages 2.1 assists per contest and 7.7 rebounds per game for Phoenix. Her field goal percentage is 54% for the year while her free throw percentage is 80%.
Chiney Ogwumike averages 14.4 points per game while playing 25.5 minutes per contest this year for the Sun. She grabs 7.3 rebounds per game and has 1.0 assists per contest on the year. Her field goal percentage is 60% and her free throw percentage currently is at 80%. Jasmine Thomas averages 12.9 points per game this season and she sees the court an average of 28.1 minutes per contest. She also averages 3.3 rebounds per contest and 4.8 assists per game. Her field goal percentage is 40% and her free throw percentage is 86%.
Useful Team Statistics
Phoenix averages 85.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 4th in the WNBA. Their average scoring margin is 2.5 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 3rd. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 4th in the league. They average 32.6 rebounds per game and 20.6 assists per game, which ranks them 10th and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 7th with 12.7 per game. The Mercury allow 83.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 7th in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 2nd and 11th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 34.5 rebounds a game which ranks 7th and they give up 17.1 assists per contest, which puts them in 1st place in the league. They force 11.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Connecticut is 1st in the league with 87.6 points per game this year. They are 2nd in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 5.9. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 2nd in the WNBA. They are 1st in the league in rebounding with 36.9 boards per game, and 5th in assists per contest with 19.6. The Sun are 5th in turnovers per game with 13.0. The Sun surrender 81.7 points per contest, which ranks them 6th in the WNBA. Their defense is allowing a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 5th and 5th in those defensive statistics. They rank 3rd with 18.2 assists allowed per contest and 2nd with 32.0 rebounds surrendered per game. The Sun are 10th in the WNBA in forcing turnovers with 13.4 per game this season.
The Mercury are 4th in the league in defensive rating with 106.8, and their offensive rating of 110.1 is ranked 6th. They are 7th in the WNBA in pace with 77.9 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 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 1st in the WNBA. Phoenix is 4th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.0 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 48%, which is 11th in the WNBA.
Connecticut is 7th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.0 times per 100 possessions while forcing 15.0 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 9th in the WNBA. The Sun are 2nd in the league in defensive rating with 103.3, and their offensive rating of 110.8 is ranked 8th. They are 5th in the WNBA in pace with 79.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 3rd. As a unit they are 4th in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 29% of their shot attempts, ranking 7th in the WNBA.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction? WNBA game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Phoenix -6 and under 176.5 points
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