Phoenix Mercury vs Atlanta Dream WNBA Picks & Predictions 8/29/2019
Thursday, August 29, 2019
State Farm Arena
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Brittney Sykes and the Atlanta Dream (7-22, 6th in the Eastern Conference) host the Phoenix Mercury (14-15, 5th in the Western Conference) at State Farm Arena on Thursday, August 29, 2019.
The Mercury have been a pretty good play for wagerers, having gone 15-13 ATS. The Dream cover 48.3% of the time, going 14-15 against the spread.
Valuable Phoenix Mercury Betting Trends
The Mercury have been a terrible Over bet for over/under basketball wagerers, having gone 13-16.
The Mercury cover 57.1% of the time away from home, having gone 8-6 ATS.
Important Atlanta Dream Betting Trends
The Dream cover 60.0% of the time at State Farm Arena, going 9-6 against the spread.
The Dream have been a dicey Over bet for over/under basketball wagerers, having gone 14-14.
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Key Phoenix Mercury Injuries
08/24/19 FW Alanna Smith Ankle is out for season
Key Atlanta Dream Injuries
05/10/19 F Angel McCoughtry Knee is out indefinitely
Diana Taurasi comes into this contest averaging 6.3 points per game while playing 21.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Mercury. She pulls down 3.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.0 assists per game as well. Her field goal percentage is 8% while her free throw percentage is currently at 94%. Brittney Griner averages 20.5 points per game in 33.6 minutes per contest this season. She averages 2.4 assists per contest and 7.2 rebounds per game for Phoenix. Her field goal percentage is 55% for the year while her free throw percentage is 81%.
Brittney Sykes averages 10.7 points per game while playing 25.9 minutes per contest this year for the Dream. She grabs 4.3 rebounds per game and has 2.6 assists per contest on the year. Her field goal percentage is 37% and her free throw percentage currently is at 73%. Tiffany Hayes averages 14.9 points per game this season and she sees the court an average of 28.5 minutes per contest. She also averages 3.1 rebounds per contest and 2.9 assists per game. Her field goal percentage is 39% and her free throw percentage is 76%.
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Useful Team Statistics
Phoenix averages 76.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 8th in the WNBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.6 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team, which has them ranked 6th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 10th in the league. They average 32.8 rebounds per game and 17.7 assists per game, which ranks them 10th and 8th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 11th with 11.7 per game. The Mercury allow 76.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 5th and 6th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 37.0 rebounds a game which ranks 11th and they give up 17.8 assists per contest, which puts them in 3rd place in the league. They force 12.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 2nd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Atlanta is 11th in the league with 72.0 points per game this year. They are 12th in the league in shooting at 38%, while their average scoring margin is -7.7. They shoot 29% from 3-point range, which is good for 12th in the WNBA. They are 4th in the league in rebounding with 35.7 boards per game, and 11th in assists per contest with 15.8. The Dream are 7th in turnovers per game with 13.6. The Dream surrender 79.6 points per contest, which ranks them 9th in the WNBA. Their defense is allowing a 41% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 3rd and 7th in those defensive statistics. They rank 9th with 19.3 assists allowed per contest and 12th with 39.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Dream are 5th in the WNBA in forcing turnovers with 12.6 per game this season.
The Mercury are 3rd in the league in defensive rating with 100.8, and their offensive rating of 101.6 is ranked 5th. They are 11th in the WNBA in pace with 75.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 47% is 5th. As a unit they are 4th in the league in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 31% of their shot attempts, ranking 4th in the WNBA. Phoenix is 11th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 47%, which is 9th in the WNBA.
Atlanta is 8th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.0 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 46%, which is 10th in the WNBA. The Dream are 12th in the league in defensive rating with 102.4, and their offensive rating of 92.6 is ranked 3rd. They are 7th in the WNBA in pace with 77.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 42% is 12th. As a unit they are 12th in the league in true shooting percentage with 47% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shot attempts, ranking 3rd in the WNBA.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Atlanta
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