Connecticut Sun vs Phoenix Mercury Predictions, WNBA Picks, Betting Tips 8/25/2020
Game: Connecticut Sun vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Location: IMG Academy
TV: CBS Sports
Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury (7-7, 5th in the Western Conference) host the Connecticut Sun (6-8, 2nd in the Eastern Conference) at IMG Academy on Tuesday.
Brionna Jones comes into this contest averaging 11.2 points per game while playing 25.7 minutes per night so far this season for the Sun. She pulls down 5.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.2 assists per game as well. Her field goal percentage is 57% while her free throw percentage is currently at 67%. DeWanna Bonner averages 18.0 points per game in 32.7 minutes per contest this season. She averages 3.3 assists per contest and 7.7 rebounds per game for Connecticut. Her field goal percentage is 41% for the year while her free throw percentage is 86%.
Brittney Griner averages 17.7 points per game while playing 31.8 minutes per contest this year for the Mercury. She grabs 7.5 rebounds per game and has 3.0 assists per contest on the year. Her field goal percentage is 50% and her free throw percentage currently is at 81%. Diana Taurasi averages 18.1 points per game this season and she sees the court an average of 28.6 minutes per contest. She also averages 4.1 rebounds per contest and 4.9 assists per game. Her field goal percentage is 41% and her free throw percentage is 92%.
Connecticut averages 79.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 11th in the WNBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.8 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 9th. Behind the arc they shoot 30% which is good for 11th in the league. They average 33.6 rebounds per game and 18.5 assists per game, which ranks them 6th and 7th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 11th with 12.8 per game. The Sun allow 80.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 7th and 4th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 33.3 rebounds a game which ranks 5th and they give up 18.5 assists per contest, which puts them in 6th place in the league. They force 15.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 10th in the league.
Phoenix is 5th in the league with 86.3 points per game this year. They are 5th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 0.3. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 7th in the WNBA. They are 10th in the league in rebounding with 32.9 boards per game, and 3rd in assists per contest with 20.9. The Mercury are 6th in turnovers per game with 14.8. The Mercury surrender 86.0 points per contest, which ranks them 9th in the WNBA. Their defense is allowing a 44% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 5th and 9th in those defensive statistics. They rank 8th with 18.8 assists allowed per contest and 8th with 34.4 rebounds surrendered per game. The Mercury are 4th in the WNBA in forcing turnovers with 13.6 per game this season.
The Sun are 10th in the WNBA in offensive rating with 101.1, and their defensive rating of 102.1 is ranked 7th. In terms of pace they are 8th in the league with 78.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 47% is 11th. As a team they are 11th in the WNBA in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 28% of their shots, ranking 9th in the league. Connecticut is 11th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.0 times per 100 possessions while forcing 17.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 5th in the league.
Phoenix is 6th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 8th in the WNBA. The Mercury are 4th in the league in defensive rating with 106.1, and their offensive rating of 106.4 is ranked 5th. They are 4th in the WNBA in pace with 81.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 4th. As a unit they are 4th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 5th in the WNBA.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Phoenix
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