Dallas Wings vs Phoenix Mercury Predictions, WNBA Picks, Betting Tips 8/16/2020
Game: Dallas Wings vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Sunday, August 16, 2020
Location: IMG Academy
IMG Academy is the venue where Skylar Diggins-Smith and the Phoenix Mercury (6-4, 5th in the Western Conference) will play the Dallas Wings (3-7, 6th in the Western Conference) on Sunday.
Allisha Gray comes into this contest averaging 10.8 points per game while playing 19.6 minutes per night so far this season for the Wings. She pulls down 4.0 rebounds per game and dishes out 0.9 assists per game as well. Her field goal percentage is 45% while her free throw percentage is currently at 71%. Kayla Thornton averages 6.9 points per game in 23.5 minutes per contest this season. She averages 0.4 assists per contest and 3.6 rebounds per game for Dallas. Her field goal percentage is 41% for the year while her free throw percentage is 67%.
Skylar Diggins-Smith averages 15.7 points per game while playing 29.4 minutes per contest this year for the Mercury. She grabs 3.2 rebounds per game and has 4.3 assists per contest on the year. Her field goal percentage is 51% and her free throw percentage currently is at 89%. Brittney Griner averages 17.0 points per game this season and she sees the court an average of 31.8 minutes per contest. She also averages 7.7 rebounds per contest and 3.0 assists per game. Her field goal percentage is 48% and her free throw percentage is 79%.
Dallas averages 77.6 points per contest this season, which ranks them 11th in the WNBA. Their average scoring margin is -5.3 and their shooting percentage is 40% as a team, which has them ranked 11th. Behind the arc they shoot 30% which is good for 11th in the league. They average 33.5 rebounds per game and 14.4 assists per game, which ranks them 7th and 12th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 11.5 per game. The Wings allow 82.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 7th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc, ranking them 7th and 4th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 37.6 rebounds a game which ranks 12th and they give up 19.0 assists per contest, which puts them in 11th place in the league. They force 14.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 5th in the league.
Phoenix is 2nd in the league with 87.7 points per game this year. They are 5th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 2.8. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 3rd in the WNBA. They are 11th in the league in rebounding with 32.5 boards per game, and 1st in assists per contest with 21.1. The Mercury are 6th in turnovers per game with 14.5. The Mercury surrender 84.9 points per contest, which ranks them 9th in the WNBA. Their defense is allowing a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 3rd and 6th in those defensive statistics. They rank 10th with 18.8 assists allowed per contest and 9th with 35.0 rebounds surrendered per game. The Mercury are 6th in the WNBA in forcing turnovers with 14.6 per game this season.
The Wings are 9th in the WNBA in offensive rating with 99.3, and their defensive rating of 106.1 is ranked 4th. In terms of pace they are 11th in the league with 78.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 46% is 11th. As a team they are 12th in the WNBA in true shooting percentage with 49% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 2nd in the league. Dallas is 12th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 15.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%, which is 8th in the league.
Phoenix is 6th in the WNBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 15.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%, which is 11th in the league. The Mercury are 4th in the WNBA in offensive rating with 107.2, and their defensive rating of 103.7 is ranked 5th. In terms of pace they are 3rd in the league with 81.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 4th. As a team they are 3rd in the WNBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shots, ranking 5th in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Phoenix
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