Phoenix Mercury vs Minnesota Lynx Predictions, WNBA Picks, Betting Tips 8/30/2020
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs Minnesota Lynx
Date: Sunday, August 30, 2020
Location: IMG Academy
TV: Fox Sports North
IMG Academy is the venue where Crystal Dangerfield and the Minnesota Lynx (9-4, 4th in the Western Conference) will play the Phoenix Mercury (7-7, 5th in the Western Conference) on Sunday.
Diana Taurasi comes into this game averaging 18.1 points per contest while being on the court 28.6 minutes per night so far this year for the Mercury. She grabs 4.1 rebounds per contest and hands out 4.9 assists per game as well. Her field goal percentage is 41% while her free throw percentage is currently at 92%. Brianna Turner averages 6.9 points per game in 24.0 minutes per contest this season. She averages 1.2 assists per contest and 7.0 rebounds per game for Phoenix. Her field goal percentage is 62% for the year while her free throw percentage is 58%.
Crystal Dangerfield averages 14.6 points per game while playing 29.0 minutes per contest this year for the Lynx. She grabs 1.7 rebounds per game and has 3.2 assists per contest on the year. Her field goal percentage is 46% and her free throw percentage currently is at 90%. Lexie Brown averages 8.8 points per game this season and she sees the court an average of 26.8 minutes per contest. She also averages 2.5 rebounds per contest and 2.7 assists per game. Her field goal percentage is 37% and her free throw percentage is 79%.
Phoenix averages 86.3 points per game this season, which ranks them 5th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 0.3 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 5th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 7th in the WNBA. They average 32.9 rebounds per contest and 20.9 assists per game, which ranks them 10th and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 6th with 14.8 per game. The Mercury allow 86.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 9th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 5th and 9th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 34.4 rebounds a game which ranks 8th and they give up 18.8 assists per contest, which puts them in 7th place in the league. They force 13.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 4th in the league.
Minnesota is 8th in the league with 81.5 points per game this year. They are 8th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 5.1. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 4th in the WNBA. They are 2nd in the league in rebounding with 34.9 boards per game, and 10th in assists per contest with 17.7. The Lynx are 5th in turnovers per game with 15.0. The Lynx surrender 76.4 points per contest, which ranks them 2nd in the WNBA. Their defense is allowing a 43% shooting percentage and a 32% average from 3-point range, ranking them 2nd and 3rd in those defensive statistics. They rank 2nd with 17.5 assists allowed per contest and 1st with 30.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Lynx are 9th in the WNBA in forcing turnovers with 15.2 per game this season.
The Mercury are 4th in the WNBA in offensive rating with 106.4, and their defensive rating of 106.1 is ranked 5th. In terms of pace they are 4th in the league with 81.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 4th. As a team they are 4th in the WNBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shots, ranking 4th in the league. Phoenix is 6th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 9th in the league.
Minnesota is 5th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 17.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 48%, which is 11th in the WNBA. The Lynx are 5th in the league in defensive rating with 99.4, and their offensive rating of 106 is ranked 9th. They are 12th in the WNBA in pace with 76.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 6th. As a unit they are 6th in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 31% of their shot attempts, ranking 7th in the WNBA.
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