Washington Mystics vs Los Angeles Sparks Prediction, 9/10/2020 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Mystics vs Los Angeles Sparks
Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020
Location: IMG Academy
TV: CBS Sports
Ariel Atkins and the Washington Mystics (6-13, 3rd in the Eastern Conference) are headed to IMG Academy on Thursday where they'll take on the Los Angeles Sparks (15-5, 3rd in the Western Conference).
Ariel Atkins comes into this contest averaging 14.3 points per game while playing 30.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Mystics. She pulls down 2.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.2 assists per game as well. Her field goal percentage is 45% while her free throw percentage is currently at 89%. Emma Meesseman averages 13.2 points per game in 31.6 minutes per contest this season. She averages 4.2 assists per contest and 5.6 rebounds per game for Washington. Her field goal percentage is 45% for the year while her free throw percentage is 82%.
Nneka Ogwumike averages 12.6 points per game while playing 25.3 minutes per contest this year for the Sparks. She grabs 4.6 rebounds per game and has 1.7 assists per contest on the year. Her field goal percentage is 57% and her free throw percentage currently is at 83%. Chelsea Gray averages 14.1 points per game this season and she sees the court an average of 30.4 minutes per contest. She also averages 3.5 rebounds per contest and 5.2 assists per game. Her field goal percentage is 45% and her free throw percentage is 93%.
Washington averages 80.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 10th in the WNBA. Their average scoring margin is -3.5 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 10th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 7th in the league. They average 31.6 rebounds per game and 19.4 assists per game, which ranks them 11th and 6th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 10th with 13.0 per game. The Mystics allow 83.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 7th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc, ranking them 11th and 12th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 34.1 rebounds a game which ranks 6th and they give up 18.6 assists per contest, which puts them in 5th place in the league. They force 13.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 7th in the league.
Los Angeles is 4th in the league with 86.3 points per game this year. They are 1st in the league in shooting at 49%, while their average scoring margin is 6.1. They shoot 42% from 3-point range, which is good for 1st in the WNBA. They are 12th in the league in rebounding with 31.1 boards per game, and 4th in assists per contest with 20.0. The Sparks are 7th in turnovers per game with 14.1. The Sparks surrender 80.2 points per contest, which ranks them 5th in the WNBA. Their defense is allowing a 44% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 4th and 10th in those defensive statistics. They rank 10th with 19.7 assists allowed per contest and 7th with 34.2 rebounds surrendered per game. The Sparks are 12th in the WNBA in forcing turnovers with 17.4 per game this season.
The Mystics are 9th in the league in defensive rating with 107.2, and their offensive rating of 102.7 is ranked 4th. They are 12th in the WNBA in pace with 76.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 8th. As a unit they are 8th in the league in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 4th in the WNBA. Washington is 9th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.1 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 1st in the WNBA.
Los Angeles is 6th in the WNBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 19.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 5th in the league. The Sparks are 5th in the WNBA in offensive rating with 107.2, and their defensive rating of 99.6 is ranked 10th. In terms of pace they are 6th in the league with 79.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 55% is 1st. As a team they are 1st in the WNBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 27% of their shots, ranking 9th in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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