Washington Mystics vs Phoenix Mercury Predictions, WNBA Picks, Betting Tips 8/28/2020
Game: Washington Mystics vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Friday, August 28, 2020
Location: IMG Academy
TV: CBS Sports
Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury (7-7, 5th in the Western Conference) host the Washington Mystics (4-9, 4th in the Eastern Conference) at IMG Academy on Friday.
Myisha Hines-Allen comes into this contest averaging 16.4 points per game while playing 29.7 minutes per night so far this season for the Mystics. She pulls down 8.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.2 assists per game as well. Her field goal percentage is 51% while her free throw percentage is currently at 77%. Leilani Mitchell averages 8.6 points per game in 28.5 minutes per contest this season. She averages 4.2 assists per contest and 2.4 rebounds per game for Washington. Her field goal percentage is 40% for the year while her free throw percentage is 81%.
Diana Taurasi averages 18.1 points per game while playing 28.6 minutes per contest this year for the Mercury. She grabs 4.1 rebounds per game and has 4.9 assists per contest on the year. Her field goal percentage is 41% and her free throw percentage currently is at 92%. Brianna Turner averages 6.9 points per game this season and she sees the court an average of 24.0 minutes per contest. She also averages 7.0 rebounds per contest and 1.2 assists per game. Her field goal percentage is 62% and her free throw percentage is 58%.
Washington averages 81.5 points per contest this season, which ranks them 7th in the WNBA. Their average scoring margin is -2.3 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 10th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 5th in the league. They average 33.6 rebounds per game and 18.6 assists per game, which ranks them 7th and 6th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 8th with 13.7 per game. The Mystics allow 83.8 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 10th and 10th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 35.1 rebounds a game which ranks 9th and they give up 18.1 assists per contest, which puts them in 4th place in the league. They force 14.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 8th 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 7th 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 Mystics are 9th in the league in defensive rating with 105.3, and their offensive rating of 102.4 is ranked 6th. They are 9th in the WNBA in pace with 78.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 9th. As a unit they are 9th in the league in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 3rd in the WNBA. Washington is 8th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.0 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 2nd in the WNBA.
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 9th 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 4th in the WNBA.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Phoenix
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