Chicago Sky vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction, 6/3/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Sky vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: CBS Sports Network
Phoenix Suns Arena is the site where and the Phoenix Mercury (4-3) will play the Chicago Sky (2-5) on Thursday.
The Chicago Sky stepped onto the hardwood against the Phoenix Mercury and took a loss by a final of 84-83 in their last game. Chicago finished the game with a 38.0% field goal percentage (30 out of 79) and made 4 out of their 14 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Sky converted 19 of 20 shots for a percentage of 95.0%. Concerning pulling down boards, they earned 28 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 18 dimes in this game while forcing the other team into 19 turnovers and getting 10 steals. When it comes to defense, Chicago let their opponent shoot 52.5% from the floor on 31 out of 59 shooting. Phoenix distributed 5 dimes and had 6 steals for this contest. Additionally, Phoenix snagged 35 boards (5 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 9 rejections. Phoenix ended up going 70.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 14 of their 20 attempts. They buried 8 out of their 20 shots from beyond the arc.
Kahleah Copper is one player who played a role in the game. She ended up walking away with 8 points on 4 of 12 shooting. She played 33:35 mins and also collected 4 boards. Copper finished shooting 33.3% from the field and earned 2 dimes. One more player that was a major contributor in this contest for the Sky was Courtney Vandersloot. She finished without a board in her 33:34 min on the hardwood. She walked away from this one shooting 37.5% from the floor for this contest by connecting on 6-of-16 (17 points). When the final whistle was blown, Vandersloot accounted for 10 assists.
Chicago comes into this game with a mark of 2-5 for the year. The Sky are connecting on 34.6% on three-point shots (27 of 78) and 86.8% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 76.8 points per outing (9th in the league) while hitting 39.8% from the floor. They turn it over 19.6 times per contest and as a team are committing 20.6 personal fouls per game. As a team, Chicago is pulling down 38.4 rebounds per game and is sitting with 95 dimes on the year, which is 9th in the league in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Sky are able to force 17.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.7 fouls. They are ranked 7th in basketball in giving up assists with 127 surrendered this year. The Sky defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 40.9% (121 of 145) and they surrender 35.6 rebounds per game as a squad. They give up 37.8% on 3-pointers and they rank 4th in basketball in opponents PPG (79.7).
When they last played, the Phoenix Mercury walked away with a victory by a final of 84-83 when they played the Chicago Sky. The Mercury corralled 30 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 35 for this game. They turned the ball over 19 times, while getting 6 steals in the matchup. The Sky earned 18 fouls in this matchup which got the Mercury to the free throw line for 20 tries. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 70.0%. When it comes to 3-pointers, Phoenix converted 8 of 20 tries (40.0%). In all, the Mercury shot 31 for 59 from the field which had them at 52.5%. The Mercury permitted the Sky to knock down 30 out of 79 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 38.0% in this matchup. They finished the game shooting 28.6% from 3-point land by connecting on 4 of 14 and walked away from this one shooting 19 out of 20 from the charity stripe (95.0%). When it comes to attacking the glass, Phoenix allowed Chicago to pull down 28 in total (12 on the offensive side).
Kia Nurse was important for the Mercury for this game. She made 6 of 13 in the game for a field goal rate of 46.2%, and had 8 rebounds. Nurse racked up 18 points in her 35:54 minutes of playing time and had 3 dimes for the contest. An additional player who came through for Phoenix was Skylar Diggins-Smith. She left the arena with 5 dimes in her 35:33 minutes on the court, and she converted 8 of 18 from the field. Diggins-Smith finished going 44.4% from the floor and also totaling 24 points and 3 total rebounds.
Phoenix has a mark of 4-3 so far this season. The Mercury commit 18.0 fouls per game and they connect on 76.3% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 20.0 times per contest (4th in the league) and they turn it over 12.3 times per contest. Phoenix has tallied 481 pts so far this year (80.2 per game) and they pull in 36.7 rebounds per game. When it comes to offense, the Mercury are shooting 44.1% from the field, which ranks 6th in the WNBA. The Mercury on the defensive end are ranked 5th in basketball in points given up per game with 81.1. They are forcing their opponents into 10.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 39.5% from the floor (1st in the WNBA). The Phoenix defense gives up 32.1% on three-point shots (45 of 140) and their opponents are making 86.0% of their free throw shots. They surrender 16.9 assists and 35.1 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 2nd and 4th in the WNBA.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Phoenix
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