Chicago Sky vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction, 8/31/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Sky vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Location: FootPrint Center in Phoenix, AZ
The Chicago Sky (14-12) travel to FootPrint Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the Phoenix Mercury (15-10).
The Chicago Sky stepped onto the hardwood against the Seattle Storm and went home with a win by a final score of 107-75 in their last game. Chicago ended the game having earned a 56.2% field goal percentage (41 of 73) and converted 15 of their 22 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Sky knocked down 10 of 11 attempts for a percentage of 90.9%. Regarding grabbing rebounds, they earned 36 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 26 assists in this game while forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and earning 8 steals. With regard to defending, Chicago allowed the other team to go 45.3% from the field on 29 of 64 shooting. Seattle doled out 3 dimes and had 3 steals in this contest. In addition, Seattle pulled down 22 boards (3 offensive, 19 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Seattle walked away from this one shooting 85.7% from the free throw line by burying 12 of 14 shots. They also converted 5 of their 17 attempts from beyond the arc.
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Kahleah Copper is a player who was a contributor in the matchup. She accumulated 13 points on 6 out of 15 shooting. She saw the court for 31:33 minutes played and also collected 3 boards. Copper finished shooting 40.0% from the field and also dished out 2 assists. An additional player that had an impact in this contest for the Sky was Candace Parker. She pulled down 9 rebounds in her 24:05 min played on the night. She ended up going 64.7% from the floor for this game via 11-of-17 (25 points). When all was said and done, Parker totaled 3 assists.
Chicago steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 14-12 for the year. They are averaging 83.3 points per outing (3rd in the league) while connecting on 43.9% from the field. The Sky are shooting 35.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (192 of 541) and 85.1% from the free throw line. As a team, Chicago is pulling down 35.8 boards per game and has 572 assists on the campaign, which ranks 2nd in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are giving up possession 14.4 times per game and as a group they commit 19.7 personal fouls per contest. On the defensive end, the Sky are able to force 15.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.4 fouls. They are ranked 5th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 471 conceded for the campaign. The Sky defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 42.1% (403 of 453) and they concede 35.5 boards per contest as a team. They are giving up 33.5% on 3-point shots while they are 4th in the WNBA in PPG allowed (79.8).
When they last stepped on the court, the Phoenix Mercury took home the win by a final score of 80-64 against the New York Liberty. The Mercury were able to collect 32 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 39 for the matchup. They turned it over 12 times, while recording 5 steals for the matchup. The Liberty earned 19 fouls in this contest which got the Mercury to the free throw line for 22 shots. They were able to bury 18 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 81.8%. Pertaining to 3-point attempts, Phoenix converted 8 out of 26 attempts (30.8%). When the game finished, the Mercury ended up shooting 27 for 68 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.7%. The Mercury allowed the Liberty to knock down 25 of their 67 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 37.3% in the matchup. They finished 30.3% from 3-point land by shooting 10 out of 33 and ended up shooting 4 out of 4 from the charity stripe (100.0%). When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, Phoenix allowed New York to pull down 35 in all (3 on the offensive glass).
Skylar Diggins-Smith ended up being important for the Mercury in the matchup. She buried 7 out of 16 for the game for a field goal percentage of 43.8%, and had 1 rebound. Diggins-Smith scored 27 points in her 35:05 mins on the court and accumulated 7 assists for the contest. An additional player who came through for Phoenix was Brianna Turner. She came away with no assists in her 34:35 minutes on the court, and she knocked down 6 out of 9 from the field. Turner ended up shooting 66.7% from the floor and also collecting 12 points and 7 boards.
Phoenix has a mark of 15-10 this year. When it comes to offense, the Mercury are shooting 44.2% from the field, which ranks 5th in the league. Phoenix has totaled 2,039 points this year (81.6 per game) and they collect 37.2 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 19.3 times per game (6th in the league) and they are giving up possession 13.2 times per contest. The Mercury commit 16.5 fouls per game while shooting 79.3% from the charity stripe. The Mercury on defense are ranked 3rd in the league in points allowed per contest with 79.4. They are forcing their opponents into 10.2 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 41.1% from the field (2nd in the league). The Phoenix defense allows 31.7% on 3-point shots (181 of 571) and opponents are connecting on 79.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 17.3 assists and 35.7 total boards per game, which has them ranked 3rd and 8th in the WNBA.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Phoenix
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