Connecticut Sun vs Los Angeles Sparks Prediction, 9/9/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Connecticut Sun vs Los Angeles Sparks
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
The Connecticut Sun (22-6) travel to STAPLES Center on Thursday where they'll take on the Los Angeles Sparks (10-18).
The Connecticut Sun played the Dallas Wings and went home with a win by a final score of 83-56 in their last contest. Connecticut finished the contest having earned a 48.5% FG percentage (33 out of 68) and made 7 of their 19 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Sun made 10 of 14 shots for a rate of 71.4%. In the matter of pulling down rebounds, they compiled 35 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 25 assists in this matchup while forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and earning 11 steals. In regard to defense, Connecticut allowed the other team to shoot 26.6% from the field on 17 of 64 shooting. Dallas recorded 13 assists and had 4 steals in the matchup. Furthermore, Dallas totaled 26 boards (9 offensive, 17 defensive) and added 8 blocks. Dallas finished 78.9% when shooting free throws by burying 15 of 19 tries. They also knocked down 7 of 32 attempts from 3-point range.
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Brionna Jones is one player who had an impact for the matchup. She totaled 18 points on 7 out of 14 shooting. She played for 28:07 minutes played and also collected 10 boards. Jones ended up going 50.0% from the field but had no dimes when the game ended. One more player that was a major factor in this game for the Sun was Jonquel Jones. She snagged 7 rebounds in 26:28 minutes on the hardwood. She ended up going 45.5% from the field in the game via 5-of-11 (11 points). When the final whistle blew, Jones had 5 assists.
Connecticut enters this game with a win-loss mark of 22-6 on the season. They turn it over 13.8 times per contest and as a group they are committing 18.1 personal fouls per game. As a team, Connecticut is collecting 36.4 boards per game and is sitting with 510 assists this season, which ranks 8th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Sun are hitting 35.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (194 of 550) and 80.3% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 79.2 points per outing (9th in the league) while connecting on 44.7% from the field. On defense, the Sun are forcing 12.8 turnovers per game while drawing 17.9 personal fouls. They rank 3rd in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 476 relinquished this season. The Sun defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 40.7% (713 of 1,752) and they relinquish 27.5 boards per game as a team. They are giving up 32.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 1st in the WNBA in PPG allowed (70.7).
When they last played, the Los Angeles Sparks walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 66-57 when they played the Minnesota Lynx. The Sparks recorded 26 defensive boards and 3 offensive boards totaling 29 for this contest. They also coughed it up 12 times, while getting 9 steals in this contest. The Lynx had 16 fouls for the contest which got the Sparks to the free throw line for 17 shots. They were able to make 13 of those for a clip of 76.5%. When it comes to shots from 3-point land, Los Angeles converted 6 out of their 19 attempts (31.6%). When the game finished, the Sparks shot 19 out of 61 from the field which had them sitting at 31.1%. The Sparks permitted the Lynx to convert 20 of their 58 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 34.5% for this game. They finished the game shooting 31.8% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 7 of 22 and walked away from this one shooting 19 out of 21 from the free throw line (90.5%). When discussing rebounding, Los Angeles permitted Minnesota to get 43 in all (9 on the offensive side).
Nneka Ogwumike ended up being a factor for the Sparks for the game. She converted 6 of 14 for the game for a field goal percentage of 42.9%, and accounted for 10 rebounds. Ogwumike accumulated 16 points in her 38:18 mins of playing time and had 1 assist in this contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for Los Angeles was Erica Wheeler. She accumulated 7 dimes in her 36:04 mins on the court, and she shot 5 out of 15 from the field. Wheeler wrapped this one up going 33.3% from the field in addition to notching 16 points and 2 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a record of 10-18 this season. The Sparks are committing 19.4 fouls per game while shooting 76.0% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 15.5 times per contest (12th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.0 times per contest. Los Angeles has accounted for 2,032 pts this season (72.6 per contest) and they collect 29.4 rebounds per contest. As an offensive unit, the Sparks are shooting 40.4% from the floor, which is 12th in the league. The Sparks on defense are ranked 2nd in the WNBA in PPG given up with 78.0. The Los Angeles defense surrenders 34.9% from downtown (204 of 584) and opponents are connecting on 82.2% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 16.9 assists and 39.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 1st and 12th in the league. They have forced 17.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.1% from the floor (5th in the WNBA).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Connecticut
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