Connecticut Sun vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction, 5/21/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Connecticut Sun vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Friday, May 21, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Suns Arena is the venue where and the Phoenix Mercury (2-1) will play the Connecticut Sun (3-0) on Friday.
The Connecticut Sun played the Indiana Fever and earned the victory with a final of 88-67 in their last contest. Connecticut finished the game having earned a 55.2% FG percentage (37 out of 67) and buried 10 of their 21 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Sun converted 4 of their 7 tries for a rate of 57.1%. In terms of rebounding, they compiled 38 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 29 assists for the game as well as forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and earning 8 steals. With regard to defending, Connecticut let their opponent shoot 36.4% from the floor on 24 out of 66 shooting. Indiana doled out 12 dimes and had 7 steals in this contest. In addition, Indiana pulled down 31 boards (12 offensive, 19 defensive) and earned 4 rejections. Indiana finished the game shooting 93.8% from the free throw line by burying 15 of 16 tries. They made 4 out of their 15 attempts from 3-point range.
Brionna Jones is one player who was a major factor in the matchup. She had 16 points on 8 of 11 shooting. She played for 25:21 minutes and also pulled down 5 boards. Jones went 72.7% from the floor and also distributed 2 assists. Someone else that came through in this matchup for the Sun was Jonquel Jones. She pulled down 11 rebounds in her 24:27 minutes played. She finished the contest at 87.5% from the field in this matchup by hitting 7-of-8 (17 points). When all was said and done, Jones earned 5 assists.
Connecticut will take the court with a win-loss mark of 3-0 so far this year. They are turning it over 15.0 times per game and as a squad they commit 20.3 personal fouls per game. As a team, Connecticut is grabbing 38.0 boards per game and has earned 64 assists this year, which ranks 1st in the WNBA in terms of passing the rock. The Sun are connecting on 45.9% on three-point shots (28 of 61) and 71.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 84.0 points per contest (4th in the WNBA) while going 47.4% from the field. Defensively, the Sun are forcing 13.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.0 personal fouls. The Sun defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 38.5% (40 of 54) and they surrender 28.0 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 10th in basketball in allowing assists with 48 relinquished for the year. They concede 25.9% on 3-point attempts and they are 2nd in basketball in PPG from their opponents (70.7).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Phoenix Mercury walked away with a victory by a final of 91-70 when they played the Washington Mystics. The Mercury were able to collect 33 defensive boards and 17 offensive rebounds for a total of 50 for this game. They also turned it over 19 times, while recording 4 steals for the game. The Mystics committed 22 fouls for this contest which got the Mercury to the charity stripe for 25 shots. They were able to bury 20 of the free throws for a clip of 80.0%. With respect to 3-point shots, Phoenix buried 11 of 28 attempts (39.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Mercury finished the game shooting 30 out of 66 from the floor which had them shooting 45.5%. The Mercury allowed the Mystics to make 23 of their 75 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 30.7% for the game. They went 17.9% from downtown by shooting 5 out of 28 and finished the game at 19 out of 21 from the free throw line (90.5%). Concerning team rebounding, Phoenix allowed Washington to grab 34 in all (15 offensive).
Brianna Turner was important for the Mercury in this contest. She knocked down 4 out of 5 for this contest for a field goal rate of 80.0%, and added 14 rebounds. Turner earned 10 points in her 31:32 minutes on the hardwood and had 3 assists in this contest. Someone else that was important for Phoenix was Diana Taurasi. She left the arena with 1 assist in 27:11 minutes on the court, and she shot 6 of 9 from the field. Taurasi ended the game having shot 66.7% from the floor and also totaling 17 points and 1 rebound.
Phoenix has a win-loss record of 2-1 for the campaign. The Mercury have committed 20.7 fouls per game and they shoot 75.0% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 20.7 times per game (3rd in basketball) and they are turning it over 15.0 times per contest. Phoenix has accounted for 246 pts on the campaign (82.0 per contest) and they average 39.7 boards per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Mercury are shooting 43.4% from the field, which ranks 6th in basketball. The Mercury on the defensive end are ranked 5th in the league in points allowed per contest with 77.0. They surrender 16.0 dimes and 34.7 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 5th and 3rd in the WNBA. The Phoenix defense allows 29.5% on 3-point attempts (18 of 61) and their opposition knocks down 85.5% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 12.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 37.6% from the field (3rd in the league).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Connecticut
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