Connecticut Sun vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction, 9/11/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Connecticut Sun vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021
Location: Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
Footprint Center is the venue where and the Phoenix Mercury (19-10) will play the Connecticut Sun (22-6) on Saturday.
The Connecticut Sun took the court against the Dallas Wings and notched a win by a score of 83-56 in their last contest. Connecticut wrapped up the game having earned a 48.5% field goal percentage (33 out of 68) and converted 7 out of their 19 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Sun knocked down 10 of their 14 shots for a percentage of 71.4%. In terms of pulling down boards, they collected 35 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 25 assists for this game in addition to forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and earning 11 steals. Concerning defending, Connecticut allowed their opponent to shoot 26.6% from the floor on 17 out of 64 shooting. Dallas doled out 9 dimes and had 4 steals for this contest. Furthermore, Dallas collected 26 rebounds (9 offensive, 17 defensive) and earned 8 blocked shots. Dallas went 78.9% when shooting free throws by converting 15 of 19 attempts. They also converted 7 out of their 32 attempts from distance.
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Brionna Jones is a player who was a factor in the game. She ended up with 18 points on 7 out of 14 shooting. She played for 28:07 mins played and also totaled 10 rebounds. Jones walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the floor but had no dimes when the game ended. One more player that was a major factor in the matchup for the Sun was Jonquel Jones. She had 7 rebounds in her 26:28 min on the basketball court. She finished the contest at 45.5% from the field for the contest by connecting on 5-of-11 (11 points). When the time ran out, Jones had 5 assists.
Connecticut comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 22-6 on the year. They have an average of 79.2 pts per game (9th in the league) while going 44.7% from the field. The Sun are shooting 35.3% on shots from beyond the arc (194 of 550) and 80.3% from the free throw line. As a team, Connecticut is snagging 36.4 boards per game and is sitting with 510 assists so far this season, which is 8th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 13.8 times per contest and as a squad are committing 18.1 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Sun are forcing their opponents into 12.8 turnovers per game while drawing 17.9 fouls. The Sun are allowing a FG percentage of 40.7% (713 of 1,752) and they concede 27.5 boards per contest as a team. They currently rank 2nd in the league in giving up assists with 476 conceded on the season. They are surrendering 32.1% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 1st in basketball in PPG allowed (70.7).
In their last game, the Phoenix Mercury got the victory with a final of 76-75 against the Atlanta Dream. The Mercury pulled down 28 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds for a total of 32 in the game. They also coughed up the ball 16 times, while getting 7 steals for this game. The Dream were called for 14 fouls for the matchup which got the Mercury to the free throw line for a total of 18 attempts. They were able to convert 16 of them for a rate of 88.9%. Pertaining to shots from downtown, Phoenix buried 8 out of 18 attempts (44.4%). Overall, the Mercury ended up going 26 for 60 from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.3%. The Mercury allowed the Dream to bury 33 of 70 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.1% in this matchup. They finished the game shooting 23.1% from downtown by shooting 3 of 13 and finished the game at 6 out of 10 at the free throw line (60.0%). When it comes to how they attacked the glass, Phoenix permitted Atlanta to pull down 31 in all (4 on the offensive glass).
Skylar Diggins-Smith ended up being a factor for the Mercury in the game. She converted 3 of 10 for the game for a field goal rate of 30.0%, and accounted for 3 rebounds. Diggins-Smith tallied 13 points in her 36:52 mins on the hardwood and totaled 5 assists for the contest. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Phoenix was Brianna Turner. She finished this one with 3 dimes in her 35:33 mins on the hardwood, and she knocked down 4 of 11 from the floor. Turner ended up shooting 36.4% from the field in addition to earning 8 points and 15 rebounds.
Phoenix has a mark of 19-10 for the season. The Mercury commit 16.3 fouls per game and they shoot 79.5% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 19.5 times per contest (5th in the league) and they turn it over 12.9 times per contest. Phoenix has accounted for 2,391 points for the campaign (82.4 per game) and they collect 36.6 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Mercury are connecting on 44.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 4th in the WNBA. The Mercury are ranked 3rd in the league in points allowed per game with 79.0. They have forced 10.1 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.3% from the field (2nd in the league). The Phoenix defense gives up 31.1% on 3-point attempts (200 of 643) and opponents are making 79.9% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 17.0 dimes and 35.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 3rd and 6th in the WNBA.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Phoenix
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