Connecticut Sun vs Washington Mystics Prediction, 8/31/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Connecticut Sun vs Washington Mystics
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Location: Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.
The Washington Mystics (10-15) host the Connecticut Sun (20-6) at Entertainment and Sports Arena on Tuesday.
The Connecticut Sun took the court against the Los Angeles Sparks and went home with a win by a final score of 76-61 in their last contest. Connecticut wrapped up the contest having earned a 47.5% field goal percentage (28 out of 59) and made 5 of their 20 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Sun converted 15 of their 20 tries for a rate of 75.0%. Regarding hauling in rebounds, they compiled a total of 38 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 16 assists for this contest while forcing 14 turnovers and getting 12 steals. With respect to defending, Connecticut allowed their opponent to shoot 37.7% from the floor on 20 of 53 shooting. Los Angeles dished out 3 dimes and had 10 steals for this contest. Moreover, Los Angeles grabbed 18 boards (3 offensive, 15 defensive) and earned 3 blocks. Los Angeles finished the contest at 72.2% from the free throw line by burying 13 of their 18 shots. They made 8 out of their 21 tries from 3-point range.
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Briann January is someone who came through in this game. She was able to score 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting. She played 31:26 minutes played and also collected 1 board. January finished the contest at 80.0% from the floor and totaled 4 dimes. An additional player that was a major factor in this game for the Sun was DeWanna Bonner. She pulled down 7 rebounds in 30:58 min played on the night. She finished shooting 37.5% from the floor in this game by hitting 3-of-8 (10 points). When the final whistle was blown, Bonner accounted for 3 assists.
Connecticut will enter this game with a mark of 20-6 so far this season. They have an average of 78.8 points per contest (10th in the league) while connecting on 44.3% from the field. The Sun are connecting on 35.0% from downtown (179 of 511) and 80.7% from the charity stripe. As a team, Connecticut is pulling down 36.4 boards per game and has totaled 465 dimes this year, which is 8th in the league in terms of passing. They are turning it over 13.8 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 18.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Sun are able to force 12.8 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.0 personal fouls. They rank 2nd in the WNBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 444 surrendered so far this year. The Sun defensively are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 41.1% (671 of 1,633) and they surrender 27.9 rebounds per game as a group. They are giving up 32.6% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 1st in basketball in points per game allowed (71.1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Washington Mystics walked away with a victory by a final of 76-75 when they played the Dallas Wings. The Mystics earned 17 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards totaling 22 in the matchup. They also coughed it up 13 times, while earning 10 steals in this game. The Wings were called for 21 personal fouls for this contest which got the Mystics to the charity stripe for a total of 29 tries. They were able to make 21 of them for a rate of 72.4%. When talking about shots from beyond the arc, Washington buried 9 of their 31 attempts (29.0%). In all, the Mystics shot 23 for 62 from the field which had them shooting 37.1%. The Mystics allowed the Wings to knock down 25 of their 47 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 53.2% for the matchup. They went 42.9% from beyond the arc by shooting 6 of 14 and ended up going 19 out of 25 from the free throw line (76.0%). When talking about cleaning the glass, Washington permitted Dallas to snag 34 overall (4 on the offensive side).
Natasha Cloud was important for the Mystics for the matchup. She buried 6 of 12 for this contest for a field goal rate of 50.0%, but wasn't able to grab a board. Cloud recorded 21 points in her 35:53 mins of playing time and accounted for 5 assists in this matchup. One more player that was important for Washington was Myisha Hines-Allen. She ended up finishing with 1 assist in her 28:29 minutes on the court, and she knocked down 6 of 14 from the field. Hines-Allen wrapped this one up going 42.9% from the field and also earning 15 points and 5 rebounds.
Washington has a mark of 10-15 this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Mystics are hitting on 40.6% from the floor, which is ranked 11th in the WNBA. Washington has totaled 2,014 pts so far this year (80.6 per contest) and they collect 33.9 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 18.8 times per game (7th in basketball) and they are turning it over 12.0 times per game. The Mystics are responsible for committing 17.7 fouls per game and they shoot 81.0% from the charity stripe. The Mystics on the defensive side of the court are 9th in the WNBA in points per game surrendered with 83.0. They are forcing 13.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.7% from the floor (11th in the league). The Washington defense gives up 37.5% on 3-pointers (187 of 499) and opponents are connecting on 80.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 19.1 assists and 36.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 7th and 10th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington
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