Las Vegas Aces vs Chicago Sky Prediction, 9/5/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Las Vegas Aces vs Chicago Sky
Date: Sunday, September 5, 2021
Location: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL
The Chicago Sky (14-13) play the Las Vegas Aces (19-7) at Wintrust Arena on Sunday.
The Las Vegas Aces faced the Indiana Fever and took home the win by a score of 87-71 in their last contest. Las Vegas finished having earned a 48.4% field goal percentage (31 of 64) and converted 7 of 12 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the Aces knocked down 18 of their 22 attempts for a rate of 81.8%. With regard to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 38 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 23 assists in the game while forcing 15 turnovers and getting 12 steals. In the matter of the defense, Las Vegas allowed their opponent to shoot 40.3% from the field on 27 out of 67 shooting. Indiana doled out 8 assists and had 9 steals in this matchup. In addition, Indiana grabbed 31 boards (8 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Indiana finished 65.0% at the charity stripe by making 13 of their 20 shots. They converted 4 of 15 attempts from distance.
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Jackie Young is a player who was important in this matchup. She walked away with 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting. She played for 37:06 mins played and also grabbed 3 boards. Young shot 55.6% from the floor and recorded 4 dimes. Someone else that was a determining factor in this game for the Aces was Riquna Williams. She snagged 3 rebounds in her 26:49 min played on the night. She finished shooting 60.0% from the floor for this game by going 6-of-10 (15 points). Overall, Williams earned 2 assists.
Las Vegas steps onto the hardwood with a record of 19-7 this year. The Aces are shooting 36.8% on shots from 3-point land (127 of 345) and 81.5% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 88.8 pts per contest (1st in the league) while going 46.8% from the field. They turn it over 12.1 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 15.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Las Vegas is grabbing 38.9 boards per game and has racked up 544 assists this season, which ranks 3rd in basketball in terms of passing. On defense, the Aces have forced 11.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.6 fouls. They rank 5th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 491 surrendered on the campaign. The Aces are allowing a FG percentage of 40.8% (299 of 510) and they concede 35.3 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They concede 29.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 5th in the WNBA in points per game allowed (80.1).
For their last game, the Chicago Sky took a loss by a final score of 103-83 against the Phoenix Mercury. The Sky recorded 21 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 32 in this matchup. They turned it over 11 times, while earning 2 steals in the game. The Mercury earned 11 fouls for this contest which took the Sky to the charity stripe for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 86.7%. In relation to shots from distance, Chicago made 6 of 20 tries (30.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Sky ended up going 32 for 71 from the field which had them sitting at 45.1%. The Sky allowed the Mercury to knock down 39 of their 75 tries from the field which had them at 52.0% for the game. They finished 51.9% from downtown by shooting 14 out of 27 and finished the game at 11 out of 12 from the charity stripe (91.7%). When it comes to how they cleaned up the glass, Chicago permitted Phoenix to collect 35 in all (9 on the offensive glass).
Azura Stevens ended up being a factor for the Sky in this contest. She made 7 of 10 in the matchup for a rate of 70.0%, and earned 9 rebounds. Stevens had 15 points in her 29:38 mins of playing time, but wasn't able to earn an assist. One more player that was pivotal for Chicago was Kahleah Copper. She walked away with no assists in her 27:18 mins on the hardwood, and she converted 8 out of 14 from the floor. Copper ended the game having shot 57.1% from the floor while also earning 18 points and 5 rebounds.
Chicago has a record of 14-13 so far this year. Chicago has scored 2,250 pts for the campaign (83.3 per contest) and they average 35.7 boards per contest. The Sky are committing 19.6 fouls per contest while shooting 85.2% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Sky are connecting on 43.9% from the floor, which ranks them 6th in the league. Their rate of earning assists is at 21.7 times per contest (1st in the WNBA) and they are turning it over 14.3 times per contest. The Sky are ranked 6th in the WNBA in points allowed per game with 80.7. They give up 18.4 assists and 35.5 total boards per game, which has them ranked 5th and 6th in the WNBA. The Chicago defense gives up 34.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (177 of 513) and their opposition makes 77.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.5% from the floor (6th in the WNBA).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Las Vegas
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