Las Vegas Aces vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction, 5/26/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Las Vegas Aces vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Las Vegas Aces (2-2) head to Phoenix Suns Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Phoenix Mercury (2-2).
The Las Vegas Aces faced off with the Connecticut Sun and went home with a loss by a final score of 72-65 in their last game. Las Vegas finished the game having earned a 40.7% FG percentage (22 of 54) and converted 5 of 16 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Aces buried 16 of 21 shots for a percentage of 76.2%. When discussing rebounding, they earned 26 with 1 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 16 dimes in the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and earning 4 steals. When discussing defense, Las Vegas allowed their opponent to shoot 33.8% from the field on 27 of 80 shooting. Connecticut earned 16 dimes and had 10 steals for the contest. On top of that, Connecticut grabbed 44 rebounds (12 offensive, 32 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Connecticut ended up shooting 91.7% at the free throw line by making 11 of their 12 tries. They made 7 out of their 26 tries from downtown.
A'ja Wilson is a player who was a factor for this contest. She accumulated 14 points on 4 out of 13 shooting. She saw the court for 34:58 mins and also snagged 7 boards. Wilson finished 30.8% from the field and also earned 2 assists. Someone else that had an impact in this matchup for the Aces was Jackie Young. She grabbed 3 rebounds in her 33:25 min on the court. She ended up going 22.2% from the field for the contest by going 2-of-9 (4 points). When this game wrapped up, Young had accumulated 3 assists.
Las Vegas comes into this game with a record of 2-2 on the campaign. They have an average of 85.3 points per game (3rd in the WNBA) while hitting 47.9% from the floor. The Aces are shooting 31.6% on three-point attempts (18 of 57) and 83.1% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Las Vegas is collecting 35.5 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 80 assists for the campaign, which ranks 5th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 11.5 times per game and as a team are committing 14.3 personal fouls per contest. When they are on defense, the Aces have forced 9.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.3 personal fouls. The Aces are giving up a FG percentage of 40.6% (39 of 65) and they concede 37.5 rebounds per game as a team. They are currently ranked 7th in basketball in allowing assists with 74 surrendered on the year. They are giving up 32.6% on shots from distance while they are 4th in the league in points per game allowed (79.5).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Phoenix Mercury took a loss by a final score of 84-67 against the Connecticut Sun. The Mercury recorded 17 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 24 in this game. They also turned it over 6 times, while getting 4 steals for the contest. The Sun committed 17 fouls in the matchup which got the Mercury to the charity stripe for 14 attempts. They were able to bury 10 of those for a rate of 71.4%. With respect to shooting from downtown, Phoenix knocked down 5 out of their 20 attempts (25.0%). When the game finished, the Mercury ended up going 26 out of 68 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.2%. The Mercury allowed the Sun to convert 34 of their 76 tries from the floor which had them shooting 44.7% in the game. They finished shooting 38.5% from three-point range by shooting 10 out of 26 and finished the contest at 6 out of 8 at the free throw line (75.0%). In reference to how they attacked the glass, Phoenix allowed Connecticut to snag 48 overall (17 on the offensive side).
Skylar Diggins-Smith ended up being a factor for the Mercury in this matchup. She made 6 out of 12 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and had 4 rebounds. Diggins-Smith earned 20 points in her 32:44 mins of playing time and had 3 assists for the matchup. One more player that was important for Phoenix was Brittney Griner. She ended up finishing with 1 assist in her 32:11 mins on the court, and she put in 3 out of 11 from the field. Griner ended up shooting 27.3% from the field and also earning 6 points and 5 rebounds.
Phoenix has a record of 2-2 this year. The Mercury are responsible for committing 18.5 fouls per game and they hit 74.4% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 19.0 times per contest (6th in basketball) and they cough up possession 12.8 times per contest. Phoenix has earned 313 points this year (78.3 per game) and they grab 35.8 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Mercury are hitting on 42.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 6th in basketball. The Mercury on the defensive side of the court are 3rd in the league in PPG given up with 78.8. They are forcing 12.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 39.4% from the floor (3rd in the league). The Phoenix defense surrenders 32.2% from downtown (28 of 87) and opponents are connecting on 84.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 16.8 dimes and 38.0 total boards per game, which is ranked 2nd and 7th in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Las Vegas
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