Las Vegas Aces vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction, 9/19/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Las Vegas Aces vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Location: Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
The Phoenix Mercury (19-11) host the Las Vegas Aces (22-8) at Footprint Center on Sunday.
The Las Vegas Aces played the Dallas Wings and took home the win by a score of 85-75 in their last contest. Las Vegas ended the game having earned a 47.7% field goal percentage (31 of 65) and knocked down 7 of their 19 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Aces knocked down 16 of 21 shots for a rate of 76.2%. In terms of rebounding, they earned 33 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 16 assists in the matchup as well as forcing 14 turnovers and earning 11 steals. Pertaining to the defense, Las Vegas let their opponent shoot 41.9% from the field on 31 of 74 shooting. Dallas distributed 12 assists and had 6 steals in the game. In addition, Dallas pulled down 40 rebounds (12 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Dallas ended up going 85.7% at the charity stripe by knocking down 6 of their 7 tries. They also converted 7 out of their 26 attempts from distance.
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A'ja Wilson is a player who was a major contributor for this contest. She scored 21 points on 8 of 18 shooting. She was on the court for 39:00 minutes and collected 12 rebounds. Wilson finished shooting 44.4% from the field and totaled 1 assist. One more player that was a major factor in the game for the Aces was Riquna Williams. She pulled down 1 rebound in her 30:04 minutes on the basketball court. She finished the contest at 41.7% from the floor in the game by going 5-of-12 (16 points). At the conclusion of this game, Williams had 2 assists.
Las Vegas enters this game with a win-loss mark of 22-8 this season. They are losing possession via turnover 11.6 times per game and as a group are committing 14.7 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Las Vegas is pulling in 38.5 rebounds per game and is sitting with 623 assists so far this year, which is 3rd in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Aces are shooting 37.0% from downtown (147 of 397) and 81.5% from the charity stripe. They average 89.0 pts per game (1st in the league) while connecting on 46.9% from the floor. Defensively, the Aces are able to force 11.4 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.3 fouls. They give up 30.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 6th in the league in points per game allowed (80.4). The Aces defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 41.4% (343 of 579) and they surrender 35.5 boards per game as a squad. They are 7th in the league in giving up assists with 580 conceded this season.
For their last game, the Phoenix Mercury walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 76-67 when they played the Connecticut Sun. The Mercury recorded 27 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 31 in this contest. They also turned it over 15 times, while recording 5 steals for the matchup. The Sun had 12 personal fouls in this game which got the Mercury to the charity stripe for 9 shots. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throws for a percentage of 88.9%. In reference to shooting from downtown, Phoenix made 5 out of their 17 tries (29.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Mercury shot 27 for 56 from the floor which had them shooting 48.2%. The Mercury allowed the Sun to make 24 out of 64 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 37.5% for this contest. They finished 43.5% from downtown by shooting 10 out of 23 and ended up going 18 of 19 at the free throw line (94.7%). In relation to cleaning the glass, Phoenix permitted Connecticut to grab 31 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Brittney Griner ended up having an impact for the Mercury for the contest. She converted 11 of 18 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 61.1%, and had 12 rebounds. Griner totaled 25 points in her 38:03 mins of playing time and had 4 assists for this game. One more player that was pivotal for Phoenix was Skylar Diggins-Smith. She ended up finishing with 5 assists in her 35:00 minutes on the court, and she shot 4 out of 9 from the floor. Diggins-Smith walked away from this one going 44.4% from the field as well as earning 11 points and 2 total rebounds.
Phoenix has a win-loss mark of 19-11 for the year. The Mercury commit 16.5 personal fouls per contest while shooting 79.7% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 19.5 times per contest (5th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.0 times per game. Phoenix has totaled 2,458 points this year (81.9 per contest) and they pull in 36.4 boards per contest. As an offensive unit, the Mercury are shooting 44.9% from the field, which ranks 3rd in basketball. The Mercury are ranked 3rd in the WNBA in points allowed per game with 78.9. They have forced 10.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.2% from the field (2nd in basketball). The Phoenix defense gives up 31.5% on 3-point shots (210 of 666) and their opposition knocks down 80.5% of their free throw attempts. They allow 16.9 assists and 35.2 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 2nd and 6th in the league.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Phoenix
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