Los Angeles Sparks vs Connecticut Sun Prediction, 8/26/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Sparks vs Connecticut Sun
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Mohegan Sun Arena is the venue where and the Connecticut Sun (18-6) will take on the Los Angeles Sparks (10-14) on Thursday.
The Los Angeles Sparks played the Washington Mystics and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 78-68 in their last contest. Los Angeles finished the contest having earned a 35.7% field goal percentage (25 out of 70) and buried 5 of 22 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Sparks made 13 of their 15 tries for a rate of 86.7%. With respect to hauling in rebounds, they earned 35 with 8 of them being offensive. They also doled out 11 assists for the game while forcing 15 turnovers and having 9 steals. When it comes to defending, Los Angeles allowed the other team to shoot 44.4% from the field on 28 out of 63 shooting. Washington dished out 8 dimes and had 8 steals for this contest. Furthermore, Washington snagged 41 rebounds (8 offensive, 33 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Washington shot 82.4% from the free throw line by making 14 of their 17 attempts. They knocked down 8 out of their 18 attempts from beyond the arc.
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Nneka Ogwumike is one player who came through in the matchup. She was able to score 6 points on 3 of 11 shooting. She saw the court for 25:56 mins and pulled down 6 rebounds. Ogwumike finished 27.3% from the floor and dished out 1 assist. An additional player that was a major contributor in this contest for the Sparks was Erica Wheeler. She grabbed 3 rebounds in her 25:32 min on the basketball court. She finished the contest at 28.6% from the floor in this matchup by connecting on 2-of-7 (7 points). When all was said and done, Wheeler accounted for 2 assists.
Los Angeles enters this matchup with a mark of 10-14 this season. They are turning it over 13.0 times per contest and as a squad are committing 19.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Los Angeles is pulling down 30.5 rebounds per game and has accumulated 368 dimes so far this year, which ranks 12th in the league in terms of passing. The Sparks are hitting 32.7% on shots from distance (165 of 505) and 75.9% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 73.8 points per contest (12th in the WNBA) while connecting on 40.3% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Sparks are able to force 17.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.4 personal fouls. The Sparks defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 42.2% (423 of 442) and they surrender 39.8 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 3rd in the WNBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 412 relinquished this season. They are giving up 35.8% from 3-point land and they rank 2nd in the WNBA in PPG allowed (78.8).
When they last stepped on the court, the Connecticut Sun went home victorious with a score of 76-62 when they faced the Las Vegas Aces. The Sun recorded 31 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 39 for the contest. They also coughed up the ball 11 times, while getting 11 steals in this matchup. The Aces had 14 fouls in the game which got the Sun to the free throw line for a total of 12 tries. They were able to knock down 10 of those for a percentage of 83.3%. In regard to shooting from distance, Connecticut knocked down 6 out of 18 tries (33.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Sun shot 30 for 67 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 44.8%. The Sun allowed the Aces to bury 25 out of their 63 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 39.7% in the matchup. They wrapped up this game 33.3% from three-point range via 3 of 9 and ended up going 9 out of 10 at the free throw line (90.0%). When discussing how they attacked the glass, Connecticut allowed Las Vegas to snag 30 in total (6 offensive).
Briann January was important for the Sun in the game. She made 7 of 10 for the contest giving her a field goal percentage of 70.0%, and had 2 rebounds. January tallied 19 points in her 36:55 minutes on the hardwood and had 3 dimes in this contest. One more player that was pivotal for Connecticut was DeWanna Bonner. She walked away with 4 assists in 36:47 mins on the hardwood, and she converted 7 of 18 from the field. Bonner ended up shooting 38.9% from the field in addition to contributing 18 points and 9 boards.
Connecticut has a mark of 18-6 for the campaign. The Sun have committed 18.0 fouls per game and they shoot 81.0% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 18.0 times per game (8th in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.6 times per contest. Connecticut has totaled 1,898 pts on the season (79.1 per game) and they pull in 36.6 rebounds per game. When it comes to offense, the Sun are connecting on 44.2% from the floor, which ranks them 4th in the league. The Sun are ranked 1st in the WNBA in points allowed per game with 71.5. They relinquish 17.2 assists and 28.5 total rebounds per game, which ranks 2nd and 1st in the WNBA. The Connecticut defense gives up 32.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (156 of 481) and their opponents are knocking down 82.3% of their free throw shots. They have forced 12.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 41.0% from the floor (1st in basketball).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Connecticut
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