Los Angeles Sparks vs Indiana Fever Prediction, 8/31/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Sparks vs Indiana Fever
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Location: Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, IN
The Indiana Fever (5-19) host the Los Angeles Sparks (10-16) at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Sparks played the Connecticut Sun and ended up losing by a score of 76-61 in their last contest. Los Angeles finished having earned a 37.7% FG percentage (20 out of 53) and made 8 of their 21 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Sparks buried 13 of their 18 tries for a rate of 72.2%. Regarding grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 18 with 3 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 12 assists in the matchup in addition to creating 18 turnovers and having 10 steals. In terms of the defense, Los Angeles allowed the other team to shoot 47.5% from the floor on 28 of 59 shooting. Connecticut distributed 16 assists and had 12 steals in this matchup. In addition, Connecticut snagged 38 rebounds (8 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 3 rejections. Connecticut finished shooting 75.0% at the charity stripe by making 15 of their 20 shots. They also knocked down 5 of their 20 tries from long range.
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Erica Wheeler is a player who came through in this matchup. She scored 15 points on 5 out of 11 shooting. She played for 36:25 mins and grabbed 6 boards. Wheeler went 45.5% from the floor and distributed 7 assists. Someone else that was a factor in the game for the Sparks was Te'a Cooper. She collected 1 rebound in 33:45 minutes on the basketball court. She shot 42.9% from the floor in this game by shooting 3-of-7 (13 points). When the final whistle was blown, Cooper earned 1 assist.
Los Angeles steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 10-16 this year. The Sparks are hitting 32.8% on shots from beyond the arc (178 of 542) and 76.3% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 73.2 points per game (12th in basketball) while going 40.5% from the floor. They lose possession via turnover 13.1 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 19.6 fouls per contest. As a team, Los Angeles is pulling in 29.7 boards per game and has tallied 400 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 11th in the league in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Sparks are forcing 17.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.7 fouls. They rank 3rd in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 445 relinquished for the campaign. The Sparks defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 42.4% (455 of 485) and they surrender 39.3 boards per game as a squad. They are surrendering 35.0% on shots from distance while they are 2nd in the league in opponents PPG (78.6).
In their last game, the Indiana Fever took a loss by a final score of 87-71 against the Las Vegas Aces. The Fever collected 23 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 31 in the matchup. They also coughed it up 15 times, while getting 9 steals in this game. The Aces had 17 fouls in the game which got the Fever to the charity stripe for a total of 20 attempts. They were able to make 13 of the free throw tries for a rate of 65.0%. When talking about shots from beyond the arc, Indiana converted 4 of 15 attempts (26.7%). When this game wrapped up, the Fever finished shooting 27 for 67 from the field which gave them a percentage of 40.3%. The Fever allowed the Aces to bury 31 of 64 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 48.4% in the game. They finished 58.3% from three-point range by connecting on 7 out of 12 and finished the contest at 18 of 22 from the charity stripe (81.8%). In regard to attacking the glass, Indiana permitted Las Vegas to pull down 38 in total (7 offensive).
Kelsey Mitchell ended up being a major contributor for the Fever for the contest. She made 6 of 15 for the matchup for a rate of 40.0%, and accumulated 1 rebound. Mitchell totaled 15 points in her 34:34 mins on the court and earned 1 assist in this matchup. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Indiana was Tiffany Mitchell. She walked away with 3 dimes in her 34:24 minutes on the court, and she converted 6 out of 11 from the field. Mitchell wrapped this one up going 54.5% from the field while totaling 15 points and 2 boards.
Indiana has a win-loss mark of 5-19 so far this season. On the offensive side of the court, the Fever are connecting on 41.5% from the floor, which is 10th in the league. Indiana has accounted for 1,800 pts so far this season (75.0 per contest) and they collect 34.7 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 16.7 times per contest (11th in basketball) and they cough up possession 13.8 times per contest. The Fever commit 18.1 fouls per game while shooting 78.5% from the free throw line. The Fever on the defensive end are ranked 10th in basketball in PPG given up with 84.4. They give up 19.8 dimes and 33.9 total boards per game, which ranks 8th and 4th in basketball. The Indiana defense gives up 37.5% from downtown (194 of 517) and their opponents are knocking down 82.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 12.2 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.0% from the floor (10th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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