Minnesota Lynx vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction, 6/30/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Lynx vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Phoenix Mercury (7-7) play the Minnesota Lynx (7-7) at Phoenix Suns Arena on Wednesday.
The Minnesota Lynx played the Las Vegas Aces and earned the victory with a final of 90-89 in their last game. Minnesota walked away from the game having earned a 46.1% field goal percentage (35 out of 76) and converted 2 of their 15 three-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Lynx converted 18 of their 21 tries for a percentage of 85.7%. Regarding rebounding, they earned 38 with 5 of them being offensive. They also dished out 24 dimes for this game in addition to forcing the opposition into 16 turnovers and having 8 steals. In the matter of defending, Minnesota allowed the other team to go 38.5% from the field on 30 out of 78 shooting. Las Vegas doled out 14 assists and had 7 steals for this contest. On top of that, Las Vegas snagged 44 boards (14 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Las Vegas finished the game at 80.6% from the charity stripe by making 25 of their 31 tries. They knocked down 4 out of their 11 attempts from downtown.
Napheesa Collier is one player who came through in the game. She was able to score 23 points on 6 of 14 shooting. She was on the hardwood for 44:17 minutes and totaled 10 rebounds. Collier finished shooting 42.9% from the field and also distributed 8 assists. One more player that had an impact in the game for the Lynx was Kayla McBride. She snagged 4 rebounds in her 42:02 minutes played on the night. She ended up shooting 21.4% from the field for this contest by shooting 3-of-14 (9 points). When this game wrapped up, McBride wasn't able to notch an assist.
Minnesota heads into this contest with a win-loss record of 7-7 on the season. The Lynx are connecting on 32.7% on three-point shots (97 of 297) and 81.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 82.4 pts per contest (5th in the league) while connecting on 44.2% from the floor. They turn it over 15.6 times per contest and as a squad are committing 18.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Minnesota is grabbing 34.7 boards per contest and is sitting with 282 dimes this season, which has them ranked 7th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Lynx are forcing 13.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.8 personal fouls. The Lynx are giving up a field goal percentage of 43.5% (191 of 263) and they relinquish 34.0 boards per game as a basketball team. They are ranked 4th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 274 conceded for the season. They are conceding 39.0% on shots from distance and they rank 8th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (83.5).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Phoenix Mercury walked away with a victory by a final of 88-79 when they faced the Los Angeles Sparks. The Mercury snagged 36 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 44 for this game. They turned it over 18 times, while earning 3 steals in the game. The Sparks committed 24 personal fouls in this contest which took the Mercury to the free throw line for a total of 26 tries. They were able to bury 23 of the free throws for a clip of 88.5%. In regard to three-point shots, Phoenix made 9 out of their 21 attempts (42.9%). When this game wrapped up, the Mercury ended up shooting 28 for 62 from the field which had them at 45.2%. The Mercury permitted the Sparks to convert 31 of their 74 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.9% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 30.0% from beyond the arc by going 6 of 20 and ended up shooting 11 out of 15 from the free throw line (73.3%). When discussing how they rebounded, Phoenix allowed Los Angeles to pull down 31 in total (5 offensive).
Skylar Diggins-Smith ended up being important for the Mercury for this game. She knocked down 6 of 13 for this contest giving her a rate of 46.2%, and had 2 rebounds. Diggins-Smith had 16 points in her 36:11 mins on the court and accumulated 4 dimes for the matchup. Someone else who came through for Phoenix was Brittney Griner. She finished this one with 1 assist in her 33:47 minutes on the hardwood, and she shot 8 out of 12 from the field. Griner wrapped this one up going 66.7% from the field and also collecting 22 points and 8 boards.
Phoenix has a win-loss record of 7-7 for the year. Phoenix has totaled 1,113 pts for the season (79.5 per game) and they collect 36.8 rebounds per contest. The Mercury are committing 17.0 personal fouls per game and they go 77.9% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Mercury are shooting 43.3% from the floor, which ranks 5th in basketball. They are dishing out assists 18.4 times per game (7th in the WNBA) and they are turning it over 13.2 times per contest. The Mercury are ranked 4th in the WNBA in PPG allowed with 79.9. The Phoenix defense gives up 31.3% on shots from 3-point land (98 of 313) and their opposition knocks down 83.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 16.8 dimes and 35.4 boards per contest, which is 3rd and 7th in the WNBA. They are able to force 9.8 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.3% from the field (1st in the WNBA).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Phoenix
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