Minnesota Lynx vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction, 7/3/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Lynx vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
The Phoenix Mercury (7-8) play the Minnesota Lynx (8-7) at Phoenix Suns Arena on Saturday.
The Minnesota Lynx faced off with the Phoenix Mercury and took home the win by a score of 82-76 in their last game. Minnesota ended the game having earned a 50.7% FG percentage (34 of 67) and buried 6 out of their 13 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the Lynx made 8 of their 9 shots for a rate of 88.9%. When discussing getting rebounds, they collected 39 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 21 assists for this contest while forcing the opposition into 9 turnovers and having 4 steals. When it comes to defending, Minnesota allowed the other team to go 42.6% from the field on 29 of 68 shooting. Phoenix recorded 5 dimes and had 6 steals for this game. In addition, Phoenix pulled down 22 rebounds (5 offensive, 17 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Phoenix walked away from this one shooting 80.0% at the free throw line by converting 12 of 15 attempts. They made 6 out of their 22 shots from beyond the arc.
Napheesa Collier is one player who was a factor in this contest. She recorded 19 points on 8 out of 17 shooting. She was on the court for 40:00 minutes and pulled down 11 boards. Collier finished the game at 47.1% from the floor and also earned 2 assists. An additional player that came through in this contest for the Lynx was Sylvia Fowles. She collected 11 rebounds in 35:35 minutes played. She finished shooting 58.3% from the field for the game by connecting on 7-of-12 (15 points). When all was said and done, Fowles totaled 3 assists.
Minnesota heads into this game with a mark of 8-7 on the year. They currently have an average of 82.4 points per outing (5th in the league) while hitting 44.6% from the floor. The Lynx are shooting 33.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (103 of 310) and 81.9% from the free throw line. As a team, Minnesota is grabbing 35.0 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 303 dimes on the season, which ranks 7th in the league in terms of passing. They turn it over 15.6 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 18.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Lynx are able to force 13.3 turnovers per game while drawing 18.3 fouls. They rank 3rd in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 291 surrendered this year. The Lynx defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 43.5% (200 of 275) and they relinquish 33.2 rebounds per contest as a group. They give up 38.2% from 3-point land and they are 8th in basketball in points per game allowed (83.0).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Phoenix Mercury took a loss by a score of 82-76 when they played the Minnesota Lynx. The Mercury were able to pull down 17 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 22 in this contest. They also coughed up the ball 9 times, while earning 6 steals in this matchup. The Lynx earned 18 fouls for this game which got the Mercury to the charity stripe for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to knock down 12 of them for a percentage of 80.0%. Pertaining to three-point shots, Phoenix knocked down 6 out of their 22 attempts (27.3%). Overall, the Mercury finished the game shooting 29 for 68 from the floor which had them shooting 42.6%. The Mercury allowed the Lynx to bury 34 of their 67 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.7% for the contest. They finished 46.2% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 6 of 13 and finished the contest at 8 out of 9 at the free throw line (88.9%). Concerning how they rebounded, Phoenix permitted Minnesota to pull down 39 overall (12 offensive).
Brittney Griner ended up being a factor for the Mercury for the contest. She converted 12 of 15 in this contest giving her a field goal percentage of 80.0%, and accumulated 7 rebounds. Griner earned 28 points in her 34:28 mins of playing time and added 1 assist for the game. An additional player who was a determining factor for Phoenix was Skylar Diggins-Smith. She wrapped the game up with 3 dimes in 32:21 minutes on the hardwood, and she shot 6 of 14 from the field. Diggins-Smith ended the game having shot 42.9% from the field while also contributing 16 points and 1 rebound.
Phoenix has a mark of 7-8 on the season. Phoenix has accumulated 1,189 points this year (79.3 per game) and they pull in 35.8 rebounds per contest. The Mercury are committing 16.7 fouls per game and they connect on 78.0% from the free throw line. When it comes to offense, the Mercury are hitting on 43.2% from the floor, which ranks them 5th in basketball. They are assisting teammates 18.3 times per game (7th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.9 times per contest. The Mercury on the defensive side of the court are 3rd in basketball in points allowed per game with 80.1. They relinquish 17.1 assists and 35.7 boards on a nightly basis, which is 2nd and 6th in the league. The Phoenix defense concedes 31.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (104 of 326) and their opponents are making 83.3% of their free throw attempts. They have forced 10.2 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.9% from the field (2nd in the WNBA).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Get all of Today's Free WNBA Picks
Get all of Today's Guaranteed Expert WNBA Picks