Phoenix Mercury vs Atlanta Dream Prediction, 9/8/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs Atlanta Dream
Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Location: Gateway Center Arena in College Park, GA
Gateway Center Arena is the venue where and the Atlanta Dream (7-20) will take on the Phoenix Mercury (18-10) on Wednesday.
The Phoenix Mercury faced the Indiana Fever and notched a win by a score of 86-81 in their last game. Phoenix finished with a 52.3% field goal percentage (34 out of 65) and converted 8 of their 16 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Mercury made 10 of 14 tries for a percentage of 71.4%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they collected 30 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 24 assists for the game in addition to creating 6 turnovers and getting 2 steals. Regarding defending, Phoenix allowed their opponent to shoot 43.1% from the field on 31 out of 72 shooting. Indiana doled out 20 dimes and had 4 steals for this game. Furthermore, Indiana totaled 31 rebounds (10 offensive, 21 defensive) and earned 3 rejections. Indiana went 92.3% at the free throw line by making 12 of their 13 tries. They converted 7 out of their 22 attempts from long range.
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Brianna Turner is one player who was a major factor for the contest. She racked up 8 points on 4 of 7 shooting. She was on the court for 33:13 minutes played and also snagged 7 rebounds. Turner ended up going 57.1% from the field and also distributed 3 dimes. Someone else that was a factor in the matchup for the Mercury was Diana Taurasi. She had 2 rebounds in 27:10 min on the court. She finished the game at 33.3% from the field for the game by going 3-of-9 (11 points). When the time ran out, Taurasi had 6 assists.
Phoenix heads into this contest with a mark of 18-10 so far this season. The Mercury are connecting on 34.0% on shots from distance (207 of 608) and 79.2% from the free throw line. They have an average of 82.7 pts per game (4th in basketball) on 44.8% from the field. They turn the ball over 12.8 times per game and as a unit they are committing 16.4 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Phoenix is snagging 36.8 boards per game and has accounted for 550 dimes this season, which has them ranked 5th in the league in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Mercury are forcing 10.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.0 personal fouls. They are ranked 3rd in the WNBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 474 conceded for the campaign. The Mercury are giving up a FG percentage of 41.1% (286 of 533) and they relinquish 35.5 boards per game as a unit. They are giving up 31.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 4th in basketball in opponents PPG (79.1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Atlanta Dream took home the win by a final score of 69-64 when they faced the Dallas Wings. The Dream were able to pull down 33 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 42 for the matchup. They turned the ball over 9 times, while earning 5 steals in the matchup. The Wings committed 16 fouls for the game which took the Dream to the free throw line for a total of 13 attempts. They were able to knock down 11 of them for a percentage of 84.6%. With respect to shooting from 3-point land, Atlanta converted 2 of their 7 tries (28.6%). When the game finished, the Dream finished 28 out of 70 from the field which had them shooting 40.0%. The Dream allowed the Wings to convert 26 of their 78 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 33.3% in the game. They shot 36.0% from three-point range by going 9 out of 25 and ended up shooting 3 of 5 from the free throw line (60.0%). In relation to rebounds, Atlanta permitted Dallas to pull down 45 in all (13 offensive).
Tiffany Hayes was important for the Dream in the game. She made 8 of 16 in this contest giving her a rate of 50.0%, and had 8 rebounds. Hayes scored 22 points in her 35:44 minutes of playing time and accounted for 4 assists for this contest. Another player who was a determining factor for Atlanta was Elizabeth Williams. She wrapped the game up with 3 dimes in her 32:34 minutes played, and she put in 5 of 11 from the field. Williams ended up shooting 45.5% from the floor in addition to totaling 10 points and 4 rebounds.
Atlanta has a win-loss record of 7-20 on the year. The Dream commit 18.7 fouls per game and they connect on 71.8% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 18.0 times per contest (8th in the WNBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.3 times per contest. Atlanta has scored 2,152 pts so far this year (79.7 per contest) and they average 34.0 boards per contest. As an offensive unit, the Dream are shooting 41.5% from the field, which ranks 9th in the WNBA. The Dream on defense are ranked 11th in basketball in PPG given up with 85.3. They have surrendered 21.4 dimes and 38.3 boards per contest, which has them ranked 12th and 11th in the WNBA. The Atlanta defense surrenders 39.0% on 3-pointers (232 of 595) and their opposition knocks down 78.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 15.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 46.4% from the field (12th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix
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