Phoenix Mercury vs Dallas Wings Prediction, 5/29/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs Dallas Wings
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021
Location: College Park Center in Arlington, TX
The Dallas Wings (1-2) host the Phoenix Mercury (2-3) at College Park Center on Saturday.
The Phoenix Mercury faced the Las Vegas Aces and took a loss by a score of 85-79 in their last contest. Phoenix wrapped up the game having earned a 46.4% FG percentage (32 of 69) and converted 5 of their 17 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Mercury made 10 of 10 shots for a percentage of 100.0%. In terms of getting rebounds, they earned 33 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 22 dimes in this game as well as forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and getting 3 steals. With respect to the defense, Phoenix allowed their opponent to shoot 44.0% from the field on 33 of 75 shooting. Las Vegas distributed 11 assists and had 8 steals in this contest. Moreover, Las Vegas snagged 36 boards (11 offensive, 25 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Las Vegas finished shooting 88.2% at the charity stripe by burying 15 of their 17 attempts. They also knocked down 4 of their 16 attempts from distance.
Brittney Griner is someone who played a role for the game. She finished with 27 points on 12 of 16 shooting. She was on the hardwood for 33:57 minutes played and also snagged 11 boards. Griner shot 75.0% from the field and dished out 2 assists. Another player that was a major contributor in this contest for the Mercury was Skylar Diggins-Smith. She had 3 rebounds in her 33:51 minutes played. She finished shooting 35.7% from the floor for this game by going 5-of-14 (16 points). When the final whistle blew, Diggins-Smith had 11 assists.
Phoenix enters this one with a record of 2-3 on the year. They lose possession via turnover 12.8 times per game and as a group are committing 17.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Phoenix is snagging 35.2 boards per contest and has accounted for 98 assists so far this season, which ranks 6th in the league in terms of passing. The Mercury are hitting 30.0% on 3-pointers (33 of 110) and 77.2% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 78.4 points per game (8th in the league) while connecting on 43.0% from the field. On the defensive end, the Mercury are forcing their opponents into 11.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.0 personal fouls. They currently rank 6th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 86 surrendered so far this year. The Mercury defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 40.4% (57 of 90) and they relinquish 37.6 boards per contest as a unit. They give up 31.1% on 3-pointers while they are 5th in the WNBA in PPG allowed (80.0).
In their last game, the Dallas Wings took a loss by a score of 88-81 against the New York Liberty. The Wings recorded 23 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards totaling 34 in the matchup. They also coughed up the ball 12 times, while earning 9 steals in this game. The Liberty had 23 personal fouls for the contest which took the Wings to the charity stripe for a total of 22 shots. They were able to knock down 16 of those for a rate of 72.7%. When discussing shots from distance, Dallas buried 7 out of their 21 tries (33.3%). Overall, the Wings finished shooting 29 for 70 from the field which gave them a percentage of 41.4%. The Wings permitted the Liberty to knock down 28 out of 60 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 46.7% in the matchup. They finished the game shooting 40.0% from 3-point land by shooting 10 out of 25 and finished the contest at 22 out of 27 at the free throw line (81.5%). Regarding how they cleaned up the glass, Dallas permitted New York to snag 33 overall (10 on the offensive glass).
Marina Mabrey pitched in for the Wings for the game. She made 8 out of 16 for this game giving her a rate of 50.0%, and had 7 rebounds. Mabrey recorded 21 points in her 37:23 minutes of playing time and tallied 5 dimes in this contest. An additional player who was a determining factor for Dallas was Arike Ogunbowale. She wrapped the game up with 3 assists in 35:21 minutes played, and she put in 6 of 20 from the field. Ogunbowale ended up shooting 30.0% from the field and also earning 24 points and 2 boards.
Dallas has a record of 1-2 so far this season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Wings are connecting on 46.3% from the floor, which has them ranked 2nd in basketball. Dallas has scored 272 pts on the campaign (90.7 per contest) and they average 41.7 boards per game. They are earning an assist 18.3 times per game (8th in the league) and they are giving up possession 18.0 times per contest. The Wings commit 21.3 fouls per game and they connect on 78.3% from the free throw line. The Wings on the defensive side of the court are 10th in the league in points allowed per game with 86.3. They surrender 20.0 assists and 32.3 boards per contest, which ranks them 8th and 3rd in basketball. The Dallas defense allows 31.2% from downtown (24 of 77) and opponents are connecting on 77.9% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 12.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.7% from the floor (6th in the WNBA).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Dallas
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