Phoenix Mercury vs Indiana Fever Prediction, 9/4/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs Indiana Fever
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, IN
The Phoenix Mercury (16-10) are headed to Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday where they'll take on the Indiana Fever (6-19).
The Phoenix Mercury stepped onto the hardwood against the Chicago Sky and took home the win by a score of 103-83 in their last contest. Phoenix finished having earned a 52.0% field goal percentage (39 out of 75) and made 14 of their 27 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Mercury buried 11 of their 12 shots for a percentage of 91.7%. Regarding getting rebounds, they collected 35 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 26 assists for this game in addition to creating 11 turnovers and having 8 steals. In the matter of defense, Phoenix allowed 45.1% from the field on 32 out of 71 shooting. Chicago recorded 13 dimes and had 2 steals in this matchup. In addition, Chicago collected 32 rebounds (11 offensive, 21 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Chicago finished 86.7% at the free throw line by making 13 of 15 shots. They converted 6 out of their 20 tries from beyond the arc.
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Skylar Diggins-Smith is a player who was a major contributor in this matchup. She left the arena with 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting. She was on the court for 30:43 minutes and grabbed 8 boards. Diggins-Smith finished the game at 61.5% from the floor and distributed 10 dimes. One more player that came through in this matchup for the Mercury was Brittney Griner. She pulled down 5 rebounds in her 28:12 minutes on the hardwood. She ended up going 46.2% from the field in this game by shooting 6-of-13 (18 points). When the game finished, Griner accounted for 4 assists.
Phoenix heads into this matchup with a win-loss record of 16-10 this season. They have an average of 82.4 points per outing (5th in basketball) while connecting on 44.5% from the floor. The Mercury are connecting on 33.6% on three-point shots (190 of 565) and 79.6% from the free throw line. As a team, Phoenix is collecting 37.1 rebounds per game and is sitting with 508 dimes for the year, which is 5th in the league in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 13.0 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 16.3 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Mercury are forcing their opponents into 10.2 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.2 fouls. The Mercury defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 41.2% (265 of 498) and they surrender 35.6 rebounds per contest as a squad. They rank 1st in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 445 relinquished this year. They are giving up 31.6% on 3-pointers and they are 4th in the WNBA in points per game from their opponents (79.6).
When they last stepped on the court, the Indiana Fever went home victorious with a score of 74-72 against the Los Angeles Sparks. The Fever were able to collect 25 defensive boards and 14 offensive boards for a total of 39 for this game. They turned it over 15 times, while earning 6 steals in the game. The Sparks were called for 17 personal fouls for the game which got the Fever to the charity stripe for a total of 24 shots. They were able to convert 20 of the free throws for a clip of 83.3%. Regarding shooting from 3-point land, Indiana converted 6 of 17 attempts (35.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Fever went 24 out of 60 from the field which gave them a percentage of 40.0%. The Fever allowed the Sparks to make 28 of 59 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.5% in this game. They finished 35.3% from downtown by connecting on 6 of 17 and ended up going 10 out of 15 from the charity stripe (66.7%). When it comes to rebounding, Indiana allowed Los Angeles to pull down 20 overall (3 on the offensive glass).
Kelsey Mitchell ended up having an impact for the Fever in this contest. She knocked down 9 of 15 for the game giving her a rate of 60.0%, and totaled 3 rebounds. Mitchell earned 25 points in her 36:53 mins on the court and earned 2 assists for the matchup. Another player that played a role for Indiana was Tiffany Mitchell. She ended up finishing with 1 assist in her 32:28 minutes played, and she knocked down 4 out of 11 from the field. Mitchell ended the game having shot 36.4% from the field as well as earning 12 points and 2 rebounds.
Indiana has a win-loss mark of 6-19 on the year. The Fever are committing 18.0 fouls per game while shooting 78.8% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 16.4 times per contest (11th in the league) and they are turning it over 13.9 times per game. Indiana has tallied 1,874 pts for the year (75.0 per game) and they pull in 34.8 rebounds per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Fever are shooting 41.4% from the floor, which ranks 10th in basketball. The Fever on the defensive side of the court are 10th in the WNBA in PPG surrendered with 83.9. The Indiana defense allows 37.5% from downtown (200 of 534) and opponents are connecting on 81.8% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 19.8 dimes and 33.4 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 9th and 4th in basketball. They are forcing 12.2 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.1% from the field (10th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix
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