Phoenix Mercury vs Las Vegas Aces Prediction, 7/7/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs Las Vegas Aces
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Location: Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas, NV
TV: Amazon Prime
The Phoenix Mercury (7-9) head to Michelob ULTRA Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Las Vegas Aces (14-4).
The Phoenix Mercury took the court against the Minnesota Lynx and went home with a loss by a final score of 99-68 in their last contest. Phoenix wrapped up the game with a 32.8% field goal percentage (21 out of 64) and made 10 of 26 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Mercury made 16 of 17 attempts for a percentage of 94.1%. Regarding grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 26 with 2 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 16 dimes for this game as well as forcing 10 turnovers and earning 5 steals. Concerning defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to go 55.1% from the field on 38 of 69 shooting. Minnesota distributed 3 assists and had 6 steals in this game. Furthermore, Minnesota snagged 41 rebounds (3 offensive, 38 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Minnesota walked away from this one shooting 100.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 14 of 14 attempts. They also converted 9 out of their 24 tries from 3-point range.
Skylar Diggins-Smith is a player who was a contributor for this game. She finished with 12 points on 4 out of 10 shooting. She was on the court for 27:00 mins and pulled down 1 rebound. Diggins-Smith ended up shooting 40.0% from the field and also recorded 3 assists. One more player that was a factor in this contest for the Mercury was Brittney Griner. She snagged 5 rebounds in her 23:29 min on the basketball court. She finished the contest at 20.0% from the field for this game by connecting on 1-of-5 (6 points). When this game wrapped up, Griner tallied 1 assist.
Phoenix will play this game with a record of 7-9 for the year. They currently have an average of 78.6 points per outing (10th in the league) while hitting 42.6% from the floor. The Mercury are connecting on 30.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (104 of 341) and 78.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Phoenix is pulling in 35.2 rebounds per game and is sitting with 290 dimes so far this season, which ranks 11th in basketball in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.8 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 16.7 fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Mercury are forcing their opponents into 10.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 20.0 fouls. They are currently ranked 1st in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 282 surrendered on the season. The Mercury defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 41.7% (489 of 1,172) and they concede 36.0 rebounds per contest as a team. They are conceding 32.3% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 6th in basketball in PPG allowed (81.3).
When they last stepped on the court, the Las Vegas Aces walked away with a victory by a final of 118-95 against the Atlanta Dream. The Aces corralled 33 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 43 in this contest. They also gave up possession 11 times, while recording 5 steals for the contest. The Dream earned 22 personal fouls for this game which took the Aces to the charity stripe for a total of 28 attempts. They were able to bury 21 of the free throws for a rate of 75.0%. In regard to three-point shots, Las Vegas made 11 of their 17 tries (64.7%). In all, the Aces ended up going 43 for 72 from the field which gave them a rate of 59.7%. The Aces allowed the Dream to convert 38 of their 80 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 47.5% in this matchup. They shot 36.8% from beyond the arc by going 7 of 19 and ended up going 12 of 16 at the charity stripe (75.0%). When discussing cleaning the glass, Las Vegas allowed Atlanta to pull down 28 in all (8 offensive).
Jackie Young was important for the Aces in this matchup. She converted 7 of 12 for this contest giving her a field goal percentage of 58.3%, and had 1 rebound. Young tallied 16 points in her 32:45 mins on the court and had 6 assists in the game. Someone else who was a determining factor for Las Vegas was Riquna Williams. She ended up walking away with 3 dimes in her 25:48 mins on the hardwood, and she knocked down 5 out of 8 from the floor. Williams ended the game having shot 62.5% from the field as well as contributing 13 points and 2 total rebounds.
Las Vegas has a win-loss mark of 14-4 this season. In terms of offensive execution, the Aces are hitting on 47.3% from the floor, which ranks them 1st in the league. Las Vegas has 1,652 points on the campaign (91.8 per contest) and they grab 38.7 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 21.1 times per contest (2nd in the league) and they are turning it over 12.2 times per game. The Aces have committed 15.6 personal fouls per game while shooting 83.1% from the charity stripe. The Aces are ranked 4th in the league in points given up per game with 80.2. They have forced 12.2 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 40.6% from the field (1st in the league). The Las Vegas defense surrenders 29.1% from downtown (123 of 423) and opponents are making 81.1% of their free throw attempts. They concede 19.1 dimes and 35.2 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 5th and 6th in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Las Vegas
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