Phoenix Mercury vs Los Angeles Sparks Prediction, 6/16/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs Los Angeles Sparks
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Amazon Prime
The Phoenix Mercury (5-6) are headed to Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the Los Angeles Sparks (4-5).
The Phoenix Mercury faced off with the New York Liberty and took a loss by a score of 85-83 in their last game. Phoenix ended the contest with a 38.5% FG percentage (25 of 65) and made 5 of their 24 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Mercury converted 28 of their 33 attempts for a percentage of 84.8%. When discussing grabbing boards, they compiled 42 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 16 assists in this contest in addition to creating 10 turnovers and getting 4 steals. When it comes to defense, Phoenix allowed 42.1% from the floor on 32 of 76 shooting. New York dished out 18 dimes and had 7 steals in the game. Moreover, New York pulled down 36 rebounds (7 offensive, 29 defensive) and got 3 blocks. New York shot 78.6% from the charity stripe by knocking down 11 of their 14 attempts. They also made 10 of 32 tries from beyond the arc.
Skylar Diggins-Smith is one player who came through in this contest. She left the arena with 25 points on 6 of 16 shooting. She was on the hardwood for 36:26 minutes and also collected 6 rebounds. Diggins-Smith finished 37.5% from the floor and distributed 5 assists. An additional player that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Mercury was Brianna Turner. She pulled down 8 rebounds in 35:53 min on the court. She went 100.0% from the floor in the matchup by going 3-of-3 (9 points). When the final whistle was blown, Turner accounted for 1 assist.
Phoenix heads into this game with a win-loss mark of 5-6 for the year. They are averaging 78.6 points per outing (9th in the WNBA) while hitting 43.1% from the field. The Mercury are shooting 28.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (67 of 235) and 76.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Phoenix is pulling in 36.4 boards per contest and has earned 213 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 3rd in the WNBA in terms of passing. They cough up possession 13.2 times per game and as a squad are committing 16.9 fouls per contest. On the defensive end of the court, the Mercury are forcing 10.1 turnovers per game and they draw 19.3 personal fouls. The Mercury defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 39.8% (111 of 212) and they relinquish 36.5 rebounds per game as a unit. They currently rank 5th in the WNBA in allowing assists with 194 conceded this season. They relinquish 31.5% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 7th in the league in points per game from their opponents (80.8).
For their last game, the Los Angeles Sparks took a loss by a score of 80-64 against the Minnesota Lynx. The Sparks earned 18 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 27 for this contest. They gave up possession 12 times, while earning 9 steals in this game. The Lynx were called for 15 fouls for the matchup which got the Sparks to the charity stripe for a total of 12 attempts. They were able to knock down 10 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 83.3%. In reference to shots from downtown, Los Angeles converted 8 of 23 tries (34.8%). In all, the Sparks finished 23 for 70 from the floor which gave them a rate of 32.9%. The Sparks allowed the Lynx to bury 25 out of their 58 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 43.1% in this contest. They shot 50.0% from three-point range by going 11 of 22 and finished the contest at 19 out of 21 at the charity stripe (90.5%). In relation to cleaning the glass, Los Angeles permitted Minnesota to collect 43 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Amanda Zahui B. pitched in for the Sparks in this matchup. She made 5 out of 14 in the game for a rate of 35.7%, and totaled 8 rebounds. Zahui B. had 15 points in her 36:20 minutes on the court, but wasn't able to get an assist. Another player who came through for Los Angeles was Kristi Toliver. She finished this one with 5 assists in her 33:06 mins played, and she shot 5 of 18 from the floor. Toliver wrapped this one up going 27.8% from the floor as well as contributing 13 points but didn't grab a rebound.
Los Angeles has a win-loss mark of 4-5 so far this year. The Sparks commit 19.1 fouls per contest and they hit 75.2% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 15.1 times per game (12th in the WNBA) and they turn it over 13.1 times per game. Los Angeles has accounted for 668 points on the campaign (74.2 per game) and they grab 29.2 rebounds per game. When it comes to offense, the Sparks are shooting 38.7% from the field, which ranks them 12th in basketball. The Sparks on the defensive end are ranked 3rd in the league in PPG given up with 78.3. The Los Angeles defense gives up 36.8% from downtown (68 of 185) and opponents are converting on 83.9% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 16.9 dimes and 41.2 rebounds per game, which ranks them 1st and 12th in the league. They are able to force 19.6 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 42.2% from the field (6th in the league).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix
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