Phoenix Mercury vs Los Angeles Sparks Prediction, 6/18/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs Los Angeles Sparks
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: CBS Sports Network
Los Angeles Convention Center is the site where and the Los Angeles Sparks (5-5) will play the Phoenix Mercury (5-7) on Friday.
The Phoenix Mercury faced the Los Angeles Sparks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 85-80 in their last game. Phoenix finished the game with a 41.3% field goal percentage (26 of 63) and buried 7 out of their 21 three-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Mercury knocked down 21 of their 28 tries for a rate of 75.0%. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they collected 38 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 18 dimes in the matchup while creating 5 turnovers and having 1 steal. When discussing defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to shoot 45.0% from the floor on 36 of 80 shooting. Los Angeles earned 17 dimes and had 3 steals in the game. Furthermore, Los Angeles collected 35 rebounds (14 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Los Angeles finished 66.7% from the charity stripe by knocking down 4 of their 6 attempts. They converted 9 of their 28 attempts from downtown.
Brianna Turner is one player who was a contributor in this game. She left the arena with 6 points on 2 of 5 shooting. She saw the court for 34:22 minutes played and also pulled down 12 rebounds. Turner finished shooting 40.0% from the floor but had no assists at the end of the game. Another player that had an impact in the matchup for the Mercury was Skylar Diggins-Smith. She collected 6 rebounds in her 33:45 min on the hardwood. She finished shooting 30.8% from the field for the game by going 4-of-13 (15 points). When this game wrapped up, Diggins-Smith collected 10 assists.
Phoenix steps onto the hardwood with a record of 5-7 so far this season. They average 78.8 points per game (10th in basketball) while going 42.9% from the field. The Mercury are shooting 28.9% on shots beyond the perimeter (74 of 256) and 76.5% from the free throw line. As a unit, Phoenix is collecting 36.5 boards per contest and has earned 231 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 4th in the WNBA in terms of passing the ball. They turn the ball over 12.9 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 16.8 fouls per contest. When they are on defense, the Mercury have forced 9.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.6 personal fouls. The Mercury are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.2% (116 of 235) and they relinquish 36.4 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are ranked 6th in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 211 surrendered so far this season. They give up 31.5% on shots from distance while they are 6th in the WNBA in PPG from their opponents (81.2).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Los Angeles Sparks got the win with a final of 85-80 when they faced the Phoenix Mercury. The Sparks were able to snag 21 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive boards totaling 35 in this game. They also gave up possession 5 times, while getting 3 steals in this contest. The Mercury had 15 fouls for the game which took the Sparks to the charity stripe for 6 attempts. They were able to bury 4 of the free throws for a percentage of 66.7%. Concerning 3-point attempts, Los Angeles made 9 out of their 28 tries (32.1%). Overall, the Sparks finished shooting 36 for 80 from the floor which gave them a rate of 45.0%. The Sparks permitted the Mercury to make 26 of 63 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.3% in the matchup. They shot 33.3% from 3-point land by shooting 7 out of 21 and ended up going 21 of 28 at the free throw line (75.0%). When it comes to rebounds, Los Angeles permitted Phoenix to snag 38 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
Amanda Zahui B. pitched in for the Sparks in this contest. She made 6 out of 19 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 31.6%, and accounted for 7 rebounds. Zahui B. accumulated 15 points in her 34:36 minutes on the hardwood, but wasn't able to tally an assist. Another player that ended being a contributor for Los Angeles was Erica Wheeler. She wrapped the game up with 10 assists in 30:41 minutes on the hardwood, and she knocked down 8 of 17 from the field. Wheeler finished going 47.1% from the field and also earning 18 points and 5 boards.
Los Angeles has a record of 5-5 this year. The Sparks commit 19.5 personal fouls per game and they shoot 74.8% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 15.3 times per contest (12th in the WNBA) and they are turning it over 12.3 times per contest. Los Angeles has earned 753 points for the year (75.3 per contest) and they collect 29.8 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Sparks are hitting on 39.4% from the floor, which ranks 12th in the league. The Sparks on the defensive end are ranked 2nd in the league in points given up per game with 78.5. The Los Angeles defense concedes 36.4% from downtown (75 of 206) and their opponents are making 82.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 17.0 assists and 40.9 boards per contest, which is ranked 1st and 12th in basketball. They are forcing 18.6 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 42.1% from the field (5th in the league).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix
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