Phoenix Mercury vs Seattle Storm Prediction, 7/11/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs Seattle Storm
Date: Sunday, July 11, 2021
Location: Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, WA
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Seattle Storm (15-4) play the Phoenix Mercury (8-9) at Angel of the Winds Arena on Sunday.
The Phoenix Mercury faced off with the Las Vegas Aces and took home the win by a score of 99-90 in their last contest. Phoenix ended the game with a 43.2% FG percentage (32 of 74) and converted 10 of their 27 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Mercury made 25 of 29 tries for a percentage of 86.2%. In the matter of getting rebounds, they earned 45 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 21 assists for the matchup while forcing the opposition into 6 turnovers and having 4 steals. In regard to the defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to shoot 43.9% from the field on 36 out of 82 shooting. Las Vegas totaled 9 assists and had 7 steals for this game. Moreover, Las Vegas grabbed 43 rebounds (9 offensive, 34 defensive) and had 3 blocked shots. Las Vegas went 62.5% when shooting free throws by making 15 of their 24 attempts. They also converted 3 out of their 13 shots from 3-point range.
Skylar Diggins-Smith is one player who was important for the matchup. She ended up finishing with 27 points on 7 of 20 shooting. She played for 42:55 mins played and pulled down 1 board. Diggins-Smith shot 35.0% from the floor and also dished out 8 dimes. An additional player that had an impact in this game for the Mercury was Brittney Griner. She pulled down 10 rebounds in her 41:38 min on the basketball court. She ended up going 58.3% from the field in this game by shooting 14-of-24 (33 points). When the final whistle blew, Griner earned 5 assists.
Phoenix will enter this game with a win-loss record of 8-9 on the year. They turn the ball over 12.7 times per contest and as a team are committing 16.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Phoenix is pulling down 35.8 boards per contest and has 311 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 10th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Mercury are shooting 31.0% on three-point attempts (114 of 368) and 79.4% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 79.8 pts per contest (9th in the WNBA) while connecting on 42.6% from the field. On defense, the Mercury are able to force 9.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.1 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 32.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 6th in the league in PPG allowed (81.8). The Mercury defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 41.9% (169 of 341) and they relinquish 36.4 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 2nd in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 304 relinquished on the year.
In their last game, the Seattle Storm took home the win by a final score of 71-62 when they played the Los Angeles Sparks. The Storm earned 23 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 in the game. They also gave up possession 19 times, while earning 11 steals in this matchup. The Sparks had 19 fouls in this matchup which took the Storm to the free throw line for 21 attempts. They were able to knock down 20 of them for a clip of 95.2%. Concerning shooting from 3-point land, Seattle converted 5 out of 20 attempts (25.0%). Overall, the Storm ended up shooting 23 out of 61 from the field which had them shooting 37.7%. The Storm permitted the Sparks to bury 21 of 59 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 35.6% in this contest. They shot 21.1% from 3-point land by going 4 out of 19 and finished the contest at 16 of 20 from the free throw line (80.0%). Concerning attacking the glass, Seattle permitted Los Angeles to pull down 28 overall (7 offensive).
Breanna Stewart ended up being important for the Storm for the matchup. She converted 8 out of 15 for the matchup giving her a field goal percentage of 53.3%, and accounted for 11 rebounds. Stewart scored 27 points in her 34:36 minutes on the court and added 1 assist for the contest. An additional player who came through for Seattle was Jewell Loyd. She ended up walking away with 2 dimes in 30:52 minutes on the court, and she shot 5 out of 13 from the field. Loyd wrapped this one up going 38.5% from the field in addition to earning 18 points and 6 rebounds.
Seattle has a record of 15-4 for the campaign. The Storm commit 15.7 personal fouls per game and they connect on 82.9% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 22.0 times per game (1st in the WNBA) and they turn it over 12.2 times per game. Seattle has accounted for 1,656 pts for the year (87.2 per contest) and they grab 36.7 rebounds per game. As an offensive unit, the Storm are hitting on 45.9% from the floor, which ranks them 2nd in the league. The Storm on the defensive side of the court are 4th in basketball in PPG allowed with 79.6. They have forced 12.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.3% from the floor (4th in the league). The Seattle defense concedes 30.6% on 3-point shots (117 of 382) and opponents are knocking down 78.5% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 19.1 assists and 35.4 rebounds per game, which is 6th and 6th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix
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