Phoenix Mercury vs Seattle Storm Prediction, 9/17/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs Seattle Storm
Date: Friday, September 17, 2021
Location: Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, WA
The Phoenix Mercury (19-11) go to Angel of the Winds Arena on Friday where they'll meet the Seattle Storm (20-11).
The Phoenix Mercury stepped onto the hardwood against the Connecticut Sun and went home with a loss by a final score of 76-67 in their last game. Phoenix ended having earned a 48.2% FG percentage (27 out of 56) and converted 5 of their 17 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Mercury knocked down 8 of 9 attempts for a percentage of 88.9%. In terms of hauling in rebounds, they earned 31 with 4 of them being offensive. They also distributed 20 assists in this game as well as forcing the opposition into 9 turnovers and having 5 steals. In relation to the defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to go 37.5% from the field on 24 out of 64 shooting. Connecticut doled out 9 assists and had 2 steals in this contest. Moreover, Connecticut totaled 31 rebounds (9 offensive, 22 defensive) and added 1 block. Connecticut finished the game at 94.7% at the charity stripe by making 18 of 19 attempts. They converted 10 of 23 attempts from downtown.
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Brittney Griner is a player who came through in this game. She accumulated 25 points on 11 of 18 shooting. She was on the hardwood for 38:03 mins played and pulled down 12 rebounds. Griner finished 61.1% from the floor and recorded 4 assists. One more player that had an impact in this game for the Mercury was Skylar Diggins-Smith. She had 2 rebounds in 35:00 minutes played on the night. She ended up going 44.4% from the field in this game by going 4-of-9 (11 points). Overall, Diggins-Smith collected 5 assists.
Phoenix enters this contest with a record of 19-11 for the campaign. They are averaging 81.9 points per game (5th in basketball) while hitting 44.9% from the field. The Mercury are hitting 34.2% on shots from downtown (220 of 643) and 79.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Phoenix is snagging 36.4 boards per contest and has racked up 586 assists on the year, which ranks 5th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 13.0 times per contest and as a unit are committing 16.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Mercury are forcing their opponents into 10.1 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.6 fouls. The Mercury defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 41.2% (303 of 559) and they relinquish 35.2 rebounds per game as a team. They are 2nd in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 507 conceded on the season. They are conceding 31.5% on 3-pointers while they are 3rd in the WNBA in opponents points per game (78.9).
In their last game, the Seattle Storm took a loss by a final score of 81-53 against the Los Angeles Sparks. The Storm recorded 23 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards totaling 28 for the contest. They also coughed up the ball 17 times, while earning 7 steals for the game. The Sparks committed 18 fouls in the game which took the Storm to the charity stripe for 13 tries. They were able to make 11 of the free throws for a clip of 84.6%. When talking about shots from distance, Seattle knocked down 6 of 27 attempts (22.2%). When all was said and done, the Storm finished 18 out of 56 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 32.1%. The Storm allowed the Sparks to convert 30 of their 62 attempts from the field which had them shooting 48.4% in this contest. They finished 46.2% from 3-point land via 6 out of 13 and walked away from this one shooting 15 out of 16 from the charity stripe (93.8%). With respect to how they rebounded, Seattle allowed Los Angeles to collect 37 overall (8 offensive).
Sue Bird ended up being a major contributor for the Storm in this game. She knocked down 1 of 7 for the contest for a field goal rate of 14.3%, and earned 1 rebound. Bird had 3 points in her 25:48 mins on the court, but finished this game without an assist. Someone else who was a determining factor for Seattle was Jewell Loyd. She ended up with 3 dimes in 23:46 minutes played, and she converted 2 out of 9 from the floor. Loyd ended up shooting 22.2% from the field and also notching 5 points and 3 boards.
Seattle has a win-loss record of 20-11 so far this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Storm are connecting on 44.7% from the field, which has them ranked 4th in the WNBA. Seattle has tallied 2,620 points on the season (84.5 per contest) and they snag 35.9 boards per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 21.1 times per game (2nd in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 12.4 times per game. The Storm are committing 15.5 fouls per contest and they connect on 83.7% from the charity stripe. The Storm on the defensive end are ranked 5th in basketball in PPG surrendered with 80.2. They have surrendered 19.4 dimes and 35.0 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks 8th and 5th in the league. The Seattle defense gives up 34.2% on shots from 3-point land (223 of 652) and their opposition knocks down 81.1% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 43.0% from the floor (7th in the league).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix
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