Phoenix Mercury vs Seattle Storm Prediction, 9/26/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs Seattle Storm
Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Location: Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, WA
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-3)
Angel of the Winds Arena is the site where and the Seattle Storm (21-11) will take on the Phoenix Mercury (19-13) on Sunday. The spread on this game has Phoenix as 3 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 163.5.
The Phoenix Mercury faced the Las Vegas Aces and took a loss by a final of 84-83 in their last game. Phoenix wrapped up the contest having earned a 44.9% FG percentage (31 of 69) and converted 14 out of their 30 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Mercury buried 7 of their 10 shots for a percentage of 70.0%. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they earned 33 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 23 dimes for this game while forcing 8 turnovers and having 7 steals. When talking about defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to go 46.4% from the field on 32 of 69 shooting. Las Vegas doled out 12 assists and had 6 steals in this matchup. Furthermore, Las Vegas pulled down 33 rebounds (6 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Las Vegas finished shooting 93.3% from the charity stripe by knocking down 14 of 15 attempts. They also buried 6 of 17 attempts from 3-point range.
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Brittney Griner is someone who had an impact in this matchup. She finished with 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting. She was on the hardwood for 40:00 mins played and also grabbed 10 rebounds. Griner finished the game shooting 75.0% from the field and also earned 6 assists. One more player that was a major factor in the game for the Mercury was Skylar Diggins-Smith. She snagged 4 rebounds in her 37:15 minutes played. She ended up going 44.4% from the floor in the game by shooting 8-of-18 (22 points). When the time ran out, Diggins-Smith had accumulated 5 assists.
Phoenix heads into this game with a record of 19-13 for the year. They are turning it over 12.8 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 16.3 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Phoenix is collecting 36.2 boards per contest and has earned 629 assists on the season, which ranks 5th in the WNBA in terms of passing. The Mercury are hitting 34.6% on shots from beyond the arc (241 of 697) and 79.8% from the charity stripe. They average 82.1 points per contest (5th in the league) while going 45.0% from the floor. Defensively, the Mercury are forcing 10.1 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.2 personal fouls. The Mercury are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 41.7% (322 of 583) and they relinquish 34.9 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are ranked 3rd in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 546 conceded for the year. They are giving up 32.2% on 3-point shots and they rank 4th in basketball in PPG allowed (79.5).
In their last game, the Seattle Storm took home the win by a final score of 94-85 when they played the Phoenix Mercury. The Storm snagged 20 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards for a total of 26 in this game. They turned it over 11 times, while getting 7 steals in the game. The Mercury were called for 13 fouls for this game which got the Storm to the free throw line for a total of 14 attempts. They were able to convert 13 of them for a rate of 92.9%. When discussing shooting from beyond the arc, Seattle made 11 of their 22 attempts (50.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Storm went 35 out of 65 from the field which gave them a percentage of 53.8%. The Storm permitted the Mercury to convert 30 out of their 64 tries from the floor which left them shooting 46.9% in the matchup. They finished 29.2% from beyond the perimeter via 7 of 24 and finished the game at 18 of 20 at the charity stripe (90.0%). When discussing how they attacked the glass, Seattle allowed Phoenix to pull down 32 overall (13 on the offensive glass).
Mercedes Russell ended up being a major contributor for the Storm for this game. She knocked down 7 out of 9 for the contest giving her a rate of 77.8%, and accumulated 8 rebounds. Russell recorded 14 points in her 36:37 minutes on the court and earned 3 assists for the game. Another player that ended up playing a role for Seattle was Ezi Magbegor. She accumulated 4 assists in 34:14 mins on the court, and she put in 6 out of 10 from the field. Magbegor finished going 60.0% from the floor while also totaling 15 points and 6 boards.
Seattle has a win-loss mark of 21-11 this season. When it comes to offense, the Storm are shooting 45.0% from the field, which ranks them 3rd in basketball. Seattle has accumulated 2,714 points on the year (84.8 per contest) and they pull in 35.6 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 21.3 times per game (2nd in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.3 times per contest. The Storm commit 15.5 fouls per contest while shooting 83.9% from the free throw line. The Storm defensively are ranked 6th in basketball in PPG surrendered with 80.4. They have forced 12.9 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 43.1% from the floor (6th in the WNBA). The Seattle defense allows 34.0% on shots from 3-point land (230 of 676) and their opponents are making 81.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 19.4 dimes and 34.9 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 8th and 6th in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix (-3)
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