Seattle Storm vs Los Angeles Sparks Prediction, 9/12/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Seattle Storm vs Los Angeles Sparks
Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
The Seattle Storm (20-10) travel to STAPLES Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Los Angeles Sparks (10-18).
The Seattle Storm faced the Washington Mystics and earned the victory with a final of 105-71 in their last game. Seattle walked away from the game with a 59.1% FG percentage (39 out of 66) and buried 14 of 23 three-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Storm knocked down 13 of 16 shots for a rate of 81.3%. Concerning hauling in rebounds, they earned 35 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 28 assists for the matchup as well as forcing 17 turnovers and getting 11 steals. In terms of the defense, Seattle let their opponent shoot 39.3% from the floor on 24 out of 61 shooting. Washington distributed 3 dimes and had 6 steals in this matchup. On top of that, Washington snagged 24 boards (3 offensive, 21 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Washington finished the game at 82.4% when shooting free throws by making 14 of 17 tries. They also converted 9 of their 33 shots from beyond the perimeter.
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Mercedes Russell is one player who was a major factor for this contest. She walked away with 11 points on 5 out of 7 shooting. She played 27:44 mins played and also snagged 5 rebounds. Russell finished the game at 71.4% from the floor and also earned 2 assists. Another player that was a determining factor in this game for the Storm was Jewell Loyd. She pulled down 6 rebounds in 26:37 minutes played on the night. She walked away from this one shooting 46.7% from the floor in the game by shooting 7-of-15 (20 points). When all was said and done, Loyd totaled 6 assists.
Seattle heads into this contest with a mark of 20-10 this season. They average 85.6 pts per game (2nd in basketball) while connecting on 45.1% from the field. The Storm are connecting on 38.2% on shots from downtown (258 of 675) and 83.7% from the free throw line. As a team, Seattle is collecting 36.2 rebounds per game and has tallied 643 assists this year, which is 1st in the WNBA in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 12.2 times per contest and as a unit are committing 15.5 personal fouls per contest. Defensively, the Storm are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.2 fouls. They are relinquishing 34.0% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 5th in the league in PPG allowed (80.2). The Storm defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 42.9% (391 of 517) and they concede 34.9 boards per game as a group. They rank 11th in the WNBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 589 relinquished on the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the Los Angeles Sparks took a defeat with a final score of 66-57 when they played the Minnesota Lynx. The Sparks corralled 26 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive rebounds totaling 29 for the contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while earning 9 steals in this matchup. The Lynx had 16 personal fouls for this contest which took the Sparks to the free throw line for a total of 17 shots. They were able to convert 13 of them for a rate of 76.5%. In the matter of shooting from downtown, Los Angeles made 6 out of their 19 attempts (31.6%). In all, the Sparks finished 19 out of 61 from the floor which had them shooting 31.1%. The Sparks allowed the Lynx to convert 20 of 58 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 34.5% for the contest. They finished 31.8% from distance by shooting 7 of 22 and ended up shooting 19 of 21 at the free throw line (90.5%). When it comes to rebounding, Los Angeles permitted Minnesota to collect 43 overall (9 on the offensive side).
Nneka Ogwumike pitched in for the Sparks in this contest. She buried 6 of 14 for the contest giving her a field goal percentage of 42.9%, and earned 10 rebounds. Ogwumike accumulated 16 points in her 38:18 minutes on the hardwood and totaled 1 assist for this contest. One more player that was pivotal for Los Angeles was Brittney Sykes. She finished this one with 2 dimes in 37:46 mins played, and she shot 1 of 4 from the floor. Sykes ended up shooting 25.0% from the field while also earning 5 points and 2 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a record of 10-18 on the season. Los Angeles has 2,032 pts this season (72.6 per contest) and they average 29.4 boards per contest. The Sparks are committing 19.4 fouls per game and they go 76.0% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Sparks are shooting 40.4% from the floor, which has them ranked 12th in the WNBA. They are earning an assist 15.5 times per contest (12th in the league) and they are turning it over 13.0 times per contest. The Sparks on defense are ranked 2nd in the league in points per game surrendered with 78.0. They give up 16.9 assists and 39.4 boards on a nightly basis, ranking them 1st and 12th in the league. The Los Angeles defense allows 34.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (204 of 584) and their opposition makes 82.2% of their foul shots. They are forcing 17.3 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 42.1% from the field (4th in the WNBA).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Seattle
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