Washington Mystics vs Los Angeles Sparks Prediction, 6/24/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Mystics vs Los Angeles Sparks
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
The Los Angeles Sparks (5-7) play the Washington Mystics (7-6) at Los Angeles Convention Center on Thursday.
The Washington Mystics played the Seattle Storm and took home the win by a score of 87-83 in their last contest. Washington walked away from the contest having earned a 44.2% FG percentage (34 of 77) and knocked down 16 of their 38 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Mystics buried 3 of 5 attempts for a percentage of 60.0%. In relation to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 39 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 25 dimes for the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 7 turnovers and earning 2 steals. When discussing the defense, Washington allowed their opponent to shoot 45.1% from the field on 32 of 71 shooting. Seattle doled out 9 assists and had 4 steals for the contest. Furthermore, Seattle totaled 36 rebounds (9 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 6 blocked shots. Seattle finished 91.7% from the free throw line by making 11 of their 12 tries. They made 8 out of their 19 attempts from downtown.
Ariel Atkins is one player who was a major contributor for the game. She accumulated 10 points on 4 out of 12 shooting. She was on the hardwood for 36:12 mins and totaled 2 boards. Atkins ended up shooting 33.3% from the field and totaled 6 dimes. One more player that came through in this game for the Mystics was Theresa Plaisance. She pulled down 9 rebounds in 35:36 minutes on the basketball court. She ended up shooting 26.7% from the floor in this matchup by shooting 4-of-15 (10 points). When all was said and done, Plaisance totaled 3 assists.
Washington comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 7-6 on the season. The Mystics are shooting 34.2% from downtown (130 of 380) and 84.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 83.1 pts per contest (5th in basketball) while going 40.6% from the floor. They turn the ball over 11.8 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 19.2 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Washington is snagging 35.5 boards per contest and has accounted for 244 assists on the year, which is 8th in the league in terms of passing. Defensively, the Mystics have forced 13.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.0 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 39.4% on shots from downtown while they are 9th in basketball in points per game allowed (83.0). The Mystics are allowing a field goal percentage of 44.4% (179 of 234) and they relinquish 36.1 rebounds per game as a team. They are 6th in the WNBA in giving up assists with 256 surrendered for the season.
The last time they took the court, the Los Angeles Sparks took a defeat with a final score of 76-73 when they played the New York Liberty. The Sparks recorded 19 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 27 in this contest. They also turned the ball over 18 times, while earning 17 steals for this game. The Liberty committed 16 fouls for the game which took the Sparks to the charity stripe for 10 attempts. They were able to knock down 5 of them for a clip of 50.0%. Regarding shooting from beyond the arc, Los Angeles made 6 of their 24 tries (25.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Sparks finished shooting 31 out of 68 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.6%. The Sparks permitted the Liberty to make 24 out of 57 tries from the floor which had them shooting 42.1% in this game. They shot 32.3% from beyond the perimeter by going 10 of 31 and finished the game at 18 of 20 at the free throw line (90.0%). When talking about how they cleaned up the glass, Los Angeles permitted New York to pull down 38 in total (11 offensive).
Kristi Toliver ended up having an impact for the Sparks for this contest. She buried 6 of 17 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 35.3%, and added 4 rebounds. Toliver had 15 points in her 35:01 minutes of playing time and had 2 dimes for the matchup. An additional player that ended being a contributor for Los Angeles was Nia Coffey. She ended up with 1 assist in 32:12 mins on the court, and she converted 6 of 13 from the field. Coffey ended up shooting 46.2% from the field while collecting 15 points and 3 boards.
Los Angeles has a win-loss mark of 5-7 this year. Los Angeles has 892 points on the year (74.3 per contest) and they collect 29.4 rebounds per game. The Sparks commit 19.9 fouls per game and they hit 73.3% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Sparks are connecting on 39.8% from the floor, which is 12th in basketball. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.9 times per contest (12th in the WNBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.8 times per contest. The Sparks are ranked 3rd in the WNBA in PPG allowed with 78.4. They are forcing 18.9 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 42.3% from the field (5th in the WNBA). The Los Angeles defense concedes 35.6% on 3-point attempts (90 of 253) and their opponents are connecting on 83.0% of their foul shots. They concede 16.8 assists and 40.0 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 1st and 12th in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Washington
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