Washington Mystics vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction, 8/19/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Mystics vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Location: FootPrint Center in Phoenix, AZ
The Phoenix Mercury (11-10) host the Washington Mystics (8-12) at FootPrint Center on Thursday.
The Washington Mystics faced the Las Vegas Aces and went home with a loss by a final score of 93-83 in their last game. Washington ended the game having earned a 42.9% FG percentage (30 out of 70) and knocked down 5 out of their 27 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Mystics buried 18 of their 20 attempts for a percentage of 90.0%. When discussing hauling in rebounds, they collected 29 with 5 of them being offensive. They also dished out 15 dimes for this game in addition to forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and earning 9 steals. When it comes to defending, Washington let their opponent shoot 56.7% from the floor on 34 out of 60 shooting. Las Vegas earned 3 assists and had 4 steals in the matchup. Furthermore, Las Vegas collected 37 rebounds (3 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 3 rejections. Las Vegas finished shooting 82.6% from the charity stripe by knocking down 19 of their 23 attempts. They knocked down 6 of 11 tries from 3-point land.
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Tina Charles is one player who was a major contributor for the matchup. She left the arena with 30 points on 11 of 23 shooting. She played 36:58 minutes and snagged 10 rebounds. Charles walked away from this one shooting 47.8% from the floor and also totaled 1 assist. Another player that was a factor in the game for the Mystics was Natasha Cloud. She had 4 rebounds in 34:22 min on the basketball court. She finished shooting 33.3% from the floor in the matchup by shooting 2-of-6 (7 points). At the conclusion of this game, Cloud had 8 assists.
Washington steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss record of 8-12 on the year. They average 82.1 pts per contest (7th in the league) while hitting 41.1% from the field. The Mystics are hitting 32.9% on shots from beyond the arc (190 of 578) and 82.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Washington is snagging 34.2 boards per game and has earned 385 assists on the campaign, which ranks 10th in the WNBA in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 11.8 times per contest and as a group they are committing 17.9 personal fouls per contest. When they are on the defensive end, the Mystics are forcing their opponents into 13.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.5 personal fouls. They are ranked 6th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 396 relinquished so far this year. The Mystics defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.6% (267 of 350) and they surrender 36.6 rebounds per game as a squad. They surrender 39.6% on three-point shots while they are 9th in the league in PPG allowed (84.4).
When they last stepped on the court, the Phoenix Mercury took home the win by a final score of 84-80 against the Indiana Fever. The Mercury earned 27 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 35 for the game. They gave up possession of the ball 13 times, while earning 4 steals in the game. The Fever committed 20 fouls for the game which took the Mercury to the free throw line for 24 shots. They were able to bury 22 of those for a percentage of 91.7%. In reference to three-point attempts, Phoenix converted 6 of their 20 attempts (30.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Mercury finished shooting 28 for 67 from the field which had them shooting 41.8%. The Mercury allowed the Fever to knock down 30 of their 66 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 45.5% in this matchup. They finished the game shooting 45.5% from beyond the arc by connecting on 10 of 22 and finished the contest at 10 of 17 from the free throw line (58.8%). In relation to how they rebounded, Phoenix permitted Indiana to get 38 overall (11 on the offensive side).
Diana Taurasi ended up being a factor for the Mercury in this matchup. She converted 5 of 12 in this game for a field goal rate of 41.7%, and accounted for 7 rebounds. Taurasi racked up 22 points in her 32:42 mins on the court and earned 7 assists in this game. An additional player who came through for Phoenix was Brittney Griner. She wrapped the game up with 2 assists in 32:34 mins on the hardwood, and she shot 8 out of 14 from the floor. Griner ended the game having shot 57.1% from the field in addition to notching 25 points and 7 boards.
Phoenix has a record of 11-10 so far this year. When it comes to offense, the Mercury are connecting on 43.1% from the floor, which is ranked 5th in the league. Phoenix has earned 1,692 pts for the season (80.6 per game) and they pull down 36.1 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 19.0 times per game (7th in the WNBA) and they turn it over 12.9 times per game. The Mercury are committing 16.7 fouls per contest and they go 79.9% from the charity stripe. The Mercury on defense are ranked 7th in basketball in PPG surrendered with 81.4. The Phoenix defense gives up 32.3% on three-point shots (147 of 455) and their opposition makes 80.6% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 17.8 assists and 36.5 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 3rd and 8th in basketball. They have forced 10.0 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 42.1% from the floor (4th in the league).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Phoenix
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