Phoenix Mercury vs Atlanta Dream Prediction, 5/29/2022 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs Atlanta Dream
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2022
Location: Gateway Center Arena in College Park, GA
The Phoenix Mercury (2-5) head to Gateway Center Arena on Sunday where they'll take on the Atlanta Dream (4-3).
The Phoenix Mercury played the Los Angeles Sparks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 99-94 in their last contest. Phoenix finished the game having earned a 56.7% FG percentage (34 out of 60) and buried 7 of their 20 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Mercury buried 19 of their 23 attempts for a rate of 82.6%. In regard to pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 26 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 21 assists for this game while forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and getting 10 steals. In reference to defending, Phoenix allowed their opponent to shoot 59.1% from the floor on 39 of 66 shooting. Los Angeles doled out 5 assists and had 10 steals in this game. In addition, Los Angeles grabbed 24 rebounds (5 offensive, 19 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Los Angeles finished 76.5% at the free throw line by converting 13 of their 17 shots. They buried 8 of 11 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Skylar Diggins-Smith is one player who played a role in the game. She notched 28 points on 11 out of 17 shooting. She was on the hardwood for 36 minutes played and also snagged 4 boards. Diggins-Smith finished the game at 64.7% from the floor and also earned 2 assists.
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Phoenix heads into this matchup with a record of 2-5 this year. The Mercury are shooting 33.7% on 3-pointers (59 of 175) and 80.8% from the free throw line. They have an average of 83.7 points per outing (4th in the league) while hitting 45.5% from the field. They cough up possession 13.0 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 19.6 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Phoenix is grabbing 32.6 boards per game and has tallied 135 dimes for the campaign, which is 9th in the WNBA in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Mercury are able to force 11.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.9 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 7th in basketball in allowing assists with 145 relinquished this year. The Mercury defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 46.5% (82 of 132) and they surrender 33.3 rebounds per game as a squad. They concede 40.4% from 3-point land and they rank 12th in basketball in opponents points per game (89.4).
The last time they took the court, the Atlanta Dream walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 70-50 when they played the Washington Mystics. The Dream were able to pull down 27 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards totaling 36 in this game. They gave up possession of the ball 23 times, while getting 8 steals for the contest. The Mystics were called for 17 personal fouls for this contest which took the Dream to the free throw line for 8 tries. They were able to knock down 6 of the free throw tries for a rate of 75.0%. In reference to 3-point attempts, Atlanta knocked down 4 of 21 attempts (19.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Dream finished the game shooting 20 out of 56 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 35.7%. The Dream allowed the Mystics to make 26 of 60 tries from the floor which left them shooting 43.3% in the matchup. They finished shooting 31.8% from three-point range via 7 of 22 and ended up going 11 of 15 from the free throw line (73.3%). With respect to how they rebounded, Atlanta allowed Washington to collect 30 in total (6 on the offensive side).
Kristy Wallace ended up being a major contributor for the Dream for the game. She converted 4 of 6 for this contest for a field goal rate of 66.7%, and added 7 rebounds. Wallace earned 8 points in her 28 minutes of playing time and accounted for 2 dimes for the matchup.
Atlanta has a mark of 4-3 on the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Dream are connecting on 41.2% from the field, which is 8th in the league. Atlanta has tallied 525 pts so far this season (75.0 per game) and they average 35.9 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 14.3 times per game (12th in the league) and they are giving up possession 17.4 times per game. The Dream are committing 22.3 personal fouls per game and they hit 80.5% from the free throw line. The Dream are ranked 3rd in the league in points given up per game with 76.6. The Atlanta defense gives up 31.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter (53 of 166) and their opposition makes 76.5% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 18.3 dimes and 33.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 4th and 6th in basketball. They are forcing 13.9 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 38.7% from the field (1st in basketball).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix
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