Phoenix Mercury vs Chicago Sky Prediction, 5/31/2022 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs Chicago Sky
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Location: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL
The Phoenix Mercury (2-6) go to Wintrust Arena on Tuesday where they'll meet the Chicago Sky (4-3).
The Phoenix Mercury faced off with the Atlanta Dream and ended up losing by a score of 81-54 in their last game. Phoenix finished the contest with a 26.5% FG percentage (18 out of 68) and converted 3 of 19 3-pointers. When they shot from the free throw line, the Mercury made 15 of 21 tries for a rate of 71.4%. With respect to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 29 with 10 of them being offensive. They also doled out 9 dimes in this game in addition to forcing the other team into 23 turnovers and earning 13 steals. In the matter of defending, Phoenix allowed the other team to shoot 48.6% from the floor on 34 out of 70 shooting. Atlanta doled out 10 assists and had 9 steals in the game. On top of that, Atlanta totaled 47 rebounds (10 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Atlanta finished the game at 66.7% at the charity stripe by burying 4 of their 6 tries. They knocked down 9 of 24 attempts from long range.
Diamond DeShields is one player who was a major contributor for the game. She scored 23 points on 8 out of 27 shooting. She was on the hardwood for 36 minutes played and collected 5 boards. DeShields finished the contest at 29.6% from the floor and also dished out 1 assist.
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Phoenix comes into this one with a record of 2-6 this year. They are averaging 80.0 pts per contest (7th in basketball) while going 43.1% from the floor. The Mercury are connecting on 32.0% on shots from downtown (62 of 194) and 79.5% from the charity stripe. As a team, Phoenix is snagging 32.1 rebounds per game and has 144 assists for the campaign, which is 9th in the WNBA in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.1 times per game and as a unit they are committing 19.0 fouls per contest. When they are on defense, the Mercury are able to force 13.1 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.9 fouls. They relinquish 40.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 11th in the league in opponents points per game (88.4). The Mercury defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 46.8% (105 of 151) and they relinquish 35.0 rebounds per game as a team. They are currently ranked 9th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 170 conceded for the year.
In their last game, the Chicago Sky went home defeated by a final of 83-76 when they played the Las Vegas Aces. The Sky were able to pull down 38 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 50 for the contest. They gave up possession of the ball 10 times, while earning 4 steals for this game. The Aces were called for 13 personal fouls in this game which got the Sky to the free throw line for a total of 17 shots. They were able to bury 15 of them for a rate of 88.2%. Regarding 3-point shots, Chicago knocked down 5 out of their 31 tries (16.1%). At the conclusion of this game, the Sky shot 28 for 81 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 34.6%. The Sky allowed the Aces to knock down 31 out of 84 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 36.9% in this matchup. They wrapped up this game 20.0% from 3-point land by connecting on 4 of 20 and finished the game at 17 of 23 at the charity stripe (73.9%). Regarding team rebounding, Chicago allowed Las Vegas to get 50 in all (14 offensive).
Courtney Vandersloot ended up having an impact for the Sky for the matchup. She knocked down 5 of 12 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 41.7%, and had 9 rebounds. Vandersloot recorded 12 points in her 28 minutes on the court and tallied 3 assists in the matchup.
Chicago has a win-loss record of 4-3 for the season. Chicago has totaled 580 pts this season (82.9 per contest) and they pull down 35.7 boards per contest. The Sky are committing 17.9 personal fouls per game and they connect on 81.5% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Sky are connecting on 45.3% from the floor, which ranks them 3rd in basketball. They are assisting teammates 22.7 times per game (1st in the WNBA) and they are turning it over 13.6 times per game. The Sky are ranked 5th in the WNBA in points allowed per game with 78.0. They are able to force 14.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 41.1% from the floor (2nd in the league). The Chicago defense surrenders 32.4% on shots from beyond the arc (45 of 139) and opponents are knocking down 74.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 21.0 dimes and 36.9 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 10th and 10th in the WNBA.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago
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