Phoenix Mercury vs Connecticut Sun Prediction, 8/2/2022 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs Connecticut Sun
Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
The Phoenix Mercury (13-17) go to Mohegan Sun Arena on Tuesday where they'll meet the Connecticut Sun (20-10).
The Phoenix Mercury faced the New York Liberty and went home with a loss by a final score of 89-69 in their last game. Phoenix walked away from the contest with a 37.5% field goal percentage (24 of 64) and converted 6 of their 25 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Mercury converted 15 of 16 attempts for a rate of 93.8%. In the matter of rebounding, they compiled 26 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 20 dimes in this matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 16 turnovers and getting 5 steals. In regard to the defense, Phoenix allowed their opponent to shoot 49.3% from the floor on 35 out of 71 shooting. New York recorded 10 dimes and had 5 steals in this game. Moreover, New York collected 42 rebounds (10 offensive, 32 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. New York ended up shooting 77.8% when shooting free throws by making 7 of 9 shots. They knocked down 12 out of their 26 attempts from distance.
Sophie Cunningham is one player who was a factor in this contest. She ended up finishing with 21 points on 7 out of 16 shooting. She played for 37 mins and collected 2 boards. Cunningham went 43.8% from the field and recorded 1 assist.
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Phoenix will play this game with a win-loss mark of 13-17 on the season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.2 times per game and as a squad are committing 20.4 fouls per game. As a unit, Phoenix is snagging 31.1 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 584 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 8th in basketball in terms of passing. The Mercury are shooting 32.6% from downtown (266 of 815) and 81.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 82.9 pts per game (5th in the league) on 43.3% from the floor. On defense, the Mercury are forcing 14.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.9 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 9th in the WNBA in giving up assists with 622 surrendered this year. The Mercury defense is giving up a FG percentage of 44.6% (430 of 567) and they concede 37.0 boards per game as a unit. They are giving up 37.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 10th in the WNBA in PPG allowed (85.3).
For their last game, the Connecticut Sun took a defeat with a final score of 95-92 when they played the Chicago Sky. The Sun were able to snag 25 defensive boards and 16 offensive boards totaling 41 for the contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 15 times, while recording 11 steals for the contest. The Sky committed 13 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Sun to the free throw line for a total of 13 attempts. They were able to knock down 10 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 76.9%. In regard to three-point attempts, Connecticut converted 4 out of their 15 attempts (26.7%). When the game finished, the Sun ended up going 39 out of 91 from the floor which had them shooting 42.9%. The Sun permitted the Sky to bury 37 of 67 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 55.2% for the contest. They finished shooting 35.7% from three-point range by shooting 5 of 14 and finished the game at 16 out of 17 from the free throw line (94.1%). Regarding cleaning up the glass, Connecticut allowed Chicago to snag 32 in all (1 offensive).
Alyssa Thomas ended up having an impact for the Sun for the game. She knocked down 9 of 15 for this game for a rate of 60.0%, and had 7 rebounds. Thomas tallied 22 points in her 39 minutes on the court and had 8 dimes in the matchup.
Connecticut has a win-loss record of 20-10 for the season. The Sun commit 17.3 personal fouls per game and they connect on 79.0% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 20.8 times per game (5th in the league) and they cough up possession 14.3 times per game. Connecticut has totaled 2,553 pts for the campaign (85.1 per contest) and they collect 36.2 boards per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Sun are connecting on 46.0% from the field, which is 2nd in the WNBA. The Sun are ranked 3rd in the WNBA in points allowed per game with 78.5. They have allowed 19.7 dimes and 29.2 boards per game, which is 4th and 1st in basketball. The Connecticut defense surrenders 32.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (216 of 658) and opponents are making 80.8% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 15.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 44.0% from the floor (8th in the league).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix
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