Phoenix Mercury vs Indiana Fever Prediction, 6/15/2022 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs Indiana Fever
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Location: Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, IN
The Phoenix Mercury (5-8) travel to Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Wednesday where they'll meet the Indiana Fever (4-12).
The Phoenix Mercury faced the Washington Mystics and went home with a win by a final score of 99-90 in their last game. Phoenix walked away from the contest with a 51.4% FG percentage (36 of 70) and made 10 out of their 32 3-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Mercury knocked down 17 of their 21 attempts for a percentage of 81.0%. In regard to getting rebounds, they collected 30 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 21 assists for the contest as well as forcing the opposition into 18 turnovers and having 10 steals. Regarding the defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to shoot 40.0% from the field on 30 out of 75 shooting. Washington doled out 14 dimes and had 8 steals in this game. In addition, Washington had 42 rebounds (14 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 1 block. Washington ended up shooting 64.7% from the charity stripe by knocking down 22 of 34 tries. They knocked down 8 of their 29 shots from 3-point range.
Skylar Diggins-Smith is a player who came through in the game. She was able to score 27 points on 8 of 17 shooting. She played for 41 minutes and pulled down 4 rebounds. Diggins-Smith went 47.1% from the field and also recorded 5 dimes.
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Phoenix steps onto the court with a mark of 5-8 on the campaign. The Mercury are connecting on 32.3% from downtown (109 of 337) and 81.5% from the free throw line. They average 82.2 points per contest (5th in basketball) on 43.8% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 13.5 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 19.7 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Phoenix is pulling down 31.1 boards per contest and has earned 244 assists so far this year, which is 10th in the league in terms of passing. On defense, the Mercury are able to force 13.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.7 fouls. They relinquish 37.8% on 3-point shots and they are 10th in basketball in PPG allowed (86.5). The Mercury defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 45.7% (178 of 243) and they surrender 35.5 rebounds per game as a group. They are currently ranked 9th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 267 relinquished so far this season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Indiana Fever got the victory with a final of 84-80 against the Minnesota Lynx. The Fever were able to corral 22 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 in this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while earning 5 steals for this game. The Lynx had 13 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Fever to the charity stripe for 12 attempts. They were able to make 8 of those for a percentage of 66.7%. Regarding three-point attempts, Indiana converted 10 of their 23 tries (43.5%). At the conclusion of this game, the Fever finished the game shooting 33 for 70 from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.1%. The Fever permitted the Lynx to make 32 out of their 71 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 45.1% in this game. They shot 23.8% from three-point range by shooting 5 out of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 11 out of 16 at the free throw line (68.8%). With respect to how they attacked the glass, Indiana allowed Minnesota to get 36 overall (9 on the offensive side).
NaLyssa Smith was important for the Fever for the contest. She knocked down 8 of 10 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 80.0%, and had 14 rebounds. Smith scored 21 points in her 35 mins of playing time and had 4 assists in this game.
Indiana has a mark of 4-12 on the campaign. The Fever are responsible for committing 20.6 fouls per contest and they shoot 76.5% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 19.1 times per game (7th in the WNBA) and they are giving up possession 14.4 times per game. Indiana has totaled 1,276 pts for the season (79.8 per contest) and they pull in 34.0 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Fever are shooting 40.5% from the floor, which has them ranked 12th in the WNBA. The Fever on the defensive end are ranked 12th in the WNBA in points given up per game with 88.1. They allow 20.4 assists and 36.2 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 7th and 10th in the league. The Indiana defense gives up 35.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (111 of 310) and opponents are knocking down 79.4% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 46.7% from the floor (12th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Phoenix
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