Phoenix Mercury vs Las Vegas Aces Prediction, 8/20/2022 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs Las Vegas Aces
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022
Location: Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (+15.5)
Michelob ULTRA Arena is the venue where and the Las Vegas Aces (26-10) will play the Phoenix Mercury (15-21) on Saturday. Phoenix opens this matchup as 15.5 point dogs. The O/U has been set at 166.5.
The Phoenix Mercury faced off with the Las Vegas Aces and took a loss by a score of 79-63 in their last contest. Phoenix wrapped up the contest having earned a 31.1% FG percentage (23 of 74) and made 5 of their 18 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Mercury buried 12 of 17 tries for a percentage of 70.6%. When talking about pulling down rebounds, they earned a total of 38 with 10 of them being offensive. They also doled out 15 dimes for this game as well as creating 10 turnovers and having 3 steals. When talking about the defense, Phoenix allowed 40.6% from the field on 26 of 64 shooting. Las Vegas dished out 6 assists and had 5 steals in this game. In addition, Las Vegas grabbed 42 boards (6 offensive, 36 defensive) and had 7 blocks. Las Vegas finished the game at 100.0% at the charity stripe by burying 18 of 18 shots. They buried 9 out of their 28 attempts from three-point range.
Megan Gustafson is a player who was a contributor for the contest. She totaled 12 points on 4 out of 7 shooting. She played 21 mins and also snagged 4 rebounds. Gustafson finished the contest at 57.1% from the floor and also recorded 1 assist.
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Phoenix will play this game with a mark of 15-21 so far this year. They lose possession via turnover 13.3 times per game and as a group they are committing 19.8 personal fouls per game. As a team, Phoenix is pulling down 31.2 boards per game and has racked up 692 assists for the year, which has them ranked 8th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Mercury are shooting 32.9% on shots from downtown (316 of 961) and 81.7% from the free throw line. They have an average of 81.1 pts per game (7th in the league) on 42.9% from the field. When they are on defense, the Mercury are able to force 14.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.4 fouls. They are giving up 36.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 10th in the league in PPG allowed (84.1). The Mercury defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 44.1% (511 of 661) and they surrender 37.2 rebounds per game as a group. They rank 6th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 742 conceded on the season.
The last time they took the court, the Las Vegas Aces got the victory with a final of 79-63 when they played the Phoenix Mercury. The Aces were able to pull down 36 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards totaling 42 for the game. They also coughed up the ball 10 times, while getting 5 steals in the matchup. The Mercury were called for 17 personal fouls for the contest which got the Aces to the charity stripe for a total of 18 tries. They were able to convert 18 of them for a clip of 100.0%. In regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, Las Vegas converted 9 of their 28 tries (32.1%). When this game wrapped up, the Aces went 26 out of 64 from the field which gave them a rate of 40.6%. The Aces permitted the Mercury to make 23 of 74 tries from the field which had them sitting at 31.1% in this matchup. They wrapped up this game 27.8% from three-point range via 5 of 18 and finished the contest at 12 out of 17 from the free throw line (70.6%). When discussing cleaning up the glass, Las Vegas permitted Phoenix to grab 38 in total (10 offensive).
Kelsey Plum was important for the Aces in the game. She converted 6 of 13 for the game for a field goal percentage of 46.2%, and accumulated 5 rebounds. Plum racked up 22 points in her 35 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 4 assists for the matchup.
Las Vegas has a win-loss record of 26-10 on the season. When it comes to offense, the Aces are shooting 46.0% from the floor, which ranks 3rd in the league. Las Vegas has scored 3,256 points on the season (90.4 per game) and they collect 35.4 rebounds per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 20.8 times per contest (4th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 11.1 times per contest. The Aces are committing 15.8 fouls per game and they go 82.3% from the charity stripe. The Aces on the defensive end are ranked 9th in basketball in PPG given up with 84.1. The Las Vegas defense surrenders 35.6% on 3-point attempts (329 of 925) and their opponents are knocking down 79.6% of their foul shots. They surrender 21.0 dimes and 36.2 total boards per game, which is 9th and 10th in the WNBA. They have forced 12.6 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.7% from the field (5th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Las Vegas (-15.5)
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