Phoenix Mercury vs Minnesota Lynx Prediction, 6/23/2022 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs Minnesota Lynx
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
The Minnesota Lynx (4-13) play the Phoenix Mercury (6-11) at Target Center on Thursday.
The Phoenix Mercury faced the Minnesota Lynx and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 84-71 in their last contest. Phoenix walked away from the game having earned a 39.7% field goal percentage (23 out of 58) and buried 10 out of their 30 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Mercury converted 15 of their 22 tries for a rate of 68.2%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 32 with 4 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 15 assists for the contest in addition to forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and having 6 steals. When talking about defense, Phoenix allowed 43.8% from the field on 28 out of 64 shooting. Minnesota doled out 8 dimes and had 8 steals in this matchup. Moreover, Minnesota snagged 36 rebounds (8 offensive, 28 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Minnesota walked away from this one shooting 90.0% from the free throw line by making 18 of their 20 tries. They also converted 10 of their 25 attempts from 3-point range.
Skylar Diggins-Smith is someone who was a factor for this game. She accumulated 25 points on 9 out of 18 shooting. She played for 33 minutes played and grabbed 2 boards. Diggins-Smith finished the game at 50.0% from the floor and also recorded 6 dimes.
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Phoenix comes into this game with a record of 6-11 for the season. The Mercury are connecting on 32.9% on three-point shots (145 of 441) and 79.5% from the free throw line. They average 81.5 points per game (6th in the league) on 43.9% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 13.6 times per game and as a team they commit 19.7 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Phoenix is snagging 31.1 boards per game and has racked up 326 assists on the season, which has them ranked 8th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Mercury have forced 13.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.5 fouls. They currently rank 9th in the WNBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 351 conceded for the year. The Mercury defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 45.0% (223 of 315) and they relinquish 35.5 rebounds per game as a group. They are surrendering 38.2% on 3-pointers and they rank 10th in the WNBA in PPG allowed (86.1).
In their last game, the Minnesota Lynx got the win with a final of 84-71 when they faced the Phoenix Mercury. The Lynx snagged 28 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards for a total of 36 in this game. They turned it over 11 times, while earning 8 steals for this game. The Mercury were called for 19 fouls for the matchup which got the Lynx to the free throw line for a total of 20 tries. They were able to convert 18 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 90.0%. In reference to shots from distance, Minnesota converted 10 of their 25 attempts (40.0%). In all, the Lynx ended up going 28 for 64 from the field which had them shooting 43.8%. The Lynx allowed the Mercury to convert 23 out of their 58 tries from the field which had them sitting at 39.7% for the contest. They finished 33.3% from distance by connecting on 10 of 30 and walked away from this one shooting 15 out of 22 at the free throw line (68.2%). When discussing rebounding, Minnesota permitted Phoenix to collect 32 in total (4 on the offensive side).
Kayla McBride was important for the Lynx in the game. She made 7 of 11 in this contest giving her a rate of 63.6%, and had 1 rebound. McBride accumulated 18 points in her 29 mins on the hardwood and accumulated 3 assists for this game.
Minnesota has a mark of 4-13 for the season. Minnesota has accumulated 1,339 points this year (78.8 per game) and they pull in 36.1 rebounds per contest. The Lynx are responsible for committing 17.4 fouls per contest and they connect on 77.1% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Lynx are hitting on 43.0% from the floor, which is 7th in the WNBA. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 19.9 times per game (6th in the league) and they are turning it over 14.3 times per contest. The Lynx on defense are ranked 9th in the league in points per game surrendered with 84.1. They are able to force 12.2 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 44.6% from the floor (8th in basketball). The Minnesota defense gives up 35.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter (155 of 436) and opponents are converting on 78.4% of their free throw shots. They have surrendered 21.4 assists and 32.9 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks 12th and 2nd in the league.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota
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