Indiana Fever vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction, 8/20/2023 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Fever vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Sunday, August 20, 2023
Location: Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
TV: WNBA League Pass
The Indiana Fever (8-23) head to Footprint Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Phoenix Mercury (9-21).
The Indiana Fever faced the New York Liberty and ended up losing by a score of 100-89 in their last contest. Indiana ended with a 46.5% FG percentage (33 of 71) and buried 7 of their 18 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Fever buried 16 of their 19 shots for a percentage of 84.2%. When talking about grabbing boards, they collected 32 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 18 assists for the matchup while forcing the opposition into 8 turnovers and getting 2 steals. When discussing defending, Indiana allowed 51.4% from the field on 37 of 72 shooting. New York totaled 10 assists and had 7 steals for the game. Furthermore, New York snagged 35 rebounds (10 offensive, 25 defensive) and had 5 blocks. New York ended up going 73.7% when shooting free throws by knocking down 14 of 19 tries. They also made 12 of 29 attempts from downtown.
Kelsey Mitchell is someone who played a role in the matchup. She ended up scoring 22 points on 8 of 17 shooting. She played for 35 minutes played but did not grab any rebounds. Mitchell finished the game at 47.1% from the field and also totaled 3 assists.
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Indiana enters this matchup with a mark of 8-23 on the year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.2 times per game and as a team are committing 20.2 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Indiana is snagging 34.4 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 561 dimes so far this season, which ranks 11th in the league in terms of passing. The Fever are shooting 32.3% on three-point shots (196 of 606) and 79.7% from the charity stripe. They average 80.4 pts per game (8th in the league) while connecting on 44.2% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Fever are forcing 12.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.5 personal fouls. They are conceding 38.1% on three-point shots and they are ranked 12th in the league in PPG allowed (85.2). The Fever defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 44.8% (390 of 544) and they relinquish 32.1 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are ranked 12th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 645 conceded for the season.
The last time they took the court, the Phoenix Mercury took a loss by a final score of 81-71 when they played the Seattle Storm. The Mercury recorded 20 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 31 in this contest. They also coughed up the ball 8 times, while getting 10 steals in the game. The Storm had 10 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Mercury to the charity stripe for a total of 7 tries. They were able to make 4 of them for a percentage of 57.1%. When talking about 3-point attempts, Phoenix knocked down 5 of their 23 tries (21.7%). Overall, the Mercury finished the game shooting 31 out of 75 from the field which had them sitting at 41.3%. The Mercury allowed the Storm to convert 32 out of their 62 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 51.6% in the game. They finished 46.7% from 3-point land by shooting 7 of 15 and walked away from this one shooting 10 of 11 from the free throw line (90.9%). In regard to team rebounding, Phoenix permitted Seattle to grab 38 in all (7 offensive).
Sophie Cunningham was important for the Mercury for the game. She buried 9 of 17 for this game for a field goal percentage of 52.9%, and had 3 rebounds. Cunningham had 25 points in her 35 minutes on the hardwood and had 3 dimes in this game.
Phoenix has a mark of 9-21 on the season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Mercury are connecting on 44.8% from the field, which has them ranked 3rd in the league. Phoenix has totaled 2,334 pts this year (77.8 per contest) and they average 30.7 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 19.8 times per game (6th in basketball) and they cough up possession 15.4 times per game. The Mercury commit 19.7 fouls per game and they hit 81.4% from the free throw line. The Mercury are ranked 6th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 83.4. They are able to force 12.7 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 43.7% from the field (5th in the WNBA). The Phoenix defense concedes 35.0% on 3-pointers (221 of 632) and opponents are converting on 80.9% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 19.6 assists and 34.0 boards per contest, which ranks them 6th and 4th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Indiana
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