Las Vegas Aces vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction, 9/8/2023 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Las Vegas Aces vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Friday, September 8, 2023
Location: Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
TV: WNBA League Pass
The Phoenix Mercury (9-29) play the Las Vegas Aces (32-6) at Footprint Center on Friday.
The Las Vegas Aces faced the Seattle Storm and went home with a win by a final score of 103-77 in their last game. Las Vegas wrapped up the game with a 46.7% field goal percentage (35 of 75) and knocked down 10 out of their 30 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Aces made 23 of their 25 shots for a percentage of 92.0%. When discussing grabbing boards, they earned 38 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 26 dimes for this game while forcing the other team into 16 turnovers and earning 10 steals. When talking about defending, Las Vegas allowed the other team to shoot 39.7% from the field on 27 out of 68 shooting. Seattle totaled 9 assists and had 5 steals in this game. On top of that, Seattle snagged 38 rebounds (9 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Seattle ended up going 82.4% at the charity stripe by burying 14 of their 17 attempts. They also made 9 out of their 22 attempts from distance.
A'ja Wilson is someone who came through in this contest. She walked away with 30 points on 12 out of 21 shooting. She was on the court for 27 mins and pulled down 10 rebounds. Wilson shot 57.1% from the field but had no assists when the time ran out.
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Las Vegas steps onto the hardwood with a record of 32-6 so far this season. They are averaging 92.6 points per outing (1st in the WNBA) while connecting on 48.3% from the floor. The Aces are shooting 37.4% on shots from beyond the arc (351 of 938) and 84.1% from the free throw line. As a unit, Las Vegas is grabbing 34.8 boards per game and has totaled 821 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 2nd in the league in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 11.2 times per game and as a squad are committing 16.1 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Aces are able to force 13.2 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.6 fouls. The Aces defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 42.7% (501 of 669) and they concede 34.4 rebounds per contest as a unit. They rank 5th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 746 surrendered on the season. They concede 34.2% on 3-pointers and they are 4th in basketball in points per game allowed (80.3).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Phoenix Mercury walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 100-77 against the Washington Mystics. The Mercury recorded 24 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 31 in this contest. They turned the ball over 12 times, while getting 4 steals in the game. The Mystics had 15 personal fouls in this game which took the Mercury to the charity stripe for 18 tries. They were able to make 13 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 72.2%. In the matter of 3-pointers, Phoenix buried 6 out of their 17 attempts (35.3%). When the game finished, the Mercury went 29 for 65 from the field which had them at 44.6%. The Mercury permitted the Mystics to convert 38 out of 67 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 56.7% in this game. They finished shooting 56.5% from 3-point land by going 13 of 23 and finished the contest at 11 out of 11 at the charity stripe (100.0%). In relation to rebounding, Phoenix allowed Washington to grab 29 overall (1 on the offensive side).
Michaela Onyenwere ended up being a major contributor for the Mercury for the matchup. She knocked down 6 of 8 in this contest giving her a field goal percentage of 75.0%, and had 3 rebounds. Onyenwere recorded 19 points in her 28 minutes on the hardwood and had 1 assist in this matchup.
Phoenix has a win-loss record of 9-29 on the campaign. The Mercury are responsible for committing 19.1 fouls per game and they go 79.8% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 19.2 times per contest (7th in the league) and they are turning it over 14.9 times per game. Phoenix has tallied 2,906 pts on the campaign (76.5 per contest) and they collect 30.7 boards per game. As an offensive team, the Mercury are connecting on 44.6% from the floor, which has them ranked 3rd in the WNBA. The Mercury on the defensive side of the court are 9th in the league in points given up per game with 84.3. They have allowed 19.9 dimes and 33.8 rebounds per game, ranking them 7th and 4th in basketball. The Phoenix defense gives up 37.2% on shots from 3-point land (295 of 793) and their opponents are making 80.7% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 12.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 44.4% from the floor (6th in the WNBA).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Las Vegas
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