Los Angeles Sparks vs Las Vegas Aces Prediction, 8/19/2023 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Sparks vs Las Vegas Aces
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2023
Location: Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas, NV
The Las Vegas Aces (27-3) host the Los Angeles Sparks (12-18) at Michelob ULTRA Arena on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Sparks played the Atlanta Dream and walked away with a win by a score of 85-74 in their last game. Los Angeles wrapped up the game having earned a 45.2% field goal percentage (28 out of 62) and made 5 out of their 15 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Sparks converted 24 of 28 attempts for a percentage of 85.7%. Concerning rebounding, they earned 30 with 4 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 20 assists for the contest while forcing 14 turnovers and earning 8 steals. When discussing defense, Los Angeles let their opponent shoot 40.0% from the field on 24 out of 60 shooting. Atlanta dished out 4 dimes and had 5 steals for the contest. Additionally, Atlanta totaled 31 rebounds (4 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 5 blocks. Atlanta finished the contest at 91.7% when shooting free throws by burying 22 of 24 shots. They also buried 4 of 23 shots from distance.
Jordin Canada is one player who was a major contributor in this game. She ended up walking away with 20 points on 5 out of 13 shooting. She played 38 minutes played and also collected 2 rebounds. Canada finished shooting 38.5% from the floor and recorded 8 assists.
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Los Angeles heads into this matchup with a mark of 12-18 on the year. They are giving up possession 12.7 times per game and as a unit they are committing 17.4 personal fouls per game. As a team, Los Angeles is pulling in 32.0 rebounds per contest and has tallied 565 dimes for the campaign, which has them ranked 10th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Sparks are connecting on 32.5% on three-point attempts (191 of 588) and 81.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 79.1 points per contest (10th in the league) while hitting 42.2% from the field. On defense, the Sparks are forcing their opponents into 14.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.5 fouls. They rank 7th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 594 relinquished for the campaign. The Sparks defense is giving up a FG percentage of 45.9% (430 of 556) and they surrender 35.4 rebounds per game as a team. They give up 31.8% on shots from distance and they are 4th in the league in PPG allowed (81.3).
When they last stepped on the court, the Las Vegas Aces took home the win by a final score of 86-65 against the Atlanta Dream. The Aces pulled down 30 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 for the game. They also gave up possession of the ball 9 times, while recording 13 steals in this matchup. The Dream had 19 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Aces to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They were able to convert 15 of those for a rate of 78.9%. In reference to 3-point shots, Las Vegas buried 7 of their 23 attempts (30.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Aces shot 32 for 77 from the field which gave them a rate of 41.6%. The Aces permitted the Dream to make 23 of their 62 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 37.1% for the game. They finished shooting 25.0% from beyond the arc via 4 of 16 and finished the contest at 15 of 19 from the free throw line (78.9%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Las Vegas allowed Atlanta to snag 43 overall (5 on the offensive side).
A'ja Wilson was important for the Aces for the matchup. She knocked down 9 of 22 for this game for a rate of 40.9%, and had 9 rebounds. Wilson tallied 21 points in her 31 minutes on the hardwood and totaled 3 assists for this game.
Las Vegas has a record of 27-3 this season. Las Vegas has totaled 2,819 points on the campaign (94.0 per game) and they average 34.9 rebounds per game. The Aces have committed 15.6 fouls per game while shooting 83.0% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Aces are connecting on 49.6% from the field, which is 1st in the league. They are assisting teammates 21.9 times per contest (2nd in the league) and they turn it over 11.1 times per game. The Aces are ranked 2nd in the WNBA in points per game surrendered with 79.6. They have forced 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 42.4% from the floor (3rd in the league). The Las Vegas defense concedes 34.0% on shots from beyond the arc (222 of 652) and opponents are converting on 74.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 19.5 assists and 34.3 total rebounds per game, which is 4th and 6th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Las Vegas
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