Los Angeles Sparks vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction, 6/2/2023 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Sparks vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Friday, June 2, 2023
Location: Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
TV: WNBA League Pass
The Los Angeles Sparks (1-2) are headed to Footprint Center on Friday where they'll meet the Phoenix Mercury (1-2).
The Los Angeles Sparks stepped onto the hardwood against the Las Vegas Aces and took a loss by a score of 93-65 in their last game. Los Angeles ended with a 36.8% field goal percentage (25 of 68) and buried 8 of their 22 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Sparks knocked down 7 of 9 tries for a percentage of 77.8%. In reference to rebounding, they collected 33 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 18 assists in this game in addition to forcing the opposition into 9 turnovers and having 2 steals. Concerning defense, Los Angeles allowed the other team to go 46.3% from the floor on 37 out of 80 shooting. Las Vegas distributed 9 assists and had 16 steals in this game. Additionally, Las Vegas had 38 rebounds (9 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 8 blocked shots. Las Vegas shot 83.3% at the charity stripe by converting 10 of 12 shots. They also converted 9 out of their 32 attempts from 3-point land.
Nneka Ogwumike is a player who was a factor for the contest. She finished with 16 points on 7 out of 8 shooting. She was on the hardwood for 19 mins and also collected 5 rebounds. Ogwumike finished the contest at 87.5% from the floor but had no assists when the game ended.
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Los Angeles heads into this contest with a mark of 1-2 on the year. They are giving up possession 12.0 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 18.7 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Los Angeles is pulling in 31.7 boards per contest and is sitting with 61 assists on the season, which is 10th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Sparks are shooting 38.1% on 3-point shots (24 of 63) and 82.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 81.3 points per outing (4th in basketball) while going 39.6% from the field. On defense, the Sparks have forced 16.0 turnovers per game while drawing 17.3 fouls. The Sparks defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 46.5% (48 of 52) and they relinquish 36.3 rebounds per game as a squad. They are currently ranked 2nd in the league in allowing assists with 61 relinquished for the season. They concede 33.3% on shots from distance and they are ranked 9th in the WNBA in PPG from their opponents (86.0).
The last time they took the court, the Phoenix Mercury went home victorious with a score of 90-81 against the Minnesota Lynx. The Mercury pulled down 27 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards totaling 33 in the game. They coughed up the ball 18 times, while recording 5 steals in this contest. The Lynx committed 22 personal fouls in this game which took the Mercury to the free throw line for a total of 23 tries. They were able to bury 21 of them for a percentage of 91.3%. Regarding shots from downtown, Phoenix buried 13 of 28 tries (46.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Mercury shot 28 for 57 from the field which had them shooting 49.1%. The Mercury allowed the Lynx to make 28 of 70 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 40.0% in this game. They shot 16.7% from beyond the arc by going 3 of 18 and ended up shooting 22 of 25 at the free throw line (88.0%). When talking about attacking the glass, Phoenix allowed Minnesota to pull down 25 in total (6 on the offensive side).
Diana Taurasi ended up being a factor for the Mercury in this game. She made 5 of 12 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 41.7%, and had 3 rebounds. Taurasi totaled 23 points in her 32 minutes of playing time and had 10 assists for the game.
Phoenix has a win-loss record of 1-2 this season. As an offense, the Mercury are shooting 43.6% from the floor, which ranks 3rd in the WNBA. Phoenix has tallied 230 pts on the campaign (76.7 per contest) and they pull down 32.0 boards per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 19.3 times per contest (6th in the league) and they turn it over 18.3 times per contest. The Mercury commit 21.3 fouls per contest and they hit 83.6% from the free throw line. The Mercury on the defensive end are ranked 8th in the league in PPG given up with 83.3. The Phoenix defense allows 32.7% on shots from distance (18 of 55) and their opponents are knocking down 84.9% of their free throw attempts. They give up 18.7 assists and 32.0 total boards per game, which ranks them 6th and 1st in basketball. They are able to force 9.3 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 39.9% from the floor (6th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Phoenix
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