Washington Mystics vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction, 9/5/2023 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Mystics vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Location: Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
TV: WNBA League Pass
The Washington Mystics (17-20) head to Footprint Center on Tuesday where they'll meet the Phoenix Mercury (9-28).
The Washington Mystics faced off with the Los Angeles Sparks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 72-64 in their last game. Washington walked away from the contest having earned a 40.0% FG percentage (26 of 65) and buried 6 out of their 26 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the free throw line, the Mystics buried 6 of their 7 tries for a rate of 85.7%. Regarding grabbing boards, they collected 31 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 16 assists in this contest in addition to forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and earning 6 steals. When it comes to defense, Washington let their opponent shoot 39.7% from the floor on 23 out of 58 shooting. Los Angeles recorded 2 assists and had 8 steals for this game. Moreover, Los Angeles snagged 31 boards (2 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Los Angeles ended up going 87.5% when shooting free throws by making 21 of 24 attempts. They also knocked down 5 of their 20 attempts from downtown.
Brittney Sykes is one player who was a contributor in the matchup. She left the arena with 14 points on 6 of 14 shooting. She played 31 mins played and totaled 3 rebounds. Sykes shot 42.9% from the field and also distributed 2 assists.
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Washington comes into this one with a record of 17-20 for the campaign. They have an average of 79.9 pts per game (9th in the league) while hitting 42.4% from the field. The Mystics are connecting on 32.8% on shots beyond the perimeter (278 of 847) and 81.9% from the free throw line. As a unit, Washington is pulling in 32.4 rebounds per contest and has tallied 697 assists for the campaign, which ranks 9th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 12.6 times per game and as a squad are committing 18.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Mystics are forcing 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.3 personal fouls. The Mystics defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 43.8% (548 of 678) and they concede 35.7 boards per game as a unit. They are currently ranked 5th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 729 surrendered for the year. They concede 34.8% on 3-pointers and they are 5th in basketball in PPG allowed (80.8).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Phoenix Mercury took a loss by a final score of 86-73 against the Minnesota Lynx. The Mercury were able to collect 28 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 37 for the game. They turned the ball over 12 times, while recording 5 steals in this game. The Lynx were called for 23 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Mercury to the free throw line for a total of 22 attempts. They were able to knock down 16 of those for a rate of 72.7%. When discussing three-point attempts, Phoenix buried 7 of their 14 tries (50.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Mercury went 25 for 68 from the field which gave them a percentage of 36.8%. The Mercury permitted the Lynx to make 31 of their 72 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.1% in this game. They went 42.9% from downtown by shooting 9 out of 21 and finished the contest at 15 of 22 from the free throw line (68.2%). Concerning how they attacked the glass, Phoenix permitted Minnesota to get 41 in all (10 offensive).
Moriah Jefferson ended up having an impact for the Mercury in the matchup. She made 13 out of 22 for the game for a rate of 59.1%, and earned 2 rebounds. Jefferson scored 32 points in her 32 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 4 dimes in this matchup.
Phoenix has a win-loss mark of 9-28 on the campaign. On the offensive side of the court, the Mercury are hitting on 44.6% from the field, which is 3rd in the league. Phoenix has earned 2,829 points on the campaign (76.5 per contest) and they grab 30.7 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 19.1 times per game (7th in the league) and they turn it over 15.0 times per contest. The Mercury are committing 19.3 fouls per game while shooting 80.1% from the free throw line. The Mercury defensively are ranked 7th in the league in points given up per game with 83.8. They have allowed 19.7 dimes and 33.9 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 7th and 4th in the WNBA. The Phoenix defense gives up 36.6% on shots from 3-point land (282 of 770) and their opposition makes 80.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 12.2 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 44.1% from the field (6th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Washington
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