LVA vs PHO Dream11 Prediction WNBA Live Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Las Vegas Aces vs Phoenix Mercury

Updated on: Aug 20, 2022 10:09 pm IST

  • LVA vs PHO Dream11

    LVA vs PHO Dream11: The WNBA has been in the Playoffs mode and this has been another fantastic season. We have seen an upset already as then number one seeded Sky got a great dose of upset by Liberty in the Game 1 of the First Round. But the number-two seeded the Las Vegas Aces had no trouble defeating the Phoenix Mercury in their first game of the Postseason.

    The first game was way too low-scoring than expected as the Aces closed out the Mercury 79:63. The total of 142 was like 30-40 points below what was expected here. The Mercury despite missing key pieces put up a decent fight but Plum’s 22 points proved rather too much in the end. The Mercury surely missed a big-time shot-creator here and the Aces defense looked in turbo mode compared to the Regular Season. The Aces should close the series here.

    Host: Las Vegas Aces
    Visitors: Phoenix Mercury
    Match Timing: 21 August, @ 07:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
    Venue: Michelob Ultra Arena

    WNBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

    Mercury has endured a lot

    The list is long for Mercury when it comes to the tumult of the season. First, Griner was imprisoned in Russia then Tina Charles parted ways after things didn’t work out. Then Diana Taurasi got injured, then Skylar Diggins-Smith was ruled out for “personal reasons”, basically suspended by the team for reasons not known. To make it worse, Shey Peddy ruptured her ACL and that sums up the Mercury season.

    And to make the matters the worst, they have run into an Aces team that is built for Playoffs Aces. While the Mercury limited them to around 40% shooting in Game 1, they were stifled due to the lack of scoring options and shot a paltry 30.7% in response. Except for Megan Gustafson and Sophie Cunningham, no player shot in excess of 40% and they surely missed their playmakers and shot-creators in this game. The Aces look primed to win here considering their loaded lineup of Plum, Young, Gray, Wilson, and Stokes.

    Performance Predictions

    Highest scorer: A’ja Wilson: 25
    Highest rebounder: A’ja Wilson: 12
    Top assists maker: Kelsey Plum: 7
    Score Prediction: Aces: 89    Mercury: 74

    Las Vegas Aces vs Phoenix Mercury WNBA Live, Team News, and Lineups

    Las Vegas Aces Teams News:

    • Dearica Hamby is OUT.

    Aces Expected Starting Five
    Two-Way Star Forward: PF: A’ja Wilson
    Rebounding Specialist: C: Kiah Stokes
    Veteran Playmaking Guard: PG: Chelsea Gray
    Sharp-Shooting Playmaking Guard: PG: Kelsey Plum
    Athletic All-Around Guard: SG: Jackie Young

    BENCH: Riquna Williams, Theresa Plaisance, Sydney Colson, Aisha Sheppard, Kierstan Bell.

    Phoenix Mercury Teams News:

    • Brittney Griner, Kia Nurse, Diana Taurasi, Shey Peddy are OUT.
    • Skylar Diggins-Smith is SUSPENDED

    Mercury Expected Starting Five
    Post-Defensive Forward: F: Brianna Turner
    Big Body: C: Megan Gustafson
    Defensive Threat and Off-Ball Shooter: G/F: Sophie Cunningham
    Rugged Guard: G: Jennie Simms
    Isolation Threat: SG: Diamond DeShields

    BENCH: Kaela Davis, Reshanda Gray, Yvonne Turner, Sam Thomas.

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    Diamond DeShields(PHO)
    Points: 18
    Rebounds: 08
    Assists: 02

    Diamond shot 7/22 in Game 1 and the major load shifts upon her in the absence of almost all major players. I believe she will be in 15-22 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 4-6 assists range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-42

    Kelsey Plum(LVA)
    Points: 22
    Rebounds: 05
    Assists: 04
    Steals: 01
    Guard Kelsey had a strong Game 1, making six of her 13 shots while also being a huge factor as a passer and rebounder. I beleive she will be in 20+ points and 4-7 assists range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-46

    Sophie Cunningham(PHO)
    Points: 12
    Rebounds: 04
    Assists: 02
    Steals: 01
    Cunningham was more effective with a consistent playmaker around her but all in all, she is having the best season of her career. I believe she will be in 14-19 points and 4-6 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-30

    A’ja Wilson(LVA)
    Points: 08
    Rebounds: 12
    Assists: 03
    Blocks: 03
    Forward A’ja was stalled to 2/11 in Game 1 but there is no way that it should happen again for the elite scorer, rebounder, and defender. I believe she will be in 20+ points, 9-14 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 Prediction scenario.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-51

    Brianna Turner(PHO)
    Points: 02
    Rebounds: 16
    Assists: 02
    Blocks: 01

    Turner did a great job of restricting A’ja in the last game and also had a strong rebounder game, but her offense is usually limited. I believe she will be in 4-8 points, 8-13 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-28

    Jackie Young(LVA)
    Points: 16
    Rebounds: 05
    Assists: 02
    Steals: 01
    Guard Young brings a lot of stability as both the off-the-ball and as a shot-creator while being an all-around presence. I believe she will be in 14-21 points, 4-6 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-35

    LVA vs PHO DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

    • Chelsea Gray (LVA) had 17 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal in the last game. Guard Gray made six of nine shots and she can do much more damage  at times. I believe she will be in 13-18 points and 4-6 assists range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-36
    • Jenna Sims(PHO) had 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist  in the last game. Sims shot just 1/6 in the last game but will need to do more. I believe she will be in 6-10 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 10-20
    • Megan Gustafson(PHO) had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block in the last game. Center Gustafson is receiving a decent chunk of minutes due to the long list of abnsentees. I believe she will be in 8-14 points andd 4-7 rebounds range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-26
    • Kiah Stokes(LVA) had 8 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal in the last game. Center Stokes has been a wonderful rebounder throughout her career. I believe she will be in 6-10 points, 9-13 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 19-29
    • Kaela Davis(PHO) had 9 points, 1 rebounds in the last game. Kaela can get decent minutes here.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 6-12
    • Riquna Williams(LVA) had 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal in the last game. Williams has been struggling a bit with her shot due to injuries. I believe she will be in 2-5 points range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 6-12

    LVA vs PHO Dream11 Team

    (Recommended)

    PG: K Plum(PP)
    SG: C Gray, J Simms
    SF: D DeShields
    PF: S Cunningham
    C:    A Wilson(SP), K Stokes, M Gustafson

    (Alternate)
    PG: K Plum(SP)
    SG: C Gray, J Simms
    SF: D DeShields(PP), J Young
    PF: S Cunningham
    C:    K Stokes, M Gustafson
    LVA vs PHO Dream11

    Where to watch WNBA Live Score?

    Mercury are out of sorts and their season can end here, will Wilson and Plum change that? You can catch this brilliant battle on the WNBA League Pass, an avenue for all the live games and their replays if you can’t watch the game. To see the highlights, go to the official YouTube channel of the WNBA. To know the scores, news, and stats, visit the official website of the WNBA.

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