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Las Vegas Aces vs. Indiana Fever Pick & Prediction JULY 31th 2022

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The Las Vegas Aces will look for a complete effort on Sunday afternoon when they conclude a two-game series against the struggling Indiana Fever in Indianapolis.

Sure, Las Vegas (21-8) rebounded from a sluggish performance at the onset of Friday's clash with Indiana to record a convincing 93-72 victory. But there were a few anxious moments along the way.

The Fever (5-26) found themselves leading in the first quarter and trailing by just one early in the second before the Aces' All-Stars upped the ante.

A'ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum finished with 22 points apiece to extend both Las Vegas' winning streak to three games and Indiana's losing skid to a franchise-high 13 games.

"I don't know what was going through our mind," Wilson said, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "It was a slow start, and we can't have that against anyone."

"We've got to be locked in from start to finish," Plum added.

Plum averages 20.1 points per game, third best in the WNBA, while Wilson's 19.5-point contribution is fifth in the league.

Wilson and Plum combined to make 18 of 26 shots from the floor -- including 4 of 5 from 3-point range -- before sitting out the entire fourth quarter on Friday.

Indiana native Jackie Young collected 15 points and seven rebounds for the Aces, who held a 41-28 advantage on the boards -- including 15-9 at the offensive end.

Rookie center Queen Egbo scored all 13 of her points in the first half for the Fever.

"She settled a couple times when she should have just been as aggressive as she was in the first half," interim coach Carlos Knox said, per the Indianapolis Star. "I know Queen, and I understand where she's coming from as far as her desire to play, so it wasn't anything different. It wasn't anything that they done or that she done. It was just a matter of her recognizing situations and being able to capitalize."

Kelsey Mitchell, who averages a team-best 18.4 points per game, joined rookie Destanni Henderson in finishing with 12 for Indiana on Friday.

--Field Level Media
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Las Vegas Aces vs. Indiana Fever

Angel McCoughtry led six Las Vegas players in double figures Tuesday night with 20 points as the Aces pulled away from the Indiana Fever in the second half of a 98-79 win in Bradenton, Fla.

McCoughtry, who shot 9 of 10 from the field, was joined by Jackie Young (17 points), Kayla McBride (15), Dearica Hamby (13), A'ja Wilson (12) and Danielle Robinson (10). In winning its fifth straight game, Las Vegas (6-2) drilled 52 percent of its field-goal tries and won the rebounding battle 37-31 while committing just nine turnovers.

Candice Dupree paced Indiana (3-5) with 20 points while Tiffany Mitchell added 14. Teaira McCowan scored 12 points and Kelsey Mitchell netted 11. The Fever fell off drastically in the second half, managing just 20 points. They appeared to run out of gas in the fourth quarter, getting outscored 17-7.

McBride knocked down a 20-footer just past the halfway point of the third quarter to give the Aces the lead for good at 70-68. That was the start of a 13-4 run that finished the period. Young converted a pullup jumper in the lane with 1.3 seconds remaining for an 81-72 advantage.

Indiana didn't make a field goal in the game's last 4:13 and managed only one point in that span.

The first half was all about offense. The teams combined for the most points in any half in a WNBA game this year (119), and their shooting percentages were each better than 65 percent at one point.

Las Vegas opened up a 29-23 lead at the 1:47 mark of the first quarter when Hamby converted a hook shot in the lane, but Indiana chipped away at the deficit. McCowan's layup with 3.9 seconds remaining cut the Aces' advantage to 33-31.

It was more back-and-forth scoring in the second quarter, although Las Vegas upped its margin to 47-41 at one point. The Fever grabbed a 55-53 edge on Dupree's three-point play with 1:48 remaining, but the Aces rallied to take a 60-59 lead into the locker room.

--Field Level Media
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