Phoenix Mercury vs. New York Liberty - 9/3/16 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Liberty vs. Mercury
WNBA Basketball: Saturday September 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Liberty -2.5 -- Over/Under: 158 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBATV, MSG+
The Phoenix Mercury and New York Liberty play late Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden on NBATV.
The Phoenix Mercury look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 85.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 84.1 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 18.9 points and four assists while DeWanna Bonner is averaging 15.4 points and 5.2 rebounds. Brittney Griner is the third double-digit scorer and Penny Taylor is dishing 3.7 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 83.2 percent from the free throw line. The Mercury are allowing percent 37.4 shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have lost three of their last four road games.
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The New York Liberty haven’t lost back-to-back games since May 24-31. The New York Liberty are averaging 82.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 80.1 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Tina Charles is averaging 21.1 points and 9.7 rebounds while Sugar Rodgers is averaging 14.5 points and 2.4 assists. Shavonte Zellous is dishing 2.1 assists and Kiah Stokes is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The New York Liberty are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Liberty are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The New York Liberty have won four of their last five home games.
The Mercury are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games. The Liberty are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mercury are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The Liberty bounce back well after losses and have been one of the more consistent teams in the league all season. The Mercury continue their struggles on the road and are coming off a tough loss Friday to the Sun. Have to side with the fresher team at home for the small line.